GCI, Pace and TiVo® Launch New Platform for Cable Television Subscribers
GCI becomes first service provider in North America to roll out Pace’s Multi-tuner Video Gateway with TiVo’s Whole Home Advanced Television Platform
Pace (LSE: PIC), a leading global developer of advanced technologies for service providers, today announced its first deployment resulting from the global partnership agreement with TiVo Inc. GCI (General Communication Inc.), one of the top 20 largest cable operators in North America, is rolling out the Pace XG1 Multi-tuner Video Gateway with TiVo Advanced User Interface platform, offering its cable customers linear TV, VOD and interactive content across multiple screens and devices.
Since introducing the TiVo User Interface to their subscribers, GCI has been eager to offer the same feature rich user experience on Pace’s next generation platform. A key part of GCI’s plan was to offer subscribers a fully integrated, DOCSIS capable hardware solution with video streaming to multiple connected devices in the home. The advanced feature set of Pace’s XG1 incorporates a DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem supporting full IP connectivity.
According to Bob Ormberg, VP of Content and Product Development at GCI, “The Pace/TiVo solution offers our subscribers TiVo’s award winning user interface to access and discover VOD and linear TV content, together with personalized recommendations and powerful search and discovery capabilities. It also offers total platform flexibility for software development and service enhancements from our trusted and longstanding CPE partner, Pace.”
Tim O’Loughlin, President of Pace Americas added, “Over the course of our seven plus year partnership with GCI, we have been fortunate to launch multiple new technologies in the Alaska market. GCI is the first on a long list of service providers planning deployments of our solution this year. The reception by subscribers and the industry of this joint product initiative has been incredible.”
Pace (LSE: PIC) creates technologies, software, hardware and services for the broadcast and broadband industries. Pace solutions empower cable, telco and satellite operators to simply and cost-effectively innovate at the speed they want, in the way they want for their subscribers. Pace has built up its experience and expertise over 25 years and this is recognized by a customer base of over 160 operators around the globe.
Headquartered in the UK, Pace operates in markets across the world, and employs around 2300 people in locations that also include the USA, France, India and China.
GCI is the largest telecommunications company in Alaska. GCI’s cable plant, which provides broadband data services, video, and voice, passes 78 percent of Alaska households. GCI operates Alaska’s most extensive terrestrial/subsea fiber optic network which connects not only Anchorage but also Fairbanks and Juneau/Southeast Alaska to the lower 48 states with a diversely routed, protected fiber network. GCI’s TERRA-Southwest fiber/microwave system links 65 communities in the Bristol Bay and Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to Anchorage bringing terrestrial broadband Internet access to the region for the first time. GCI’s satellite network provides communications services to small towns and communities throughout rural Alaska. GCI’s statewide mobile wireless network seamlessly links urban and rural Alaska.
A pioneer in bundled services, GCI is the top provider of data, video and voice services to Alaska consumers with a 70 percent share of the consumer broadband market. GCI is also the leading provider of communications services to enterprise customers, particularly large enterprise customers with complex data networking needs. More information about GCI can be found at: www.gci.com
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