After four years of declines, TiVo adds new customers

TiVo has spent the last several years losing subscribers, dropping to mid-2000s customer levels in the second quarter. But the DVR maker might finally be showing some positive momentum, reporting 117,000 net new customers in its third-quarter earnings report.

No Hulu Plus for Your Cable DVR

Getting a new TiVo Premiere DVR through a lease from your cable company? Then don’t be surprised if it offers you less than the same device sold in stores: Hulu and Netflix aren’t allowed to offer their subscription services on DVRs distributed by cable companies.

Vid-Biz: Discovery Earnings, thePlatform, RCN-Tivo

Today on the Net: Discovery posted higher revenues but a lower net income from a year ago in the second quarter, thePlatform added new features giving publishers more control over where videos are shown and RCN has finished its rollout of TiVo DVRs in all markets.

Vid-Biz: RCN-TiVo, DVR Ad Skipping, STV

RCN to Expand TiVo ‘Premiere’ Rollout; RCN is beginning to market TiVo’s new Premiere box as its primary DVR in and around Washington, D.C., and it plans to expand the rollout to New York and other cities soon. (Light Reading Cable)

Half of Flat Panel TVs to Ship With an Internet Connection in 2013; according to new forecasts from ABI Research, the estimated 19 percent of flat panel TVs shipping with Internet connectivity in 2010 will grow to 46 percent in 2013. (DigiTimes)

Study: TiVo Doesn’t Hurt TV Advertising; a Duke University researcher says that the ability to skip through ads has had no effect on buying behavior and that not as many people fast-forward through television commercials as originally feared. (Triangle Business Journal)

Canonical Clarifies its H.264 License; if a user downloads Ubuntu and installs it themselves, then no MPEG-LA licence is included, but OEMs have the option to obtain the rights to include products and licenses for a number of proprietary packages, including H.264. (The H Online)

STV Launches an iPhone App; the holder of the ITV regional license in Scotland has launched an app for iPhone users that will give users instant access to news, sports and video content no matter where they are. (Tech Watch)

Super-Size Boxee Box Spotted in the Wild; special nurturing from one Israeli researcher has caused one Boxee Box to grow to five times its normal size. (Boxee blog)

Barnes & Noble Pushes Update for Nook

Nook owners are getting a surprise from Barnes & Noble in the form of a major software update. Version 1.3 has the standard bug fixes and performance enhancements, and also adds some new features to the Nook. Reading free e-books in the stores is now possible.

Comcast Speeds Up Its Superfast Broadband Deployment

comcastComcast (s cmsca) will deploy superfast broadband in 80 percent of its footprint by the end of this year, CEO Brian Roberts said during the cable company’s second-quarter earnings call today, up from the 65-percent figure the company had committed to last year. The quicker rollout may be because it’s relatively cheap to deploy faster broadband through DOCSIS 3.0, or perhaps because the number of Comcast’s new broadband subscribers plummeted in the most recent 3-month period. Read More about Comcast Speeds Up Its Superfast Broadband Deployment

Vid-Biz: Clinton, TiVo, Weird Al

Bill Clinton Met with Kim Jong-Il Over Current TV Journalists; former president spoke with North Korean leader today about the release of Laura Ling and Euna Lee. (CNN)
RCN Partners with TiVo; the cable operator will make TiVo its primary DVR platform in 2010, will integrate RCN’s VOD as well as TiVo’s broadband services. (Broadcasting & Cable)
Star in a JibJab Weird Al Video; putting your mug in the song about Charles Nelson Reilly available only if you’re a paid JibJab member. (TechCrunch)

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Roughly 200 Million Set-Top Boxes to Be Shipped in 2013; growth spurred by high definition adoption, and by homes in areas like rural India getting TVs. Video Business)
ESPN Using Web Series for High School Quarterback Competition; webisodes follow real-life QBs as they prepare for the Elite 11. (paidContent)
DivX Signs Studios, Storefronts; Lionsgate and Paramount to release films on the format while three European storefronts ERG, and Play4Film agree to sell films playable on DivX devices. (releases)