Washington, D.C. (January 25, 2011) -- TiVo and Charter are teaming to bring TiVo's HD DVR to the cable operator's subscribers later this year, the companies announced.
In addition to the usual DVR features, the TiVo set-tops will enable viewers to watch Internet video services and access Facebook and Twitter accounts.
The companies' press release does not say which video services will be available, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports today that Charter will seek agreements with Netflix and Hulu Plus.
TiVo's Premiere HD DVR set-top, which is available at retail, now offers Netflix and Amazon's VOD service among others.
Charter also did not say how much it would charge for the TiVo service. The cable operator said the TiVo boxes would store 45 hours of HD and 400 hours of SD programming.
The agreement is a shot in the arm for TiVo which has seen its subscriber numbers drop from a high of 4.3 million in 2006 to today's 2.3 million. Charter is the nation's fourth largest cable operator.
TiVo has similar licensing deals with Comcast and DIRECTV, but the launches have been delayed or impeded for apparent software issues.
Earlier this month, TiVo said it "hoped" the DIRECTV box would roll out this year while it said the Comcast launch, which until now has been limited to certain New England areas, has run into technical issues.