ARRIS @ NCTC

NCTCNext week, ARRIS will be exhibiting at NCTC’s Winter Educational Conference in Phoenix, AZ from February 15-16th. Our focus is on the technical underpinnings of delivering advanced new entertainment services like Cloud DVR and Multiscreen.

Our booth (#303/305) will feature active demonstrations of our industry-leading Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) and network solutions supporting the new bandwidth and technology requirements of these services. We’ve organized them in four relevant experience areas under the following topics: Cloud & IP Video Solutions, Gigabit Services, Wi-Fi® Without Limits, and Next Generation Devices.

We’ll run a remote demo of IP video over our DCX3635. Our E6000® Converged Edge Router will showcase Gigabit service using DOCSIS® 3.1. We’ll demonstrate our Hosted Service Provider Wi-Fi Solution for public, commercial and domestic deployments—which played a key role in our recent collaboration with Suddenlink to roll out carrier-grade Wi-Fi to its commercial customers.  And we’ll have a variety of new CPE devices on display, including new IP gateways.

Also, be sure to catch Charles Cheevers, ARRIS CTO of the CPE business, talk on Preparing for IP Video, which will cover the evolution of network and CPE technologies and—like ABR, DOCSIS 3.1, and Gigabit Wi-Fi—that’s driving new IP video experiences.

Get Awesome Wi-Fi: Our SURFboard SBG6900-AC Gateway, Now Available at Best Buy

The future is here.

Back in December, we told you that we had a new broadband gateway on the way that could 91Ju89x1HAL._SL1500_achieve download speeds of up to 686 Mbps and provide support for the latest DOCSIS® 3.0 and IPv6 Internet standards.

Well, our SURFboard® SBG6900-AC gateway just landed at Best Buy. And this week, it’s on sale for just $199.

It delivers screaming fast Wi-Fi® that squeezes the last drop of Internet out of your broadband connection and lets you get all your media on your favorite devices. If you have high-speed Internet, don’t want to think about getting new equipment for a couple of years, and want to support your growing stable of devices, you owe it to yourself to check out the ARRIS SBG6900-AC.

It works with all major U.S. cable providers*, and it’s available in a sharp, clean white. But if your décor requires more subtle displays of broadband dominance, the SBG6900-AC’s LED lights can be adjusted(on/off), to let you focus on the Netflixing, Xboxing, and Internet surfing at hand.

Check out our set-up video here, and pick up a SURFboard SBG6900-AC today.

*Currently approved for use on Comcast and Cox networks. Approval from Bright House, Charter and Time Warner Cable in progress. Check with your service provider for a list of fully approved devices.

 

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending January 29, 2016

Light Reading reported that the FCC is ready to rule on a set-top overhaul, attempting to open up the market to new competition, most notably by requiring operators separate their video streams from their connected program navigation guides. The Cable industry responded swiftly with the launch of the Future of TV Coalition – a group consisting of 47 founding members.

This week, Spotify launched a video streaming service with content available from providers like ESPN, Comedy Central, MTV and others, reported Engadget. The new service is currently available on Android devices and will arrive on iOS devices soon.

Light Reading reported on AT&T’s ambitious plans in the TV Everywhere space that will start with the launch of several “mobile-centric” video services rolled out throughout the year. The video offerings will leverage technology from the company’s newly purchased DirecTV and wireless spectrum assets.

According to Parks Associates, more than 60 percent of U.S. broadband houses have at least one OTT subscription service, reported Broadband TV News. The analyst firm expects many new OTT services to be introduced in 2016, with Netflix, Hulu and Amazon continuing to preside over the OTT industry in the U.S.

Digital TV Europe reported that France’s AB Group plans to launch a children’s educational channel and an associated SVOD service with operator Orange. The service, aimed at 12-15 year-olds, will be available in February and will include a recommendations engine that highlights shows based on users’ previous viewing habits.

 

  1. FCC Ready to Rule on Set-Top Overhaul: Report (January 27, 2016) By Mari Sibley, Light Reading: It’s been several months since an advisory group submitted its report to the FCC with recommendations on how to open up the set-top market and give consumers more choice around how they watch pay-TV services.
  2. Spotify video streaming rolls out to Android users (January 26, 2016) By Steve Dent, Engadget: Video streaming has finally arrived to Spotify on Android devices, giving you more to do than just listen to audio.
  3. AT&T Eyes TV Everywhere Gold (January 27, 2016) By Alan Breznick, Light Reading: With its purchase of DirecTV now six months behind it, AT&T is striving to take TV Everywhere to a whole new level.
  4. OTT subs exceed 60% of US broadband homes (January 26, 2016) By Staff, Broadband TV News: 60% of US broadband households have at least one OTT video service subscription, according to Parks Associates.
  5. AB Group launches kids channel and SVoD offering (January 26, 2016) By Staff, Digital TV Europe: France’s AB Group is to launch a kids educational channel and associated subscription video-on-demand service in February.

 

What’s Driving the Future of TV in Latin America?

TVLast week, we looked at the three biggest trends behind tomorrow’s TV at CES. Today, we’re uncovering two more that are transforming TV in Latin America:

Time-Shifted TV (TSTV): Tomorrow’s TV will be on consumers’ terms.

TV will become a customized experience. TSTV will give consumers whatever they want to watch, whenever they want to watch it, and on any device. This on-demand content paradigm disrupts liner ad-driven TV in favor of alternatives like DVR, TV Everywhere, and OTT…  and they are quickly becoming the norm.

UI/UX Transformation: The future starts with the way we experience TV.

More content, on more devices, more often. That’s today’s problem. Consumers need new ways to navigate the growing and increasingly fragmented libraries of digital content. The future is a unified and familiar experience that anticipates what consumers want and allows them to enjoy it easily on any device.

These trends reveal the increasingly personalized and human-centric approaches to tomorrow’s TV. The implications transcend superficial changes to the medium itself, going so far as to change the ways in which we watch it as well as the space that it occupies in our lives.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending January 22, 2016

In a move to take on Netflix, HBO announced that it will launch its standalone Web streaming service in Spain, reported Bloomberg Business. Residents in Spain will have access to the HBO streaming service without a pay-TV subscription by the end of the year.

Advanced Television reported that Spain’s Telefonica expressed interest in buying AT&T’s operations across Latin America. Telefonica is the largest telco in Latin America and the deal will further strengthen its position in the region.

BTR offered perspective on the key video technology trends to watch in 2016. Key highlights include the increased proliferation of online video sources, distribution of online content via multiple screens, OTT integration into pay-TV offerings, and expansion of UltraHD/4K video.

MediaPost reported on a recent study by Hub Entertainment Research and found that 54 percent of pay-TV customers believe that TV Everywhere services would have an additional cost. The study also revealed that 53 percent of respondents have never used TV Everywhere as they were unaware of its existence.

According to Nielsen’s Q4 2014 Local Watch Report, live TV is still the primary medium to consume video, with adults aged 25-54 watching more than three hours of live TV per day, reported Broadcasting & Cable.

  1. HBO Plans to Take On Netflix in Spain With Streaming Service (January 18, 2016) By Gerry Smith, Bloomberg Business: By the end of this year, residents in Spain will have access to an HBO streaming service for the first time, making the Time Warner Inc.-owned network’s programming available without a pay-TV subscription.
  2. Telefonica eyes AT&T’s LatAm TV assets (January 18, 2016) By David Del Valle, Advanced Television: Spain’s Telefonica is reportedly interested in buying AT&T’s pay-TV assets in Latin America, with an enterprise value of over €9 billion.
  3. Video Trends to Watch in 2016 (January 18, 2016) By Ron Hendrickson, BTR: ‘Tis the season for predictions, and we’re all wondering what the video technology picture is going to look like through 2016.
  4. Study: Pay TV Consumers Believe TV Everywhere Isn’t Free: (January 19, 2016) By Wayne Friedman, MediaPost: More than half of pay TV consumers that know about “TV Everywhere” believe it would be an additional cost from networks or pay TV providers.
  5. Live TV Remains Dominant Viewing Habit in Nielsen’s Local Watch Report (January 20, 2016) By Jonathan Kuperberg, Broadcasting & Cable: Adults 25-54 in 24 of top 25 markets watch over 3 hours of live TV a day.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending January 15, 2016

Variety reported that the Canadian media company, Corus Entertainment, agreed to buy Shaw Communications’ Shaw Media Inc. for $1.86 billion. If approved, the combined company will own 45 specialty and 15 conventional television stations, 39 radio stations, the content studio Nelvana and other digital assets.

This week, Bloomberg reported that Telefonica SA, Spain’s biggest telecommunications operator, signed an agreement with Mediaproduccion SLU for rights to Spanish soccer and Champions League matches. The agreement, valued at $2.61 billion, includes the BeIN Sports channel and gives Telefonica’s pay-TV subscribers immediate access to sports telecasts.

According to Deloitte Global, Gigabit Internet connections are expected to increase tenfold to 10 million by end of 2016, of which 70 percent will be residential connections, reported FierceTelecom. The surge in demand for Gigabit services is attributed to the rise of music and video streaming that require higher bandwidth, as well as a decline in broadband service prices.

Hulu signed a multi-year licensing agreement with Sony to ramp up its video library by adding full seasons of TV series and films from Sony Pictures, reported Rapid TV News. As part of the deal, content heading to Hulu will include full episodes of ‘The Shield,’ ‘Party of Five,’ ‘The Dawson’s Creek,’ ‘Damages’ and films like ‘Jerry Maguire,’ ‘Midnight in Paris’ and ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding.’

According to Parks Associates’ new study, as of Q3 2015, a third of UK broadband households subscribe to OTT services, reported Digital TV Europe. The study notes that BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, All 4 and Demand 5 are among the major sources for OTT video usage in the UK.

  1. Canada’s Corus Entertainment to Buy TV Company Shaw Media in $1.86 Billion Deal (January 13, 2016) By Leo Barraclough, Variety: Canadian media company Corus Entertainment is set to acquire Shaw Communications’ TV unit Shaw Media for C$2.65 billion ($1.86 billion).
  2. Telefonica to Pay $2.61 Billion for Spanish Soccer Rights (January 12, 2016) By Rodrigo Orihuela, BloombergBusiness: Three-year deal includes European Champions, UEFA leagues.
  3. Gigabit connections to rise tenfold in 2016, says Deloitte (January 13, 2016) By Sean Buckley, FierceTelecom: Driven by telco and cable providers like AT&T and Comcast, the number of Gigabit Internet connections is projected to rise tenfold to 10 million by the end of year, with residential connections accounting for about 70 percent of the total, says Deloitte Global.
  4. Hulu, Sony sign new multi-year licensing agreement (January 12, 2016) By Editor, Rapid TV News: Continuing its momentum against over-the-top (OTT) rivals, Hulu has inked a new library deal that will see full seasons of series and top films from Sony Pictures added to its bouquet.
  5. Third of UK broadband homes subscribe to OTT video (January 12, 2016) By Staff, Digital TV Europe: A third of UK broadband households subscribed to an over-the-top (OTT) video service as of the third quarter of 2015, according to Parks Associates.
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