TiVo's Comcast roll-out behind schedule


NEW YORK -- Digital video recorder company TiVo Inc. said Tuesday the roll-out of its services is a "little behind" schedule.

TiVo is making its technology and services available to Comcast Corp. cable customers. The service, built into Scientific Atlanta cable set top boxes, is currently being tested by Comcast employees and was expected to be available to some customers by September.

"We're waiting for word any time now that the first non-Comcast employee will begin to get the service," TiVo Chief Executive Tom Rogers said at the Natixis Bleichroder conference.

Rogers, a former NBC Cable president, said its relationship with top U.S. satellite television services operator DirecTV Group Inc. had "thawed" a bit and it had recently asked for feature improvements for existing TiVo customers at DirecTV.

DirecTV had stopped offering new TiVo set top boxes in recent years after News Corp. took control of the satellite company. News Corp. began supplying boxes made by its own NDS Group.

But John Malone's Liberty Media Corp. is now set to take control of the company this year.