SURFboard® SBG6782-AC — The Perfect Teammate for EA’s 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

Soccer fans, you don’t have to wait until summer for the World Cup.  This week, EA Sports’ “2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™” is bringing the main event to your gaming console—connecting you to SBG6782U_RIGHT (revised2)players around the world.

Online gaming is serious business! Fast-paced action means no room for lag or high latency. There is no “slow” in GOAL!

Today’s high-performance, streaming, multiplayer games demand the fastest and most reliable Internet connection. Your gaming experience is only as fast as your weakest link… So if that old modem is still a part of your lineup, do yourself a favor and pick up the award-winning Motorola-ARRIS SURFboard SBG6782-AC.

Whether you’re streaming or wired-in on your PS3® or Xbox 360™, you can rest assured that the SBG6782-AC DOCSIS® 3.0 Cable Modem and 802.11AC Wi-Fi® router has you covered. The fastest Ethernet and the fastest Wi-Fi give you the home field advantage when your winning play comes down to split seconds.

And with ARRIS’s leading interoperability, you can trust that all of today’s popular devices and services will work with your SURFboard right out of the box… just plug and play. No lengthy pairing sequences or wondering why your console won’t connect.

Fast, simple Internet, and the 2014 World Cup—here, today.

Score the SBG6782-AC from Target or Best Buy today.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of April 7, 2014

This week, ARRIS attended the NAB Show in Las Vegas, showing off the latest and greatest in broadcast television. TVNewsCheck offered a recap of the show, noting that the television industry and NAB are positioning television broadcasters for future success. Multichannel News highlighted Ultra HD/4K as a focal point of the show, calling the technology the “next big thing,” although the rest of the television ecosystem is still catching up.

In other news, Rapid TV News shared findings from the IHS Technology Professional Video Research practice, revealing the global market for broadcast equipment and services — in which ARRIS is a key player — reached $61 billion in 2013. According to FierceCable, the worldwide IPTV market is also growing, with the Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute projecting that overall IPTV subscriber numbers will grow to 128 million by the end of 2014.

Additionally, Advanced Television discussed growth in home network penetration, which is expected to climb to 33.2 percent by 2018 due largely to continued spread of broadband services and demand for multiscreen video.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. NAB Exhibits Offer Innovation, Draw Interest (April 10) By Phil Kurz, TVNewsCheck:  Perhaps the most important thing to come out of this year’s gathering in Las Vegas is that both the television industry and the NAB seem to have a profound understanding of these questions and are responding in ways aimed at positioning television broadcasters for future success.
  2. The NAB Show and Tele-Vestigial Trends (April 7) By Leslie Ellis, Multichannel News: This week, the people of broadcast television make their way to Las Vegas for the annual gathering of the National Association of Broadcasters.
  3. Digital pay-TV take-up drives video market to $63BN (April 5) By Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News: Showing precisely what a rich seam the industry is, new research from IHS Technology has revealed that the global market for professional broadcast equipment and services reached $63 billion in 2013.
  4. Report says worldwide IPTV sub base will hit 128 million in 2014 (April 7) By Jim Barthold, FierceCable: IPTV may be stutter-stepping across the U.S., but it’s going gangbusters picking up new subscribers elsewhere in the world, according to the Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute’s (MIC) latest report, “The Worldwide IPTV Subscriber Market, 1Q 2014.”
  5. Home Network penetration to surpass 33% (April 10) By Editor, Advanced Television: Worldwide home network penetration is expected to climb from 24.8 per cent in 2013 to 33.2 per cent by 2018. Growth is driven by the continued spread of broadband services and demand for multiscreen video services.

ARRIS TO OFFER INDUSTRY’S FIRST DOCSIS 3.1 DEMO ON A SHIPPING CCAP, AT THE 2014 CABLE SHOW

ARRIS will show the industry’s first DOCSIS 3.1 demonstration on a shipping CCAP – our E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER) at this year’s Cable Show in Los Angeles.

This marks a new level of network scalability. ARRIS is focused on inventing the future, so we made sure that our current solutions could keep up with tomorrow’s demands. The E6000 CER is E6000_360__1a prime example.

It’s the industry’s leading CCAP platform, driving the shift to IP through our flagship customers around the world and a footprint of over 2 million subscribers. And now, it’s the first to demonstrate the expanded bandwidth capabilities of DOCSIS 3.1.

Our Cable Show demo will highlight the E6000 CER’s ability to run full CCAP with video and DOCSIS services converged on the same F connector and interoperability between current DOCSIS 3.0 SC-QAMs (24 DOCSIS bonded channels and 8 video channels)  and a DOCSIS 3.1 OFDM block.

More bandwidth means better services. The E6000 CER puts tomorrow’s complex multiscreen experiences, high-density video formats, and converged video and data services well within reach.

Join us in booth #1537, April 29th- May 1st, to check out our E6000 CER running DOCSIS 3.1 and see how we’re transforming the future of entertainment and communications.

A Look Inside ARRIS @ NAB

More than 90,000 attendees descended on the Las Vegas Convention Center to hear about the future of content at the NAB Show. ARRIS is leading that conversation with demos that offer a glimpse of the many technologies driving the evolution of TV — from multiscreen digital rights management to UltraHD pathways, personalized ad insertion, and solutions that address the industry’s most influential trends.

In case you weren’t able to attend the show, we’ve provided a snapshot of our booth and a few of the demos shown.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of March 31, 2014

This week, ARRIS’s next-gen TV technology was featured in top industry headlines — such as Variety — following the announcement of Verizon’s new FiOS Quantum TV experience.

In other television news, Rapid TV News shared research from Comcast revealing that “an overwhelming majority” of Americans binge-watch television shows. Similarly, MediaPost’s VidBlog highlighted a report by Conviva, stating that the percentage of online video views accompanied by buffering fell to 26.9% in 2013, although buffering inconvenience trimmed 11 minutes from how much a viewer watched.

Separately, Advanced Television discussed the growing market for HEVC encoders, reporting that SNL Kagan MRG expects programmers will use HEVC compression to deliver both Ultra HD and HD signals in the future. Finally, Light Reading shared insight into how the industry can successfully manage the impending IP transition.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Verizon’s Mammoth New FiOS DVR Aimed at Absurdly Small Group of TV Addicts (April 1) By Todd Spangler, Variety: Claiming DVR bragging rights in the pay-TV biz — for whatever that’s worth — Verizon Communications has launched a DVR system that lets the truly TV addicted record up to 12 shows at once and store up to 200 hours of HD programming.
  2. Majority of Americans have appetite to binge on TV (April 2) By Staff, Rapid TV News: The rate of increase of online video in the US seems to be matched only by the desire of viewers to totally consume entire series, research from Comcast suggests.
  3. The Myth Of Family Viewing; The Pain Of Ever-Buffering Video (April 2) By P.J. Bednarski, VidBlog: Year-to-year, a study of streaming households, measured by distinct IP address, shows that the number of concurrent streaming devices operating in the same household increased by 28% from 2012 to 2013.
  4. HEVC encoders for satellite distribution worth $2.5m by 2018 (April 3) By Staff, Advanced Television: Primary distribution encoders are used to deliver linear TV signals to the facilities of those who will be redistributing the signals to consumers. In the future, SNL Kagan MRG expects programmers will use the latest HEVC compression scheme to deliver both Ultra HD and HD signals.
  5. Successfully Managing the IP Transition Is a Tall Order (April 2) By Steve Leonard, Light Reading: As the industry and consumers continue to press ahead with greater adoption of Internet Protocol technology all the time, it has become apparent that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) must actively balance the drive to innovate with protection for consumers.

 

The State of 4K/Ultra HD

Dr. Sean McCarthy, Ph.D., Fellow of the Technical Staff, ARRIS

Next week, the industry will discuss the future of content delivery at NAB. I’ll be participating in a seminar examining how new dimensions in video technology will impact the business of video distribution.  It’s hard to discuss this topic without hitting on 4K (also called Ultra HD or UHD) and its ramifications for the industry.

Last year, I wrote this column on what’s next for Ultra HD. My points about the phased approach to implementation still apply, but as this topic continues to heat up, I think it’s a good time for an update on where 4K is today and how it is shaping the roll-out on a global scale…

The 15-year plateau of HDTV is undergoing a dramatic change thanks to HEVC and UHD.

Here is some quick background: Ultra HD represents a truly new era of television beyond HD. It refers to higher 4k resolution (3840×2160), but also involves higher frame rates, higher dynamic range, and better color. And consumers will soon see new programming broadcast in 4K, starting with the 2014 FIFA World Cup Finals. Furthermore, the Japanese and Korean governments are driving 4K and 8K video transmission trials for this year as well.

So, Ultra HD is very different from HD, and it’s already here in some respects.

Many of us at ARRIS believe that UHD should be considered a roadmap for improving TV in the years to come. We also believe that the underlying HEVC standard that makes 4K content possible on today’s networks is also what will enable many of these improved TV experiences.

HEVC is two times as effective as the current H.264 standard and has the potential to cut bandwidth costs in half. It will even enable telco providers to extend their reach over current DSL networks.

With that in mind, the phased approach to UHD that I mentioned earlier is likely to follow these four steps:

  1. High-efficiency path using HEVC to improve bandwidth economics for HD services. This will enable ubiquitous OTT services for media gateways, Internet-attached 4K displays and HD and 4K tablets and smartphones.
  2. Cinematic track that would support “optimized-for-4K” HD encoding. In other words, HEVC will provide a pathway to true 4K content at 24 and 30 frames per second. “Optimized for 4K” HD encoding would imply near-pristine HD content that looks great when upsampled on a 4K display. But, it leverages HEVC to fit in the same bandwidth as HD content compressed with today’s MPEG4/H.264.
  3. HEVC becomes more attractive to sports programmers. These programmers will emphasize frame rate over resolution to deliver 1080p HD at 60 frames per second, and later at 120 frames per second. All while providing a pathway to true 4K at 60 frames per second.
  4. HEVC becomes that much more attractive to all service providers. They will use enhanced efficiency of HEVC to deliver traditional HD services while freeing up bandwidth for UHD and data services.
  5. Ultimately, HEVC opens the door for content and service providers to deliver better consumer experiences without breaking the bandwidth bank.

I hope that you can join me, Kevin Wirick, and Hugo Gaggioni, Sony CTO for Broadcast and Production Systems, and others at NAB in exploring this topic as well as the trends and technologies that will determine the future of video delivery networks.

Join my seminar, Wednesday April 9th @ 10am PT in the Las Vegas Convention Center, Room S219 “Creating Value in MultiScreen and Ultra HDTV” to learn more.

ARRIS Powers Verizon FiOS Quantum TV

ARRIS believes that TV should continue to evolve—becoming smarter, more personalized, and better connected. This month, when you sign up for Verizon’s new FiOS Quantum TV experience, that’s exactly what you’ll get.

We teamed up with Verizon to give subscribers your media, your way. On FiOS Quantum TV,VMS1100_front that means you can store over 200 hours of HD content, record up to 12 programs simultaneously with two Verizon Video Media Servers (VMS), pause and play live TV in different rooms, and watch live, recorded, and VOD content, on any connected device, anywhere in your home.

Welcome to the future of TV.

FiOS Quantum TV is powered by the Verizon Video Media Server, which is built around the ARRIS VMS1100 media server and IPC1100 video client. The server manages all of your content and delivers it to your connected devices around the home and up to five IPC1100 clients, which connect to each of your TVs. It’s a centralized, more efficient way of getting content where you want it.

The bottom line: everyone gets to watch what they want, at the same time, all throughout the house.

This new system for video distribution is just the beginning. As the gateway evolves to become the hub of tomorrow’s connected home, we’ll be working with customers like Verizon to bring you the new apps, media formats, and services that are defining tomorrow’s TV experiences.

In the meantime, sit back, relax, and enjoy your favorite content. Leave Inventing the Future of TV part to us.

Nothing But Net – March Madness Demands Better Bandwidth

March-MadnessMarch Madness is here in the U.S.: 67 games. 16 teams. Loads of bandwidth.

According to USA Today, the demand for NCAA March Madness Live, online and mobile, more than doubled last year, to 49 million live video streams and 14 million hours of live video content viewed.

Of the 3.4 million who streamed the games, the average user scored a whopping 105 minutes of live video on broadband and 70 minutes on smartphones or tablets.

This year, we expect that trend to continue. And if last year was any indication, we’ll need a strong, fast and most importantly, reliable connection. The good news is that service providers, powered by ARRIS Assurance Solutions, are on top of their game—getting you the bandwidth you need and nipping network issues before they interrupt your programming.

Our ServAssure WiFi Solution is a fan favorite, proactively addressing common problems like buffering, choppy online videos, and slow download/upload speeds. And recently, Time Warner Cable enlisted the ARRIS WorkAssure Field Service Management platform to improve scheduling and management for its field service technicians—giving customers more reliable service by decreasing the time to service window to one hour.

As you tune in to the games in the coming weeks, know that ARRIS has you covered, so you can focus on what really matters – the game.

Before we return to your regularly scheduled programming, tell us what features would make your March Madness experience even better.

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