Does Your Cable Company Offer TiVo?


One of the important things to remember with cable company TiVo devices is that you're not getting a retail TiVo device. While the hardware is going to be very similar to what you would buy directly from TiVo, the features can be quite different. For example, with most of the cable provided TiVo devices, you won't get access to content partners such as Netflix or Pandora. This is a bit of a let down if you're a streaming content fan and if you enjoy using these services, you'll probably want to go ahead and purchase your own TiVo directly from them.

Companies That Offer TiVo

  • Charter
  • Comcast
  • Comporium
  • Grande Communications
  • Northland Communications
  • RCN
  • Suddenlink

Comcast customers may be able to purchase a TiVo Premiere device at retail and have it installed by a Comcast technician. While most people can handle the installation of a TiVo device, being able to turn it over to a technician will be nice for those who feel intimidated by the process.

You'll want to be sure and check with your cable provider about their TiVo policies before requesting one. Many of them charge monthly fees in addition to any typical fees incurred when renting STBs from your cable company. They will have different policies in regards to access to VoD services and streaming content. Most cable companies won't allow access to the streaming partners that TiVo offers so if these are important to you, you may want to look at a retail purchase as opposed to worrying about whether or not your cable provider offers the service.


While a retail TiVo device will cost more upfront, you have to factor in any monthly fees charged by your cable company to utilize the service. These fees vary from company to company. A TiVo purchased at retail has several subscription options so be sure and compare them all before laying out your hard-earned money. Compare features by speaking with your cable provider and when you do, be sure and check on those recurring monthly costs.