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March 26, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Wave Broadband adding TiVo boxes, streaming

Kirkland-based Wave Broadband announced today that it will provide TiVo set-top boxes and devices for streaming video around the house and beyond, starting this summer.

TiVo’s latest products – including the “Roamio” digital-video recorder and smaller boxes that stream video around the home and to mobile devices – are aimed at smaller cable companies, as well as consumers. They give regional cable companies an offering comparable to the advanced set-top boxes and streaming services developed by larger players such as Comcast.

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Wave isn’t yet saying how much it will charge for the TiVo products, but other cable companies have charged about  $10 per month more for the TiVo hardware than their standard DVRs. It will offer TiVo’s T6 DVR, which is a version of the Roamio for cable companies.

Wave plans to continue offering its current hardware, and customers won’t have to upgrade to TiVo gear, a spokesman said.

Digital-cable customers can also buy the Roamio outright instead of rent it from a cable company. The boxes start at $199 plus a $15 per month service fee.

Kirkland-based Wave has 415,000 customers in Washington, Oregon and California.

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