Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of July 20, 2015

Following the announcement of ARRIS’s 2015 Consumer Entertainment Index annual survey results, Quartz posted an article highlighting how binge-watching has become a solo activity.

Additionally, Light Reading  reported on ARRIS’s newly offered hosted version of its managed service provider Wi-Fi platform at The Independent Show in Boston.

ZCorum announced that its DOCSIS analysis software tool will now be supporting ARRIS C4® CMTS technology.  Broadband Technology Report reported that ZCorum’s software will be an opening to “return path spectrum” without the need of “special equipment.”

WideOpenWest (WOW) has struck a joint deal with TiVo® and Evolution Digital to offer both traditional linear TV and VOD services as well as over-the-top content, according to Multichannel News.

Lastly, a global IPTV market report published this week suggested that growth is fueled by an increase in consumer demand of HDTV channels and video-on-demand (VOD) features. According to Rapid TV News, various technology firms have the potential of growing but satellite and cable TV operators could stall its development.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. You’re not alone: Binge watching is a solo activity for most people (July 21, 2015) By Alice Truong, Quartz. Streaming services have made it incredibly easy for people to watch multiple episodes—or even entire seasons—at a time.
  2. Arris Launches Hosted WiFi for Indie Operators (July 21, 2015) By Mari Silbey, Light Reading. At the NCTC Independent Show today in Boston, Arris Group Inc. announced the debut of a hosted Wi-Fi service for communications service providers.
  3. ZCORUM ADDS SUPPORT FOR ARRIS CMTSS (July 20, 2015) By BTR Staff, Broadband Technology Report: ZCorum announced that its DOCSIS return path analysis software tool, Upstream Analyzer, now supports the ARRIS (NASDAQ:ARRS) C4 CMTS.
  4. WideOpenWest Taps Into TiVo (July 22, 2015) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: WideOpenWest (WOW) has struck a joint development deal with TiVo and Evolution Digital that will enable the MSO to offer a blend of traditional linear TV and VOD services and over-the-top content via a new low-cost hybrid IP/QAM device and through Web and mobile apps powered by the TiVo platform.
  5. HDTV, VOD to drive IPTV to near $80BN revs by 2020 (July 22, 2015), Rapid TV News: Never hitting the highs of satellite but also not enduring the lows of cable, the IPTV sector has kept a relatively low profile but this may change as it enters a period of rapid growth, says Transparency Market Research.

Results of the 2015 ARRIS Consumer Entertainment Index

Our latest Consumer Entertainment Index (CEI) surveyed 19,000 consumers from 19 ARRIS Group Infographiccountries for a representative sample of how entertainment is evolving all over the world.

What we discovered is that media is becoming more personalized, pervasive, and mobile… but not in the ways that many had predicted.

Wi-Fi

Let’s start with Wi-Fi. It’s no longer a convenience; it’s a necessity, in every room of the house—according to 72% of the population. But at the same time, 63% have problems with their high-speed Internet.

Why? It could be the growing ecosystem of media devices that are tapping into the home network—the current household now has six. It could also be the fact that people are streaming more video in more places, more often. Either way, it’s a high-growth area that’s seeing some growing pains.

Mobile TV

Beyond the home, mobile TV continues to expand its following—now representing 59% of the market. But the growth center is in the older demographics—especially 65+—most likely because they’ve historically been slower to embrace it.

On the whole, mobile TV usage is up 7% since last year—not the rapid growth that many had expected, but we found that the hold-up has to do principally with screen size and data costs, among other hurdles.

Interestingly, data costs, coupled with the unreliability of public Wi-Fi or mobile data on-the-go, has created a unique consumer preference for downloading—versus streaming—mobile content. Mobile TV has a way to go, but people want it: 68% indicated interest in a service that could play any content in any location.

Binge-viewing

That brings us to binge-viewing, which already has evolved considerably since the trend went mainstream just a few years ago.

Binge viewing on mobile devices has grown to 21%, while most still prefer to use a TV. But the most interesting development is that the majority of binge-viewers (60%) binge-view alone—consuming three hours of video in each sitting.

The time investment and content specificity of binge-viewing makes it a deeply personal and immersive activity—much like reading a book—which carries important implications for content discovery and customization.

OTT

Over-the-top TV was once touted as the death knell for broadcast TV, but in many respects that hasn’t panned out. While OTT popularity hasn’t diminished, its growth has slowed to 1% in the past year. Broadcast TV, meanwhile, declined by the same percentage, staying nearly flat at 95%.

What is proving a reliable trend is the volume of consumer engagement with entertainment. The average consumer now watches 10.7 hours of traditional, free TV in addition to 10.2 hours of paid TV, 6.7 hours of OTT, 6.6 hours of IPTV, and 6.4 hours of paid Internet streaming… each week.

The key takeaways from this year’s research are the abundance of opportunities for service providers to improve Wi-Fi across the home, remove barriers to mobile media, and customize content and services to each consumer.

At ARRIS, we take inspiration from each CEI to collaborate with our customers to transform entertainment for millions of people around the world. In effect, the trends you see in year’s study not only reflect the evolution of consumer behavior, but offer a glimpse into the future of entertainment.

Take a look at the full results of the 2015 ARRIS CEI at: www.arris.com/arriscei

ARRIS @ The Independent Show

Yesterday, we kicked off two-and-a-half days of thought-provoking educational sessions and IMG_20150720_111306450exhibits on the changing landscape of video delivery at NCTC’s Independent Show. We welcome you to join us at our booth, as we demonstrate our Migration/Transition to IP capabilities, developments in delivering Gigabit speeds, and how we are redefining the connected home.

One of our highlights at this year’s show includes our recently announced Hosted Service Provider Wi-Fi solution. It enables operators to efficiently and scalably address the market for carrier-class Wi-Fi services across a variety of verticals.

For more information, drop by our booth #600, where we’ll be showcasing our whole-home wireless IP delivery solutions.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of July 13, 2015

Top Ten Reviews recently reviewed and ranked the ARRIS SURFboard® SB6141 #1 in a cable modem lineup, and it earned a Top Ten Reviews Gold Award. The SURFboard SB6121 cable modem ranked #2.

The 13th Annual CSI Awards shortlist was also announced this week with ARRIS being nominated in three different categories: best digital video processing technology for the ME-7000 Converged Video Compression Platform, best cable or fibre contribution solution for the AgileMax™ RFoG Optical Distribution, and best customer premise technology for the VIP4000 and VIP5000 Series of Set-Tops.

On Monday, SNL Kagan analyst, JP O’Sullivan, spoke at the Connected TV Summit in London. According to Video Net, O’Sullivan said electronic sell-through (EST) is a small yet flourishing market that can best be exploited through pay-TV operators.

Ooyala and Vindicia’s new research study, conducted by London MTM, claims that OTT service revenues could potentially double or triple from $4 billion in 2014 to anywhere from $8-12 billion in 2018. Fierce Cable reported that this increase is due to “consumer’s growing increasingly comfortable with OTT services.”

Lastly, the Wi-Fi™ Alliance is hoping to make devices more aware of green initiatives. Wireless Week covered the Wi-Fi Alliance’s launch of Wi-Fi Aware™—a new certification program aimed at energy efficient connectivity.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. 2015 Best Cable Modems Review, Top Ten Reviews: From televisions to computers, speakers and gaming consoles, electronic products increasingly dominate our lives. Whether you’re shopping for a gaming PC or some new headphones, we evaluate the best electronics available and present top choices to make your buying decision easier.
  2. CSI-Awards – Shortlist  2015 (July 15, 2015) , CSI Magazine: The CSI Awards are one of the most comprehensive and competitive technology awards anywhere in the world, designed to reward technical and product marketing excellence in the cable, satellite, terrestrial broadcasting, mobile and IPTV sectors.
  3. SNL Kagan: Pay-TV Has ‘Competitive Advantage’ With EST (June 13, 2015) By Barry Flynn, VideoNet: Electronic sell-through (EST) is a small but growing sector, according to consultants SNL Kagan, and pay-tv operators are best-placed to exploit it.
  4. Revenues from OTT services could triple to $12B by 2018, Ooyala-Vindicia report says (July 14, 2015) By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: Revenue from “premium” U.S. OTT services will grow from $4 billion in 2014 to somewhere between $8 billion to $12 billion in 2018, according to a study conducted by London’s MTM and commissioned by online video service providers Ooyala and Vindicia.
  5. New Wi-Fi Aware Technology Adds Context to Connections (July 15, 2015) By Andrew Berg, Wireless Week: The Wi-Fi Alliance is hoping to make Wi-Fi devices more aware of the world around them.

 

 

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Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of July 6, 2015

RapidTV News detailed this week’s report from ABI Research on 4KTV content penetration. According to the analyst firm, high-resolution premium video, including 4K and Ultra HD content, is a fast-growing market; and therefore, content protection services must follow suit with adaptability and preparedness for the expanding space.

Top Tech News reported on recent white papers from Alitcast, suggesting that cable boxes have the potential to become an Internet-of-Things (IoT) hub.

On Wednesday, Fierce Cable covered CableLabs’ announcement of new specs for CCAP architectures. CableLabs principal architect, Karthik Sundaresan, explained how this technology “[provides] significant scale advantages and flexible deployment options for both DOCSIS 3.0 and DOCSIS 3.1 networks.”

According to a Zacks article, Comcast will open up its set-top box and software testing framework so that other cable TV operators can also access the source codes.

Showtime launched its new OTT video service, Showtime Anytime, this week. Multichannel News reported how the service will be available via: Apple, Roku, Hulu and Sony PlayStation.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Faster than expected penetration makes 4KTV content protection a growing concern (July 9, 2015) by Staff Writer, RapidTV News: The good news for content firms looking to expand offerings with 4KTV quality content is that penetration is increasing; the bad is that security is also a growing issue, says an ABI Research report.
  2. Can Cable Serve as All-in-One IoT Hubs? Alticast Think So (July 2, 2015) by Dan Heilman, Top Tech News: According to a recently published white paper, cable boxes have the potential to become protocol-agnostic Internet-of-Things (IoT) hubs and in the process begin to address the competing protocols and closed systems that continue to hold back the IoT industry.
  3. CableLabs released new specs for distributed CCAP architectures (July 8, 2015) by Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: CableLabs has released a new series of specifications covering distributed architectures for the Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP).
  4. Comcast to Share its Cable Set-Top Box Testing Platform (July 7, 2015) by Zacks Equity Research, Zacks: Comcast Corp., the largest cable MSO (multi service operator) in the U.S., has recently opened up its cable set-top box and software testing framework so that other cable TV operators can also access the source codes.
  5. Showtime Unleashes Stand-Alone OTT Service (July 8, 2015) by Jeff Baumgratner, Multichannel News:Beating a previously announced deadline, Showtime said Tuesday it has launched its stand-alone streaming service via Apple, Roku, Hulu and Sony PlayStation Vue ahead of the July 12 season debuts of network original series Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex.

 

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