Profile: TiVo Corp (TIVO.O)
21 May 2019
TiVo Corporation, incorporated on June 28, 2016, is engaged in offering media and entertainment products. The Company operates through two segments: Intellectual Property Licensing and Product. The Company provides a range of intellectual property, cloud-based services and set-top box solutions that enable people to use online video, television, movies and music entertainment, including content discovery through device embedded and cloud-based interactive program guides (IPGs), digital video recorders (DVRs), natural language voice and text search, cloud-based recommendations services and its entertainment metadata (descriptive information, promotional images or other content that describes or relates to television shows, videos, movies, sports, music, books, games or other entertainment content). The Company offers its portfolio of products as both discrete component technologies for its customers to integrate into their internally developed solutions or as part of integrated modular solutions.
The Company's integrated platform includes software and cloud-based services that combine live, recorded, video-on-demand (VOD) and over-the-top (OTT) content into a user interface with universal search, discovery, viewing and recording. The Company distributes its products through its service provider relationships, integrated into third-party devices and directly to retail consumers. The Company offers data analytics solutions, including advertising and programming promotion optimizers, which enable audience targeting in linear television advertising. The Company's solutions are sold globally to cable, satellite, consumer electronics (CE), entertainment, media and online distribution companies, and, in the United States, it sells a suite of DVR and whole home media products and services directly to retail consumers.
The Company has technical support and certification operations to support its product. The Company provides training, technical support and integration services to pay television operators licensing its products. It operates Internet-based services, which are required for its service offerings, including data delivery, search, recommendation, advertising, device management and media recognition. It provides broadcast delivery of television line-up data and advertising to IPGs on televisions and set-top boxes in the European markets and in Japan. It supports its customers with porting and engineering services. It provides customer care for IPG and DVR customers to resolve data, advertising and consumer functional issues. It provides customer support through outsourced service providers, as well as its internal customer service personnel for its direct-to-consumer retail TiVo Service in the United States. Its retail TiVo Service subscribers have access to an Internet-based repository for technical information and troubleshooting techniques.
The Company's Product segment includes a suite of component technologies that can be integrated into media service provider internally developed platforms or deployed as an integrated TiVo solution. The Company offers its Platform Solutions products in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia Pacific and Africa. The TiVo Service Platform is a cloud-based service that supports the TiVo Service client software that operates on set-top boxes in consumer homes, as well as applications that operate on third-party software platforms, such as iPhone operating system (iOS) and Android. The solution supports a range of services and applications, such as linear television programming, broadband video content, digital music, photos and other media experiences. The cloud-based service manages interaction with the TiVo service infrastructure, connecting TiVo-enabled devices to provide program guide data, client software upgrades, advertising and other broadband content. The Company enables the TiVo Service client software to operate on third-party set-top boxes. It also offers a direct-to-consumer retail TiVo Service in the United States, to consumers purchasing TiVo DVRs and companion TiVo Mini whole-home devices.
The Company's IPGs allow service providers to customize certain elements of the IPGs for their customers and to upgrade the features and services they can offer. The Company's IPGs provide viewers with a range of program information and are compatible with service providers' subscription management, pay-per-view (PPV) and VOD services. The Company also offers operational support, professional services and content metadata. It provides a range of IPGs to the CE industry, including those marketed under the G-GUIDE brand in Japan and its hypertext markup language (HTML) Guide in Europe and North America. These IPGs are incorporated into flat panel televisions and Blu-ray or DVR hard drive recorder-based products. It provides middleware solutions targeted towards pay television operators, such as cable, satellite, terrestrial and telecommunications operators.
The Company's software and services include metadata, discovery and natural language voice, data and analytics, audience management and optimization, audience insights and TiVo IPG Advertising Service. As of December 31, 2016, its database included data on over 10 million programs, including theatrical, digital versatile disc (DVD) and Blu-ray releases. The metadata services include basic metadata (such as artist or album), navigational metadata (such as relationships between actors and movies or television series) and editorial metadata (such as actor biographies, television, movie or music reviews) and enhanced metadata (such as weighted keywords and connections across all entities in its databases). As of December 31, 2016, its television and movie metadata covered over 75 countries, including the United States, countries in Latin America, including Brazil, countries in Europe including Russia, Turkey and Poland, and countries in Asia, including Hong Kong, Taiwan and India.
The Company processes anonymous viewing information uploaded from set-top boxes, digital media devices and consumer input for use in recommendations and personalization. The Company provides data and analytics solutions to advertisers, advertising agencies and television networks. The Company's customers include advertisers, advertising agencies, broadcast and cable networks, and others in the programmatic and targeted advertising marketplace. The Company's audience management and optimization solutions include Ad Optimizer and Promotion Optimizer, browser-based software-as-a-service applications, which use big data with predictive analytics to provide television audience insights and advertising campaign management. Its Operator Insights and Seamless Insights applications are tools to analyze the habits and preferences of end users. Its Operator Insights software-as-a-service application enables service providers to unlock the value of their return-path data, transforming raw data into viewership and usage insights that can be used to inform marketing, programming and operational initiatives. The Company provides advertisers with nationwide or regionally targeted advertising on its IPGs. It offers a technology of analog video content security, commercially known as ACP.
Intellectual Property Licensing Segment
The Company's Intellectual Property Licensing segment consists primarily of licensing its patent portfolio to multi-channel video service providers, such as cable, satellite and Internet-protocol television; set-top box manufacturers; interactive television software and program guide providers in the online; OTT video, and mobile phone businesses and CE manufacturers. The Company's portfolio of licensable technology patents includes DVR, VOD, OTT experiences, multi-screen functionality and personalization, as well as interactive applications and advertising.
The Company competes with Cisco Systems, Inc., Ericsson Corporation, Kudelski, SA, Comcast Corporation, Liberty Global, Apple, Amazon, Alphabet Inc., DISH Network L.L.C., Microsoft Corporation, Sony Corporation, Tribune Media Company, comScore, Inc., Nielsen, Facebook, Inc., Netflix, Inc., Hulu Plus and Pandora.
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