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TiVo Names Tom Rogers President/CEO

TiVo appointed veteran media executive Tom Rogers as president/ceo, to replace Mike Ramsay, co-founder of TiVo, who announced his intention to step down as ceo in January after seven years in the position.

Rogers served as vice chairman of TiVos board, on which he has served since September 2003.

Rogers first joined the TiVo board in 1999, spearheading NBCs original investment in the company. He then rejoined the board in 2003, and took on the role of vice chairman of the board in October 2004. He has led several initiatives for TiVo, most notably the successful negotiation of a mass deployment deal with Comcast, the worlds largest cable company.

In addition to his work for TiVo, Rogers was senior operating exec at Cerberus Capital Management, a large private equity firm. He also serves as chairman of Teleglobe a global telecommunications, mobile telephony and VOIP provider, and chairman of TRget Media, a media investment and advisory firm.

Previously, he was chairman/ceo of Primedia, the Americas largest targeted media company. Prior to that, he was president of NBC Cable, and evp of NBC (a subsidiary of the General Electric Corp., where he led the creation of CNBC and the formation of the MSNBC partnership with Microsoft). Before joining NBC, Rogers was senior counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Consumer Protection and Finance. He began his career as an attorney at a Wall Street law firm.

While we closely considered an array of highly qualified and prominent candidates for the position, as we entered our final deliberations in selecting a new ceo, we as a board came to Tom and asked him to take on the role, said Randy Komisar, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a founding TiVo board member, and chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee that led the ceo search. We could not be more thrilled that we got our top choice to take on this leadership position.

This is a very exciting opportunity for me, said Rogers. Having been at the nexus of where media, technology, advertising and public policy collide for more than two decades, I am firmly convinced that TiVo can extend its strong brand identity and technology platform to the mass market through broader distribution by various carriers, and through growing its value as an advertising medium. After pioneering the digital video (DVR) category, TiVo is now uniquely positioned to help multi-channel carriers, networks and advertisers grow their businesses in an environment that presents new realities for how TV is watched.

I have gotten to know a large number of the TiVo team through my board service. It is remarkable to me what this talented group of people has produced enabling consumers to control their television viewing experience to fit into their individual lifestyles. Mike Ramsay deserves enormous credit for all that TiVo is and has achieved, said Rogers.

Howard Fischer Associates conducted the search that brought Rogers to TiVos board.

Founded in 1997, TiVo (www.tivo.com), a pioneer in home entertainment, created a brand new category of products with the development of the first digital video recorder. Today, the TiVo, based in Alviso, California, continues to revolutionize the way consumers watch and access home entertainment by making TiVo the focal point of the digital living room, a center for sharing and experiencing television, music, photos and other content.

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