Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of January 12, 2015

This week, Multichannel News included comments from ARRIS CEO Bob Stanzione on Charter’s new Worldbox. At a recent Needham & Company investor conference in New York, Stanzione said he believes Worldbox will level the playing field for set-tops and that he expects ARRIS to have equal opportunity to bid to be a Worldbox supplier.

Separately, CED Magazine covered the expansion of WOW! Business’ 110 Mbps downstream/15 Mbps upstream broadband tier, which uses ARRIS cable modems, to Detroit and Evansville, Ind.

In other news, GigaOM noted that, as Ultra HD becomes more mainstream, the lack of standards for 4K and HDR has led to the forming of the UHD Alliance, a new industry consortium unveiled at CES last week.

Advanced Television reported newly released data from SNL Kagan that estimates that Americans spent more than $9 billion on mobile entertainment in 2014, nearly as much as was spent at the box office.

Finally, Digital TV Europe covered new figures from Digital TV Research that indicate pay-TV revenues in Sub-Saharan Africa are expected to reach $6.22 billion by 2020.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Arris Not Boxed Out Of ‘Worldbox’ Opportunity (Jan. 14) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: While Cisco Systems was identified as a “key” supplier of Charter Communications’ new Worldbox” through 2015 at last week’s International CES, the market “overreacted” to the news, according to Bob Stanzione, Arris’s chairman and CEO.
  2. WOW! Business unleashes 110 Mbps tier in Detroit, Evansville (Jan. 13) By Mike Robuck, CED Magazine: WOW! Business announced the availability of its 110 Mbps downstream/15 Mbps upstream broadband tier in Detroit and Evansville, Ind.The 110/15 business offering, which uses Arris’ cable modems, was previously deployed in Chicago, Cleveland and Columbus.
  3. UHD is TV’s next big thing. So why is the industry divided? (Jan. 13) By Janko Roettgers, GigaOM: We’ve had gigantic TVs, curved TVs, 3D TVs, even TVs that can bend with the press of a button. TV makers tend to bring all their latest gimmicks to one-up each other at the annual CES show in Las Vegas.
  4. US mobile entertainment tops $9bn in 2014 (Jan. 14) By Staff Writer, Advanced Television: Americans are now spending almost as much on smartphone and tablet entertainment as at the box office.
  5. Pay TV revenues in Sub-Saharan Africa to hit US$6.22 billion (Jan. 14) By Staff Writer, Digital TV Europe: Pay TV revenues in Sub-Saharan Africa will more than triple in the decade starting 2010, reaching US$6.22 billion (€5.27 billion) in 2020, according to Digital TV Research.

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

This week, CNNMoney reported that some cable providers are increasing their modem rental fees in 2015 and highlighted the ARRIS SB6121 and SBG6580 as good options for consumers looking to purchase their own modem.

In other industry news, Multichannel News covered a recent report from Infonetics, which found that nearly 90 million DOCSIS 3.0 modems and gateway devices shipped in the last 12 quarters and indicated that momentum shows no signs of slowing in the near future.

Fortune noted in its coverage from CES 2015 that 4K has finally found its foothold in the mainstream, due in large part to an increase in available 4K content and more affordable 4K TVs entering the market. Similarly, Advanced Television reported that a recent study from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) found that one-third of consumers may purchase a 4K TV within the next three years. Read more

Favorite Posts of the Year

As we close out another year, we thought you’d enjoy a recap of our favorite blogs from 2014. The following posts stood out because they exemplify the combination of fun, newsworthiness, and transparency that we strive for at ARRIS Everywhere. We hope you’ll enjoy reading them again or for the first time:

  • Q&A: Advice from ARRIS Engineers: In honor of National Engineers Week in February, we sat down with a few of our engineers and asked them to provide advice to students seeking a career in engineering. See what they had to say about how millennials can seize the many opportunities in this exciting field.
  • ARRIS Joins NASCAR Family and Joe Gibbs Racing: In August, we joined forces with Joe Gibbs Racing and NASCAR. We talked about what it meant to take the leap from a behind-the-scenes leader to a household name.
  • Entertainment on our Terms: The Case for Personalization: Our 2014 Consumer Entertainment Index offered some surprising insights into the ways we watch entertainment. Content personalization, access, and control is not only growing in popularity, but is a vital pathway for the evolution of entertainment. In her blog post, ARRIS’s Sandy Howe highlighted the key findings that explain why we’ve reached a global inflection point in how we deliver entertainment that truly engages consumers.
  • Cable Modem & Gateway Demo, Set-up and How-to: Helping our customers enjoy our products to the fullest is one of our highest priorities. In this video series installment, our Director of Global Retail Sales, Tom Boshell, took a detailed look at the ARRIS SURFboard® cable modem and gateway portfolio, providing an overview of key features as well as detailed demonstrations, set-up procedures, and more.
  • ARRIS Previews Slim, New Ultra HD Set-tops at IBC 2014: Pushing the boundaries of innovative set-top design, we previewed an exciting evolution in our set-top portfolio at IBC 2014, with the launch of the next generation of set-tops— the ARRIS VIP4000 and VIP5000 series.
  • SCTE 2014 CCAP Interoperability Demo Highlights DOCSIS 3.1 Leadership:  At SCTE 2014, we showcased the ARRIS E6000 future-proof design through an interoperability demo on DOCSIS 3.1 and pre-silicon DOCSIS 3.1 test products—specifically, showing the test products acquiring downstream signals from the E6000.

As we look ahead to 2015, we look forward to offering you ARRIS’s perspective on the topics that matter most. Please let us know which blogs you found interesting and what type of content you would like to see more on our blog next year!

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of December 15, 2014

This week, Multichannel News included comments from ARRIS engineering fellow Sean McCarthy on the future of Ultra HD and how High Dynamic Range (HDR) TV will bring a new level of realness to the platform. Light Reading ran a similar story and noted that, while HDR is already mainstream in photography, the technology is starting to gain momentum in the video world.

Separately, Rapid TV News published a contributed article from ARRIS senior vice president Steve McCaffery on how, as smart technology and home automation become more commonplace, the gateway has emerged as a central point of communication to simplify the home entertainment experience.

In other industry news, FierceCable covered the results of Adobe’s Q3 2014 U.S. Digital Video Benchmark Report, which found that unique users of TV Everywhere content increased 34 percent year-over-year during the third quarter of 2014.

Finally, the Washington Post highlighted consumer research from NPD Group that found that, during this year’s Thanksgiving week, sales of TVs that are 32 inches or smaller fell 50 percent compared to last year, likely because solitary TV viewing is increasingly done with over-the-top (OTT) services on laptops and tablets.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Picture Imperfect (Dec. 15) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Proponents of Ultra HD/4K are still waiting for the pixel-packed format to deliver the kind of “wow” factor that excites consumers to snap up new, shiny 4K televisions in droves.
  2. HDR: The Next Big Video Thing (Dec. 19) By Mari Silbey, Light Reading: Let the hype cycle begin. Even with 4K TV still in its earliest deployments, video technologists have already moved on to the next big thing: High-Dynamic Range (HDR).
  3. The Future of TV Hinges on One Device (Dec. 15) By Steve McCaffery, Rapid TV News: The way we watch TV has changed completely. We’ve transitioned from a linear, living room model to an always-on, whole-home, distributed, time-shifted, multiscreen paradigm with more kinds of content than there are flavours at your local ice cream parlour.
  4. TV Everywhere Use Doubled in Q3, Adobe Says (Dec .17) By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: Continuing to report surging use of authenticated multiscreen services from pay-TV operators, Adobe said the number of videos started within TV Everywhere apps nearly doubled in Q3, up 108 percent year over year.
  5. How Cord-cutting Is Changing The Kinds of TVs We Buy (Dec. 16) By Sarah Halzack, Washington Post: For shoppers who bought TVs during Black Friday sales, bigger was definitely better. Consumer research firm NPD Group found that over Thanksgiving week, sales of TVs that are 32 inches or smaller fell 50 percent compared to last year.

Tom Cloonan Named Multichannel News Technology Executive of the Year

Multichannel News selected Tom Cloonan, our CTO of Cloud & Network Solutions, as one of its three technology executives of the Year. Tom is the first CTO from a technology company to receive this distinction, as this year’s field is the inaugural for considering candidates beyond the service provider and programmer communities.

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Tom Cloonan, ARRIS CTO of Cloud & Network Solutions

Tom was recognized for his pioneering role in modern broadband technology and his ongoing contributions to the advancement of DOCSIS 3.1 and CCAP. Tom leads the architectural and product planning for ARRIS’s network product division, which was responsible for the ARRIS E6000 CER––the most successful CCAP platform on the market. He continues to be one of the most preeminent voices in the design and development of highly-scalable next-generation networks for the world’s leading service providers.

In an era, when lightning broadband speeds and the migration to all-IP technologies are going to drive tomorrow’s entertainment and communications experiences, Tom continues to play a vital role in helping the industry stay ahead of these technology trends.

Congratulations Tom, for your pioneering work here at ARRIS and throughout the industry!

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of November 24, 2014

This week, Multichannel News covered the results of a new Infonetics Research report that found that ARRIS remained the revenue leader in the global cable access market in Q3 2014.

On Sunday, 23rd November, ARRIS’s VP of Marketing Duncan Potter appeared on NBC’s Atlanta TechEdge where he discussed ARRIS’s portfolio and collaborations with key partners, such as NASCAR and Joe Gibbs Racing to demonstrate how we continue to transform the industry and consumers’ everyday experiences.

In other industry news, Alan Breznick of Light Reading reported that, despite the growing number of gigabit rollouts by rival providers, the US cable industry has continued to make impressive gains in the broadband market. Separately, Digital TV Europe highlighted new research that indicated that the premium over-the-top (OTT) market in Europe is set to grow by 80 percent over the next three years.

Finally, several outlets, including CNET, covered a report from DisplaySearch showing that global 4K television shipments increased by more than 500 percent in the last quarter, with more than 3 million 4K TVs shipped to retail outlets during Q3 2014.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Arris Stays On Top Of Cable Access Heap (Nov. 25) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Arris remained the top dog from a revenue perspective in a global cable access market that raked in $445 million in Q3 2014, up 8% versus the previous quarter, according to a new report from Infonetics Research.
  2. ARRIS interview with NBC’s Atlanta Tech Edge (Nov. 23) By Angel Maldonado, Atlanta TechEdge: After a multi-billion dollar deal with Motorola, ARRIS is ready to make their brand a household name…and they’re partnering with NASCAR to get it done.
  3. Broadband Reigns Supreme for Cable (Nov. 25) By Alan Breznick, Light Reading: Despite the growing number of gigabit rollouts by rival providers, the US cable industry continues to roll up impressive gains in the broadband market.
  4. Premium OTT market tipped to grow by 80% (Nov. 25) By Staff Writer, Digital TV Europe: The premium over-the-top video market is on-track to grow at a trajectory of 80% over the next three years, according to research commissioned by subscription billing firm Vindicia and video streaming platform provider Ooyala.
  5. 4K TV shipments soar to 6.4M in 2014 (Nov. 25) By Carrie Mihalcik, CNET: Shipments of 4K televisions jumped more than 500 percent last quarter as overall global TV shipments rebounded, according to a new report from DisplaySearch.
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