Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of January 26, 2015

This week, Multichannel News covered the FCC’s appointment of 18 members to the new Downloadable Security Technology Advisory Committee, including Bruce McClelland, ARRIS’s president of network and cloud & global services.

In other industry news, FierceCable reported that media industry analyst Craig Moffett predicts that there will be a reversal of the long-time trend of cable losing video market share to satellite, with cable companies expected to narrow their video subscriber losses significantly in 2015.

Separately, Broadband TV News included the findings of a new Pyramid Research report that predicts that paid over-the-top (OTT) revenue will expand in emerging markets over the next four years, driven largely by the growing popularity of subscription video on demand (SVoD) services.

Digital TV Europe reported that streaming media players are expected to be found in some 39 million U.S. households by 2017, according to research by NPD Group.

Finally, TechHive covered the growing trend toward 4K adoption and highlighted that this year’s Super Bowl is likely to coincide with a spike in 4K TV sales, despite the fact that the game won’t be broadcast in 4K.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. FCC Appoints Downloadable-Security Committee (Jan. 28) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday announced the appointment of 18 members to a new committee that will help the agency pursue a successor the CableCARD.
  2. Cable will begin to reclaim video share from satellite in 2015, analyst predicts (Jan. 26) By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: Media analyst Craig Moffett predicts that starting this year, cable will reverse a decade-long trend of losing video market share to satellite.
  3. OTT video picks up in emerging markets (Jan. 28) By Staff Writer, Broadband TV News: A new Pyramid Research report expects paid OTT revenue in emerging markets to expand from US$1.9 billion in 2014 to US$6.0 billion in 2019.
  4. Streaming media player ownership to hit 40% in US (Jan. 27) By Staff Writer, Digital TV Europe: Streaming media player penetration is set to reach 40% of US broadband homes by 2017, with these devices to be found in some 39 million households, according to research by NPD Group.
  5. Statistics suggest Super Bowl 49 has kicked off a boom in 4K TV sales (Jan. 27) By Pulkit Chandna, TechHive: When we look back on this year’s Super Bowl, we might see the spark that ignited a boom in sales of 4K TVs—at least in the U.S. market.

A New Year’s Resolution That’s Easy to Keep

44 percent of Americans said in December that they’ll probably make a new year’s resolution SB6183_Left_Side2for 2015, according to research from Marist Poll. But of those who made a resolution last year, only 41 percent were able to keep their word.

Here’s one way to improve your odds – resolve to make resolutions easier to keep and get yourself an ARRIS SURFboard® SB6183 cable modem.

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Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of January 12, 2015

This week, Multichannel News included comments from ARRIS CEO Bob Stanzione on Charter’s new Worldbox. At a recent Needham & Company investor conference in New York, Stanzione said he believes Worldbox will level the playing field for set-tops and that he expects ARRIS to have equal opportunity to bid to be a Worldbox supplier.

Separately, CED Magazine covered the expansion of WOW! Business’ 110 Mbps downstream/15 Mbps upstream broadband tier, which uses ARRIS cable modems, to Detroit and Evansville, Ind.

In other news, GigaOM noted that, as Ultra HD becomes more mainstream, the lack of standards for 4K and HDR has led to the forming of the UHD Alliance, a new industry consortium unveiled at CES last week.

Advanced Television reported newly released data from SNL Kagan that estimates that Americans spent more than $9 billion on mobile entertainment in 2014, nearly as much as was spent at the box office.

Finally, Digital TV Europe covered new figures from Digital TV Research that indicate pay-TV revenues in Sub-Saharan Africa are expected to reach $6.22 billion by 2020.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Arris Not Boxed Out Of ‘Worldbox’ Opportunity (Jan. 14) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: While Cisco Systems was identified as a “key” supplier of Charter Communications’ new Worldbox” through 2015 at last week’s International CES, the market “overreacted” to the news, according to Bob Stanzione, Arris’s chairman and CEO.
  2. WOW! Business unleashes 110 Mbps tier in Detroit, Evansville (Jan. 13) By Mike Robuck, CED Magazine: WOW! Business announced the availability of its 110 Mbps downstream/15 Mbps upstream broadband tier in Detroit and Evansville, Ind.The 110/15 business offering, which uses Arris’ cable modems, was previously deployed in Chicago, Cleveland and Columbus.
  3. UHD is TV’s next big thing. So why is the industry divided? (Jan. 13) By Janko Roettgers, GigaOM: We’ve had gigantic TVs, curved TVs, 3D TVs, even TVs that can bend with the press of a button. TV makers tend to bring all their latest gimmicks to one-up each other at the annual CES show in Las Vegas.
  4. US mobile entertainment tops $9bn in 2014 (Jan. 14) By Staff Writer, Advanced Television: Americans are now spending almost as much on smartphone and tablet entertainment as at the box office.
  5. Pay TV revenues in Sub-Saharan Africa to hit US$6.22 billion (Jan. 14) By Staff Writer, Digital TV Europe: Pay TV revenues in Sub-Saharan Africa will more than triple in the decade starting 2010, reaching US$6.22 billion (€5.27 billion) in 2020, according to Digital TV Research.

ARRIS CEI – A Closer Look

Last year, we released our annual ARRIS Consumer Entertainment Index—a global study of ARRIS_infographic_May201410,500 people in 19 countries—that uncovered some fascinating trends about the ways that we enjoy our entertainment.

It was clear that we want our media, our way—whether that’s recorded or broadcast content on our phones or tablets or watching several episodes of our favorite show, all at once. But there was a lot more in the numbers that we thought were worth a closer look.

Today, we’re publishing a several new reports that shed light on the data in different regions of the globe. Take a look at our new whitepaper and regional presentations, here.

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

This week, CNNMoney reported that some cable providers are increasing their modem rental fees in 2015 and highlighted the ARRIS SB6121 and SBG6580 as good options for consumers looking to purchase their own modem.

In other industry news, Multichannel News covered a recent report from Infonetics, which found that nearly 90 million DOCSIS 3.0 modems and gateway devices shipped in the last 12 quarters and indicated that momentum shows no signs of slowing in the near future.

Fortune noted in its coverage from CES 2015 that 4K has finally found its foothold in the mainstream, due in large part to an increase in available 4K content and more affordable 4K TVs entering the market. Similarly, Advanced Television reported that a recent study from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) found that one-third of consumers may purchase a 4K TV within the next three years. Read more

Cable Modems: Buy vs. Rent

Many cable customers are entering the New Year with a price increase for renting their modem SB6183_Left_Side2from their service provider. You might be one of them. This year, make a resolution to get your own. You’ll save some money and get a better Internet connection too. 

Here’s an example: buy the world’s fastest modem at retail, our ARRIS SURFboard® SB6183, and save an average $9 each month (or more than $100 a year) in modem rental fees. Read more

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