Discussing the Next Era of Entertainment at TV Connect

We’re in London this week at the TV Connect event sharing how we can empower our service provider customers to deliver high quality video across the home today and in the future.  We’re also discussing how to evolve today’s multiple screen video platforms to a real multiscreen experience, looking at the compelling case for nDVR.  Visitors to the ARRIS stand are also exploring the future of advertising and monetizing in a multiscreen world.  And with 4k services just around the corner, we talking about the path to UltraHD from both the econding and decoding perspectives.

Take a look at some of our pictures from the show floor below and drop by and see us on Stand 41 if you’re at TV Connect this week!

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Countdown to Cable Congress: Q&A with Ayham Al-Banna

It’s that time of the year again…Cable Congress is just around the corner, and ARRIS Systems Architect Ayham Al-Banna will be on stage discussing the evolution of HFC. We caught up Ayham to get his insights on HFC, future trends…and even what new industry terms we should add to our vocabulary to show we’re in the know.

We often hear about key trends including ‘on-demand,’ ‘connected life,’ ‘ultra-fast,’ and ‘multiscreen.’ In your mind, what are a couple of trends that will become louder and more discussed in 2014?

One trend to watch is the “snappiness” on the Internet, which describes the rate at which the needed information is provided in a short burst. You’ll also hear more and more about “interactive gadgets,” such as your connected refrigerator notifying you that you are low on tomatoes or your pantry asking you to bring coffee beans on your way home.

What are some of the biggest technological advancements driving new and improved services for the consumer?

When we discuss new technologies driving new and improved services, it’s essential to mention advancements within Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP), DOCSIS 3.1, digital optics, remote gadgets and Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH). With that being said, the consumer is indeed the focus of our innovation and delivering a better user experience. True, people are consuming more media on more devices in more places, but we’re also seeing increased demand for timely and relevant experiences, better content recommendations, and, of course, higher-quality programming. These desires speak directly to what ARRIS does best.

What is one of the biggest technological advancements that may be transparent to the average consumer?

Service providers have a multitude of technologies that are transparent to the consumer surrounding faster services and a better user experience. For example, the average consumer might not know whether service providers are using integrated or remote CCAP as well as DOCSIS 3.1 (D3.1) technologies to create a more seamless user experience. CCAP and D3.1 are quickly transforming the consumer’s experience in a very positive way, and they will only make things that much better in the years ahead.

How does an organization like ARRIS embed innovation into its culture?

ARRIS continuously keeps its engineers at all levels in the company tied to the newly-evolving technologies. To ensure engineers are staying ahead of industry trends, groups within the company get together frequently to research topic and provide monthly tutorial that are accessible to everyone. ARRIS also encourages engineers to explore new ideas and prototype them by providing the necessary tools and resources.

What keeps you passionate about this industry?

The continuous innovation in this industry amazes me. This industry evolved to offer people more affordable, faster and better services. I have the opportunity to see the direct impact of what we research, architect, design and build on people’s lives. I am proud of this work, especially as I see the positive impact it has in different fields from hospitals to hotels to connected cars to connected homes. This industry is addictive!

Make sure to stop by Ayham’s panel on the evolution of HFC on March 14 if you’re at Cable Congress. We look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam.

Five Questions with…Steve McCaffery

Senior Vice President, Sales, EMEA & Asia Pacific

Steve McCaffery, Senior Vice President, Sales, EMEA & Asia Pacific

This week, we sat down with our own Steve McCaffery, Senior Vice President, Sales, EMEA & Asia Pacific and asked him a few questions…from the biggest trends in the region to his advice for individuals seeking a career in the video and broadband industry. Here is what he shared with us.

In your mind, what are three of the biggest trends facing service providers?

We’re seeing a number of key trends impacting decisions by our service provider customers over the coming year.  Firstly, with the onset of 4K, we’re seeing a change in requirements for new compression techniques like HEVC, stimulating a refresh in the headend for HEVC encoders and also in the CPE space for HEVC set-tops.  Secondly, the growing trend for wireless video delivery around the home is driving the demand for the highest standards in Wi-Fi such as 802.11ac.  And finally, service providers are looking at how they can move content to the cloud for access from multiple screens – discussions around nDVR will continue throughout 2014.

Innovation is a word used fairly often in our industry. How would you define it? Better yet, what’s one of your favorite moments that could be defined by this word?

Innovation is something that creates an industry or defines a marketplace by being disruptive to the norm.  For example, innovation in compression and encoding has disrupted how we consume media, making it possible to view HD video on a tablet screen.

What should the industry do to hire and inspire more people to drive the future of content and communications experiences?

Our industry is heavily engineering-focused, but to make the services that we enable more intuitive, we should encourage more marketing-led skills to balance the engineers.  The technology is there, but it’s now about adoption, and that will come when we can make these experiences more intuitive – we need a shift in our industry to inspire and develop these skills.

What excites you the most about the next 3-5 years for ARRIS?

This industry really excites me! Last year, we brought together two great companies in this space and are on the threshold of some new developments.  Also, vendors like ARRIS continue to move up the value chain, and I’d expect over the next 3-5 years to see video service providers engage with us more to take advantage of our operational experience to help design and manage their video systems, allowing them to focus on their customers and the service they deliver.

What was one of the best pieces of career advice given to you?

Communicate, communicate and communicate… Don’t assume people know and understand what you are doing or thinking.  To bring along an organization with you, especially on a global level, it’s important to communicate across all levels in the organization, up, down, sideways.  For our team, it’s about communicating across regions, business units and with the corporate functions that support us.


ARRIS Speaks @ CES

CES 2014 logoThis week, thousands will descend upon Las Vegas. If you will be there, stop by to hear our ARRIS speakers discuss the next big thing… from 4K to to what’s next in home entertainment. See below for full details on their panels.

Monday, Jan. 6

Dr. Sean McCarthy, Fellow of the Technical Staff, who recently shared his Ultra HD expertise in a Gigaom column“What’s next for Ultra HD?” will continue his discussion of the evolving 4K market on a panel entitled, “Fool Me Once; Fool Me Twice. Lessons Learned on 4K.” North Hall N256 @ 4pm PT.

Tuesday, Jan. 7

Derek Elder, SVP & General Manager of the DOCSIS and Multiservice Gateway, will participate in “The Internet of Things: Connected Home Platforms and Devices.”  The panel will examine technologies contributing to the Internet of Things, as well as approaches to integrating connected products into the connected home. North Hall N264 @ Noon PT.

Wednesday, Jan. 8

Ian Greenblatt, VP of Strategy and Business Development, will speak on the next-generation of home entertainment, hardware, software and services on the panel “The NexGen Entertainment Home Experience.” Many of these next-generation devices and services follow trends revealed in our Fourth Annual Media Engagement Barometer, which showed viewers are dramatically shifting how and where they consume video content. In fact, in their bedroom, more consumers watch content on their smartphones and tablets (46% and 41%) vs. broadcast TV  (36%). North Hall N260 @ Noon PT.

Which of these topics are you most looking forward to learning about at this year’s CES? Let us know in the comments.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of December 30, 2013

The 2014 International CES trade show kicks-off next week, and more than 150,000 attendees will take in the latest consumer technology from around the world. CNET shared its list of six trends to watch during the show, including The Internet of Things, OLED, Ultra HD and 4K.

Additionally, our own Dr. Sean McCarthy discussed the future on Gigaom, describing 4K technology as the advanced guard that can open the door Ultra HD. On the same note, Digital Spy posted ten key points consumers should know about 4K and Ultra HD before bringing the technology into their homes.

In other technology news, Communications Daily featured our own Vice President Evan Groat in a discussion of the Department of Energy’s proceedings on set-top efficiency, as well as our CTO David Grubb’s remarks on the cable industry’s transition to the cloud.

What are you looking forward to seeing at this year’s CES? Let us know in the comments!

  1. 6 things we’ll see at CES (whether we want to or not) (Dec. 31) By Geoffrey Morrison, CNET: It’s that magical time of year: Lists are made and checked twice, little eyes sparkle with anticipation, and countless children (at heart) prepare for the unveiling of something new and incredible.I speak, of course, of the Consumer Electronics Show, where manufacturers from around the world show off their upcoming products.
  2. What’s next for Ultra HD? (Dec. 29) By Dr. Sean McCarthy, Gigaom: Resolution isn’t the only reason to adopt a 4K Ultra High Definition TV. Costs are coming down and the TVs offer plenty of other technological tweaks.
  3. 4K Technology and Ultra HD: 10 things you need to know (Dec. 31) By Anthony Ball, Digital Spy: With the buzz around 4K technology and Ultra HD building, and many Ultra HD televisions creeping on to the market, Digital Spy brings you ten things about the equipment that you need to know before it enters your household.
  4. DOE Tables Set-Top Energy Efficiency Proceedings as MVPDs Get Advocates to Back Expanded Plan (Dec. 24) By Jonathan Make, Communications Daily: The Department of Energy abandoned efforts to regulate the energy efficiency of set-top boxes and network equipment and ways to test the power consumption of set-tops, as 11 multichannel video programming distributors and three of their box suppliers reached a deal with advocacy groups.
  5. Cable to the Cloud Brings Content to Consumers as Operators Seek Tech-Friendly Mantle (Dec. 24) By Jonathan Make, Communications Daily: Cable is undergoing a transition to the cloud, moving functionality out of operator-supplied hardware in subscribers’ homes to systems’ own networks so equipment updates can be more easily delivered and content is available on a wide array of CE devices.

HEVC: Innovation Beyond 4K

Ultra HD is coming. With 4Xs the resolution of HD,  it is leading us to a breakthrough in video experiencesPicture1 with higher frame rates to better capture sports, enhanced color to render real-world colors, and enhanced dynamic range to create a “being there” experience. This evolution of video will transport us from our couch to the FIFA World Cup Final, the 2016 Olympics and beyond.

And, it’s largely possible because of an incredible compression technology called HEVC.

HEVC is twice as efficient as today’s H.264 standard for video compression, which puts mind-blowing 4K and 8K experiences well within the grasp of many service providers.

But HEVC has even bigger implications…

Its efficiency also means that it is capable of turning out unprecedented gains in bandwidth. That’s why ARRIS—the expert behind some of the largest industry video and broadband shifts of the past half century—is developing a range of solutions that use this game-changing standard to give service providers an edge in delivering the experiences that consumers crave.

ARRIS and HEVC are transforming multiscreen delivery, TV anywhere, nDVR, and more.

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Top Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of December 9, 2013

The countdown for Christmas is underway, but there’s still time to shop and become the holiday hero. This week, Scott Steinberg joined The Morning Blend to name his top tech gifts of the year, which included the latest Motorola-ARRIS SBG6782-AC Gateway as a perfect gift for the entire family.

Separately, Investor’s Business Daily wrote a follow-up piece on ARRIS, highlighting our growth throughout 2013, as well as projections for the coming year.

In other news, consumers’ shifting TV habits have been a major industry theme, and a study from Leichtman Research Group, shared by Home Media Magazine, found nearly half of American households own a DVR, up from 40% in 2010. Additionally, Advanced Television discussed a recent TDG report, which uncovered that TV Everywhere services in the U.S. have grown more than 30% over the last 6 months. Lastly, Light Reading highlighted statistics from ESPN illustrating the growth of content viewing on mobile devices, revealing users viewed more than 102 million minutes of video on smartphones and tablets.

What college football bowl game or other team will you be following on your device this season? Tell us in the comments below.

  1. Tech Picks in a Pinch (Dec. 11) By Scott Steinberg, The Morning Blend: Technology and Business Expert, Scott Steinberg, joins the Morning Blend live to show Molly and Tiffany all the cool tech gifts this holiday! Some tech gadgets can be expensive and unnecessary. Scott is going to show you how to find the perfect gift for anyone.
  2. Can Arris Group Pipe Profits To Investors? (Dec. 10) By Christina Wise, Investor’s Business Daily: As cable and telephone companies increasingly pipe programming to TVs over the internet rather than by more traditional means, companies like Arris Group are poised to benefit.
  3. Report: 47% of Homes Now Have a DVR (Dec. 10) By Chris Tribbey, Home Media Magazine: Nearly half (47%) of American households now have a DVR, up from 40% in 2010, and 23% in 2007, according to a new report.
  4. TDG: TV Everywhere up 30% (Dec. 12) By Editor, Advanced Television: According to TDG’s latest report, the availability of authenticated ‘TV Everywhere’ (TVE) services among US pay-TV subscribers has increased by more than 30 per cent in just the last six months.
  5. ESPN Reveals Surprising Mobile Stats (Dec. 6) By Mari Silbey, Light Reading: Revealing new statistics from ESPN counter the commonly-held belief that TV Everywhere is more about receiving TV on every screen than it is about getting access to content outside the home.


Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of December 2

It’s that time of the year again… Time to celebrate holiday traditions and reconnect with family and friends, making a great theme for this week’s news. GigaOM shared that telcos and cable companies added more than 500,000 US broadband subscribers in the third-quarter of 2013 alone, largely due to consumers’ usage of video chat and mobile applications.

This week, Multichannel News shared that South Korea’s SK Broadband will use our E6000 Converged Edge Router to help power its upcoming 1-Gig service. Looking ahead to 2014, Investor’s Business Daily recently profiled ARRIS, discussing our role in supporting future opportunities for cable and telco TV companies by leveraging IPTV to deliver video and data through the most modern set-top devices.

Additionally, AllThingsD shared a new report from Nielsen suggesting Americans are watching more TV than ever, with increases in the number of viewers watching live TV and timeshifted TV. Finally, Business2Consumer offered projections for Social TV, noting that 2014 will be a year of more exact data and innovation in the field.

What are you watching for this next year? Let us know in the comments!

  1. The U.S. now has over 83 million broadband subscribers (Nov. 26) By Om Malik, GigaOM: Large phone and cable companies added nearly half-a-million broadband subscribers during the third quarter of 2013. The U.S. seems to be on its way to 100 million subscribers, and Comcast seems to be the big winner of the broadband sweepstakes.
  2. SK Broadband Taps Arris For Planned 1-Gig Service (Dec. 4) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: SK Broadband of South Korea said it will tap the Arris E6000 Converged Edge Router to help it power a coming 1 Gbps broadband service and other “enhanced entertainment experiences.”
  3. TV’s Next Big Thing Turns Up Growth For Arris Group (Dec. 4) By Marie Beerens, Investor’s Business Daily: Arris Group, an equipment provider to cable and telco television, is poised to benefit as those industries increasingly pipe programming to TVs by Internet protocol instead of more traditional means.
  4. Surprise! You’re Watching More TV Than Ever. (Dec. 4) By Peter Kafka, AllThingsD: No one watches TV anymore. You don’t, and no one you know does, and it’s just a matter of time before the TV Industrial Complex folds in on itself and disappears. Except … it turns out that people are. Still. Watching. TV.
  5. Social TV: In 2013, Improved Reporting Accuracy and Increased Growth Internationally (Dec. 1) By Ron Mwangaguhunga, Business2Community: According to the recent report “Social TV Market: Global Advancements Forecasts and Analysis (2012-2017)“, the social TV ecosystem is expected to grow from $151.14 billion in 2012 to $256.44 billion by 2017. Further, the pace of spending for TV ad dollars is slowing, while mobile video ad growth is rising.
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