ARRIS Celebrates Earth Day

Today is Earth Day. It’s a reminder of our impact on the environment every other day of the earthday-304year.

At ARRIS, we’re committed to minimizing our global carbon footprint and energy use through environmentally responsible business operations. We call it “eco-innovation.” And it’s the way that we approach building better products everyday. But we’re also working to ensure that millions of people around the world who use ARRIS products in their homes are also minimizing their impact on the environment.

The set-top devices that they use to enjoy their content, their way, is the focus of our efforts this Earth Day. ARRIS is a leading manufacturer of energy efficient set-tops. Most of our set tops meet industry standards for energy efficiency and have power-saving features. And we work closely with the world’s leading service providers to constantly improve the equipment standards for energy efficiency.

Today, we are showcasing our latest set-top devices for Verizon FiOS at their Dallas, TX facility. These new devices include theVMS1100 Media Server and IPC1100-P2 IP Client set-tops, which improve whole home energy efficiency by 20% over current multi-room DVR configurations.

Through efforts like these, we’re reducing our collective impact through better, more energy-efficient devices. And while we still have a long way to go, we’re committed to eco-innovation that does its part every time someone tunes in to watch TV.

How are you impacting the environment? We’d like to hear in the comments below

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of April 13, 2015

This week, a number of outlets, including Multichannel News, covered the announcement that ARRIS and Charter Communications have acquired cloud-based interfaces and apps provider ActiveVideo through a new joint venture. As part of the deal, ARRIS will serve as the sales channel for ActiveVideo’s CloudTV platform.

Separately, Broadband Technology Report highlighted ARRIS’s and Conax’s demonstration of the joint capabilities of ARRIS’s DASH repackaging and Conax’s multi-DRM encryption during the NAB Show in Las Vegas.

In other news from the show, Mikael Rickans of PCWorld noted that many of the devices on display at NAB are 4K compatible, an indicator that consumer interest in watching movies, TV shows and sports in 4K continues to grow.

In other industry news, Rapid TV News reported new research from Visiongain, which found that media delivery services revenue for over-the-top (OTT) services reached $51.38 billion in 2014.

Finally, The Telegraph published a story on the trend for UK broadband users to stay with their service providers, due predominantly to the fact that they are discouraged by the fees associated with switching.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Arris-Charter J.V. Nabs ActiveVideo for $135 Million (April 14) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Arris and Charter Communications said they have acquired ActiveVideo, a provider of cloud-based interfaces and apps, for $135 million via a new joint venture.
  2. ARRIS, Conax to Demo DASH, Multi-DRM (April 11) By Staff Writer, Broadband Technology Report: ARRIS and Conax will be demonstrating the joint capabilities of ARRIS’s DASH repackaging and Conax’s multi-DRM encryption at the NAB Show in Las Vegas.
  3. NAB conference makes way for more 4K content (April 15) By Mikael Ricknas, PCWorld: This year the number of 4K TVs sold around the world will almost triple. Those sales, along with more mature equipment for producing and distributing content, are fueling overall interest in the technology.
  4. OTT media delivery tops $51.38 billion (April 15) By Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News: Media delivery services revenue for over-the-top (OTT) services reached $51.38 billion in 2014, research from Visiongain has revealed.
  5. Half of UK broadband customers have never switched provider (April 13) By Sophie Curtis, The Telegraph: Half of UK broadband users have never switched provider, with many being discouraged from shopping around for better deals by so-called “switching costs”.

ARRIS and Charter Announce Joint Venture to Acquire ActiveVideo

ARRIS and Charter – with a shared vision – joined forces today to acquire ActiveVideo.

ActiveVideo developed CloudTV™, the only cloud-based software platform that enables service providers, content aggregators, and consumer electronic (CE) manufacturers to rapidly deploy new services – such as next-gen UIs, online content and interactive advertising – by virtualizing CPE functions in the cloud.

A new JV company was created to own ActiveVideo and operates independently of ARRIS and Charter. ARRIS will be the sales channel for ActiveVideo’s CloudTV platform. ARRIS’s service provider relationships, global scale and installed base of CPE will support the accelerated adoption of CloudTV – giving CloudTV the clout to reach a worldwide customer base.

ARRIS will be the majority owner of ActiveVideo, with a 65% stake in the JV. Charter will participate as a minority owner. Jeff Miller will continue to lead ActiveVideo as CEO. The transaction – which is subject to customary closing conditions – is expected to close within the next 30 days.

Charter and ARRIS came together due to our shared vision for enabling an all-IP network and the software-defined TV experience that will allow our industry to quickly move in response to subscriber trends. For Charter, this represents its commitment to the success of the CloudTV platform and its confidence in CloudTV’s value proposition for customers and consumers around the world. For ARRIS this represents a compelling opportunity to partner with a strategic customer and expansion of our cloud portfolio with CloudTV, a disruptive cloud technology already adopted by Tier 1 customers. Together, we see the opportunity as an ideal way to accelerate the adoption of CloudTV’s innovative platform that enables the delivery of powerful consumer and subscriber experiences….quickly and with lower CapEx.

This is another example of ARRIS’s ongoing legacy of collaboration with customers to Invent the Future.

Stay tuned here for more updates in the coming weeks.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of March 2, 2015

This week, FierceCable covered Infonetics Research’s latest quarterly report, which found that shipments of DOCSIS channels rose 114 percent last year to a record 4.8 million, with ARRIS capturing 48 percent of the cable broadband market.

Separately, The Australian Financial Review included additional comments from NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow on the recently announced deal with ARRIS to upgrade the Telstra and Optus cable networks. Morrow noted that NBN Co had been doing trials on its HFC networks and had seen speeds of 376 megabits per second download and 49 megabits per second upload.

In other industry news, Advanced Television reported study results from Strategy Analytics, which found that demand for Ultra HD TVs has increased dramatically as price points have dropped and model availability has expanded.

A number of outlets, including Bloomberg, covered Italy’s approval of a €6 billion ($6.7 billion) plan to boost high-speed networks throughout the country.

Finally, USA Today noted that all of the major TV networks have some kind of TV Everywhere offering and included a comparison of each.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

1.     DOCSIS channel shipments increased 114% in 2014 to record 4.8M (March 1) By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: Driven by the ever-increasing broadband speed upgrades rendered by cable companies in 2014, shipments of DOCSIS channels rose 114 percent last year to a record 4.8 million, according to Infonetics Research’s latest quarterly report.

2.     NBN Co chief Bill Morrow says HFC NBN will be as fast as Labor’s FTTP (March 2) By Max Mason, The Australian Financial Review: NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow says upgrading the technology used in the television cable networks it acquired from Telstra and Optus will mean it can compete on speeds with the fibre-to-the-premise network promised by the former Labor government.

3.     4K set for 50% of US homes (March 5) By Staff Writer, Advanced Television: The USA will emerge as the leading market for 4K or Ultra HD TVs in terms of household penetration by 2020 followed by the leading Western European markets, Australia, South Korea and China.

4.     Italy Approves $6.7 Billion Plan For Ultra-Fast Broadband Grids (March 3) By Daniele Lepido, Bloomberg: Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s cabinet approved a plan to use 6 billion euros of public funds ($6.7 billion) to encourage phone carriers to boost high-speed networks in the country.

5.     Cutting the Cord: Networks tune into TV Everywhere (March 1) By Mike Snider, USA Today: Each of the major TV networks have embraced letting viewers watch TV on the go — to a certain extent.

Celebrating Engineers Week: Jay Ferchoff, MTS

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Jay Ferchoff, Technology Specialist, MTS Allstream

As we continue to celebrate Engineers Week, we took some time to interview Jay Ferchoff, Technology Specialist at MTS Allstream, a telecommunications carrier in the Canadian province of Manitoba, about his inspiration to become an engineer and how he collaborates with ARRIS to solve industry challenges. Take a read below.

What inspired you to become an engineer?

  • My father is an engineer, and I always enjoyed hearing about the challenging and engaging projects on which he worked. It was easy to tell that he found his job thoroughly enjoyable, and he would often talk about how rewarding it was to see a project go from conception all the way to implementation. My older brother is also an engineer, and I was always interested to hear about his university lab projects while I was in high school. I guess you could say that engineering is the family business, but it didn’t hurt that I enjoyed math, physics, and computer science in school, and I knew I wanted to pursue a career related to those fields.

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

  • Engineers at MTS work on a very wide breadth of projects due to the complexity of our network. Engineers can, among other things, design configuration for core networking equipment, develop and test firmware for modems and TV set-top boxes, or build large-scale systems to automatically manage and collect data from our networks. Engineers working on these projects at MTS operate in large project teams. This allows for day-to-day collaboration with engineers working on other areas of the network to ensure that all of their solutions can operate together harmoniously, as well as collaboration with other departments in the company such as the operational staff that will support the solutions after they have been implemented.

How do you collaborate with ARRIS engineers to solve industry challenges

  • Collaboration between ARRIS and MTS engineers is valuable, because we each provide a different perspective on the industry. ARRIS can provide MTS with information on how other telecom companies are using their products and solutions, and therefore make valuable suggestions and recommendations to MTS. In turn, MTS can provide information to ARRIS on what impact their solutions ultimately have on the end consumers of telecom services and how ARRIS’s solutions could be modified and improved based upon these impacts. We’ve utilized this approach with many ARRIS solutions in the past in order to maximize the quality of service that we at MTS ultimately deliver to our customers.

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

  • One of the most common challenges is striking a balance between keeping up with rapid changes in technology and ensuring that sufficient time and effort are dedicated to launching a quality product or service.  There is often pressure to release products quickly because of a relatively short time to obsolescence, and also because of heavy competition in the industry, so engineers must be able to walk the line between over-testing/over-engineering and rushing products to market before they’re ready.

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

  • Understanding the business and financial aspects of engineering projects is just as important as understanding the technical aspects. You need to be able to approach the work from all perspectives without having tunnel vision toward the technical side of things if you want to be a successful engineer and an effective team member.

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

This week, Rapid TV News covered ARRIS’s end of year results, noting that 2014 was a particularly strong year for the company thanks to the introduction of several key products, significant market share gains and important design wins scheduled for launch later in 2015.

Separately, Broadband TV News highlighted ARRIS’s role in the development of the next generation 4K DVB Video Gateway program with Liberty Global, as announced by our CEO Bob Stanzione on an investor call earlier this week.

In other industry news, the New York Post included coverage of new Nielsen figures that show that traditional TV usage among millennials (viewers ages 18 to 34) continues to decline, falling 10.6 percent between September and January.

Digital TV Europe reported that, according to Pyramid Research, streaming video on demand (SVoD) revenues will increase five-fold across emerging markets between 2014 and 2019, totaling $18.8 billion in the five-year period.

Finally, the broadcast division of the International Olympic Committee does not have plans for 4K TV broadcasting of the 2016 Rio Olympics according to a story from The Hollywood Reporter.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. ARRIS claims ‘outstanding’ 2014 (Feb. 19) By Staff Writer, Rapid TV News: Gaining momentum as its own entity following a spate of acquisitions a year ago, ARRIS has announced that 2014 was a particularly strong year for its range of IP, video and broadband technology.
  2. Arris secures role in Liberty 4K Gateway (Feb. 19) By Julian Clover, Broadband TV News: It’s emerged that Arris has secured a major role in the development of the successor to Liberty Global’s Horizon product.
  3. Millennials ditching their TV sets at a record rate (Feb. 16) By Claire Atkinson, New York Post: So far this season, younger viewers, the most important audience for advertisers, have ditched their TV sets at more than double the rate of previous years, new Nielsen figures show.
  4. SVoD revenues set to grow fivefold (Feb. 17) By Staff Writer, Digital TV Europe: There will be a five-fold increase in SVoD revenues across emerging markets between 2014 and 2019, according to new research.
  5. 4K Ultra HD TV Broadcasting Not on the Agenda for Rio Olympics, Says IOC (Feb. 18) By Adrian Pennington, The Hollywood Reporter: While the consumer electronics industry heavily promoted 4K Ultra HD TVs last month at CES, the broadcast division of the International Olympic Committee has “no plans for 4K TV broadcasting” during the 2016 Rio Olympics, the next major globally televised event.

 

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