Thomas Weisel Lowers TiVo to 'Underperform'
Thomas Weisel downgraded TiVo (TIVO ) to underperform from peer perform.
Analyst Gordon Hodge says the downgrade of the digital-video recorder is based on concerns about a relationship between TiVo and DirecTV, pending General Electric's Hughes Electronics' (the parent of DirecTV) merger with News Corp., plus concerns that TiVo hasn't yet signed a licensing deal with a cable multiple system operator (MSO) to penetrate the cable-subscriber market.
Hodge thinks Thursday's stock weakness may be related to a September 22 letter to the FCC, issued by News Corp., that relates to the Hughes merger. He thinks the letter raises his chief concerns for the stock: that TiVo hasn't yet signed a cable deal, and that and a long-term relationship with DirecTV could be in jeopardy if News Corp. begins making and marketing its own digital-video recorders within two years.