ARRIS @ ABTA 2016

This week, we’re at the ABTA Expo and Conference in Sao Paolo, Brazil to showcase our IMG_3802leadership in pay-tv and broadband technology for Latin America.

Latin America is an important growth market for ARRIS as we continue to capitalize on significant business opportunities outside of the United States. We’re working with top service providers in the region to usher in the next era of connected entertainment. And our growing portfolio of solutions in the cloud, network, and home are the foundation. Our booth at ABTA will feature demonstrations of how these technologies are supporting new services like Wi-Fi®, Gigabit speeds, IoT, and more.

In addition, our Chief Regional Technologist of CALA (Caribbean and Latin America), Hugo Ramos will be speaking on three panels at the Transamerica Expo Center.

·        IoT: Opportunities & Challenges, 29th June 1:00 – 1:30pm

·        DOCSIS 3.1 -New Generation of Technology, 29th June 9:30 –10am

·        User Interfaces for the Set-Top, 30th June 3:30 – 4pm

Join us at Booth #72 at ABTA, and stay tuned to our blog for more highlights from the show!

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending June 24, 2016

According to ABI Research, video-centric entertainment and richer media are the key drivers for gigabit speeds, reported Videonet. And ARRIS CTO, CPE, Charles Cheevers commented that the most pressing need for gigabit speeds is to handle multiple concurrent 4K video streams to different devices in the home, usually over Wi-Fi®.

Altice has officially closed its deal to purchase Cablevision for $17.7 billion, according to FierceCable. Altice will combine Cablevision with Suddenlink (acquired in December 2015) to form Altice USA, which will be the fourth largest cable provider in the U.S. The company will serve 4.6 million customers across 20 states.

According to Bloomberg Technology, NBCUniversal announced that the U.S. Justice Department cleared its proposed purchase of DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. for $3.8 billion. NBCUniversal expects to close the deal in the coming months.

A new report by Parks Associates found that U.S. broadband households watch an average of 3.8 hours of Internet video on TV screens each week, according to Digital TV News. This accounts for 20 percent of all video viewed on TV screens. The report also cautioned that consumers might increasingly employ the use of ad blocking solutions while streaming video.

Netflix will be implementing a price hike for long-term customers over the course of the year, which could result in a loss of hundreds of thousands of subscribers, according to Variety. Netflix noted that it expects moderate churn following the higher prices, but also expects $520 million in additional revenue.

  1. The need for Gigabit broadband speeds (June 22, 2016) By John Moulding, VideoNet: We are about to enter a new era in entertainment and communications thanks to Gigabit speed broadband. While the smart home and IoT will spawn innovative services and applications that help to fill these pipes, CCTV security monitoring is their only bandwidth hog right now. The initial benefits that Gigabit broadband brings to these nascent markets is therefore lower latency and ultra reliability.
  2. Altice completes Cablevision acquisition, appoints Dexter Goei as CEO of U.S. business (June 21, 2016) By Ben Munson, FierceCable: Altice today announced it officially closed its $17.7 billion deal to purchase Cablevision, which it will combine with its recently acquired Suddenlink to form Altice USA, the fourth largest cable provider in the U.S.
  3. Comcast’s NBC Says U.S. Clears DreamWorks Animation Deal (June 21, 2016) By Anousha Sakoui and David McLaughlin, Bloomberg: Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal said the U.S. Justice Department cleared its proposed $3.8 billion purchase of DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. and that the company looks forward to completing the deal soon.
  4. U.S. broadband households watch 3.8 hours of internet video on TV per week (June 22, 2016) By Digital TV News Staff, Digital TV News: U.S. broadband households watch nearly four hours of Internet video per week on a TV screen.
  5. Netflix Price Hikes Could Lead Nearly 500,000 U.S. Subs to Cancel (Study) (June 20, 2016) By Todd Spangler, Variety: Hundreds of thousands of Netflix subscribers may bail on the streaming service after the No. 1 subscription video service raises prices for long-term customers over the course this year.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending June 17, 2016

The Online Reporter recounted ARRIS CTO, CPE, Charles Cheevers’ comments on virtual reality (VR) at last month’s INTX show, noting that early adopters will seize on VR headsets and drive bandwidth demand. Cheevers also noted that VR could be the main driving force behind the need for all things gigabit.

According to a recent report by IHS Research, the number of connected audio-visual devices globally exceeds 8 billion, reported Rapid TV News. The report also found that Netflix secured a presence on 339 million devices as of year-end 2015, and that smartphones outnumbered tablets by five to one.

Facebook predicted that its platform will be mobile in five years and will consist almost entirely of video, a notion supported by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, reported Quartz. Facebook has already begun to promote video over purely text posts in its algorithm, a trend the company insists is user-driven and will continue.

Multichannel News reported on a recent study by Parks Associates, which found that approximately 23 percent of households headed by Millennials are OTT-only, which is above the average of 15 percent of all U.S. broadband homes. The study also found that 61 percent of Millennials subscribe to both pay TV and OTT services.

Researchers at Columbia University have discovered a simple solution to combat virtual reality-induced discomfort and nausea, according to BBC News. The researchers found that a sensory mismatch between what viewers see on a VR headset and where they are in reality is a source of motion sickness. The technique of slightly narrowing the field of view will bridge the gap for a more enjoyable VR experience.

  1. ARRIS Gives Us a Hint of the Bandwidth Requirements for VR (June 17, 2016) By Online Reporter Staff, The Online Reporter: Virtual Reality (VR) video experiences will be the next major bandwidth-consuming application, according to ARRIS CTO Charles Cheevers. “We’ll see the early adopters pick up the VR headsets and that’ll drive bandwidth,” Cheevers said, speaking at INTX last month. “I think this year we’re going to see this holiday season a lot of interest in VR headsets.”
  2. Eight billion connected devices globally boost video (June 13, 2016) By Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News: Netflix has secured a presence across 32% of the connected devices in the US.
  3. Facebook is predicting the end of the written word (June 14, 2016) By Cassie Werber, Quartz: Back when humans were first grappling with the impact of a new, global forum for communication, Clay Shirky, a prominent thinker in the digital sphere, made the persuasive argument that the internet made us more creative—even if only in a small way.
  4. Study: 23% of Millennials Head OTT-Only Broadband Homes (June 15, 2016) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: But 61% of that group subscribes to pay TV and OTT services, Parks Associates says
  5. Virtual reality sickness ‘tackled with field of view trick’ (June 16, 2016) By Chris Baranuik, BBC News: Virtual reality-induced nausea can be reduced with a simple field of view alteration, Columbia University researchers have said.

 

Daniel Suárez makes history in Michigan!

Making his second-career NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) start at Michigan International danielSpeedway on Saturday Afternoon, Daniel Suárez secured the sixth starting spot in his No. 19 ARRIS Toyota Camry for the Menards 250.After recovering from a speeding penalty early in the race, Suárez was able to pass Kyle Busch on the last lap to secure his first-career NXS win.

Suárez was followed to the checkered flag by Kyle Busch, Paul Menard, Erik Jones and Elliott Sadler.

With the win, Suárez became the first Mexican-Born driver to capture a National Series Win. He became just the fifth Latino driver to win a NASCAR national series race, joining Frank Mundy, Juan Pablo Montoya, Aric Almirola and Nelson Piquet Jr. Suárez also clinched a spot in the NXS Chase and maintains his series points lead.

Congratulations Daniel!

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending June 10, 2016

Portugal-based cable operator NOS has launched a premium 4K video service, the first RDK 4K launch in Europe, according to Broadband TV News. For the transition to 4K video, NOS selected ARRIS’s HEVC set-tops to unite the new application framework from Espial and a completely refreshed user interface.

The Huffington Post highlighted the benefits of DOCSIS® 3.1 technology, noting that it is expected to support speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second to help make 4K television and virtual reality possible. The article included comments from ARRIS CTO Charles Cheevers, who noted that consumer demand for gigabit Wi-Fi speeds is growing quickly.

Engadget reported on Netflix’s new tool that measures video quality by gauging visual information fidelity, detail loss and the effect of motion. This new tool provides a quality test that is more reflective of real-life viewing. Netflix is reportedly releasing the software as an open-source code that will be available to help other companies fine-tune the quality of their videos.

Research firm Strategy Analytics noted in its latest report that fixed broadband service continues to grow in the U.S. and is not being replaced by mobile broadband, according to FierceCable. The report found that cable operators are driving growth through increased speeds and multiplay bundle options. It also found that operators added 3.3 million new broadband subscribers from April 2015 to March 2016.

CSI Magazine reported that the French government is launching a public consultation as it looks to open new frequency bands to help meet the growing needs of the Internet of Things (IoT.) The consultation will focus on requirements in three specific frequency bands and will help lay the foundation for future development of IoT.

  1. NOS introduces Europe’s first RDK 4K launch (June 8, 2016) By Julian Clover, Broadband TV News: NOS’s 4K service built on RDK, the first in Europe; with ARRIS ZD4500 HEVC set-top featuring application framework from Espial and content security from Nagra.
  2. Blazing Fast Gigabit Internet Now Possible with DOCSIS 3.1 Technology (June 3, 2016) By William Morrow, The Huffington Post: Think your internet is fast now? It’s about to get a whole lot faster.
  3. Netflix built a tool to gauge real-world video quality (June 6, 2016) By Jon Fingas, Engadget: It wants to know how good its streaming looks for the human eye.
  4. Cable’s fixed broadband market not threatened by mobile, Strategy Analytics says (June 2, 2016) By Daniel Frankel, FireceCable: Mobile networks will not render fixed broadband services obsolete, says research company Strategy Analytics.
  5. France consults on IoT spectrum (June 6, 2016) By CSI Magazine Staff, CSI Magazine: The country’s government is launching a public consultation with a view to opening new sub-1Ghz frequency bands to meet the growing needs of the Internet of Things.

Future HFC Directions: The Role of I-CCAP, R-PHY and R-MACPHY

John Ulm, Engineering Fellow, ARRIS

John Ulm, Engineering Fellow, ARRIS

Distributed Access Architectures are set to be a hot topic of discussion at ANGA COM 2016, as they represent a significant departure from today’s HFC access network.

But the challenge is choosing the best one. I-CCAP, R-PHY or R-MACPHY? They all have unique merits. In my presentation at the show in Cologne this week, I’ll highlight the key differences between a centralized approach with an Integrated CCAP and AM Analog Optics with distributed approaches such as Remote PHY (R-PHY) and Remote MACPHY (R-MACPHY). You will learn just how much capacity improvement you can expect from the distributed digital link and then learn the true story on Headend space and power savings.

After the centralized vs distributed discussion, I will dive deeper into the different types of distributed architectures and where each has its benefits. I then wrap up with some discussions on a hybrid Distributed Node Architecture that leverages the best benefits from DAA digital links, AM optic worlds and a new Hybrid PON (HPON) technology.

To hear more, drop into Room B @ 13.15 on Wednesday, 8th June for my session entitled: How to Build your Future Network – RF Design and Distributed Architectures.

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