ARRIS to Sponsor Technical Track at 28th Annual NAMIC Conference

At this year’s 28th annual National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) turnitupConference, ARRIS is sponsoring the Technical Track titled “Talk Techy to Me.” The panel features a fun, educational overview of our industry’s technical lingo.

As an added bonus, Mark DePietro, our VP of Strategy & Business Development, will be there to discuss HEVC/4K. Drop by to hear his talk, and you’ll have the opportunity to win an Ultra HDTV!

Mark will be joined by Shalini Ramachadran, Staff Reporter – The Wall Street Journal, serving as the panel’s moderator; Franklyn Athias, SVP of Comcast and Craig Cuttner SVP at HBO.

So don’t forget to register today for this year’s NAMIC conference on Sept. 16-17 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

ARRIS Scoops CSI Award for ServAssure Wi-Fi


ARRIS ServAssure Wi-Fi wins at the CSI AwardsLast night at the CSI Awards held at IBC 2014 in Amsterdam, we won the award for “Best Monitoring or network management solution” of our ServAssure Wi-Fi Solutions. Now in its 12th year the, CSI Awards are among the most prestigious technology awards in the industry, designed to recognize innovation and excellence in the cable, satellite, broadcast, IPTV, telco, broadband/OTT video, mobile TV and associated sectors.

The ARRIS ServAssure Wi-Fi Solution enables technicians to navigate the increasingly complex world and service architecture of Wi-Fi.

At ARRIS, we collaborate with our customers to help deliver the best entertainment experiences; we are honored to have been recognized for continued innovation.

Congratulations to the team!

ARRIS @ IBC 2014

IBC 2014 kicked off today and the ARRIS booth was buzzing as we showcased the latest in transformative solutions for the video delivery chain, from content creation to consumption.

Take a look at some photos from the booth below, and if you’re in Amsterdam please stop by to say hi  -we are in Hall 1, D31.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of September 8, 2014

This week, ARRIS is attending IBC in Amsterdam. Multichannel News highlighted our new, sleeker designs for IPTV set-tops and video clients, including the VIP4000 and VIP5000. Similarly, FierceCable reported ARRIS has introduced three new advanced compression products with HEVC technology — the DSR-7400, SE-7400 and ME-7000.

In other industry news, Advanced Television shared data from Irdeto revealing that young viewers are driving the next generation of content services with their high expectations of personalized services, penchant for binge viewing, and use of connected devices.

According to IP&TV News, nearly one in four people using a second device when watching TV would like their TV ads targeted to them.

Finally, Home Media Magazine detailed a study by Intelsat S.A. noting many marketing media executives believe widespread consumer adoption of Ultra HD will become a reality within 10 years.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Arris Spruces Up Its Set-Top Lineup (Sept. 11) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: The trend may be toward the so-called “virtualization” of the set-top box as more of those functions get packed into the cloud, but that doesn’t mean traditional boxes will be going the way of the dodo anytime soon.
  2. Arris rolls out new HEVC set-tops, compression products (Sept. 10) By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: Timed to the ongoing IBC conference in Amsterdam, as well as the upcoming Cable-Tec Expo in Denver, Arris is introducing a range of new products based on HEVC technology.
  3. Younger viewers driving next-gen content services (Sept. 11) By Colin Mann, Advanced Television: Young viewers are driving next generation content services with their high expectations of personalised services, penchant for binge viewing and use of connected devices, according to new global research from Multiscreen, Revenue Assurance and Media Protection solutions specialist Irdeto.
  4. 38% of second screeners want targeted ads (Sept. 10) By Thomas Campbell, IP&TV News: Almost two thirds (64%) of people have used a second device when watching TV. Of these second screeners, almost four in 10 (38%) would like TV ads to be targeted to them, and one quarter (24%) would like to be able to buy products they see advertised at the same time from another such as a smartphone or tablet.
  5. Media Executives Say 4K Ultra-HDTV Headed for Broad Consumer Adoption — in 10 Years (Sept. 9) By Erik Gruenwedel, Home Media Magazine: Despite a sluggish start due to unit pricing and limited available content, widespread consumer adoption of 4K Ultra-HD Television will be a reality within 10 years, according to a report.

ARRIS to demonstrate power of SDN and NFV at IBC 2014 and SCTE 2014

Video content delivery is becoming more complex than ever. And, service providers are exploring how best to evolve the delivery of all of this content, as consumers’ video appetite only grows. As we noted in our May 2014 Consumer Entertainment Index, while the living room is still the center of household entertainment, the proliferation of connected devices and the growing popularity of streaming content is mobilizing consumers within the home. And it shows no signs of slowing down.

Enter Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networks (SDNs).

ARRIS is exploring the benefits and applicability of both NFV and SDNs for a number of network control and data-plane functions. We believe NFV and SDN Controllers may prove invaluable in permitting operators to increase feature velocity, simplify network management, and capitalize on the cost benefits of elasticity within virtualized environments.

Over the course of IBC 2014 and SCTE 2014, we will demonstrate three advanced network functions implemented with a common SDN platform:

  • Dynamic bandwidth management for individual users, regardless of where they are on the network – something we are calling Bring Your Own Service (BYOS)
  • Protection from distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks using an NFV firewall
  • Dynamic bandwidth management for nDVR playback (introduced at SCTE)

The deployment of an open source SDN platform enables service providers to abstract complicated north-bound interfaces and use simpler HTTP-based, RESTful management for network functions. Our IBC demonstrations use OpenDaylight, an open source SDN platform able to translate complex interfaces like PCMM to a web-based applications platform.

ARRIS continues to collaborate with our customers to find the right video content delivery path, and NFV and SDNs are two worthy virtualization options for consideration. Both can positively impact service provider CAPEX and OPEX – therefore, it’s worth exploring if these options are right for you. Stop by ARRIS booth this week at IBC 2014 in Hall 1, Stand D31, or from September 22-25th at SCTE Cable Tech EXPO 2014 at stand #1764to see these demonstrations.

ARRIS Previews Slim, New Ultra HD Set-tops at IBC 2014

The doors to the exhibition halls at IBC 2014 will open on Friday, and we’re set to preview an exciting evolution in our set-top portfolio.

The ARRIS VIP4000 and VIP5000 series redefine set-top design with HEVC decode ARRIS VIP4000 VIP5000 Series set-topscapabilities and 802.11ac Wi-Fi® wrapped in four small, minimalist enclosures to bring the future of entertainment to consumers.

The two lines allow service providers to address growing demand for robust services like Ultra HD and multiscreen HD—quickly and efficiently—while offering support for a variety of software applications.

The innovation continues in the set-tops’ physical design, which showcases new, discreet and minimalistic forms. The new designs feature four distinct silhouettes, ranging from the size of a deck of cards to a paperback novel. Each enclosure is finished in high-gloss polished Lexan and features sweeping convex curves for a floating effect. They’re available in six colors, including snow & copper; ice blue; ARRIS orange; tinted grey; premium umbra; and midnight purple.

The VIP4000 and VIP5000 series offer a deep level of customization for service providers, who can choose the features and form factor to best suit their subscribers—whether it is HEVC for Ultra HD, a larger HDD for more DVR storage, or an ultra-compact design to sit snuggly behind the TV. They are slated to launch globally starting in 2015.

ARRIS is at IBC 2014 Friday 12th- Tuesday 16th September in Hall 1, Stand D31, so drop by if you’d like to see the next generation of new set-tops in person. If you can’t make it along, check out our video below:

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