The companies say that they have a “multi-year affiliation agreement” that includes all of NBCUniversal‘s broadcast and cable properties as well as “expansive rights to carry the Olympic Games.” In addition, Mediacom‘s 1M video subscribers can access content on-demand, as well as some unspecified live channels “across multiple platforms, both in and out of the home across the U.S.” NBCU “wants to ensure Mediacom’s customers can experience its award-winning programming whenever and wherever they want,” EVP Content Distribution Matt Bond says. The Comcast-controlled entertainment company recently made similar deals with Cablevision, Suddenlink and Verizon.
TiVo CEO Tom Rogers has to be breathing a little easier this morning. He’s been struggling to show that the DVR pioneer isn’t just running on fumes — and settlement payments from patent-infringement suits like the big one this week with Verizon – as it struggles to compete with less expensive cable- and satellite-provided DVRs. One key to his strategy has been to persuade small- to mid-sized cable systems to use TiVo software and equipment to help them compete with technology from rivals including DirecTV and Dish Network. That initiative looked wobbly after Charter — one of TiVo’s most high-profile customers — said it’s revamping its technology plans. But TiVo won a vote of confidence this morning from Mediacom, the No. 8 cable operator with about 1M subs mostly in the Midwest.