By Lisa Johnston
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El Segundo, Calif. — Global shipments of set-top boxes (STBs) are expected to hit record highs for the next three years, according to IHS.
In its “Set-Top Box Market Monitor Global” report, IHS said shipments of STBs used for cable, satellite, terrestrial and IPTV digital TV services are forecast to climb to 269 million units this year, up 8 percent from 250 million in 2012.
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TiVo announced Friday that it will receive an upfront lump-sum payment of $490 million to settle pending patent litigation with Google’s Motorola Mobility unit and Cisco Systems, while also settling its pending litigation with Time Warner Cable.
TiVo said it will recognize a portion of the payment as past damages during the second quarter, “and the remainder over time.” TiVo expects to provide more information on that timing of that revenue recognition in its second quarter earnings report.
Englewood, Colo. — Dish unveiled Wednesday a new promotion offering the choice of an iPad 2 or the first year of programming discounts to new Dish customers signing up for the Hopper DVR and qualified programming package.
Dish is offering the iPad 2 as an incentive to play up the Hopper’s various iOS apps, including an integrated Sling feature that enables viewers to access live or recorded content on the Hopper’s hard drive from a remote iOS device.
Chino, Calif. — Sungale recently introduced its second-generation Cloud TV box (model STB370), offering a more powerful processor for greater speed, image clarity and open web browsing.
The company said the STB370 Cloud TV Box, which will ship in May at a $170 suggested retail price, is not a typical media streamer, but rather “a true Smart TV box that can convert a home television into a fully functioning Smart TV.”
Foster City, Calif. – Sling Media, developer of Slingbox technology owned by EchoStar, issued a new firmware build out this week for all Slingbox 500 customers and updated the SlingPlayer Mobile apps for iOS and Android smartphones.
Within the SlingPlayer Mobile apps is a new My Media feature called SlingSync.
Rockville, Md. — Hillcrest Labs’ Freespace in-air pointing and motion-control technology is being used for Intel’s new reference design kit for IPTV set-top boxes and media servers, the companies said Tuesday.
Hillcrest’s Freespace Motion Engine software embedded in the Intel Media Server Reference Design (MSRD) kit will enable TV operators to offer mouse-like point-and-click navigation control of TV programming.
Los Angeles — Dish Network Friday slapped back at Fox Network’s bid for an injunction against the satellite-TV company’s newest Hopper DVR.
The broadcaster alleges the device violates copyright laws and retransmission agreements by using Sling technology for new Dish Anywhere and Hopper Transfers features.
Saratoga, Calif. — Streaming entertainment-on-demand service Roku introduced Tuesday the latest addition to its lineup of set-top boxes, offering a more powerful processor and enhanced user interface.
The Roku 3, which ships in April at a $100 suggested retail, will be positioned as the new premium set-top box in the company’s line, and will enable users to access more than 750 channels of web-based entertainment content.
San Jose, Calif. — TiVo reported a net loss but higher sales for its fiscal fourth quarter, ended Jan. 31, 2013
For the fourth quarter, net revenues were $88.8 million, compared with $66.5 million for the same quarter last year.
TiVo reported a net loss of $15.8 million, compared with net income of $7.2 million in the same quarter last year when excluding the $54.4 million in litigation proceeds from the AT&T settlement.
San Francisco — Smart-TV app developer Flingo said Thursday that TiVo has integrated Flingo’s LaunchPad video platform into TiVo Premiere set-top boxes, bringing more than 70 instant streaming on-demand video applications to TiVo viewers’ TVs.
In addition to the streaming video channels previously available, TiVo Premiere owners now have access to Flingo’s complete portfolio of apps, including video content from TMZ, A&E, History, Showtime, TV Guide and more than 50 other content partners.