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As we revealed about a week ago, Roku will shortly release an updated Streaming Stick. And, by way of TechHive, the $50 price point, retirement of MHL, and power via microUSB details have all been confirmed.

Sadly, there’s no mention of Miracast screen mirroring functionality… but Roku’s mobile apps will soon inherit the streamer’s universal search capabilities. The “New” Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI Version) is now available for pre-order with shipping and store availability expected in early April. While the new HDMI Roku Streaming Stick will replace the Roku 1 on Best Buy’s shelves, as indicated by BBY Insider, that $50 model will remain in Roku’s lineup (for those without HDMI).

dishworld While DISH may have acquiesced on the ad skipping front, in return they have inked one of the very first deals to offer “live” programming via the Internet:

The extensive and expanded distribution agreement grants DISH rights to stream cleared linear and video-on-demand content from the ABC-owned broadcast stations, ABC Family, Disney Channel, ESPN and ESPN2, as part of an Internet delivered, IP-based multichannel offering.

Of course there’s no telling when DISH might launch a web television service and certainly others (Verizon, Sony) are pursuing similar. But this represents the first time a major content provider has indicated publicly that they’re willing to play ball. So the sea change begins.

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In a rare peek behind the curtain, Evolution Digital has itemized their TiVo MSO pricing in conjunction with an April 1st increase in fees. As a reseller, Evolution is sure to split this revenue with TiVo, but this provides investors an unprecedented look into ARPU and potential licensees the high water mark for ongoing service and back office functionality.

In our continuing effort to provide you with the latest TiVo products and technology, we have had to make new additions to our operator platform. These new upgrades will allow for new features, functionality and applications that will be available to your subscribers. The development of this new capability will require us to introduce a modest price adjustment for the Operator Portal and TiVo services starting April 1, 2014. The updated pricing is below:

  • $3.35 for all active TiVo DVRs
  • $1.85 for all active non-DVRs
  • $.60 for active TiVo Streams

While the cost to acquire a retail customer is higher, along with bankrolling hardware subsidies (to varying degrees) and customer support, it’s seems that over the long-term TiVo would generate more revenue per Roamio at $15/month versus say 60% of $3.35. And surely why TiVo sticks with retail despite their limited penetration.

(via Investor Discussion Board)

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.