Putting a Box around Wi-Fi® Performance @ Cable Tec 2016

People of ARRIS

Carol Ansley, Counsel and Senior Director at ARRIS

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” declared science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke. Said another way, great technology is seamless and invisible: it shouldn’t get in the way of the experience. And the same is true for Wi-Fi.

But there are myriad measures and underlying forces that must align perfectly to make Wi-Fi indistinguishable from magic and meet today’s customer demand.

This month at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2016, Carol Ansley, Counsel and Senior Director at ARRIS, will discuss how service providers can readily address Wi-Fi issues using existing technology and data and talk about alternative metrics for evaluating and diagnosing Wi-Fi problems at home.

In her panel, she’ll provide answers to questions such as:

  • What do consumers define as “good” Wi-Fi performance?
  • What factors—such as environment and services—can affect Wi-Fi performance?
  • What is the impact of a customer’s choice of Wi-Fi antennae, frequencies and channel bands on display devices?

Learn more by attending the “Home Wi-Fi Optimization” panel on Thursday, September 29 from 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. The panel will be moderated by Maria Popo, President of Ubee Interactive and also include insights from David Urban, a Distinguished Engineer at Comcast.

ARRIS Speaks @ SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2016

SCTE-ISBE_Cable-TecExpo2016_Logo_257x60The SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2016 is fast approaching, and there will be many opportunities to hear from ARRIS experts who can provide insights into the hottest topics in the cable industry.

ARRIS Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board Bob Stanzione will join fellow industry leaders to share their vision of the future of the cable industry during the Opening Session. Industry experts, such as Jim Blackley, Executive VP, Engineering and IT, Charter Communications, Balan Nair, EVP and CTO of Liberty Global, and Zoran Stakic, EVP and CTO of Shaw Communications, will address trends, technology and operational issues impacting the industry.

ARRIS also is participating in 10 technical speaking sessions this year, spanning topics, such as virtual and augmented reality, DOCSIS 3.1® network readiness, machine learnings in network operations, and much more. Additionally, ARRIS experts will be moderating three panels during the Expo.

Below is a full schedule of ARRIS speakers and presentations throughout the week. Drop by our booth #1074 to see demos of our latest solutions transforming the future of entertainment and communications.

You can continue to find the latest updates on the show here and via our Twitter handle @ARRIS. Be sure to follow us to receive real-time updates and news from the Expo floor.

Monday, September 26

  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm: Advanced Encoding Meets IP Video Delivery (Sridhar Kunisetty, Distinguished Engineer)
  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm: Access Technology Energy: Changing the Equation (John Ulm, Fellow of the Technical Staff)

Tuesday, September 27

  • 9:45 – 10:30 am: Opening Session (Bob Stanzione, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board)
  • 10:45 – 11:45 am: Immersive Video Experiences (Charles Cheevers, CTO, Customer Premises Equipment)

Wednesday, September 28

  • 9:00 – 10:00 am: Fiber Access Architecture Strategies (John Ulm, Fellow of Technical Staff)
  • 10:15 – 11:15 am: Service Activation and Management with SDN/NFV (Michael Emmendorfer, Senior Director of Solution Architecture and Strategy)
  • 10:15 – 11:15 am: Optimize This: IP Video (Bill Hanks, Director of Broadband Systems Engineering)
  • 2:00 – 2:30 pm: Innovation Theatre: Network Strategies CTO Tom Cloonan discusses the Future of the HFC Network with executives from Comcast and Cox
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm: To Multicast or Not to Multicast: It’s No Longer the Question! (Or Is It?) (Tushar Mathur, Senior Systems Engineer at CTO Office – Network Solutions)

Thursday, September 29

  • 8:00 – 9:00 am: International Breakfast Panel sponsored by ARRIS: ARRIS International MD Steve McCaffery hosts a panel of international service providers and technologists Room 120 A_C
  • 12:45 – 1:45 pm: Putting a Box Around Wi-Fi Performance – Characterizing Performance and Setting Expectations (Carol Ansley, Home Wi-Fi Optimization)
  • 12:45 – 1:45 pm: The Power of Color (Dr. Sean McCarthy, Fellow of the Technical Staff)

*all times local ET*

ARRIS Racing Fueled by Turtle Power!

This weekend, ARRIS Racing’s Daniel Suárez  will become Michelangelo as he gears up to tmtcompete in Saturday’s Drive for Safety 300 race—part of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 race weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.

The high-profile weekend of racing is sponsored by Nickelodeon, which partnered with Daniel and other select drivers to represent the main characters from the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) franchise. This weekend’s races pit Daniel and other drivers on #TeamTurtle against drivers on #TeamFoot.

Daniel, a childhood fan of the TMNT television series, will be behind the wheel of the newly wrapped No. 19 ARRIS TMNT Toyota Camry.

Picture4“ARRIS has enjoyed a tremendous reception from NASCAR fans since we started the ARRIS Racing campaign last year,” said Duncan Potter, SVP, ARRIS Global Marketing. “We’re excited to add to that momentum by tapping into the excitement for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from Nickelodeon fans across the country and beyond.”

Cheer on ARRIS Racing’s own Ninja Turtle, Daniel ‘Michelangelo’ Suárez, this weekend:

  • Daniel returns to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) on Friday night at Chicagoland Speedway for another double-duty week. The NCWTS race at Chicagoland is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. ET on Friday, September 16. The race will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.
  • The NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) returns to Joliet, IL and Chicagoland Speedway this weekend for their final race before the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase begins next weekend. The Drive for Safety 300 begins at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 17, 2016. The race will be broadcast live on the NBC, Sirius XM 90, and MRN Radio.

Catch all the action — check our Twitter feed for the latest updates from Chicagoland Speedway: @ARRIS.

A broad vision for set-tops at IBC

The exhibition halls at IBC have opened today and we’re showcasing the industry’s broadest and most comprehensive portfolio of set-tops.

We develop products for satellite operators, cable operators, telcos and terrestrial TV providers. Our set-tops can integrate with a wide range of third party middleware and conditional access technologies to offer a fantastic choice of UI experiences built on software platforms such as RDK, Android, KreaTV or Mediaroom. So whether a service provider wants to deliver a high-end service from a Wi-Fi enabled media gateway, or whether they are on the hunt for entry level set-tops, our solutions are the perfect fit.  

ARRIS VIP5305

ARRIS VIP5305

 

Making its debut at IBC is one of our latest IPTV set-tops – the VIP5305.  It’s compact and eye- catching, and capable of supporting enhanced picture quality with High Dynamic Range (HDR) for an Ultra HD experience that is one of the biggest leaps in image quality in TV’s history.  The image you will see will be the most realistic to ever grace your TV screen – like looking out of a window.

 

We’re also displaying examples of bespoke devices we’ve developed for some of our European customers on which we collaborated on the feature sets and design to meet the operator’s specific requirements.

With 4K launches now beginning in Europe, NOS was able to lead the pack with the ARRIS ZD4500 which will be showcased at IBC.  As the first RDK 4K rollout in Europe it’s a significant project and we’ll detail this and other successful projects at our stand.

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s IBC. We’re in Hall 1 Stand B19

 

The UHD dream is becoming reality

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Sean McCarthy Ph.D., Fellow at ARRIS

A few year ago, Ultra High Definition (UHD) was just an idea and today it’s on the verge of widespread adoption, says Sean McCarthy Ph.D., Fellow at ARRIS.

Equipment is emerging, content is in development and consumers are expectant. The stage is set for another TV evolution.

UHD changes the game by offering more pixels and therefore more detail for bigger screens. Add in High Dynamic Range (HDR) and there’s an even more impressive array of colors, contrast and depth.

Many service providers are already making their future intentions clear. With UHD TVs already commonplace in retail stores, an appetite for content is building. With this in mind, the likes of Sky, Virgin Media, NOS, DirectTV and BeIN have all announced or launched UHD services. Some 78% of video service providers say they will have launched 4K UHD content by 2018, according to an SNL Kagan Irdeto report.

HDR is part of the wider UHD growth trajectory. And although it’s still an emerging technology, some providers are already rolling out compliant set-tops. HDR TV shipments are only going to increase and OTT players are already raising the bar in terms of content. Netflix and Vudu are among those leading the field. 

Format war?

There are actually different forms of HDR in existence that deliver content to customers in slightly different ways. They all transfer linear light from the picture captured by the source camera. It’s then delivered to the TV display through a process of compression, encoding, decoding and rendering. But because this can be done in different ways, there are concerns of a format war. The truth is that because of the emergence of streaming media, the differing HDR transfer functions can coexist because there are advantages for each.

For example, the Perceptual Quantizer (PQ) formats – HDR10, Dolby Vision and Technicolor Philips – are ideal for controlled environments. This includes non-live studios and cinematic content where post production can enhance the picture. The Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) format, however, is at its best in live studios and outdoor events. 

The good news is that the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has announced a standard that allows us to convert between the two. We can now gain the advantages of both. And the flexibility for studios, operators and consumer electronics manufacturers will benefit the industry.

Defining quality

With all the content providers, formats and equipment companies how exactly do you measure UHD quality? It’s a question that still doesn’t have a comprehensive answer but it’s one that researchers are looking into. The UHD Alliance has galvanized the major TV players such as Sony and Panasonic and this will help inform consumers. But the best academic means of measuring quality is still up for debate.

Various tools such as peak signal-to-noise ratio (PSNR) and the structural similarity (SSIM) index already exist. But the tools that work well with SD and HD formats don’t always capture the nuances of HDR. Studies are looking at new metrics and they’re making progress but the goal should be simplicity. They should aim to develop UHD HDR video quality metrics that are easy to calculate and provide information that companies can act on.

What UHD is really about

UHD isn’t about impressing consumers with bulging spec sheets. The reason the technology will gain ground is because it enables creatives to tell better stories. And for the viewer, it’s about offering them a better experience that’s even more compelling than HD. With that comes a fantastic opportunity for providers to offer a premium service.

As technology providers, we’re helping to get the infrastructure in place that will enable the growth of UHD and the evolution of home entertainment.

For more information on ARRIS’s UHD solutions, click here or come to our stand at IBC 2016, Hall 1, B19 

ARRIS @ IBC 2016

ARRIS @ IBC 2016

What will the home look like when it’s filled with the next generation of gadgets and more content than ever? And more importantly, how will we be able to supply enough bandwidth and video services to meet demand?

ARRIS is creating a world where entertainment and communications are connected and personalized, blending seamlessly into our everyday lives. And we’ll be addressing these most pressing challenges at this year’s IBC, which takes place on 8-13 September.

 

You’ll see everything from high speed connectivity, innovative user experience platforms and intelligent gateways in real life situations. It will all give a feel for how they could be rolled out into homes – not just tomorrow, but today.

Take gigabit broadband, for instance. It should be the gold standard that the industry should be looking to attain. At IBC, we’ll be demonstrating how Virtual Reality (VR) and other applications are driving bandwidth demand and showing the equipment needed to achieve such bandwidth-intensive tasks. We’ll be using a number of products to do this including the flagship ARRIS E6000 Converged Edge Router with DOCSIS 3.1 and 10G-EPON.

We’ll also be piecing together all the elements of the connected home at our IBC stand. With the access network capable of multi-gigabit bandwidth it’s the home Wi-Fi network that is the bottleneck. How does the home Wi-Fi network keep up and how can it connect the entire home? We’ll be showcasing our solutions to extend and manage the home network to improve service levels and reduce costs.

Speaking of which, the intelligent gateway is an increasingly important part of home connectivity equipment and our range of gateways will be on display. Not only can the gateway provide a smart way of optimizing Wi-Fi, it can also function as the client controller for mABR, cache time-shift TV services, or coordinate IoT devices.

Our experts will be on hand to talk about evolving video processing in the age of all screen, everywhere video services. It’s vital that you’re able to scale video preparation, distribution and management in this era of both on premise and cloud solutions. We’ll have the specialists as well as the equipment on show to help you navigate your way to enhanced video services including UltraHD with HDR.

Finally, ARRIS is the global market leader in set-tops. IBC will be where we’ll once again demonstrate why. There will be live demos and display of set-tops for cable, telco and satellite operators supporting a variety of user experiences, including UHD and software platforms including RDK, KreaTV, Android and MediaRoom®.

We look forward to exploring the future with you at this year’s IBC. See you at Hall 1 Stand B19

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