Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of March 23, 2015

This week, Multichannel News covered Wurl’s announcement that its 1Guide streaming platform has rolled out to WideOpenWest subscribers in Indiana, Ohio, Florida, Illinois and Michigan via WOW’s “Streamland” service, which is available on its ARRIS-made Ultra set-tops.

In other industry news, TV News Check highlighted a MoffettNathanson Research study that found that new over-the-top (OTT) services that offer no or limited broadcast networks are not likely to be as attractive to consumers.

Separately, Digital TV Europe reported new findings from market intelligence agency Mintel that show that streaming video on demand (SVoD) is set to account for 38 percent of the total UK video market by 2019.

Broadband TV News included coverage of a recent ABI Research report that shows that the worldwide pay TV market generated $257 billion in 2014 and is on track to surpass 1.1 billion subscribers in 2020.

Finally, The Washington Post noted that broadband speeds are expanding nationwide and that all but seven states saw increases in average connection speeds between the third and fourth quarters of 2014, indicating that Internet connection capacity across the country will continue to grow.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Wurl’s Streaming Platform Powers WOW’s Integrated OTT (March 25) By Leslie Jaye Goff, Multichannel News: Wurl, a provider of streaming-video programming to pay TV operators, confirmed Wednesday that its 1Guide streaming platform has rolled out to WideOpenWest subscribers via the cable system’s “Streamland” service in Indiana, Ohio, Florida, Illinois and Michigan. Streamland is WOW’s branded over-the-top streaming service available on its Ultra TV set-tops, which are manufactured by Arris.
  2. Study: OTT Services Need Broadcast Nets (March 25) By Harry A. Jessell, TV News Check: The best hope of the new breed of OTT TV services is for them to include the broadcast networks, which reach seven times more viewers than the average cable network and two times more than the most popular cable networks.
  3. UK SVoD market to pass £1 billion by 2019 (March 23) By Staff Writer, Digital TV Europe: The subscription video streaming market in the UK is due to exceed revenues of £1 billion (€1.37 billion) by 2019, and account for 38% of the total UK video market, according to new research.
  4. Global pay TV subscribers to surpass 1.1 billion in 2020 (March 26) By Staff Writer, Broadband TV News: The worldwide pay TV market grew at a steady rate of 4% in 2014 to reach 923.5 million subscribers, according to ABI Research.
  5. Map: The state of broadband in the states (March 25) By Niraj Chokshi, The Washington Post: Broadband speeds are expanding nationwide and the conditions seem good for even more growth.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of March 16, 2015

This week, several outlets, including Multichannel News, highlighted the announcement that the ARRIS E6000 next-gen network access platform will be used by SK Broadband to deliver 1 Gbps broadband service and capacity support to the South Korean company’s 2.6 million IPTV customers.

Separately, Digital TV Europe included video interviews of ARRIS’s Steve McCaffery, senior vice president – EMEA, and Cornel Ciocirlan, chief technology officer – EMEA, on the future of WiFi in the connected home and how DOCSIS® 3.1 is helping cable stay competitive with fiber.

The Wirecutter recommended the ARRIS SURFboard®SB6141 modem for consumers looking to purchase their own, also noting that it is the most popular and well-reviewed cable modem in its class.

In other industry news, Rapid TV News reported focus group data from Sanford Bernstein which indicated that, while most participants subscribe to over-the-top (OTT) content services, the diversity of programming and convenient access of traditional pay-TV are keeping them from cutting the cord.

Finally, CED highlighted new findings from Leichtman Research Group that show that 81 percent of households surveyed in the U.S. have at least one HDTV, a steep increase from 46 percent four years ago.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Arris Makes 1-Gig Assist (March 16) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Arris said SK Broadband of South Korea is tapping its next-gen network access platform, the E6000, to deliver 1 Gbps broadband service and to provide the necessary capacity to support an IP-based 4K video offering that was announced by the service provider last August.
  2. Cable Congress 2015 Video Interviews – Steve McCaffery and Cornel Ciocirlan, Arris (March 18) By Staff Writer, Digital TV Europe: WiFi is making the home truly connected and operators need the industry to come together to provide an intuitive user experience, according to Steve McCaffery, SVP, EMEA, Arris.
  3. The Best Cable Modem (March 18) By David Murphy, The Wirecutter: If you’re paying for cable Internet, you’re probably paying a separate monthly fee for the privilege of renting a cable modem from your ISP.
  4. Despite the hype, cord-cutting isn’t making sense for consumers (March 19) By Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News: While there’s interest in cord-cutting among pay-TV subscribers, the actual phenomenon isn’t yet happening in large numbers.
  5. Four out of five households choose HD (March 16) By Helena Fahnrich, CED: Four out of five of households (81 percent) surveyed in the U.S. now currently have at least one HDTV.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of March 9, 2015

This week, Multichannel News reported that NBN Co plans to deliver gigabit speeds using DOCSIS 3.1 starting in 2017. This news comes just weeks after NBN Co announced ARRIS will play a major role in upgrading the Australian government-owned entity’s HFC networks.

In other industry news, FierceCable highlighted newly published research from Strategy Analytics that shows that the top pay TV operators gained more than 100,000 video subscribers in Q4 ’14.

Similarly, Broadband Technology Report noted that pay TV revenues in the Asia Pacific region are expected to grow by $10 billion between 2014 and 2020 according to Digital TV Research.

Separately, Advanced Television reported research from The Diffusion Group that found that more than 20 percent of U.S. adult broadband users who stream content are considered ‘cord cheaters,’ a term to describe consumers who access streaming content services using account information belonging to someone they do not live with.

Finally, USA Today covered the results of a recent Nielsen report that indicated that 41 percent of U.S. homes have access to a streaming video on demand (SVoD) subscription service.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. NBN Co Commits To DOCSIS 3.1 (March 12) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: NBN Co, a government-owned entity tasked with bringing next-gen broadband to millions of homes and businesses in Australia, announced Thursday that it will deliver gigabit speeds using DOCSIS 3.1, an emerging HFC platform that will support capacities of up to 10 Gbps down and at least 1 Gbps in the upstream, starting in 2017.
  2. Top pay-TV operators added 101,000 subs in Q4, Strategy Analytics says (March 9) By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: The top pay-TV operators gained 101,000 video customers in the fourth quarter, partially offsetting losses in Q2 and Q3, according to newly published research from Strategy Analytics.
  3. APAC Pay TV to Grow $10 Billion by 2020 (March 9) By Staff Writer, Broadband Technology Report: According to Digital TV Research, pay TV revenues in the Asia Pacific region (22 countries) will grow by $10 billion between 2014 and 2020.
  4. ‘Cord Cheating’ common among US streamers (March 12) By Staff Writer, Advanced Television, According to research from The Diffusion Group (TDG), more than 20 per cent of adult broadband users who stream video from an online subscription service are ‘cord cheaters’, consumers who access these services using the account name and password of someone that does not reside in the same household.
  5. Streaming video services continue U.S. home invasion (March 11) By Mike Snider, USA Today: Streaming video services are increasingly becoming a staple in American homes with more than four out of 10 having a subscription, according to a new Nielsen report.

WEBINAR: Beating the Bandwidth Crunch – Listen NOW

Cornel Ciocirlan, CTO EMEA at ARRIS recently spoke with Digital TV Europe Editor Stuart Thomson about key bandwidth challenges and opportunities facing cable operators.

OTT and multiscreen video is leading to an explosion in demand for bandwidth, and service providers need to tap into new technologies to stay ahead. Fortunately, Cable Access Network operators are well-positioned to evolve their access networks with CCAP, DOCSIS 3.1 and Remote Gadgets.

In this webinar, Cornel outlines the possible applications for these new technologies that will help Cable Access Networks cope with continued growth and capacity demands from new, resource-heavy services over the next few years.     

Key topics that Cornel discussed include:

  • The bandwidth growth drivers over the next decade
  • How spectrum plans will change to address bandwidth growth
  • The state of CCAP technology deployments today
  • The key drivers and barriers for operators to adopt remote gadget technologies

If you missed it, the webinar stream is available now by using the link below.


Celebrating Engineers Week: Jack Birnbaum, Comcast

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Jack Birnbaum, VP of Video Control and Security

As we continue to celebrate National Engineers Week, we interviewed Jack Birnbaum, VP of Video Control and Security at Comcast about his inspiration to become an engineer.  Read below for the full interview.

What inspired you to become an engineer?

  • I like to solve problems and create things.  I was always interested in figuring out how things worked.  I had always been strong in math and science and was looking for a practical way to apply those skills.  Initially, I became interested in bio-medical engineering.   I was enamored with the idea that I could create solutions that would help people improve their health.  When I was in college, this field was mostly research-oriented, so I moved to computer engineering.

What does a day in the life of an engineer at Comcast look like?

  • The day in the life of the Comcast engineer has changed much in most recent times.  These days, we work in an agile development environment.  The engineers typically start their day with a 15-minute scrum, discussing activities completed, challenges encountered and commitments for the next day.  They collaborate to assist one another to achieve the team goals.  The engineers then move off to their development work.  Many times the engineers work in team areas so there is free flow of communication and collaboration.
  • On any day, an engineer may be called upon to perform demos of their work to product and business folks.  They may also be engaged in planning and evaluation of new projects.
  • Finally, since our teams are development- and operations-oriented, our engineers are often involved in monitoring the performance of our services with the goal of improving the customer experience.  If problems occur, they are counted on to work closely with our technical field personnel to analyze and resolve system issues.
  • At Comcast, we try to create an exciting environment for our engineers.  We have challenging projects that solve complex problems at a large scale.  We have innovation programs that challenge engineers to develop new concepts, some leading to Patent awards, some leading to new products and services.  We also consciously allocate time to encourage folks to develop new ideas or learn new skills.

 How do you collaborate with ARRIS engineers to solve industry challenges? 

  • Comcast has a long-standing partnership with ARRIS in developing solutions in the video space.  We work closely together to develop new products and solutions in the ever-changing video space.  As new technologies emerge, we look to our strong partners to help us determine solutions that meet the needs, are economically feasible and can deliver service with high quality.  With ARRIS, we have a partner with expertise in technology, integration and services.  Each of these areas is key to Comcast in delivering solutions that delight our customers.

 What are the most common challenges that engineers in our industry face?

  • I think the most common challenge that we face is change.  The industry is changing with new and different competitors.  The technology is changing with innovations in processing, storage, and networking.  Our customers’ expectations are changing as well.  There is a desire for more capabilities in more places.  What used to be video delivered to the TV is now video delivered to many devices, some in the home and some out of home.  There is a need to always be connected, which creates challenges to make sure that those connections are functional and secure.  There is a need to make sure all of the video content is displayed with high quality on many new devices.

What is one piece of advice you wish someone told you when you were pursuing a career in engineering?

  • The most successful engineers are flexible.  In this field, an engineer must be able to work with ambiguity.  Problems are not provided with all of the information needed and a path to a solution.  The engineer needs to be able to work with little information, discover the real problems to solve and create solutions.  When one adds the needs of the business, the engineer must be willing to change directions very quickly and continue to push toward the best solutions for our customers and our shareholders.

Engineering Greatness

This week, we celebrate our engineers—-the makers and doers and minds who inspire our quest to Invent the Future.

In this pursuit, we work day in and day out with some of the industry’s most talented engineers, from the world’s leading service providers and programmers. This National Engineers Week, we’re featuring a few stories and their approach to engineering, because it’s these unique perspectives that enrich our own work at ARRIS.

Here’s to all the engineers who inspire great things, for our industry, around the world, and within ourselves.


Marco Aurelio Rodrigues, Globosat – Engineer

Check out our first interview below with Marco Aurelio Rodrigues, Engineer at Globosat.

What inspired you to become an engineer?

  • I think that it was my hunger for technology and constant search for solutions that service mankind.

What does a day in the life of an engineer at Globosat look like?

  • A day of an engineer life at Globosat is very busy, because we deal with a variety of technologies and systems, and most of them work interconnected or dependent on each other. We also experience different brand new technologies and products, and sometimes we work with prototypes helping the industry to develop new products.

How do you collaborate with ARRIS engineers to solve industry challenges? 

  • Our relationship with ARRIS is very open and sincere, and that is very import to development on both sides.

What are the most common challenges that engineers in our industry face?

  • For me, it is good practices of IT resources and keeping updated on what’s new in the industry.

What is one piece of advice you wish someone told you when you were pursuing a career in engineering?

  • You’ll never stop studying. Every day, you’ll find something new.
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