Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of October 13, 2014

This week, FierceCable discussed an Infonetics report on the 4 percent rise in global pay-TV set-top box revenue, with ARRIS remaining the global leader among vendors. Separately, FierceOnlineVideo discussed a research note from Needham & Company on the OTT market, including how ARRIS and others are using hardware- and cloud-based solutions to tackle the content discovery conundrum.

In other news, Rapid TV News shared data from Parks Associates revealing 46 million households worldwide will subscribe to an UltraHD pay-TV service by 2018.

According to Advanced Television, the global market for broadband CPE is set to expand by $1.8 billion, representing the highest growth in revenues since 2010.

Finally, Digital TV Europe noted 37 percent of US broadband households regularly use transactional services to access OTT video.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

1. Global set-top revenue up 4 percent in Q2 to $4.8B, Infonetics says (Oct. 15) By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: After revising its first quarter count down, Infonetics reported a 4 percent rise in global pay-TV set-top box revenue to $4.8 billion during the second quarter of 2014.

2. Social media is key to monetizing online video, report says (Oct. 10) By Samantha Bookman, FierceOnlineVideo: Players in the online video space that want to make serious money need to focus on two key areas: creating or distributing premium video content, and making it easy for viewers to find that content. But in the short term, social media is one of the best ways to publicize videos–and maximize ad revenue.

3. Pay-TV due to launch 4K in a major way (Oct. 16) By Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News: While significant obstacles remain to the 4K market, at least one researcher is bullish on its outlook: 46 million households worldwide will subscribe to an UltraHD pay-TV service by 2018, according to Parks Associates.

4. CPE market up 20% for 2014 (Oct. 15) By Staff, Advanced Television: The global market for broadband consumer premises equipment (CPE) will end 2014 with the highest growth in revenues since 2010, increasing by 20 percent from 2013 to reach nearly $11 billion, according to IHS Technology.

5. Almost two fifths of US broadband homes use transactional VoD (Oct. 10) By Staff, Digital TV Europe: Some 37% of US broadband households regularly use transactional services to access over-the-top (OTT) video – including online video rentals and downloads – according to Parks Associates.

Who is ARRIS?

ARRIS invents the technology that brings entertainment and communications to millions of people, all around the world.

If you watch TV or use the Internet, chances are you’re using our technology. We’re behind the services that you get from the world’s leading providers, and we’re collaborating with them to invent the future, every day.

But from time to time, we still get the question: Who is ARRIS?

Here’s the answer, in the words of the people of ARRIS, our employees…

 

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of October 6, 2014

This week, Cincinnati Bell announced it will use our Whole Home Solutions Mobile platform and SecureMedia content protection system to power its new Fioptics TV Everywhere app, Light Reading reported. Multichannel News highlighted our latest broadband gateways, which will be showcased at the upcoming Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam.

Around the industry, Broadband TV News shared data from Strategy Analytics revealing worldwide ownership of connected TV devices reached 500 million units in the second quarter. Additionally, Reuters noted British companies spent a record 3.5 billion pounds on digital advertising in the first half of 2014 – largely due to the increasing use of smartphones and tablets.

Finally, Rapid TV News featured a complementary study showing that increasing video consumption is encouraging marketers to use mobile video to accompany traditional TV advertising.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Arris Powers Cincinnati Bell’s TV Everywhere Service (Oct. 7) By Staff, Light Reading: This week, Cincinnati Bell launched its new Fioptics TV Everywhere app in support of its popular Fioptics TV Service, powered by ARRIS. This app will enable customers to access fast and reliable video streaming throughout the home.
  2. Arris Revs Up DSL, FTTH Gateways(Oct. 7) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: ARRIS is amplifying that it’s no longer largely a cable-focused shop, launching a new line of DSL and fiber-to-the-home gateways. This new product family delivers voice, video and data services, and will be on show at the Broadband World Forum, slated for Oct. 21-23 in Amsterdam.
  3. Half a billion connected TV devices in Q2, 2014 (Oct. 3) By Staff, Broadband TV News: Worldwide ownership of connected TV devices (including smart TVs, smart blu-ray players, IP-enabled game consoles and digital media streamers) grew 7% quarter-on-quarter in Q2 2014 and% versus the same period in 2013 to reach 500 million units.
  4. UK digital advertising spend up 16.6 percent in first half of 2014 (Oct. 8) By Li-mei Hoang, Reuters: British companies spent a record 3.5 billion pounds on digital advertising in the first half of 2014, helped by the increasing use of smartphones and tablets, according to a report published on Wednesday.
  5. Mobile video vital to reaching fragmented audiences at scale (Oct. 2) By Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News: Mobile video is poised to become an integral part of how brands connect, engage and convert their key audiences according to independent video advertising platform BrightRoll.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of September 29, 2014

Verizon Communications has begun to roll out a new version of its FiOS TV interactive Media Guide for set-tops, reports Multichannel News.

Digital TV Europe posted an extensive interview with Bruce McClelland, ARRIS President of Network & Cloud and Global Services. Recorded at IBC 2014, the interview explores how consumer expectations are impacting service providers’ network plans.

Digital Production Middle East featured remarks by ARRIS Sean McCarthy and Charles Cheevers as they discussed the future of Ultra HD and user experiences.

In other industry news, viewing figures from the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board revealed that in the UK, 88 percent of viewing on a TV set is done live, Advanced Television shared.

Finally, IP&TV News discussed data from Parks Associates indicating that 55 percent of US broadband households also subscribe to an OTT video service.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Verizon Freshens Up FiOS TV Guide (Sept. 30) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Verizon Communications has begun to roll out a new version of its FiOS TV interactive Media Guide for set-tops that tack on new features and several enhancements.
  2. ARRIS – IBC 2014 video interview (Oct. 3) By Stuart Thompson, Digital TV Europe: Arris’s Bruce McClelland talks to DTVE about OTT’s impact on cable and service providers’ response to the challenges ahead.
  3. User experience design (Sept. 18) By Adrian Pennington, Digital Production Middle East: Ultra HD will be delivered on large-screens promising a more immersive user experience and a chance for operators to rethink the user interface.
  4. UK: 88% of TV viewed is live (Oct. 1) By Staff, Advanced Television: January to June viewing figures for 2014 from the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (BARB) and the UK TV broadcasters reveal that viewers in the UK watched an average of 3 hours, 47 minutes a day of TV.
  5. 55% of US broadband households subscribe to OTT service (Sept. 26) By Thomas Campbell, IP&TV News: Fifty-five percent of US broadband households subscribe to an OTT video service, opening up new opportunities for cloud solutions, according to Parks.

Designing Tomorrow’s Wi-Fi — with ARRIS CTO Charles Cheevers

Wi-Fi is the glue that brings connected experiences together in our homes—-from streaming video to online gaming, browsing the Web, and more. It’s the foundation for tomorrow’s entertainment too. But, how will it scale to new experiences like 4K, multiscreen HD, and fiber Internet speeds? How can we ensure that it’s reliable when so many new services depend on it to work perfectly, everywhere, all the time?

Our CPE CTO Charles Cheevers, reviews these topics and more. Check out his videos, below:

The Quest to Send 4K Video over Wi-Fi

Charles Cheevers, CTO, CPE business at ARRIS

Almost daily, we see new evidence that people are video junkies—watching, posting, and downloading more video to more devices. Yet, we commonly expect our home Wi-Fi network to carry these experiences seamlessly.

Our ARRIS Consumer Entertainment Index found that almost two-thirds of us have problems streaming or downloading video. Whether it’s a slow connection, streaming delays or a frozen or blank screen—these issues can be maddening.

Wi-Fi can barely handle MPEG-4 video bandwidth, so how are we going to support 4K video transmission over the coming years?

At this year’s SCTE, I hope to shed some light on that solution. I’m outlining my thoughts on various technologies and directions being considered to ensure that the Wi-Fi network has both the ability and quality of service to provide a reliable solution. I’ll also cover ways we can pre-empt the congestion at 5GHz and show how software-oriented solutions can help facilitate the kind of quality we need to get new pay-TV video services over Wi-Fi.

Specifically, I’ll review the following key areas surrounding this topic:

  • 5GHz spectrum map and what happens when devices try and carve out some deterministic throughput rates;
  • Types of services and devices competing for this airtime;
  • Challenges and main goals ahead for the IEEE High Efficiency Task Force as it tries to create new wireless protocols to handle Gigabit Wi-Fi solutions in the home;
  • Convergence of LTE and Wi-Fi ;
  • Role of network managed Wi-Fi resources and airtime;
  • Emerging ideas around SDN, and SON-based assists to improving Wi-Fi performance.

I previewed this topic on SCTE’s site, but welcome you to join me and Comcast at Thursday’s 12:45 p.m. “Wi-Fi: The Quest for Quality” discussion. Look forward to seeing you at SCTE.

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