Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of June 22, 2015

On Wednesday, Broadband Technology Report cited commentary from ARRIS’s Jay Bestermann on the shift toward Wi-Fi-based mobile plans that drive traffic predominately through Wi-Fi and shift back to data.

Furthermore, CSI quoted ARRIS CTO Charles Cheevers on the benefits and rollout of RDK-B, as well as the industry’s efforts to put an IoT module into the RDK-B framework.

Fierce Wireless reported Verizon Wireless’s plans to roll out a new OTT mobile video service this summer, predominately funded by advertisers through sponsored data. This will allow consumers to enjoy content without paying for it in a data bundle.

Additionally, The Wall Street Journal reported that results from Nielsen’s Total Audience Report contradict theories of a dire TV landscape. The report suggested that the number of video impressions versus traditional TV is not fully indicative of viewership since they are measured differently.

Lastly, Business Insider predicted that the market for smart home technology will peak in the next two years. It also reported that 60 million of the 91 million households with broadband service are currently interested in smart home technology due to the additional cost savings and product familiarity.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Time to Monetize All that Wi-Fi (June 24, 2015) By Monta Monaco Hernon, Broadband Technology Report: Wi-Fi seems to be the “it” kid on the block these days. Yes, there is talk of whether cable operators will find the magic bullet, so to speak, to blow a hole in the cellular carriers’ mobile dominance.
  2. Shinning a light on RDK (June 24, 2015) By Goran Nastic , CSI: A panel at Anga revealed some of the first data on how the open source project is helping operators innovate and bring products to market faster. In the meantime, RDK-B will emerge later this year, potentially also embracing IoT features.
  3. Verizon’s OTT mobile service will support sponsored data (June 23, 2015) By Phil Goldstein, Fierce Wireless: Verizon Wireless’ forthcoming over-the-the-top mobile video service will support sponsored data, with advertisers subsidizing the cost of consumers’ video consumption, according to a senior Verizon executive.
  4. If You Think TV is Dead, Maybe You’re Measuring Wrong (June 23, 2015) By Steven Perlberg, The Wall Street Journal: The TV world may love to hate Nielsen, but now the measurement giant is arming media companies with a new report that could aid their fight against digital rivals.
  5. The smart home market is still young, but people are already clamoring for the devices (June 23, 2014) By: Tony Danova, Business Insider: Homes around the world are going to become smarter and more connected over the next five years.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of June 15, 2015

On Monday, Screen Plays Magazine discussed the increasing momentum behind Comcast’s original RDK initiative. It also highlighted ARRIS’s contribution to RDK through its in-band DVB Service Information system.

Multichannel News reported on Time Warner Cable’s expectations to provide 1 Gigabit of speed per second across all of Los Angeles, rather than individual neighborhoods, thanks to its D3.1 technology.

Furthermore, Wireless Week informed audiences that due to the increase of smartphones, tablets and a trend of multiple device households, Americans used 4.1 trillion megabytes of data during 2014.

Digital Media Wire covered the creation of Story Sync, a new second-screen application that allows users to interact with characters from their favorite shows. The article also highlighted how these applications are closing the gap between media outlets and consumers by unlocking a new range of monetization opportunities.

Lastly, Nation Multimedia reported on Nielsen’s development of audience multiscreen measurement protocol to understand how media fragmentation has altered TV viewing, due to the increased use of smartphones.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. RDK Moves to Broadband Gateways Amid Surge in Adoption & Innovation (June 15, 2015) By Fred Dawson, Screen Plays Magazine: With growing momentum the Reference Design Kit initiative spawned three years ago by Comcast is shaping MVPD strategies across the globe and, in the process, building a demand pool that is impacting device designs beyond the initially targeted set-top domain.
  2. TWC ‘Well Positioned’ to Bring 1-Gig Across L.A. (June 16, 2015) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Time Warner Cable said it is “well-positioned” to bring speeds of 1 Gbps across its Los Angeles footprint in the wake of a request for participants (RFP) issued by the city last week.
  3. Report: Americans Used 4.1 Trillion Megabytes in 2014 (June 17, 2015) By Andrew Berg, Wireless Week: Americans used 4.1 trillion megabytes of data last year according to new research from CTIA.
  4. Double Vision: Media Monetization Through Second Screen (June 17, 2015) Digital Media Wire: Would you be able to survive a night with The Walking Dead? Do you think your favorite celebrity could? You can find out by hooking up to Story Sync, a second screen app that lets viewers interact with the show on their tablet while watching it on TV.
  5. Nielson test-runs multiscreen TV audience measurement protocol (June 18, 2015) By Watchiranont Thongtep, The Nation: AMID the changes in TV viewing behaviour encouraged by media fragmentation, Nielsen (Thailand) has kicked off a test run of multiscreen audience measurement in a bid to boost data quality and TV ratings stability as well as to retain its reputation in the industry.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of June 8, 2015

Last Friday, Fortune listed ARRIS as one of the “hottest companies of the 2015 Fortune 500” having experienced the most growth over the past year and rising further up on list than most others companies.

On Wednesday, Multichannel News reported that ARRIS dominated first quarter market share by securing 51 percent of revenue due to the early availability of the E6000™ CER.

Furthermore, TechCrunch discussed TiVo’s efforts to cater to cord cutters, enabling users to view both live TV and DVR recordings over the Internet mimicking principles of modern streaming services.

Additionally, Variety reported on efforts made by Time Warner’s Turner and Comcast that provide users all available programming through a VOD platform, allowing individuals to not only enjoy current programs but also to discover new content using the service.

Finally, Mashable reported on the University of Washington’s efforts to establish a mainstream wireless charging system through Wi-Fi, eliminating the need for current impractical wireless charging systems.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Hottest companies on the Fortune 500 (June 5, 2015) By Daniel Roberts, Fortune: It’s good to be on the Fortune 500, great to be a repeat performer, but even better to have made a big leap since last year. These 15 companies have risen more spots in the last year than any of the rest.
  2. Cable Access Equipment Shipments Rise, But Revenues Slide (June 10, 2015) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: The first quarter represented a mixed bag for cable broadband access network equipment suppliers as DOCSIS channel shipments climbed but overall revenues in the category dipped due to aggressive pricing and a surge in software licenses, according to a new report from IHS that tracks shipments of cable modem termination system (CMTS), converged cable access platform (CCAP) and edge QAM products.
  3. TiVo Now Lets Subscribers Stream Recordings and Live TV Via The Web (June 9, 2015) By Sarah Perez, TechCrunch: DVR maker TiVo announced today a new product called TiVo Online that will allow its subscribers to stream both their DVR recordings as well as live TV over the web.
  4. Tuner, Comcast Move to Capture Binge-Watching Crowd (June 8, 2015) By Brian Steinberg, Variety: Time Warner’s Turner and Comcast are working quickly to rewrite the rules currently established in the nascent realm of VOD.
  5. Wireless charging over Wi-Fi could be on the horizon (June 9, 2015) By Chris Perkins, Mashable: Say goodbye to cables? Researchers at the University of Washington just successfully tested Wi-Fi charging.

ARRIS @ ANGA COM 2015

This week, senior leaders from the Cable and Satellite industry across Europe will convene in Cologne, Germany for ANGA COM. The event will provide an opportunity to discuss the future of the industry and how technology can help drive unique consumer entertainment experiences. Key topics on this year’s agenda include: Gigabit service, DOCSIS 3.1 transition strategies, Multiscreen, UHD and RDK. If you are attending ANGA COM, make sure you visit ARRIS at Hall 10.2, Stand #E21.

ARRIS’s experts are also speaking at ANGA COM. Don’t forget to put the following sessions in your diary:

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of June 1, 2015

This week, The San Diego Union-Tribune re-counted the 1990 proposal by ARRIS Group Inc. (under a previous entity called General Instrument Corporation) to the Federal Communications Commission 25 years ago, proposing a pure digital standard for television, leading to the creation HDTV.

Additionally, CTimes reported on a Smart TV manufacturer and ARRIS’s demonstration of 4K HDTV in-home delivery over powerline, the first to contain a G.hn chip that enables a “smart home entertainment center” through “plug and play” technology.

On Monday, Light Reading published consumer poll results displaying a 58 percent user desire for a higher gigabit capacity, a view that opposes beliefs held by industry experts stating 100 Mbit/s per home as the standard for running applications and online services.

Furthermore, Variety announced the launch of Showtime’s OTT streaming service to consumers with broadband, allowing those without a traditional cable package to access content and enabling Showtime to reach a new segment of consumers.

Finally, CNET discussed some realities around owning a 4K TV and how upscaling/upconverting can add to the perceived detail of an image, but there are still some challenges when it comes to sourcing UHD content.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. San Diego firm played pivotal role in digital TV (June 3, 2015) By Mike Freeman, The San Diego Union-Tribune: Team from General Instrument — now ARRIS – marks 25th anniversary of digital TV proposal.
  2. HomeGrid Forum Shows Off 4K HDTV In-home Delivery  (June 3, 2015) C-Times: A host of HomeGrid Forum members are lined up at Computex 2015 to show the pace of development and deployment the technology is now enjoying.
  3. They Want Their Gigabit Now (June 1, 2015) Alan Breznick, LightReading: Despite industry doubts about what broadband users will actually do with 1-Gig service once they have it, there is clearly a strong and growing clamor for the service by consumers.
  4. CBS Sets July Launch, $11 Monthly Fee For Showtime OTT Service (June 3, 2015) By Cynthia Littleton, Variety: CBS Corp. has made it official, announcing the launch of its broadband-only Showtime service in early July with Apple as its first partner.
  5. Can 4K TVs make ‘regular’ HD content look better? (June 2, 2015) By Geoffrey Morrison, CNET: If you listen to the marketing from TV manufacturers, it seems TVs with 4K resolution will deliver a massive boost in picture quality.

ARRIS Talks Broadcasting In Asia

At this year’s Broadcast Asia event, ARRIS will be showcasing our broad array of solutions to downloadtake broadcasters and cable and telecom service providers into the next era of consumer entertainment and connectivity. Our hospitality suite (#4010A, Melati Room, Level 4) will highlight three areas core to helping you grow your business:

Empowering Content by delivering rich content experiences that help drive customer retention, loyalty, and ARPU.
Transforming Networks by growing broadband capabilities with new technologies such as DOCSIS 3.1 and CCAP, and also preparing for the future of (HEVC/UHD) video delivery through cloud-based services.
Redefining the Connected Home and supporting the Internet of Things revolution by delivering a high standard of connectivity throughout the home and supporting a growing number of connected devices.

In addition to what you’ll find around our booth, ARRIS will also be revealing a ‘first look’ of our annual Consumer Entertainment Index results to media only at a news conference at 10:30am on Wednesday 3rd June at the ARRIS hospitality suite. This year’s report hits on many evolved consumer entertainment habits and what’s become important for their in-home and on-the-go connected experiences.

Furthermore, Josh Eum, CTO APAC at ARRIS will participate at the “Get Smart with your Data – Innovating TV” series of talks. He will speak on 4th June at 3:30 pm on ‘Supporting Emerging Rich, Interactive TV Experiences through Big Data Technologies.’ Catch it at room Jasmine Junior (#3811), Level 3.

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s BroadcastAsia!

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