Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of July 27, 2015

Last Friday, the FCC approved AT&T’s $48.5 billion dollar acquisition of DirecTV. According to The Verge, the merger is projected to combine around 26 million pay-tv subscribers—ranking them as the largest pay-tv service in the nation.

Light Reading reported on IHS’ recent global survey that revealed one-third of residential customers will be passed by DOCSIS 3.1-enabled headends as soon as April 2017.The US alone is projected to have more than 17 million cable modems supported by the technology, with speeds as high as 10 Gbit/s.

Additionally, Juniper Research also published its latest study reporting the number of connected devices will increase 285% over the next five years. The shift is primarily due to an increase in the Internet of Things market, reports Market Watch.

Similarly, eWeek covered IBM’s launch of its new, cloud-based, Internet of Things (IoT) developer community. This platform will serve as a tool for collaborative sharing between both beginners and advanced developers interested in IoT, connected devices and data interpretations.

Lastly, Bloomberg Business reported Verizon’s unveiling of its new mobile-TV service, Go90. Originally scheduled for an early June release, the mobile-TV service launch has been pushed to late August. The streaming service is said to feature live TV, short clips and video-on-demand capabilities.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. FCC approves AT&T–DirecTV merger (July 24, 2015) By Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge: The FCC has approved AT&T’s $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV, bringing one of the nation’s largest wireless carriers together with the largest satellite TV provider.
  2. DOCSIS 3.1 Seen Taking Off (July 28, 2015) By Alan Breznick, Light Reading: Seeking to join the Gigabit Parade, cable operators are apparently chomping at the bit to deploy the emerging next-gen DOCSIS 3.1 spec so they can offer 1 Gig and higher speeds themselves.
  3. Connected devices powering smart cities, homes to triple by 2020 (July 28, 2015) By Jennifer Booton, Market Watch: The number of connected devices as part of the burgeoning industry known as the Internet of Things is expected to skyrocket 285% over the next five years, reaching 38.5 billion devices by 2020 from just 10 billion today, according to a new report from Juniper Research.
  4. IBM Launches Internet of Things Developer Community (July 29, 2015) By Darryl K. Taft, eWeek: A week after launching a broad-based community destination for cloud developers focusing on open-source technologies—IBM developerWorks Open—Big Blue has announced a new community aimed at Internet of things (IoT) developers.
  5. HDTV, VOD to drive IPTV to near $80BN revs by 2020 (July 27, 2015) By Scott Moritz, Bloomberg Business: Verizon Communications Inc. will ask thousands of customers in the coming weeks to test out a new mobile-TV service, Go90, originally slated for introduction in June, though now pushed back to late summer.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of July 20, 2015

Following the announcement of ARRIS’s 2015 Consumer Entertainment Index annual survey results, Quartz posted an article highlighting how binge-watching has become a solo activity.

Additionally, Light Reading  reported on ARRIS’s newly offered hosted version of its managed service provider Wi-Fi platform at The Independent Show in Boston.

ZCorum announced that its DOCSIS analysis software tool will now be supporting ARRIS C4® CMTS technology.  Broadband Technology Report reported that ZCorum’s software will be an opening to “return path spectrum” without the need of “special equipment.”

WideOpenWest (WOW) has struck a joint deal with TiVo® and Evolution Digital to offer both traditional linear TV and VOD services as well as over-the-top content, according to Multichannel News.

Lastly, a global IPTV market report published this week suggested that growth is fueled by an increase in consumer demand of HDTV channels and video-on-demand (VOD) features. According to Rapid TV News, various technology firms have the potential of growing but satellite and cable TV operators could stall its development.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. You’re not alone: Binge watching is a solo activity for most people (July 21, 2015) By Alice Truong, Quartz. Streaming services have made it incredibly easy for people to watch multiple episodes—or even entire seasons—at a time.
  2. Arris Launches Hosted WiFi for Indie Operators (July 21, 2015) By Mari Silbey, Light Reading. At the NCTC Independent Show today in Boston, Arris Group Inc. announced the debut of a hosted Wi-Fi service for communications service providers.
  3. ZCORUM ADDS SUPPORT FOR ARRIS CMTSS (July 20, 2015) By BTR Staff, Broadband Technology Report: ZCorum announced that its DOCSIS return path analysis software tool, Upstream Analyzer, now supports the ARRIS (NASDAQ:ARRS) C4 CMTS.
  4. WideOpenWest Taps Into TiVo (July 22, 2015) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: WideOpenWest (WOW) has struck a joint development deal with TiVo and Evolution Digital that will enable the MSO to offer a blend of traditional linear TV and VOD services and over-the-top content via a new low-cost hybrid IP/QAM device and through Web and mobile apps powered by the TiVo platform.
  5. HDTV, VOD to drive IPTV to near $80BN revs by 2020 (July 22, 2015), Rapid TV News: Never hitting the highs of satellite but also not enduring the lows of cable, the IPTV sector has kept a relatively low profile but this may change as it enters a period of rapid growth, says Transparency Market Research.

ARRIS @ The Independent Show

Yesterday, we kicked off two-and-a-half days of thought-provoking educational sessions and IMG_20150720_111306450exhibits on the changing landscape of video delivery at NCTC’s Independent Show. We welcome you to join us at our booth, as we demonstrate our Migration/Transition to IP capabilities, developments in delivering Gigabit speeds, and how we are redefining the connected home.

One of our highlights at this year’s show includes our recently announced Hosted Service Provider Wi-Fi solution. It enables operators to efficiently and scalably address the market for carrier-class Wi-Fi services across a variety of verticals.

For more information, drop by our booth #600, where we’ll be showcasing our whole-home wireless IP delivery solutions.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of July 13, 2015

Top Ten Reviews recently reviewed and ranked the ARRIS SURFboard® SB6141 #1 in a cable modem lineup, and it earned a Top Ten Reviews Gold Award. The SURFboard SB6121 cable modem ranked #2.

The 13th Annual CSI Awards shortlist was also announced this week with ARRIS being nominated in three different categories: best digital video processing technology for the ME-7000 Converged Video Compression Platform, best cable or fibre contribution solution for the AgileMax™ RFoG Optical Distribution, and best customer premise technology for the VIP4000 and VIP5000 Series of Set-Tops.

On Monday, SNL Kagan analyst, JP O’Sullivan, spoke at the Connected TV Summit in London. According to Video Net, O’Sullivan said electronic sell-through (EST) is a small yet flourishing market that can best be exploited through pay-TV operators.

Ooyala and Vindicia’s new research study, conducted by London MTM, claims that OTT service revenues could potentially double or triple from $4 billion in 2014 to anywhere from $8-12 billion in 2018. Fierce Cable reported that this increase is due to “consumer’s growing increasingly comfortable with OTT services.”

Lastly, the Wi-Fi™ Alliance is hoping to make devices more aware of green initiatives. Wireless Week covered the Wi-Fi Alliance’s launch of Wi-Fi Aware™—a new certification program aimed at energy efficient connectivity.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. 2015 Best Cable Modems Review, Top Ten Reviews: From televisions to computers, speakers and gaming consoles, electronic products increasingly dominate our lives. Whether you’re shopping for a gaming PC or some new headphones, we evaluate the best electronics available and present top choices to make your buying decision easier.
  2. CSI-Awards – Shortlist  2015 (July 15, 2015) , CSI Magazine: The CSI Awards are one of the most comprehensive and competitive technology awards anywhere in the world, designed to reward technical and product marketing excellence in the cable, satellite, terrestrial broadcasting, mobile and IPTV sectors.
  3. SNL Kagan: Pay-TV Has ‘Competitive Advantage’ With EST (June 13, 2015) By Barry Flynn, VideoNet: Electronic sell-through (EST) is a small but growing sector, according to consultants SNL Kagan, and pay-tv operators are best-placed to exploit it.
  4. Revenues from OTT services could triple to $12B by 2018, Ooyala-Vindicia report says (July 14, 2015) By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: Revenue from “premium” U.S. OTT services will grow from $4 billion in 2014 to somewhere between $8 billion to $12 billion in 2018, according to a study conducted by London’s MTM and commissioned by online video service providers Ooyala and Vindicia.
  5. New Wi-Fi Aware Technology Adds Context to Connections (July 15, 2015) By Andrew Berg, Wireless Week: The Wi-Fi Alliance is hoping to make Wi-Fi devices more aware of the world around them.



Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of July 6, 2015

RapidTV News detailed this week’s report from ABI Research on 4KTV content penetration. According to the analyst firm, high-resolution premium video, including 4K and Ultra HD content, is a fast-growing market; and therefore, content protection services must follow suit with adaptability and preparedness for the expanding space.

Top Tech News reported on recent white papers from Alitcast, suggesting that cable boxes have the potential to become an Internet-of-Things (IoT) hub.

On Wednesday, Fierce Cable covered CableLabs’ announcement of new specs for CCAP architectures. CableLabs principal architect, Karthik Sundaresan, explained how this technology “[provides] significant scale advantages and flexible deployment options for both DOCSIS 3.0 and DOCSIS 3.1 networks.”

According to a Zacks article, Comcast will open up its set-top box and software testing framework so that other cable TV operators can also access the source codes.

Showtime launched its new OTT video service, Showtime Anytime, this week. Multichannel News reported how the service will be available via: Apple, Roku, Hulu and Sony PlayStation.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Faster than expected penetration makes 4KTV content protection a growing concern (July 9, 2015) by Staff Writer, RapidTV News: The good news for content firms looking to expand offerings with 4KTV quality content is that penetration is increasing; the bad is that security is also a growing issue, says an ABI Research report.
  2. Can Cable Serve as All-in-One IoT Hubs? Alticast Think So (July 2, 2015) by Dan Heilman, Top Tech News: According to a recently published white paper, cable boxes have the potential to become protocol-agnostic Internet-of-Things (IoT) hubs and in the process begin to address the competing protocols and closed systems that continue to hold back the IoT industry.
  3. CableLabs released new specs for distributed CCAP architectures (July 8, 2015) by Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: CableLabs has released a new series of specifications covering distributed architectures for the Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP).
  4. Comcast to Share its Cable Set-Top Box Testing Platform (July 7, 2015) by Zacks Equity Research, Zacks: Comcast Corp., the largest cable MSO (multi service operator) in the U.S., has recently opened up its cable set-top box and software testing framework so that other cable TV operators can also access the source codes.
  5. Showtime Unleashes Stand-Alone OTT Service (July 8, 2015) by Jeff Baumgratner, Multichannel News:Beating a previously announced deadline, Showtime said Tuesday it has launched its stand-alone streaming service via Apple, Roku, Hulu and Sony PlayStation Vue ahead of the July 12 season debuts of network original series Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex.


Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of June 29, 2015

On Monday, Digital TV Europe reported that the Pay-TV channel business is growing strongly in Europe with a compound growth rate of 3.1%, according to analysis from SNL Kagan.

eWeek covered an IHS Research study that showed that Wi-Fi will reach 90% of global households by 2019. The study also forecasted the amount of connected devices to increase over the next five years, “growing up to 13 connected devices per broadband home.”

Additionally, AT&T expanded its GigaPower capabilities to Florida cities of Fort Lauderdale, Hialeah, Hollywood and Miami. FierceTelecom positioned this as “a key area of expansion for AT&T’s 1 Gbps service.” The launch in Florida comes days after the company disclosed plans for future developments in Dallas-Ft Worth and Chicago.

The New York Business Journal reported on Stealth Communication Services and Xchange Telecom’s announcement to bring a broadband boost to the “digital desert” of Brooklyn and Queens, New York. This attempt is considered a “Herculean task,” with the companies expecting to offer customers up to 10 megabits per second and contribute a total of $3.75 million towards the project.

Lastly, three of the largest UK ISPs, BT, TalkTalk and Virgin Media, have teamed up to support business broadband for smaller services. According to Broadband TV News, the three entities will join forces to develop a new Code of Practice to help consumers.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Pay TV channel business growing strongly in European markets  (June 30, 2015) , Digital TV Europe: The pay TV channel business in Europe is continuing to grow in revenue terms in key markets, leading to increased interest in the European market from US programmers facing a slowing ad market and rising programming costs, according to analysis by SNL Kagan.
  2. Wi-Fi to reach 90% of global household by 2019 (June 26, 2015) By Nathan Eddy, eWeek: The percentage of global households with WiFi home gateways or routers supplied by their service providers will rise from 66 percent in 2014 to nearly 90 percent in 2019, according to a report from IT research firm IHS Research.
  3. AT&T incites broadband challenge against Comcast with Miami-area 1 Gbps launch (June 30, 2015) By Sean Buckley, Fierce Telecom: AT&T has made the southeast Florida cities of Fort Lauderdale, Hialeah, Hollywood, Miami and surrounding communities the next targets for its 1 Gbps FTTP service, putting it in direct competition with Comcast which will offer an even higher speed 2 Gbps service.
  4. ‘Digital Deserts’ of Brooklyn, Queens to broadband boost (July 1, 2015) By Michael del Castillo, New York Business Journal: New York City’s pathetically sparse broadband network — vast swaths of which are known as digital deserts — is about to get a serious upgrade.
  5. ISPs agree to support business broadband (June 26, 2015) By Julian Clover, Broadband TV News: Three of the UK’s largest ISPs have agreed to improve broadband services for smaller businesses.
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