Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week of September 21, 2015

Advanced Television reported that Turkish operator Turksat selected the ARRIS E6000™ Converged Edge Router to prepare for future IP interactivity and future-proof its eventual service expansion.

The New York Post reported that Nielson’s second-quarter Total Audience Report had good news for Internet-only subscription services as the number of broadband-only homes rose from 2.15 million to 3.28 million.

According to Rapid TV News, the 2015 US Residential Television Service Provider Satisfaction Study published by JD Power showed that the overall satisfaction with pay-TV service providers increased considerably since last year.

Broadband TV News highlighted a study by Goldmedia showing that more than half of Germans watch television programs and videos on second-screen devices such as smartphones or tablets in parallel to the programs they are following on their TV.

Lastly, IP&TV News reported that total subscription and VOD revenues for 68 pay-TV operators in Asia will go from $10 billion in 2014 to $33 billion by 2020, citing research from The Asia Pacific Pay TV Operator Forecast report.

1. Turksat selects Arris router (September 17, 2015) Advanced Television: Arris Group has announced that Turksat, Turkey’s leading satellite communications and cable TV operator, has selected its E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER) to prepare for future IP interactivity and higher speed broadband services.

2. Internet-only homes are becoming the new normal (September 22, 2015) By Claire Atkinson, New York Post: The number of Internet-only homes rose from 2.15 million to 3.28 million. But the report also found that 561,000 of the free TV homes didn’t pony up for Internet service — perhaps a sign more people are relying on their mobile plans to get connected or are getting their Internet service outside of the home.

3. US pay-TV customer satisfaction jumps in 2015 (September 25, 2015) By Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News: Satisfaction is calculated on a 1,000-point scale: TV satisfaction has increased by 12 points to 723 in 2015 from 711 in 2014, and a significant 24 points to 723 in 2015 from 699 in 2013. The main reason for the overall increase has been a 39 point rise in satisfaction in the network performance and reliability factor during the period.

4. Second-screen gains importance in German TV households (September 24, 2015) By John Krieger, Broadband TV News: The new forms of media consumption are becoming increasingly popular in Germany with more than half (56%) of Germans watching TV programs and videos on smartphones, tablets or laptops.

5. Pay-TV subs set to boom 74% in Asia Pacific (September 23, 2015) By Thomas Campbell, IP&TV News: Despite economic growth concerns, pay-TV subscriptions for Asia Pacific’s top 68 operators will increase by 74% from a collective 376 million in 2014 to 535 million by 2020, according to a new report from Digital TV Research.

ARRIS to Demonstrate DOCSIS 3.1 Capabilities at CableLabs

This week, we’re at CableLabs® DOCSIS 3.1 Technology Demonstration Event to give service providers insight into managing the DOCSIS® 3.1 migration.

Our presentation will cover DOCSIS 3.1’s facility for backwards compatibility and scalability to tomorrow’s networks. Specifically, we’ll be demonstrating the following aspects of the technology:

  • How the ARRIS E6000™ CER platform and CMTS product support bonding across DOCSIS 3.0 and DOCSIS 3.1 downstream channels
  • How a DOCSIS 3.0 upstream channel can simultaneously support DOCSIS 3.1 and DOCSIS 3.0 cable modems

We will also connect a spectrum analyzer to show the concurrent transmission of DOCSIS 3.1 and DOCSIS 3.0 channels.

DOCSIS 3.1 will help operators deliver the speed and performance to deliver tomorrow’s services, and ARRIS is at the forefront of this technology implementation.

And very soon, we’ll be unveiling several new advanced broadband DOCSIS 3.1 devices. Stay tuned!

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week of September 14, 2015

The New York Times reported that Cablevision agreed to be acquired by Altice Group. If the acquisition is approved, Altice would rank among the largest cable operators in the United States, with about 3.7 million video subscribers.

Multichannel News reported that ARRIS is deploying a DOCSIS 3.0-powered gateway (ARRIS TG1682), with Comcast as part of its new XB3 service. The gateway enables gigabit wireless speeds, IP video and integrated home automation and security capabilities.

ARRIS has been selected to be the new supplier of an updated IPTV Box for Telefonica’s Movistar+ platform, according to Broadband TV News. This upgrade features 50% more processing capacity and provides 1GB of memory.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, BBC is launching an over-the-top (OTT) video service in the U.S. next year. Over the next few years, BBC will try to expand services globally to take advantage of the British programming and digital opportunities.

Multichannel News reported on the findings of an Evercore ISI Group study of 866 millennial men and women, which showed that the younger generation is willing to pay for content.

  1. Expanding in U.S., Altice Plans to Buy Cablevision for $17.7 Billion (September 17, 2015) By Emily Steel and Mark Scott, The New York Times: With its $17.7 billion takeover of Cablevision, the European company Altice solidified its position as a bold new player in the fast-consolidating American cable market.
  2.  Comcast, Arris Open Up Gateway Deployment (September 14, 2015) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Arris said it has begun to deploy a new DOCSIS 3.0-powered gateway with Comcast that supports 802.11ac WiFi, IP video and integrated home automation and security, and represents a component of the MSO’s new “XB3” service.
  3.  Arris wins Movistar+ box supply deal (September 12, 2015) By Julian Clover, Broadband TV News: Arris has been selected as the supplier of a new IPTV box for Telefonica’s Movistar+ platform.
  4.  BBC to Launch U.S. Streaming Service Next Year (September 17, 2015) By George Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter: The BBC will launch an over-the-top video service in the U.S. next year, the U.K. public broadcaster’s top executive, director general Tony Hall, said at a TV industry convention in Cambridge, England on Thursday.
  5. Study: Most Millennials Don’t Want to Cut The Cord (September 15, 2015) By Mike Farrell, Multichannel News: An Evercore ISI Group study of 866 millennial men and women showed that while the younger generation watches most of its video online, they are more than willing to pay for it and are in no rush to cancel their cable/satellite/telco subscriptions.


ARRIS @ Jornadas 2015

We’re at Jornadas Internacionales in Argentina this week to lead the discussion around the future of broadband and video delivery in Argentina and beyond.

This year’s global conference features both booth demonstrations and technical workshops focusing on the new services and business models that are driving the cable industry. We’ll be on site to showcase how our solutions are enabling service providers to anticipate these trends as well as capitalize on the growth in broadband, digital TV, and connected devices.

ARRIS Sales Engineering Manager Rodrigo Plaza will lead a technical workshop discussion on DOCSIS 3.1 Network Migration and review how it will transform entertainment and create new opportunities for operators.

Check out a few photos from the show below!


Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week of August 31, 2015

Light Reading posted an article arguing that the time has come for cable companies to start truly monetizing Wi-Fi™. LR noted that they will delve into this issue in greater detail in future blog posts, webinars, and events.

Verizon Wireless will soon launch its mobile video service, as reported by Fierce Wireless. This service, called “Go90,” will feature content from media partners such as AOL and Viacom.

Multichannel News published a recent study by IHS Technology, showing that Italians watch more linear TV than any other country in Europe. The British are at the top of the list for PVRs (personal video recorders) and streaming services.

A new OTT video player, Looke, has been introduced in Brazil, according to Rapid TV News. Looke will include subscription video-on-demand and pay-per-view options with an initial catalogue of 7,500 films, documentaries, series and music videos.

Lastly, Media Post reported that the number of IoT connected devices will rise over 285% in the next five years to 38.5 billion, according to data from Juniper Research. The study shows that the consumer segment (composed of the smart home, connected vehicles and digital healthcare), represents a high ARPU (average revenue per user) market segment.

1. Time to Monetize Cable WiFi (August 31, 2015) By Alan Breznick, Light Reading: With the US cable industry having set up nearly 12 million WiFi access points throughout the nation, there are now plenty of hotspots in place for operators to take financial advantage of their still-growing wireless assets.

2. Report: Verizon to launch ‘Go90′ mobile OTT video service in the coming days (September 2, 2015) By Phil Goldstein, Fierce Wireless: Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ) plans to launch its over-the-top mobile video service, rumored to be called “Go90,” in the coming days, and will initially offer free shows aimed at young viewers, according to a Bloomberg report.

3. Study: Italians Watch More TV, Brits Prefer OTT (September 2, 2015) By Mike Farrell, Multichannel News: Italians watch more linear TV than any other country in Europe – about 4 hours and 20 minutes per day – but the British lead the pack in online and personal video recorder viewership, according to a recent study by IHS Technology.

4. Brazil takes Looke at new VOD, OTT player (September 3, 2015) By Juan Fernandez Gonzalez, Rapid TV News: Looke, a new over-the-top (OTT) video player, has been launched in Brazil, with a mixed business model including subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) and pay-per-view options.

5. IoT Connected Devices Triples To 38 Billion By 2020 (August 27, 2015) By Jack Loechner, Media Post: According to new data from Juniper Research, the number of IoT (Internet of Things) connected devices will number 38.5 billion in 2020, up from 13.4 billion in 2015: a rise of over 285%, driven by a surge in connected industrial applications.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed—Week of August 24, 2015

Light Reading reported that CableLabs® has opened product certification for DOCSIS 3.1 equipment, paving the way toward DOCSIS 3.1 deployment.

Rapid TV News reported that DIRECTV launched the 4K Genie Mini to expand 4K access to more customers nationwide.

A Dataxis study estimated that in 2018, there will be a total of 135.5 million digital, 120.9 million HD, 58.5 million connected and 1.3 million 4K installed TV sets in the five largest Latin American countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, and Mexico), according to IP & TV News.

This week, Multichannel News revealed a survey from S3 Group showing that pay TV operators are speeding up multiscreen TV software releases. Of the nearly 30 operators surveyed in the U.S., nearly half boosted the number of software releases by more than 20% in 2015.

Finally, Media Post disclosed that 45% of TVs sold in the U.S. are now connected TVs—up from 34% a year ago and 24% two years ago.

  1. Clock Starts on DOCSIS 3.1 (August 25, 2015) By Mari Silbey, Light Reading: DOCSIS 3.1 jumped from concept to full-blown specification in record time in fall 2013, but in many ways, the race for D3.1 has only just begun.
  2. Rising 4K STB market set to aid pay-TV operators (August 23, 2015) Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News: The 4K set-top-box segment is finally starting to see some action—and that could be good news for the flagging pay-TV sector.
  3. 24.8 connected TV forecast for largest LATAM countries by 2018 (August 24, 2015) By Thomas Campbell, IP &TV News: Dataxis estimates that in 2018 there will be a total of 135.5 million digital, 120.9 million HD, 58.5 million connected and 1.3 million 4K installed TV sets in the five largest Latin American countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia and Mexico).
  4. Pay TV Operators Speeding Up App Releases (August 18, 2015) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: About half of pay TV operators are deploying multiscreen TV software releases at a speedier rate in 2015 versus 2014, a new survey of nearly 30 operators in the U.S. and Europe from S3 Group revealed.
  5. Connected TV Homes Show Continued Growth (August 26, 2015) By Wayne Friedman, MediaPost: Connected TV homes continue to make gains in the TV marketplace.
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