Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed—Week of August 24, 2015

Light Reading reported that CableLabs® has opened product certification for DOCSIS 3.1 equipment, paving the way toward DOCSIS 3.1 deployment.

Rapid TV News reported that DIRECTV launched the 4K Genie Mini to expand 4K access to more customers nationwide.

A Dataxis study estimated that in 2018, there will be a total of 135.5 million digital, 120.9 million HD, 58.5 million connected and 1.3 million 4K installed TV sets in the five largest Latin American countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, and Mexico), according to IP & TV News.

This week, Multichannel News revealed a survey from S3 Group showing that pay TV operators are speeding up multiscreen TV software releases. Of the nearly 30 operators surveyed in the U.S., nearly half boosted the number of software releases by more than 20% in 2015.

Finally, Media Post disclosed that 45% of TVs sold in the U.S. are now connected TVs—up from 34% a year ago and 24% two years ago.

  1. Clock Starts on DOCSIS 3.1 (August 25, 2015) By Mari Silbey, Light Reading: DOCSIS 3.1 jumped from concept to full-blown specification in record time in fall 2013, but in many ways, the race for D3.1 has only just begun.
  2. Rising 4K STB market set to aid pay-TV operators (August 23, 2015) Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News: The 4K set-top-box segment is finally starting to see some action—and that could be good news for the flagging pay-TV sector.
  3. 24.8 connected TV forecast for largest LATAM countries by 2018 (August 24, 2015) By Thomas Campbell, IP &TV News: Dataxis estimates that in 2018 there will be a total of 135.5 million digital, 120.9 million HD, 58.5 million connected and 1.3 million 4K installed TV sets in the five largest Latin American countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia and Mexico).
  4. Pay TV Operators Speeding Up App Releases (August 18, 2015) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: About half of pay TV operators are deploying multiscreen TV software releases at a speedier rate in 2015 versus 2014, a new survey of nearly 30 operators in the U.S. and Europe from S3 Group revealed.
  5. Connected TV Homes Show Continued Growth (August 26, 2015) By Wayne Friedman, MediaPost: Connected TV homes continue to make gains in the TV marketplace.

Joe Gibbs Racing releases “Pit Road with Pals” app, featuring ARRIS Racing cars

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Joe Gibbs Racing launched a new game called “Pit Road with Pals,” featuring ARRIS Racing’s Carl Edwards and Daniel Suarez cars!

  • Handle all four pit crew jobs: Fueler, Tire Changer, Tire Carrier, and Jack
  • Feel the pressure of a fast-paced pit stop
  • Race the clock and your friends
  • 3 rounds per match, best average pit stop time wins!
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Download the FREE “Pit Road with Pals” app now!

ARRIS in Miami – CLF 2015

This week, we’re hosting our industry’s Caribbean and Latin American leaders at our 2nd annual Customer Leadership Forum (CLF) in Miami. It’s become a premier event for the region’s operators to discuss the future of entertainment and communications.

ARRIS Racing driver Daniel Suarez helped us kick off our incredible line-up of speakers, which includes many ARRIS executives as well as guest speaker Robert Tercek and representatives from Cable & Wireless CommunicationsLiberty CablevisionNETTigo, and more.

Across the Caribbean and Latin America, new growth in OTT, content downloading, TV everywhere, and especially binge-viewing are driving demand for more content, more bandwidth, more choice, and more flexibility—with tremendous implications for new services and business models. This year’s CLF agenda focuses on the many facets of this evolution, offering a forum for the region’s operators to discuss this new landscape and share insights with its most influential players.

Check out a few photos below from Day One.

Tomorrow’s Top Technology, Explained – 10 New ARRIS Whitepapers

AWe just published 10 new whitepapers on some of the most important technology and business models making their way to the entertainment and communications industry.

In them, you’ll find insights from the top minds at ARRIS on how to deliver the future of nDVR, UltraHD, IP Video, gigabit speeds, and more. Take a look below:

  1. Creating the Value Proposition for MSO and Consumer Alike in the More Connected Home
  2. Practical Methods to Validate Ultra HD 4k Content
  3. Operational Challenges of 85MHZ Deployment
  4. Lessons From Telco & Wireless Providers: Extending The Life Of The HFC Plant With New Technologies
  5. The Edge Resource Center: Leveraging NFV and SDN for High Availability/High Performance Network Functions
  6. Streamlined Systematic Approach to Video Quality and Bit Rate Planning
  7. The Yin and The Yang of a Move to All Fiber: Transforming HFC to an All Fiber Network While Leveraging the Deployed HFC Assets
  8. High Dynamic Range, Visual Adaptation, & Consumer Perception
  9. Estimating Downstream Performance and DOCSIS 3.1 Capacity In CAA And DAA Systems
  10. Measurement – Based EOL Performance and Stochastic Analysis and DOCSIS 3.1 Spectral Gain

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week of August 17, 2015

USA Today highlighted findings from ARRIS’s Consumer Entertainment Index showing that more than 69% of binge-watchers in the U.S. do so alone. That is more than the international average of 60% but not as high as Japan, where 80% binge-watch alone.

Rapid TV News reported on a survey by Futuresource Consulting stating that live TV­­­­­ is still the primary viewing choice for almost two-thirds of respondents, but over-the-top (OTT) services are becoming more popular and widely used, fuelled by their wider availability.

According to Digital TV Europe, a recent Nielsen report revealed that 41% of people buy or rent their content both physically and digitally, with just 12% of consumers having entirely digital means for their TV and movie consumption.

In other industry news, Multichannel News reported that Cox Communications has been testing a gaming service that streams titles to the TV via a special broadband-connected “Microconsole” that is paired to a handheld controller.

This week, Broadcasting & Cable posted a study from PwC revealing that M&A activity in the media and communications sector totaled $76 billion in Q2 2015, driven by some major deals in the cable, Internet and communications areas.

  1. Cutting the Cord: We like binge-watching solo (August 16, 2015) By Mike Snider, USA Today: My wife is a solo binge-watcher. But technically she is not alone.
  2. OTT availability threatens free, live TV as consumers’ favourite choice (August 18, 2015) By Staff Writer, Rapid TV News: On topic research from Futuresource Consulting has found that free and live TV are still the favourite choices of consumers, but over-the-top (OTT) services are becoming more popular and widely used, fuelled by their wider availability.
  3. Just 12% of US views have switched to digital-only (August 20, 2015) By Staff Writer, Digital TV Europe: Half of the US population has bought or rented TVs or movies digitally in the past six months, but only 12% have shifted exclusively to digital viewing methods, according to Nielsen.
  4. Cox Takes Subscription Gaming Over-The-Top (August 19,2015) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Cox Communications has been quietly testing a subscription gaming service that streams titles to the TV via a special broadband-connected “Microconsole” that is paired to a handheld controller.
  5. Media Industry M&A Rises to $76B in 2Q (August 19, 2015) By Jon Lafayette, Broadcasting & Cable: Merger and acquisition activity in the media and communications sector totaled $76 billion in the second quarter, driven by a handful of huge deals in the cable, Internet and communications areas, according to PwC.

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