There goes the Hopper: Dish agrees to limit ad skipping in Disney deal

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By way of The Drum, we learn that Virgin TiVo set-tops have just published My Nick Jr – a customizable app of pre-school edutainment:

My Nick Jr. features 650 Nick Jr. episodes including episodes of beloved Nick Jr. titles such as Dora the ExplorerBubble GuppiesTickety Toc and Dinosaur Train. Using the app, parents can create an individual My Nick Jr. profile for their child. Within this profile, parents may select specific topics that they wish to make prominent in their child’s My Nick Jr. playlist as well as the duration for which they wish their child to watch Nick Jr. programming. Once a child has finished watching an episode they are asked to rate the show using the ‘arrow up’ or ‘arrow down,’ via Virgin Media’s TiVo remote. The Nick Jr. app learns the preferences of the child and chooses episodes to play accordingly. Through the app, parents may elect to be sent emails summarising what their children have watched and which topics have been covered within the viewed episodes.

What makes this interesting to TiVo devotees in the US is a reinforcement of Glenn’s point – with 2 million deployed boxes and the backing of a major cable provider, Virgin TiVo customers may see more attention and partner experiences than the several hundred thousand retail Roamio and Premiere DVRs afford. Having said that, despite TiVo’s small retail numbers, the company has generated oversized buzz these last few months… and we have it on good authority the Amazon Instant experience is being reworked.

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There wasn’t a whole lot of interesting news out of TiVo’s quarterly call for retail customers. Despite the holiday shopping season, bolstered by multimillion dollar radio and airport advertising campaigns in select markets, TiVo only managed to net 6,000 additional retail subscribers — keeping the count at 2004 levels. Having said that, TiVo CEO Tom Rogers indicates the company “saw gross additions increase at a meaningfully higher rate” in areas where they did advertise along with “continued outperformance of Comcast markets from a retail point of view” … perhaps due to Xfinity On Demand availability in numerous regions. Indeed, after a several month hiatus Comcast and TiVo resumed their roll out in December and have now declared:

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You know Mohu, the Leaf antenna guys. Well, like Channel Master, they’re looking beyond the aerial and have cooked up an Android streamer paired with an OTA tuner. “Mohu Channels” may have launched as a Kickstarter campaign, but we suspect this is more marketing than fundraising. So those of us awaiting a Roku-esque device with over-the-air capabilities will have something to evaluate come summer.

The small, oblong device, with both Ethernet and 802.11a/b/g/n, runs Android with a custom guide skin, unifying television listings with our preferred web shortcuts and apps from the Goole Play store – similar to what Channel Master has done with DVR+ in listing Vudu as “channel” 200. There’s no mention of an EPG subscription fee and early bird pricing runs a modest $79 — pretty good when you consider that included universal RF/IR QWERTY remote with “air mouse” functionality. Unfortunately, we’re only talking a single tuner here and there’s no mention of potential DVR capabilities… although there is an unaccounted for USB port.

TiVo co-founders gear up for launch of their QPlay TV streamer