RCN has announced the availability of its new TiVo (NASDAQ:TIVO) interface, featuring numerous updates to the platform. Upgrades include a voice command remote control, tailored viewing recommendations, and improved content navigation.
"The popularity of Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant have kick-started and fueled the rapid adoption of voice control capabilities that aid consumers in enhancing the entertainment experience. Globally, voice control is vying to become the primary user interface for the smart home and connected lifestyle in the next 5 years. As our customers continue to seek new and innovative features and voice control services, RCN remains dedicated to providing immersive advanced viewing and streaming capabilities for all customers, from movie lovers to sports fans alike," said Chris Fenger, COO of RCN. "With this new predictive interface and voice remote, customers can navigate content in the blink of an eye, across multiple platforms and streaming services."
Other features include start-over capabilities; personalized recommendations and predictions; MyShows, which displays all recordings and streaming videos in one location; TrickPlay, which allows customers to jump past commercials while recording live TV or a watching a DVR recording; "SmartBar" navigation; and a customizable home screen.
The initial launch is in the company's Lehigh Valley, PA; Philadelphia; New York; and Boston markets. RCN plans to roll out the new TiVo experience in Chicago and Washington DC by the end of the summer.