ARRIS @ 2016 RDK User Conference

We’re returning to the RDK User Conference in Orlando this week to drive the conversation IMG_3095around the future of this important industry initiative. We’ve been paving the way for RDK-based product development from the very beginning—working with some of the world’s leading service providers on RDK-V and now RDK-B product roll-outs.

In just the past year, we’ve seen incredible progress with RDK, including our own milestones as the first technology provider to supply code for the Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) standard in partnership with leading providers like Liberty Global, and over 8M RDK devices shipped worldwide. Now, we’re integrating RDK broadband solutions into our DCX Video Gateways and Touchstone® DOCSIS® Broadband Residential Gateways.

At the conference, we’re demonstrating our latest RDK software in several set-tops and media devices.

Stop by our booth (#2) and don’t forget to catch ARRIS CTO of the CPE biz, Charles Cheever’s on a panel, “Serendipity in Action” with Comcast’s, VP of Broadband CPE Product Strategy and Management, Jon Cave. They’ll review insights on recent RDK-B advancements and its relevance in the shift to DOCSIS 3.1, IP Video, Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced virtualized gateways solutions.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending February 19, 2016

This week, Popular Mechanics reported on the renovation of the Daytona International Speedway motorsports stadium as part of the Daytona Rising project that includes revamped seats, entrances and concourses. The newly renovated stadium also features Wi-Fi®, provided by ARRIS, with 350 access points and available throughout the concourses, suites and neighborhoods along the nearly mile-long front-stretch.

Fox Sports signed a five-year partnership with NextVR to create virtual reality (VR) coverage of top sporting events, reported Variety. In January, NextVR and Fox Sports covered the Premier Boxing Champions matches in VR; and now, they are teaming up again during Fox’s coverage of the Daytona 500.

WIRED reported that BBC Three embraced the digital world by moving to an online-only platform. The new online-only BBC Three content will initially feature two themes, The Best Of and The Daily Drop, available through iPlayer, smart TVs and game consoles.

A recent report from ARK Investment Management projected Netflix’s subscriber base will hit 175 million in 2020, up from 75 million in 2015, reported FierceOnlineVideo. The growth in subscribers is attributed to Netflix’s rapid expansion in the international markets, increased broadband penetration, and its growing content library that caters to new audiences.

Finally, according to Business Bureau’s New Media Book 2016, the pay-TV market across Latin America is expected to grow with the addition of 20 million new subscribers by 2019, reported Rapid TV News. Business Bureau also noted that pay-TV penetration rates are highest in Venezuela and Argentina, with more than 80 percent of households subscribing to pay-TV in these countries.

  1. This Year the Daytona Speedway Will Look Totally Different (February 17, 2016) By Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics: ​The $400 million Daytona Rising project opens in time for the Daytona 500.
  2. Fox Sports Inks 5-Year Virtual Reality Pact With NextVR (February 17, 2016) By Todd Spangler, Variety: Fox Sports plans to bring a host of live virtual-reality experiences to sports fans — including this Sunday’s Daytona 500 — under a five-year partnership with live-streaming specialist NextVR.
  3. BBC Three is now online-only (February 16, 2016) By Matt Burgess, WIRED: BBC Three as a linear television channel has ceased to exist; at 3.35am the channel became an online-only broadcaster.
  4. Netflix subscriber numbers could ‘more than double’ by 2020, research firm says (February 17, 2016) By Samantha Bookman, FierceOnlineVideo: A new report estimates that despite intensifying competition and the possibility of subscriber saturation, Netflix will have more than 175 million subscribers within four years.
  5. LATAM pay-TV set to add 5MN subs a year to 2019 (February 18, 2016) By Juan Fernandez Gonzalez, Rapid TV News: The pay-TV industry is set to grow across Latin America with 20 million new subscribers by the end of 2019.



Making DOCSIS® 3.1 a Reality this Year

DOCSIS® 3.1 has long been touted as the technology that will bring Gigabit services to the e6000_heromasses, so that consumers can enjoy faster broadband connections. It’s a technology that a number of service providers are looking to deploy in 2016, and one that ARRIS helped pioneer.

Today, it is exciting to see that DOCSIS 3.1 is becoming a reality. Comcast just announced that it will bring the world’s first DOCSIS 3.1 Gigabit Internet service to residential and business customers beginning in five US markets in 2016, using existing connections. We are excited to be part of this effort by supporting rollout in four of these markets with our flagship E6000® Converged Edge Router (CER) and a software-only upgrade.

When it comes to DOCSIS, we have a strong track record of pioneering innovation – from our work in developing the standard itself, to our unmatched technical expertise and the DOCSIS-based network deployments we have successfully completed around the world. This puts us in a unique position to bring this technology to market at scale. We recently unveiled new DOCSIS 3.1 modems for operators and retailers that complement our robust DOCSIS 3.1 network portfolio. And our E6000 CER is software-upgradable to DOCSIS 3.1 to help deliver on the full promise of multi-gigabit services to the home.

As more connected devices, streaming video and advanced services make their way into the home, consumers expect nothing less than fast speeds and reliable connections. We expect Gigabit speeds to the home to be the new standard by which broadband service providers will be measured. We are ready to continue working with our customers in 2016 to enable the smooth migration to these next-generation technologies – and provide the best-quality entertainment and communication experience in the home.

Does your TV know you better than your partner?

We’d like to think that we know all there is to know about our better halves—from their favorite color to their least favorite food. But do you know what they like to watch on TV when no one’s around? What their guilty pleasures are?

Your TV does. And if it doesn’t now, it will very soon, as our viewing technology gets better and better.

Among the things that make today’s TV so good is that there are so many options—hundreds and thousands of choices for channels, shows, and movies. Yet with all this choice comes the unique challenge of having to choose what to watch. But if your TV better understood your preferences, you’d no longer have to do any searching. The promise of TV technology is spending less time browsing, and more time enjoying your night in.

This technology is growing increasingly capable, thanks to big data. It can analyze everything from plot lines and actors to genres and ratings, even keywords from closed captioning. And combined with our own viewing history and chosen favorites, it’s making it easier and easier for us to quickly find what to watch.

This Valentine’s Day, you already have to worry about what to wear, what to gift, what to eat, and what to say. If we had our way with TV, at least we wouldn’t have to figure out what to watch.

The thought of data-driven TV technology might not be the most romantic concept, but if it spares you an argument, saves you time, gets you what you want, and lets you sit back and relax… well… if nothing else, it’s a beautiful idea to fall in love with.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending February 12, 2016

Techcrunch reported that CBS’ live stream of Super Bowl 50 broke streaming records with 3.96 million unique viewers. Viewers watched the game across various platforms including laptops, desktops, tablets, connected TV devices and mobile phones.

Additionally, according to Comcast, fans at Super Bowl 50 used nearly 10 terabytes of data on wireless networks, a “record-breaking” number, at the Levi’s Stadium, reported CED Magazine. Fans used more than half of the data on the free Super Bowl Stadium app to order food, watch Super Bowl commercials and check lines around the stadium.

A recent survey from Leichtman Research Group (LRG) found that 81 percent of US homes either have a DVR, subscribe to Netflix or use Video On Demand (VOD) services from a pay TV provider, reported Media Post. Additionally, more than half of the households get Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) service from Netflix, Amazon Prime, and/or Hulu.

According to a recent study by The Diffusion Group (TDG), within the next 10 years, recommendation-based program guides will ultimately drive 75 percent of all TV viewing, reported Rapid TV News. The study further highlighted that recommendation-driven guides will flourish in the coming decade and TV Everywhere will become more popular.

Finally, research from Vindicia, Ooyala and MTM predicted strong premium OTT services growth in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, reported IP & TV News. Despite the optimistic future prospects for the market, the research cites various factors including poor widespread broadband infrastructure, piracy and complexities around payment as barriers for local providers.

  1. CBS Says Super Bowl 50 Broke Streaming Records With 3.96 Million Unique Viewers (February 8, 2016) By Sarah Perez Techcrunch: CBS reported earlier this morning that its live stream of Super Bowl 50 broke all prior streaming records for the big game.
  2. Comcast’s Free Wi-Fi Fields 10 TB of Data Usage at Super Bowl 50 (February 9, 2016) By Diana Goovaerts, CED Magazine: Data usage didn’t just skyrocket on carrier networks during Super Bowl 50, Wi-Fi was put to the test as well.
  3. Majority Of TV Homes Get SVOD Service (February 8, 2016) By Wayne Friedman, Media Post: Live TV, like the Super Bowl, will remain important on select days of the year — but overall non-live TV platforms/technology continues to grow.
  4. Recommendation-based guides to drive 75% of all TV viewing by 2025 (February 9, 2016) By Staff, Rapid TV News: It seems that pay-TV viewers are only too pleased to take advice from the services that they use, with such recommendations rapidly becoming the norm, says research from The Diffusion Group (TDG).
  5. OTT poised for strong growth in LATAM (February 10, 2016) By Thomas Campbell, IP & TV News:  Premium OTT is set for strong growth in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, according to new research by Vindicia, Ooyala and MTM.





NCTCNext week, ARRIS will be exhibiting at NCTC’s Winter Educational Conference in Phoenix, AZ from February 15-16th. Our focus is on the technical underpinnings of delivering advanced new entertainment services like Cloud DVR and Multiscreen.

Our booth (#303/305) will feature active demonstrations of our industry-leading Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) and network solutions supporting the new bandwidth and technology requirements of these services. We’ve organized them in four relevant experience areas under the following topics: Cloud & IP Video Solutions, Gigabit Services, Wi-Fi® Without Limits, and Next Generation Devices.

We’ll run a remote demo of IP video over our DCX3635. Our E6000® Converged Edge Router will showcase Gigabit service using DOCSIS® 3.1. We’ll demonstrate our Hosted Service Provider Wi-Fi Solution for public, commercial and domestic deployments—which played a key role in our recent collaboration with Suddenlink to roll out carrier-grade Wi-Fi to its commercial customers.  And we’ll have a variety of new CPE devices on display, including new IP gateways.

Also, be sure to catch Charles Cheevers, ARRIS CTO of the CPE business, talk on Preparing for IP Video, which will cover the evolution of network and CPE technologies and—like ABR, DOCSIS 3.1, and Gigabit Wi-Fi—that’s driving new IP video experiences.

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