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 is 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 continued commitment to minimize our products’ impact on the environment. And we have no plans to slow down!

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.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of April 20, 2015

This week, a number of outlets, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, covered ARRIS’s announcement that it plans to acquire Pace plc in a transaction worth approximately $2.1 billion.

Separately, Multichannel News reported that Windstream has launched an Internet protocol-based pay TV service over fiber in Lincoln, Neb., which is being offered on ARRIS-made whole-home HD-DVRs.

Also, Communications Daily published insight from ARRIS CTO Charles Cheevers on the benefits of the reference design kit (RDK), noting how the technology helps operators push out updates more quickly than before.

In other industry news, FierceCable noted that, according to IHS, the global market for 4K/Ultra HD will nearly double in 2015, due largely to the increasing number of devices implementing the technology.

Finally, TV Technology took a look at some of the topic expected to be covered at this year’s INTX show in Chicago, including over-the-top (OTT) competition, wireless integration and back-end operations.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Local CEO discusses $2.1 billion deal as stock soars (April 23) By Matt Kempner, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Fresh from announcing an agreement to buy a rival technology company for $2.1 billion, the chief executive of Suwanee-based ARRIS Group predicted metro Atlanta and the company’s hundreds of local workers will see good things from the deal.
  2. Windstream Adds IPTV Service to Web Bundle (April 20) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Pushing ahead with a plan announced last fall, Windstream has launched an Internet protocol-based pay TV service over fiber in Lincoln, Neb.
  3. RDK Gaining Traction, Executives Say (April 8) By Staff Writer, Communications Daily: As cable seeks a more effective and faster way to push changes through to customers, the reference design kit (RDK) is gaining more traction, analysts and executives said in recent interviews.
  4. 4K displays’ global revenue will double to $18.8B this year, report says (April 20) By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: Driven by the technology’s proliferation across devices beyond just televisions, such as smartphones, tablets and personal computers, the global market for 4K/Ultra HD will nearly double in revenue this year to $18.8 billion, according to IHS.
  5. Cable Show Takes on OTT (April 20) By Gary Allen, TV Technology: INTX’s organizers expect that the event will intensify cross-industry focus on such topics as over-the-top competition, wireless integration and back-end operations.


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

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