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

ARRIS’s First DOCSIS 3.1® Cable Modem is Now CableLabs®-Certified

Gigabit is making headlines around the country as cable companies begin to bring this incredibly fast Internet to new destinations this year. If you’re one of the lucky people receiving Gigabit access, you need to know about DOCSIS 3.1® technology; it’s what makes Gigabit Internet possible for cable customers.

And, very soon, you’ll be able to get your hands on our first retail cable modem with DOCSIS 3.1 technology: our SURFboard® SB8200 Cable Modem. What that means is that it won’t be long before you’ll be able to buy your own cable modem that supports Gigabit Internet.

ARRIS SURFboard SB8200

ARRIS SURFboard SB8200

ARRIS is a pioneer in DOCSIS technology and in giving consumers the choice of super-fast modems they can purchase to own. Among the advantages of buying a modem include: side-stepping your service provider’s modem rental fees (for a savings of up to $120 per year), getting a performance boost from the latest technology, and choosing the solution that works best for your own needs.

CableLabs just announced that our SB8200 DOCSIS 3.1 modem received full DOCSIS certification, which is a big step in bringing it to market. It means that the modem is now ready to go to cable operators for approval so that it can be used on your cable service. We expect our SB8200 to be ready later this year, starting with Comcast’s Gigabit launches in the following markets: Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Miami and Nashville. Then, you can buy it at your favorite retail outlet and experience the future of fast at home.

Stay tuned to our blog to find out when you can buy our new SB8200 DOCSIS 3.1 modem.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending July 8, 2016

CNET, among others, reported that Comcast and Netflix have reached an agreement that will allow for Netflix’s streaming service to be available on the cable operator’s X1 set-top later this year. This agreement marks the largest deal to date for Netflix.

Strategy Analytics reported that by 2021, we can expect to see the worldwide revenue from mobile video reach $25 billion, according to MediaPost. The report predicted that live streaming platforms, like Twitter Periscope and Facebook Live, will increase mobile-video viewership to 2 billion by 2022.

TweakTown noted that the ARRIS SURFboard® SBR-AC1900P RipCurrent™ Wireless Router is “a solid and stable platform that aides consumers in expanding their networks with G.hn technology.” The publication gave it an overall rating of 85% out of 100%.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) announced a major technology advancement for High Dynamic Range (HDR) Television standards, reported by Rapid TV News and others. For future broadcasting and multimedia systems, this development provides an important step to improving virtual reality quality TV in the home.

FierceCable, and others, reported that CableLabs is making home Wi-Fi more secure by developing a security protocol for its DOCSIS® 3.1 cable network technology standard.  CableLabs will work with a consortium of groups to learn from past security challenges and develop Wi-Fi security protocols that can benefit the cable industry as a whole.

  1. Comcast will let you watch Netflix like a regular cable channel (July 6, 2016) By Joan Solsman, CNET: Comcast customers later this year will be able to watch Netflix shows or movies just like they would click to see a regular channel.
  2. Mobile Video To Hit $25B Globally In 5 Years (July 6, 2016) By Gavin O’Malley, MediaPost:  Worldwide revenue from mobile video will reach $25 billion by 2021, according to fresh research from Strategy Analytics. The money is mostly coming from advertisers trying to reach a growing mobile-video audience.
  3. ARRIS SURFboard SBR-AC1900P RipCurrent Wireless Router Review (July 5, 2016) By Tyler Bernath, TweakTown: With ARRIS emerging as a consumer brand, we had the opportunity to look at their first solution in the SBR-AC1750. This solution performed quite well and if I remember correctly was one of the higher performing 1750 solutions.
  4. ITU announces new HDR standard (July 6, 2016) By Editor, Rapid TV News: In a major advancement for a technology that will inevitably boost uptake of Ultra HD services, the ITU has announced a new standard for high dynamic range (HDR) TV.
  5. CableLabs security chiefs: With DOCSIS 3.1 security nailed down, challenge moves to locking down home Wi-Fi environment (July 6, 2016) By Daniel Frankel, Fierce Cable: CableLabs has established an effective security protocol for its DOCSIS 3.1 cable network technology standard and is now looking to lock down the home Wi-Fi area, the consortium’s chief security architect, Steve Goeringer, said to FierceCable.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending June 24, 2016

According to ABI Research, video-centric entertainment and richer media are the key drivers for gigabit speeds, reported Videonet. And ARRIS CTO, CPE, Charles Cheevers commented that the most pressing need for gigabit speeds is to handle multiple concurrent 4K video streams to different devices in the home, usually over Wi-Fi®.

Altice has officially closed its deal to purchase Cablevision for $17.7 billion, according to FierceCable. Altice will combine Cablevision with Suddenlink (acquired in December 2015) to form Altice USA, which will be the fourth largest cable provider in the U.S. The company will serve 4.6 million customers across 20 states.

According to Bloomberg Technology, NBCUniversal announced that the U.S. Justice Department cleared its proposed purchase of DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. for $3.8 billion. NBCUniversal expects to close the deal in the coming months.

A new report by Parks Associates found that U.S. broadband households watch an average of 3.8 hours of Internet video on TV screens each week, according to Digital TV News. This accounts for 20 percent of all video viewed on TV screens. The report also cautioned that consumers might increasingly employ the use of ad blocking solutions while streaming video.

Netflix will be implementing a price hike for long-term customers over the course of the year, which could result in a loss of hundreds of thousands of subscribers, according to Variety. Netflix noted that it expects moderate churn following the higher prices, but also expects $520 million in additional revenue.

  1. The need for Gigabit broadband speeds (June 22, 2016) By John Moulding, VideoNet: We are about to enter a new era in entertainment and communications thanks to Gigabit speed broadband. While the smart home and IoT will spawn innovative services and applications that help to fill these pipes, CCTV security monitoring is their only bandwidth hog right now. The initial benefits that Gigabit broadband brings to these nascent markets is therefore lower latency and ultra reliability.
  2. Altice completes Cablevision acquisition, appoints Dexter Goei as CEO of U.S. business (June 21, 2016) By Ben Munson, FierceCable: Altice today announced it officially closed its $17.7 billion deal to purchase Cablevision, which it will combine with its recently acquired Suddenlink to form Altice USA, the fourth largest cable provider in the U.S.
  3. Comcast’s NBC Says U.S. Clears DreamWorks Animation Deal (June 21, 2016) By Anousha Sakoui and David McLaughlin, Bloomberg: Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal said the U.S. Justice Department cleared its proposed $3.8 billion purchase of DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. and that the company looks forward to completing the deal soon.
  4. U.S. broadband households watch 3.8 hours of internet video on TV per week (June 22, 2016) By Digital TV News Staff, Digital TV News: U.S. broadband households watch nearly four hours of Internet video per week on a TV screen.
  5. Netflix Price Hikes Could Lead Nearly 500,000 U.S. Subs to Cancel (Study) (June 20, 2016) By Todd Spangler, Variety: Hundreds of thousands of Netflix subscribers may bail on the streaming service after the No. 1 subscription video service raises prices for long-term customers over the course this year.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending June 17, 2016

The Online Reporter recounted ARRIS CTO, CPE, Charles Cheevers’ comments on virtual reality (VR) at last month’s INTX show, noting that early adopters will seize on VR headsets and drive bandwidth demand. Cheevers also noted that VR could be the main driving force behind the need for all things gigabit.

According to a recent report by IHS Research, the number of connected audio-visual devices globally exceeds 8 billion, reported Rapid TV News. The report also found that Netflix secured a presence on 339 million devices as of year-end 2015, and that smartphones outnumbered tablets by five to one.

Facebook predicted that its platform will be mobile in five years and will consist almost entirely of video, a notion supported by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, reported Quartz. Facebook has already begun to promote video over purely text posts in its algorithm, a trend the company insists is user-driven and will continue.

Multichannel News reported on a recent study by Parks Associates, which found that approximately 23 percent of households headed by Millennials are OTT-only, which is above the average of 15 percent of all U.S. broadband homes. The study also found that 61 percent of Millennials subscribe to both pay TV and OTT services.

Researchers at Columbia University have discovered a simple solution to combat virtual reality-induced discomfort and nausea, according to BBC News. The researchers found that a sensory mismatch between what viewers see on a VR headset and where they are in reality is a source of motion sickness. The technique of slightly narrowing the field of view will bridge the gap for a more enjoyable VR experience.

  1. ARRIS Gives Us a Hint of the Bandwidth Requirements for VR (June 17, 2016) By Online Reporter Staff, The Online Reporter: Virtual Reality (VR) video experiences will be the next major bandwidth-consuming application, according to ARRIS CTO Charles Cheevers. “We’ll see the early adopters pick up the VR headsets and that’ll drive bandwidth,” Cheevers said, speaking at INTX last month. “I think this year we’re going to see this holiday season a lot of interest in VR headsets.”
  2. Eight billion connected devices globally boost video (June 13, 2016) By Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News: Netflix has secured a presence across 32% of the connected devices in the US.
  3. Facebook is predicting the end of the written word (June 14, 2016) By Cassie Werber, Quartz: Back when humans were first grappling with the impact of a new, global forum for communication, Clay Shirky, a prominent thinker in the digital sphere, made the persuasive argument that the internet made us more creative—even if only in a small way.
  4. Study: 23% of Millennials Head OTT-Only Broadband Homes (June 15, 2016) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: But 61% of that group subscribes to pay TV and OTT services, Parks Associates says
  5. Virtual reality sickness ‘tackled with field of view trick’ (June 16, 2016) By Chris Baranuik, BBC News: Virtual reality-induced nausea can be reduced with a simple field of view alteration, Columbia University researchers have said.

 

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending June 10, 2016

Portugal-based cable operator NOS has launched a premium 4K video service, the first RDK 4K launch in Europe, according to Broadband TV News. For the transition to 4K video, NOS selected ARRIS’s HEVC set-tops to unite the new application framework from Espial and a completely refreshed user interface.

The Huffington Post highlighted the benefits of DOCSIS® 3.1 technology, noting that it is expected to support speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second to help make 4K television and virtual reality possible. The article included comments from ARRIS CTO Charles Cheevers, who noted that consumer demand for gigabit Wi-Fi speeds is growing quickly.

Engadget reported on Netflix’s new tool that measures video quality by gauging visual information fidelity, detail loss and the effect of motion. This new tool provides a quality test that is more reflective of real-life viewing. Netflix is reportedly releasing the software as an open-source code that will be available to help other companies fine-tune the quality of their videos.

Research firm Strategy Analytics noted in its latest report that fixed broadband service continues to grow in the U.S. and is not being replaced by mobile broadband, according to FierceCable. The report found that cable operators are driving growth through increased speeds and multiplay bundle options. It also found that operators added 3.3 million new broadband subscribers from April 2015 to March 2016.

CSI Magazine reported that the French government is launching a public consultation as it looks to open new frequency bands to help meet the growing needs of the Internet of Things (IoT.) The consultation will focus on requirements in three specific frequency bands and will help lay the foundation for future development of IoT.

  1. NOS introduces Europe’s first RDK 4K launch (June 8, 2016) By Julian Clover, Broadband TV News: NOS’s 4K service built on RDK, the first in Europe; with ARRIS ZD4500 HEVC set-top featuring application framework from Espial and content security from Nagra.
  2. Blazing Fast Gigabit Internet Now Possible with DOCSIS 3.1 Technology (June 3, 2016) By William Morrow, The Huffington Post: Think your internet is fast now? It’s about to get a whole lot faster.
  3. Netflix built a tool to gauge real-world video quality (June 6, 2016) By Jon Fingas, Engadget: It wants to know how good its streaming looks for the human eye.
  4. Cable’s fixed broadband market not threatened by mobile, Strategy Analytics says (June 2, 2016) By Daniel Frankel, FireceCable: Mobile networks will not render fixed broadband services obsolete, says research company Strategy Analytics.
  5. France consults on IoT spectrum (June 6, 2016) By CSI Magazine Staff, CSI Magazine: The country’s government is launching a public consultation with a view to opening new sub-1Ghz frequency bands to meet the growing needs of the Internet of Things.
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