By Lisa Johnston
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Saratoga, Calif. — Roku formally introduced Wednesday the next generation of its popular Streaming Stick that will work with regular HDMI inputs but will not require MHL support, opening the field of use to virtually all HDMI-equipped TVs.
The new Streaming Stick (HDMI version) will carry a $49.99 suggested retail in the U.S. ($59.99 in Canada) and will ship to retailers and consumers in April.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Englewood, Colo. — Satellite-TV provider Dish said Thursday that it has just updated to its Dish Explorer iPad App, enabling users to control their TV power and volume directly from their tablet without the need of an actual remote.
Dish said the update was made in direct response to customer feedback, requesting the capability.
First launched last year, Dish Explorer is a second-screen iPad app for the Hopper whole-home DVR that combines program-discovery tools, social-media engagement and remote-control capabilities.
New York – Showtime Networks said Tuesday that its Showtime Anytime on-demand streaming service is now available on Roku devices.
Roku customers who subscribe to Showtime will have free, unlimited on-demand access to hundreds of hours of the network's programming, as well as the live broadcast of both the East and West Coast feeds of Showtime.
Showtime Anytime is available at no additional cost to Showtime customers who subscribe to the network through participating television providers.
Alviso, Calif. – TiVo, the developer of DVR systems and services, said Tuesday it has reached a deal with Blue Ridge Communications to exclusively provide a next-generation whole home television solution for advanced service subscribers.
Blue Ridge, an Eastern Pennsylvania-based cable service provider, said it will begin initial deployment in early 2014.
Foster City, Calif. – EchoStar’s Sling Media unit unveiled Monday three clients that will enable video viewing from home entertainment centers on remote devices inside and outside the house.
First, the company said SlingPlayer 3.0 and the SlingPlayer channel on the Roku streaming platform are both available for download today, in addition to a new version of SlingPlayer for iPhone and Android smartphones as part of the Roku channel introduction.
Atlanta – P&F USA, which manages the Philips brand for TV and video products in the United States, unveiled Thursday a line of Philips high-definition DVRs targeted at the growing ranks of TV cord-cutters.
Philips models HDR5710 ($250 suggested retail) and HDR5750 ($300 suggested retail) are capable of recording FullHD 1080p over-the-air broadcast television recording without tying consumers to a contract or subscription, the company said. Both units will ship in November for holiday sales.
El Segundo, Calif. — The global market for connectable set-top boxes (STBs) is expected to surge by 91 percent from 2012 through 2017, driven by a number of factors including the adoption of multimedia home gateways (MHGs), according to an IHS study.
The IHS study, titled: “Set-Top Box Market Monitor report from IHS” projects worldwide shipments of connectable STBs to rise to 125.6 million units in 2017, up from 65.8 million in 2012.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Headed into the International Broadcasting Conference (IBC) 2013, here, Tivo said Wednesday it will debut a prototype of a next-generation Cloud television offering, using new features delivered with a Network PVR.
The TiVo Network PVR will use TiVo's Cloud service as “a natural extension of the TiVo solution.”
Alivso, Calif. – TiVo introduced Tuesday a new line of retail DVRs, called Roamio, offering four to six tuners, streaming to iPads and iPhones and whole home DVR capability.
The three model line, which will replace TiVo’s current Premiere line, gets its name from its ability to send recordings to subscribers’ smartphones and tablets, where ever they are, in addition to inside their homes.
Englewood, Colo. — Dish Monday kicked off its “Talk Boston” advertising campaign, designed to remind consumers to take advantage of the iPad 2 summer offer.
The Dish campaign and accompanying website feature vocab lessons, an interactive test, a tweet translator and several videos. Viewers across the nation are invited to learn how to “Talk Boston” – or as a Boston native might say, “Tack Bahstin.”