Conservation through Innovation — Saving Energy, One Set-top at a Time

When it comes to energy efficiency, less is more.

And when it comes to set-top devices at ARRIS, we believe that you shouldn’t have to choose between an evolution in entertainment and a revolution in energy efficiency.

“Conservation through innovation” is part of our global strategy for transforming communications and entertainment. And that charter has resulted in a 50% reduction in ARRIS set-top energy consumption since 2005.

Today’s ARRIS set-tops aren’t just doing more to deliver multiscreen, personalized content, and HD streaming experiences—they’re also using far less energy. And it doesn’t stop there…

Today, we announced that we’ve joined with the U.S. Energy Department, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and other industry associations and energy advocate in a voluntary agreement to further reduce the energy usage of set-top devices.

That will equate to approximately $1 billion in annual energy savings for US consumers.

It’s our gift to you this holiday season, and part of our legacy here at ARRIS. Years ago, we developed guidelines for set-top energy efficiency with the EPA, and today ARRIS is the leader in Energy Star 3.0 qualified set-tops, with 19 in our current line-up.

What’s next? As we usher in the new IP architecture for delivering content in the home, our gateway devices will consolidate much of the heavy lifting done by today’s set-top. This single hub for distributing content will cut down on the need to have a box for every screen—which means that getting your media, your way will cost fewer watts, and that’s great for TV viewers, homeowners, and just about everyone on the planet.

Happy holidays from ARRIS.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of December 16, 2013

This week, there have been several conversations around migrating to the cloud. Broadband Technology Report featured our very own Jim Owens’ and Jeff Walker’s forecast that 2014 will see growth in the cloud-based DVR, highlighting the benefits of moving storage from the set-top device and into the headend. Separately, FierceCable shared Time Warner Cable’s launch of a new cloud-based interactive program guide that will complement our network DVR technology.

Additionally, consumers’ desire for their media, their way is increasing. Telecompaper posted the news that ARRIS has integrated its Merchandiser solution with leading content recommendation platforms to create a one-stop solution for service providers and content programmers to market and monetize multiscreen content.

Looking ahead to 2014, WIRED posted Ernst & Young’s six emerging trends for the future of television, focusing on the rise of the multiscreen lifestyle. Likewise, AdAge looked into the future of Social TV, noting the emergence of evidence showing the powerful return on investment of second-screen and social TV.

What trends do you expect to see in 2014? Tell us in the comments below.

  1. Network DVR Takes to the Cloud (Dec. 18) By Monta Monaco Hernon, Broadband Technology Report: With Cablevision offering a network-based DVR service that can record up to 10 shows at once, and Comcast readying for the release of its X2 platform, 2014 could stand to be a big growth year for the cloud-based DVR, said Jim Owens, senior director, product management, on-demand video, for ARRIS.
  2. TWC sets stage for launch of network DVR with rollout of cloud-based program guide (Dec. 19) By Steve Donohue, FierceCable: Clearing a path for the launch of a network-based DVR service, Time Warner Cable said Thursday that it launched a new cloud-based interactive program guide. The MSO said its cloud guide, which is similar to Comcast’s X1 guide, is available on more than 2 million set-tops and will expand to more than 6 million set-tops by the end of 2014.
  3. Arris integrates recommendation platforms with Merchandiser (Dec. 19) By Staff, Telecompaper: Arris Group, has announced that its Merchandiser content marketing service is fully integrated with content recommendation platforms: ThinkAnalytics, DigitalSmiths and other recommenders. These integrations offer service providers and content programmers the ability to enhance their on-demand storefronts and offer personalised recommendations alongside targeted pricing, ads, upgrades and discounts, with support for multiple digital rights management (DRM) systems and multiple screens.
  4. Six Trends Directing the Future of Television (Dec. 17) By Jeff Stier and Chris Giantsos, WIRED: As the pace of technological change continues to accelerate, M&E companies are struggling to find the right balance between today’s daily operational challenges — from channel segmentation and pricing, to operating models and content monetization, to ERP implementations and intellectual property management — and innovating for the future.
  5. Where Is Social TV Heading in 2014? (Dec. 17) By Jesse Redniss, AdAge: As we wrap up 2013, it looks like social TV is being pushed to its tipping point. Not only are we starting to find hard evidence proving the powerful return on investment of second-screen and social TV, we’re seeing real-time insights into what viewers are actually watching. Let’s take a quick look back at some key moments in 2013 and see if we can define what 2014 will have in store.

Fan.TV + ARRIS= Simple and Secure Entertainment

Fan.TV , set-top maker and creator of video-streaming tablet apps, will support our multi award-winning SecureMedia® HLS+. As the content protection component of the ARRIS software suite of content-delivery solutions, SecureMedia® HLS+ enables operators to securely deliver linear and fantvon-demand content to a wide range of devices – including smartphones, tablets, Internet devices, Smart TVs, game consoles and more.

So, what does this deal mean for each party? Fan.TV can extend its reach to service providers who have or will adopt our secure adaptive bit-rate content distribution technology. Fan.TV also gets peace of mind knowing that they are using time-tested software that’s approved by all of the Hollywood studios and network broadcasters.

For ARRIS, this means that our popular content security solution continues to expand an extensive catalog of supported OTT devices, offering operators an even wider range of choices for their services.

Top Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of December 9, 2013

The countdown for Christmas is underway, but there’s still time to shop and become the holiday hero. This week, Scott Steinberg joined The Morning Blend to name his top tech gifts of the year, which included the latest Motorola-ARRIS SBG6782-AC Gateway as a perfect gift for the entire family.

Separately, Investor’s Business Daily wrote a follow-up piece on ARRIS, highlighting our growth throughout 2013, as well as projections for the coming year.

In other news, consumers’ shifting TV habits have been a major industry theme, and a study from Leichtman Research Group, shared by Home Media Magazine, found nearly half of American households own a DVR, up from 40% in 2010. Additionally, Advanced Television discussed a recent TDG report, which uncovered that TV Everywhere services in the U.S. have grown more than 30% over the last 6 months. Lastly, Light Reading highlighted statistics from ESPN illustrating the growth of content viewing on mobile devices, revealing users viewed more than 102 million minutes of video on smartphones and tablets.

What college football bowl game or other team will you be following on your device this season? Tell us in the comments below.

  1. Tech Picks in a Pinch (Dec. 11) By Scott Steinberg, The Morning Blend: Technology and Business Expert, Scott Steinberg, joins the Morning Blend live to show Molly and Tiffany all the cool tech gifts this holiday! Some tech gadgets can be expensive and unnecessary. Scott is going to show you how to find the perfect gift for anyone.
  2. Can Arris Group Pipe Profits To Investors? (Dec. 10) By Christina Wise, Investor’s Business Daily: As cable and telephone companies increasingly pipe programming to TVs over the internet rather than by more traditional means, companies like Arris Group are poised to benefit.
  3. Report: 47% of Homes Now Have a DVR (Dec. 10) By Chris Tribbey, Home Media Magazine: Nearly half (47%) of American households now have a DVR, up from 40% in 2010, and 23% in 2007, according to a new report.
  4. TDG: TV Everywhere up 30% (Dec. 12) By Editor, Advanced Television: According to TDG’s latest report, the availability of authenticated ‘TV Everywhere’ (TVE) services among US pay-TV subscribers has increased by more than 30 per cent in just the last six months.
  5. ESPN Reveals Surprising Mobile Stats (Dec. 6) By Mari Silbey, Light Reading: Revealing new statistics from ESPN counter the commonly-held belief that TV Everywhere is more about receiving TV on every screen than it is about getting access to content outside the home.


NYU Stern Students Win Interactive Launch Competition for Work with ARRIS

Students from NYU’s Stern business school won the Interactive Launch Competition presented by Interactive TV Works and hosted by NYU, over the photo

The competition centered on innovation in consumer video experiences. It was judged by a panel of industry leaders, who selected the Stern team for their work in supporting business and marketing activities for the ARRIS MS4000.

… Of course, it doesn’t hurt to be working with the leader in multiscreen transformation, on one of the industry’s hottest streaming products, using the industry’s leading time-shift technology—but Team Stern, we salute you.

Our congratulations to Daniel Schneider, Andrew Dolan, Kyle Ishii, Michelle Ow, and Kiran Sachdeva.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of December 2

It’s that time of the year again… Time to celebrate holiday traditions and reconnect with family and friends, making a great theme for this week’s news. GigaOM shared that telcos and cable companies added more than 500,000 US broadband subscribers in the third-quarter of 2013 alone, largely due to consumers’ usage of video chat and mobile applications.

This week, Multichannel News shared that South Korea’s SK Broadband will use our E6000 Converged Edge Router to help power its upcoming 1-Gig service. Looking ahead to 2014, Investor’s Business Daily recently profiled ARRIS, discussing our role in supporting future opportunities for cable and telco TV companies by leveraging IPTV to deliver video and data through the most modern set-top devices.

Additionally, AllThingsD shared a new report from Nielsen suggesting Americans are watching more TV than ever, with increases in the number of viewers watching live TV and timeshifted TV. Finally, Business2Consumer offered projections for Social TV, noting that 2014 will be a year of more exact data and innovation in the field.

What are you watching for this next year? Let us know in the comments!

  1. The U.S. now has over 83 million broadband subscribers (Nov. 26) By Om Malik, GigaOM: Large phone and cable companies added nearly half-a-million broadband subscribers during the third quarter of 2013. The U.S. seems to be on its way to 100 million subscribers, and Comcast seems to be the big winner of the broadband sweepstakes.
  2. SK Broadband Taps Arris For Planned 1-Gig Service (Dec. 4) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: SK Broadband of South Korea said it will tap the Arris E6000 Converged Edge Router to help it power a coming 1 Gbps broadband service and other “enhanced entertainment experiences.”
  3. TV’s Next Big Thing Turns Up Growth For Arris Group (Dec. 4) By Marie Beerens, Investor’s Business Daily: Arris Group, an equipment provider to cable and telco television, is poised to benefit as those industries increasingly pipe programming to TVs by Internet protocol instead of more traditional means.
  4. Surprise! You’re Watching More TV Than Ever. (Dec. 4) By Peter Kafka, AllThingsD: No one watches TV anymore. You don’t, and no one you know does, and it’s just a matter of time before the TV Industrial Complex folds in on itself and disappears. Except … it turns out that people are. Still. Watching. TV.
  5. Social TV: In 2013, Improved Reporting Accuracy and Increased Growth Internationally (Dec. 1) By Ron Mwangaguhunga, Business2Community: According to the recent report “Social TV Market: Global Advancements Forecasts and Analysis (2012-2017)“, the social TV ecosystem is expected to grow from $151.14 billion in 2012 to $256.44 billion by 2017. Further, the pace of spending for TV ad dollars is slowing, while mobile video ad growth is rising.
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