Top Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week of October 21, 2013

This week, we made a huge splash at SCTE, introducing a variety of integrated solutions across the cloud, network, and home.

ARRIS CEO Bob Stanzione kicked off the week talking with BBC News about the growth of the company and the importance of cultivating talent. Light Reading featured ARRIS SVP Kevin Keefe’s prediction of 2014 being the banner year for the shift from traditional set-tops to smarter gateways and simpler clients—referring to the former as “the device formerly known as the set-top.” Kevin compared the set-top’s evolution to the migration from cellphones to smartphones, and foreshadowed the upcoming RDK-enabled set-top launch. CED Magazine covered our new network deals with WOW!, GCI, and Netia, highlighting opportunities to deliver new multiscreen experiences in the future. Additionally, Charles Cheevers, CTO, CPE Solutions at ARRIS, conducted a video interview with Videonet.TV discussing cloud and its role in multiscreen TV, and how smart gateways will be able to decide, dynamically, whether to request content from the cloud or the local transcode resources.

Frost & Sullivan validated what we said our 2013 Media Engagement Barometer study in that consumer appetite for more video and multiscreen experiences continue to change the TV landscape as reported by Rapid TV News. Frost & Sullivan is also predicting that the global IP video network management market will double over the next five years.

What were your favorite moments from SCTE? Let us know in the comments.

1.     Robert Stanzione: The tech boss who says it is all about the staff (Oct. 21) By Will Smale, BBC News: Mr. Stanzione is chief executive of fast-growing US technology group Arris. The company makes set-top boxes, and other pieces of hardware and software for digital television and broadband services.

2.     Arris tallies orders with GCI, WOW, Netia (Oct. 22) By Staff, CED Magazine: Arris announced a set of new business deals, including orders for its edge routers from both GCI and WOW, and a purchase of a range of headend equipment from Netia in Poland.

3.     Arris RDK Boxes Coming Soon (Oct. 24) Mari Silbey, Light Reading: With the set-tops now rolling off the assembly lines, Arris plans to ship its first RDK-enabled cable boxes before the end of the year.

4.     TV everywhere grows ‘exponentially’ (Oct. 24) By Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News: Video consumption across non-traditional devices such as tablets, smartphones, PCs and connected TVs has evolved exponentially into a global phenomenon says new analysis from Frost & Sullivan.

5.     Balancing the cloud and home cloud for multiscreen Pay TV (Oct. 24), Videonet.TV: ARRIS Charles Cheevers, CTO, CPE Solutions, explains in a video interview when it makes sense to deliver premium content directly from the cloud to multiscreen devices around the home and when operators need to use a ‘home cloud’ solution, taking broadcast feeds and transcoding them locally.

From Atlanta to Vegas to Mumbai to Hangzhou – ARRIS is Everywhere

We’ve had a great time this week at SCTE, but can’t forget that we’re also front-and-center at TelcoVision today; SCaT in Mumbai starting tomorrow and have been taking part in the ICTC in China. Reality is delivering your media, your way; transforming the entertainment experience; and powering a smarter network are areas every service provider is discussing – whether it’s here in the US or in India.

In fact, at TelcoVision Keith Kelly has a keynote this morning addressing “Telco Video: Myths, Realities and What Comes Next” and Brooke Longdon will speak about how the cloud and virtualization is impacting your business model today and in the future.  And at ICTC in Hangzhou, Dr Qiang Zhou won a bronze award for his paper addressing CCAP.

If you’re at TelcoVision, stop by and visit us in the Executive Boardroom(Level 2) or if you’re heading to SCaT in Mumbai we’ll be in HALL B, Stand #B12-15. We’d love to connect.

Powering Smarter IP Networks

ARRIS is focused on delivering solutions to optimize bandwidth for more video and content across a plethora of connected devices. That’s why we’re excited about today’s announcements with WOW! and GCI.

Both have made our E6000 Converged Edge Route a core component for their ever-growing network requirements. Our own Todd Kessler discusses E6000 and what it can do for you.

The world’s largest to small and mid-sized service providers are deploying E6000 to deliver these game-changing entertainment and business service experiences. For those of you here at SCTE, check out our E6000 at booth #868.

Transforming Poland’s Largest Fixed-Line Telecom Network

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Today we also announced that Netia, Poland’s largest alternative provider of fixed-line telecommunications, will use our C4 CMTS and HFC solutions to enable IPTV services over its newly acquired cable networks.

Big transformation for Netia but ARRIS is uniquely positioned to deliver a tailored solution. And if you’re curious on how HFC solutions can help extract even more bandwidth in your own network, be sure to check out our own John Ulm and Mike Emmendorfer on Wednesday at 8 AM. These guys will discuss how you too can power a smarter network today.

 

Peek Inside ARRIS @ SCTE

If you can’t make it over to booth #868, we’re bringing our booth to you. Take a virtual tour with our own Jonathan Ruff. Whether its network innovations, video gateways or our latest cloud and multiscreen solutions, Jonathan’s got you covered in this brief tour.

But if you’re still here and have time to chat, swing by our booth. We’d love to connect!

 

Top Tech Articles You Might Have Missed- Week of October 14th

This week, we announced a targeted advertising solution that integrates SeaWell Networks’ Spectrum™ IP session delivery controller technology into our SkyVision™ ad insertion platform, as featured in Multichannel News.

Meanwhile, the industry’s response to media consumption trends made its rounds in the press…

Among several outlets to catch the news, TechCrunch noted potential deals between Netflix and cable TV operators to integrate Netflix’s app into newer set-top boxes. The Huffington Post highlighted IPG Media Lab’s “The Second Screen Fallacy” report on how mobile devices create new ways to capture consumers’ attention in the living room, while WIRED discussed Nielsen’s first Twitter TV Ratings, which revealed many of the most tweeted shows are not necessarily those most watched. Of course, Twitter has been busy as The Verge captured how Comcast and Twitter will partner to allow Xfinity customers to change the channel.

Finally, CED Magazine spoke with our own Mark DePietro about our new, exclusive agreement with Sling Media to bring its placeshifting technology to the service provider market through our gateways and third-party licensing.

See you at SCTE, and check back next week for highlights from the show!

Atlanta: Restaurant Recommendations — Top Picks

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Welcome to our hometown of Atlanta! While you are attending the SCTE show, check out a few of our favorite local joints. If these aren’t to your liking, drop us a note in the comments section, and we’ll find something to satisfy your cravings. Enjoy your stay – and be sure to swing by our Booth #868 @ the Georgia World Congress Center to say “hello” and share your favorite Atlanta hangouts.

SouthernSouth City Kitchen The Spence (Midtown)

SteaksKevin Rathbun Steak (East Atlanta)Bones (Buckhead)

Seafood & Sushi  Ray’s in the City (Downtown) Kyma (Buckhead)

One-of-a-Kind JointsThe Varsity (Downtown) Glenn Hotel Sky Lounge (Downtown)

 

Monetizing the IPTV Multiscreen Opportunity

Consumers want entertainment that’s personalized, relevant…and anywhere. Our own 2013 study found the average consumer uses multiscreen services away from the home four days a week.

So how do service providers monetize this multiscreen opportunity? Today, wseawell logoe announcedan integrated solution with SeaWell Networks, which enables delivery of localized, session-oriented advertising and programming at the home-network level.

Because, as we all know, the word “trend” is quickly being dropped for “reality” when we talk about multiscreen. This solution gives unprecedented control and customization for service providers in the world of IPTV.

 

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