Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of June 22, 2015

On Wednesday, Broadband Technology Report cited commentary from ARRIS’s Jay Bestermann on the shift toward Wi-Fi-based mobile plans that drive traffic predominately through Wi-Fi and shift back to data.

Furthermore, CSI quoted ARRIS CTO Charles Cheevers on the benefits and rollout of RDK-B, as well as the industry’s efforts to put an IoT module into the RDK-B framework.

Fierce Wireless reported Verizon Wireless’s plans to roll out a new OTT mobile video service this summer, predominately funded by advertisers through sponsored data. This will allow consumers to enjoy content without paying for it in a data bundle.

Additionally, The Wall Street Journal reported that results from Nielsen’s Total Audience Report contradict theories of a dire TV landscape. The report suggested that the number of video impressions versus traditional TV is not fully indicative of viewership since they are measured differently.

Lastly, Business Insider predicted that the market for smart home technology will peak in the next two years. It also reported that 60 million of the 91 million households with broadband service are currently interested in smart home technology due to the additional cost savings and product familiarity.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Time to Monetize All that Wi-Fi (June 24, 2015) By Monta Monaco Hernon, Broadband Technology Report: Wi-Fi seems to be the “it” kid on the block these days. Yes, there is talk of whether cable operators will find the magic bullet, so to speak, to blow a hole in the cellular carriers’ mobile dominance.
  2. Shinning a light on RDK (June 24, 2015) By Goran Nastic , CSI: A panel at Anga revealed some of the first data on how the open source project is helping operators innovate and bring products to market faster. In the meantime, RDK-B will emerge later this year, potentially also embracing IoT features.
  3. Verizon’s OTT mobile service will support sponsored data (June 23, 2015) By Phil Goldstein, Fierce Wireless: Verizon Wireless’ forthcoming over-the-the-top mobile video service will support sponsored data, with advertisers subsidizing the cost of consumers’ video consumption, according to a senior Verizon executive.
  4. If You Think TV is Dead, Maybe You’re Measuring Wrong (June 23, 2015) By Steven Perlberg, The Wall Street Journal: The TV world may love to hate Nielsen, but now the measurement giant is arming media companies with a new report that could aid their fight against digital rivals.
  5. The smart home market is still young, but people are already clamoring for the devices (June 23, 2014) By: Tony Danova, Business Insider: Homes around the world are going to become smarter and more connected over the next five years.

Another step in the eco-friendly direction

We’ve said it before and it is worth saying it again — when it comes to energy efficiency, less iscea_logo more. As a global leader in products responsible for broadband and TV entertainment delivery into homes everywhere, we also never lose sight of how we can play a significant role in energy conservation.

That’s why we’re thrilled to join forces with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) to improve energy efficiency of small network equipment by 10-20 percent. ARRIS broadband modems, routers and gateways will be core to this commitment.

And this agreement builds into our previously stated focus on minimizing energy use. We’ve long been committed to minimizing our global carbon footprint and energy use through environmentally responsible business operations. And of course, we’ve shown how we factor this way of thinking into our product innovations. Back in 2013, we voluntarily agreed to reduce the energy usage of our set-top devices along with today’s partners – CEA and NCTA – as well as the U.S. Energy Department, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and other industry associations and energy advocates.

Today is yet another step in our commitment to minimize our products’ impact on the environment. And we have no plans to slow down!

ARRIS Mourns The Loss of Ralph Roberts

“Comcast’s founder Ralph Roberts exemplified true leadership and vision throughout his life. He was a pioneer in the cable industry, who built one of America’s greatest companies and brought services that enriched our lives. We send our deepest condolences to the Roberts family. He will be truly missed,” states Bob Stanzione, ARRIS CEO.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of June 15, 2015

On Monday, Screen Plays Magazine discussed the increasing momentum behind Comcast’s original RDK initiative. It also highlighted ARRIS’s contribution to RDK through its in-band DVB Service Information system.

Multichannel News reported on Time Warner Cable’s expectations to provide 1 Gigabit of speed per second across all of Los Angeles, rather than individual neighborhoods, thanks to its D3.1 technology.

Furthermore, Wireless Week informed audiences that due to the increase of smartphones, tablets and a trend of multiple device households, Americans used 4.1 trillion megabytes of data during 2014.

Digital Media Wire covered the creation of Story Sync, a new second-screen application that allows users to interact with characters from their favorite shows. The article also highlighted how these applications are closing the gap between media outlets and consumers by unlocking a new range of monetization opportunities.

Lastly, Nation Multimedia reported on Nielsen’s development of audience multiscreen measurement protocol to understand how media fragmentation has altered TV viewing, due to the increased use of smartphones.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. RDK Moves to Broadband Gateways Amid Surge in Adoption & Innovation (June 15, 2015) By Fred Dawson, Screen Plays Magazine: With growing momentum the Reference Design Kit initiative spawned three years ago by Comcast is shaping MVPD strategies across the globe and, in the process, building a demand pool that is impacting device designs beyond the initially targeted set-top domain.
  2. TWC ‘Well Positioned’ to Bring 1-Gig Across L.A. (June 16, 2015) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Time Warner Cable said it is “well-positioned” to bring speeds of 1 Gbps across its Los Angeles footprint in the wake of a request for participants (RFP) issued by the city last week.
  3. Report: Americans Used 4.1 Trillion Megabytes in 2014 (June 17, 2015) By Andrew Berg, Wireless Week: Americans used 4.1 trillion megabytes of data last year according to new research from CTIA.
  4. Double Vision: Media Monetization Through Second Screen (June 17, 2015) Digital Media Wire: Would you be able to survive a night with The Walking Dead? Do you think your favorite celebrity could? You can find out by hooking up to Story Sync, a second screen app that lets viewers interact with the show on their tablet while watching it on TV.
  5. Nielson test-runs multiscreen TV audience measurement protocol (June 18, 2015) By Watchiranont Thongtep, The Nation: AMID the changes in TV viewing behaviour encouraged by media fragmentation, Nielsen (Thailand) has kicked off a test run of multiscreen audience measurement in a bid to boost data quality and TV ratings stability as well as to retain its reputation in the industry.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of June 8, 2015

Last Friday, Fortune listed ARRIS as one of the “hottest companies of the 2015 Fortune 500” having experienced the most growth over the past year and rising further up on list than most others companies.

On Wednesday, Multichannel News reported that ARRIS dominated first quarter market share by securing 51 percent of revenue due to the early availability of the E6000™ CER.

Furthermore, TechCrunch discussed TiVo’s efforts to cater to cord cutters, enabling users to view both live TV and DVR recordings over the Internet mimicking principles of modern streaming services.

Additionally, Variety reported on efforts made by Time Warner’s Turner and Comcast that provide users all available programming through a VOD platform, allowing individuals to not only enjoy current programs but also to discover new content using the service.

Finally, Mashable reported on the University of Washington’s efforts to establish a mainstream wireless charging system through Wi-Fi, eliminating the need for current impractical wireless charging systems.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Hottest companies on the Fortune 500 (June 5, 2015) By Daniel Roberts, Fortune: It’s good to be on the Fortune 500, great to be a repeat performer, but even better to have made a big leap since last year. These 15 companies have risen more spots in the last year than any of the rest.
  2. Cable Access Equipment Shipments Rise, But Revenues Slide (June 10, 2015) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: The first quarter represented a mixed bag for cable broadband access network equipment suppliers as DOCSIS channel shipments climbed but overall revenues in the category dipped due to aggressive pricing and a surge in software licenses, according to a new report from IHS that tracks shipments of cable modem termination system (CMTS), converged cable access platform (CCAP) and edge QAM products.
  3. TiVo Now Lets Subscribers Stream Recordings and Live TV Via The Web (June 9, 2015) By Sarah Perez, TechCrunch: DVR maker TiVo announced today a new product called TiVo Online that will allow its subscribers to stream both their DVR recordings as well as live TV over the web.
  4. Tuner, Comcast Move to Capture Binge-Watching Crowd (June 8, 2015) By Brian Steinberg, Variety: Time Warner’s Turner and Comcast are working quickly to rewrite the rules currently established in the nascent realm of VOD.
  5. Wireless charging over Wi-Fi could be on the horizon (June 9, 2015) By Chris Perkins, Mashable: Say goodbye to cables? Researchers at the University of Washington just successfully tested Wi-Fi charging.

ARRIS @ ANGA COM 2015

This week, senior leaders from the Cable and Satellite industry across Europe will convene in Cologne, Germany for ANGA COM. The event will provide an opportunity to discuss the future of the industry and how technology can help drive unique consumer entertainment experiences. Key topics on this year’s agenda include: Gigabit service, DOCSIS 3.1 transition strategies, Multiscreen, UHD and RDK. If you are attending ANGA COM, make sure you visit ARRIS at Hall 10.2, Stand #E21.

ARRIS’s experts are also speaking at ANGA COM. Don’t forget to put the following sessions in your diary:

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