Another step in the eco-friendly direction

We’ve said it before and it is worth saying it again — when it comes to energy efficiency, less iscea_logo more. As a global leader in products responsible for broadband and TV entertainment delivery into homes everywhere, we also never lose sight of how we can play a significant role in energy conservation.

That’s why we’re thrilled to join forces with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) to improve energy efficiency of small network equipment by 10-20 percent. ARRIS broadband modems, routers and gateways will be core to this commitment.

And this agreement builds into our previously stated focus on minimizing energy use. We’ve long been committed to minimizing our global carbon footprint and energy use through environmentally responsible business operations. And of course, we’ve shown how we factor this way of thinking into our product innovations. Back in 2013, we voluntarily agreed to reduce the energy usage of our set-top devices along with today’s partners – CEA and NCTA – as well as the U.S. Energy Department, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and other industry associations and energy advocates.

Today is yet another step in our commitment to minimize our products’ impact on the environment. And we have no plans to slow down!

ARRIS Mourns The Loss of Ralph Roberts

“Comcast’s founder Ralph Roberts exemplified true leadership and vision throughout his life. He was a pioneer in the cable industry, who built one of America’s greatest companies and brought services that enriched our lives. We send our deepest condolences to the Roberts family. He will be truly missed,” states Bob Stanzione, ARRIS CEO.

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Digital TV

Today is the 25th anniversary of Digital TV. It’s a day we all should celebrate because everything we like about TV—Netflix, TiVo, streaming video, 4K, and more—wouldn’t exist without the invention of digital TV.

Twenty-five years ago, a pioneering team of designers and engineers (in a group that’s now part of ARRIS) proposed the first all-digital TV system to the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service. This proposal and invention gave way to modern TV.

Every time you stream a movie, record a show, pause live TV, or binge view an entire season’s worth of TV in a day—you’re enjoying the evolution of TV that was made possible by their invention.

Today, ARRIS is celebrating the 25th anniversary of digital TV at our offices in San Diego, where it was invented, with five members of the original design team. They’ll join us for an exciting panel that will review their impact on modern TV and explore its future.

We’re looking forward to hosting our esteemed guests: Dr. Jerry Heller, Dr. Woo Paik, Dr. Paul Moroney, Bob Rast, and Marc Tayer!

ARRIS & Motorola

Today, ARRIS is announcing that as of year’s end, we will no longer be using the MotorolaARRIS_Vertical_4c_CMYK brand on our retail products.

Since our acquisition of Motorola Home two years ago, we’ve anticipated this transition by accelerating our investment in making ARRIS the trusted name and global leader it is today. Now, we’re ready to usher in the next wave of industry innovation under the ARRIS brand.

When we acquired Motorola Home, we inherited a 60-year legacy of award-winning innovation—including the legendary SURFboard® line of products.

The SURFboard is the most widely recognized and most popular retail cable modem —with more than 135 million sold, covering 90% of the market. It’s the retail standard. And it has an impressive history of firsts—including the first wireless broadband gateway, which brought wireless Internet into millions of homes around the world.

That legacy continues today at ARRIS.

As we’ve grown our global brand, we’ve also accelerated our investment in the SURFboard line of products. The result is a new legacy of firsts, including the world’s first 802.11ac cable modem gateway and the world’s first 16×4 channel cable modem, delivering the fastest wired and wireless cable Internet speeds available today.

The world has taken notice. Our commitment to building the fastest, best-performing, and most reliable devices in the world has cemented ARRIS’s relationship with its leading service providers. The ARRIS brand is now in tens of millions of consumer homes, thanks to a variety of innovative new products, numerous awards, word of mouth, and our sponsorship with NASCAR.

When you choose ARRIS and our SURFboard line of products, you’re getting the result of a legacy of innovation and a continued investment in inventing the future.

Thank you for choosing ARRIS!

Racing to Cure Cystic Fibrosis

ARRIS is a proud supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). Our corporate teams who Arris_CFF_TVpanelhave participated in their largest national fundraising event—Great Strides—have raised tens of thousands of dollars in support of cystic fibrosis research and the development of new drugs and therapies. On May 16th, we’ll join more than 125,000 people across the country, walking in four cities (Doylestown, PA; Lowell, MA; Atlanta; and San Diego), to raise money and awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

This weekend, we’re bringing a new level of visibility to our cause by featuring the CFF logo on our NASCAR ARRIS Toyota Camry race cars. Carl Edwards will debut the logo on his #19 car this Saturday at the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. And Daniel Suarez will feature it on his #18 car next weekend through the middle of June.

Tune in to NASCAR this weekend, and join us at Great Strides tomorrow to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!

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

This week, the recent announcement of ARRIS’s intention to acquire Pace continued to be picked up by news outlets, including Multichannel News.

Separately, CED covered ARRIS’s plans to offer the Aura-licensed content delivery network (CDN) from Akamai Technologies as part of its end-to-end IP video portfolio.

Also, Light Reading covered the rising popularity of the Reference Design Kit (RDK) software stack for IP video set-tops and gateways, and noted that ARRIS has confirmed its participation in RDK-B development.

In other industry news, Rapid TV News reported that recent Parks Associates research found that more than half of US broadband households subscribe to an over-the-top (OTT) video service.

Finally, The Motley Fool highlighted the recent Consumers Reports “How America Shops Now” report, which shows that, despite changes in consumer behavior as the result of the most recent recession, 38 percent of Americans would find a way to pay for premium, streaming, or pay TV “no matter what the economy does.”

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. ARRIS Picks Up Pace for $2.1 Billion (April 27) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: While set-tops are a big focus of the ARRIS-Pace marriage, the access network side of the deal shouldn’t be ignored.
  2. Arris stitches in Akamai’s CDN (April 29) By Brian Santo, CED: Arris is integrating Akamai Technologies’ content delivery network with its video systems.
  3. RDK Spreads Its Wings (April 28) By Mari Silbey, Light Reading: The cable industry’s Reference Design Kit (RDK) software stack for IP video set-tops and gateways is enjoying a significant rise in popularity after three years in the market.
  4. OTT passes 50% of American homes (April 28) By Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News: More than half (55%) of US broadband households subscribe to an over-the-top (OTT) video service, up from 44% in 2013.
  5. Some Americans Won’t Give Up Cable No Matter What the Economy Does (April 27, 2015) By Daniel B. Kline, The Motley Fool: Though the economy has recovered from the economic woes of the most recent recession, that period changed how Americans shopped.
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