TiVo, Netflix Sign Partnership Deal

Thanks to a new partnership deal, two of the biggest names in streaming television will continue to work together.

Netflix and TiVo have signed a partnership agreement that, among other things, locks down a deal where Netflix is integrated in to every TiVo set top box produced.
Also a part of this deal is an agreement that lets Netflix use product patents that are in TiVo’s portfolio and lets them use TiVo’s Intellectual Ventures patent portfolio for “over the top” services.

Prior to merging last September, Netflix, TiVo, and Rovi were locked in a court battle over patent claims. That case actually ended with a judge invalidating some of Rovi’s patent claims and ruling in Netflix’s favor.

Bill Homes, Netflix head of global business development, said that the partnership “dates back to early days of streaming video,” and that the agreement would only serve to give customers “freedom to watch their favorite TV shows and movies whenever and wherever, with an integrated experience across more devices.”

From TiVo’s end, the deal was “a major milestone as [they] expand [their] offerings for the fast-growing OTT space, and further demonstrates a commitment to delivering innovative technologies to new and emerging markets,” according to TiVo CEO Tom Carson.