The 2014 Interactive Launch Competition pits the country’s top MBA students against one another in developing new ways to advance the entertainment industry.
But they’ll have help… from the industry’s leading brands. In this year’s competition, ARRIS will be working with MBA students from the leading schools such as Columbia, Harvard, MIT, NYU and Wharton to submit their marketing presentation and strategy on the latest video innovations.
Our very own Tom McLaughlin, Senior Vice President of Sales, will coach the students through their submission on video gateway innovation, before it goes to a panel of industry judges for the final verdict.
The judges are: Nomi Bergman, Bright House Networks; Peter Stern, Time Warner Cable; Piers Lingle, Comcast; Roger Keating, Hearst Television; and Guhan Selveratnam, Discovery Communications. The competition will be hosted by Craig Leddy of Interactive TV Works.
ARRIS wishes the best of luck to students Akansha Kumar, Michael Modon, Shilpa Rao, and Steven Sunmonu.
This year’s competition is taking place today from 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. at the NYU Kimmel Center Grand Hall in New York, NY.
This week, several outlets, including CED, highlighted the recent announcement that WOW! will offer its Ultra TV customers that subscribe to Netflix access to the streaming content through a Netflix app integrated into leased ARRIS set-tops.
Separately, Digital TV Europe reported that ARRIS has partnered with African TV service provider ZAP to offer network DVR (nDVR) and video on demand (VOD) services using the APEX3000 chassis-based edge QAM platform.
In other industry news, Rapid TV News ran a story about newly published research from Parks Associates, which found that Europe has surpassed the US in the number of households with a PC connected to the TV, and FierceOnlineVideo reports that cord cutters may be more likely to return to pay-TV if they have a bad streaming experience with OTT services.
Finally, a story from Broadband Technology Report notes that global shipments of Ultra HD-capable set-top boxes are projected to reach 48 million by 2020, while the market for HEVC set-top boxes will hit 88 million units, according to a study by ABI Research.
Check back next week for the latest industry news.
- WOW! tunes in Netflix on ARRIS boxes (Nov. 12) By Mike Robuck, CED: WOW! will be offering its Ultra TV customers that subscribe to Netflix access to the streaming content through a Netflix app that works on ARRIS boxes in their homes. Developed for WOW! by ARRIS, the Ultra TV set-top box integrates a Netflix app into the leased boxes.
- ZAP partners with ARRIS for African nDVR and VoD (Nov. 12) By Staff Writer, Digital TV Europe: Sub-Sahara Lusophone African TV service provider ZAP has partnered with ARRIS to offer network DVR (nDVR) and video on demand (VOD) services. Satellite TV provider ZAP is to use ARRIS’s APEX3000 chassis-based edge QAM platform to merge network traffic and increase channel capacity, with system integrator Satcab deploying the solution.
- European connected TV market surpasses US (Nov. 12) By Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News: Europe is a hot spot for connected TV driven by rapidly expanding broadband and over-the-top (OTT) services according to research from Parks Associates.
- Bad OTT experience could chase cord cutters back to pay TV (Nov. 12) By Samantha Bookman, FierceOnlineVideo: While a new generation of cord nevers may be willing to put up with occasional poor streaming quality of online video, cord cutters–that coveted group of past pay-TV subscribers who have ditched linear video service for Internet viewing–might return to the pay-TV fold if their streaming experience is bad.
- UltraHD, HEVC Set-Tops Set to Boom (Nov. 11) By Staff Writer, Broadband Technology Report: According to ABI Research, worldwide shipments of 4K/UltraHD-capable set-top boxes will reach 48 million by 2020, while HEVC set-top shipments will reach 88 million units. The research house expects about 60,000 set-top high-end gateway set-tops with UltraHD and HEVC capabilities to be deployed in 2014.
Ribbon cutting ceremony at the new ARRIS Santa Clara office.
2500 Walsh Ave in Santa Clara, CA is the new home of our Silicon Valley office. The LEED Silver Certified building officially opened today and houses several of our Video Systems businesses in a state-of-the-art lab and workspace.
ARRIS Santa Clara is the regional hub for developing related technologies and services—uniting three former offices from around the San Francisco Bay Area and bringing ARRIS into focus among the area’s leading businesses.
Our new location in the heart of Silicon Valley reflects our commitment to delivering software, video delivery, and consumer solutions through the world’s foremost talent, so that we can continue inventing the future of entertainment.
Check out some photos from our opening day celebration below.
This week, news of ARRIS’s recent deal with Spanish cable operator R appeared in a number of outlets, including Digital TV Europe. ARRIS will provide Radio Frequency over Glass (RFoG) technology to improve R’s bandwidth provisioning, increase efficiency across its network and ensure legacy infrastructure can be expanded with fiber-to-the-premises RFoG extensions.
Cablefax: The Magazine released its 2014 Most Powerful Women in Cable list, which included ARRIS Senior Vice President and General Manager of Consumer Solutions Debbie Stackis and Senior Vice President of Global Marketing Sandy Howe. Separately, Motley Fool listed ARRIS, along with Twitter and salesforce.com, as a fast-growing tech company to watch. The story noted that ARRIS’s sales growth has significantly increased since its acquisition of Motorola Home in 2013.
In other industry news, CED Magazine highlighted a recent report from ACG Research that found that the average household bandwidth requirements will increase by 31 percent annually over the next five years due the growing number of over-the-top (OTT) content services. According to the report, OTT unicast video traffic is predicted to be 4.6 times greater than traditional multicast traffic by 2018.
Finally, Rapid TV News reported that the latest figures from Dataxis show that more than half of cable subscriptions in Latin America are for digital packages. Among the region’s seven largest markets, Brazil is showing the highest rates of digital cable penetration, followed by Chile and Mexico.
Check back next week for the latest industry news.
- Spain’s R taps Arris for RFoG (Nov. 3) By Staff, Digital TV Europe: Spanish cable operator R, which is based in the Galicia region, has signed a deal with technology provider Arris for Radio Frequency over Glass (RFoG) technology to improve bandwidth provisioning, increase efficiency across its network and ensure legacy infrastructure can be expanded with fiber-to-the-premises RFoG extensions.
- The Most Powerful Women in Cable 2014 (Nov. Issue) By Staff, Cablefax: The Magazine: See page 25 for Sandy Howe and page 35 for Debbie Stackis in the magazine’s digital edition.
- You Won’t Believe How Fast These 3 Tech Companies Are Growing (Nov. 2) By Anders Bylund, Motley Fool: These three tech companies are growing their annual sales faster than 30% right now. From hardware specialist Arris Group to social network Twitter, with cloud-computing expert salesforce.com thrown in for good measure, you’ll find some very different growth strategies.
- Report: OTT use will increase household bandwidth 31 percent annually (Nov. 5) By Mike Robuck, CED Magazine: With the plethora of OTT services from the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Go, among others, the average household bandwidth requirements are poised to increase by 31 percent annually over the next five years, according to a recent report.
- Digital packages account for over half of cable subs in LATAM (Nov. 6) By Juan Fernandez Gonzalez, Rapid TV News: By the end of Q2 2014, over half (53.7%) of all cable subscriptions in Latin America were for digital packages, the first time digital customers have overtaken analogue subs in the region.
This week, ARRIS’s Q3 earnings were reported by numerous outlets. In particular, FierceCable noted that overall Q3 success was driven by strong broadband and accessory unit, video set-top and cable modem termination systems sales.
Separately, Rapid TV News covered a recent Infonetics Research report that found that global set-top revenue increased by 4% sequentially in the second quarter of 2014. The report also found that ARRIS remains the worldwide STB market share leader, gaining nearly two share percentage points in sequential quarters.
In other industry news, Advanced Television highlighted a report from Digital TV Research that found that TV Everywhere is set to take off over the next five years, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.
A study by The Diffusion Group was covered by several outlets this week, including Multichannel News. The study noted an increase in the trend toward cord-cutting, with 14% of adult broadband subscribers not taking a traditional pay-TV service, up from 9% in 2011.
Finally, Ars Technica noted that the demand for broadband is driving state and local governments to partner with technologists to provide citizens with better Internet access.
Check back next week for the latest industry news.
- Arris reports 32 percent revenue spike to $1.4B (Oct. 29) By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: Technology company Arris posted 32 percent growth in year-over-year revenue to $1.4 billion in the third quarter, resulting in a profit of $54.6 million and earnings per share of 81 cents that beat analysts’ forecast of 72 cents.
- Global Q2 STB revenue outlook a mixed affair (Oct. 27) By Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News: The boxless living room appears to be some way off: globally, set-top box (STB) revenue — including IP, cable, satellite and DTT STBs and OTT media servers — was up 4% sequentially in the second quarter of 2014, to $4.8 billion, according to Infonetics Research.
- APAC to lead multiscreen boom (Oct. 29) By Staff, Advanced Television: People will watch TV and video content on more and more devices as TV Everywhere takes off. For the 51 countries covered in Digital TV Research’s Multiscreen TV & Video Forecasts report, the gross number of viewers will climb from 5.60 billion in 2010 to 11.32 billion by 2020.
- 14% of Broadband Homes Don’t Take Pay-TV: Study (Oct. 28) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: About 14% of adult broadband subscribers don’t take a traditional pay-TV service, up from 9% in 2011, The Diffusion Group found in a new report, Pay-TV Refugees, 2014, which includes a look at what’s driving the cord-cutting trend and the potential appeal of new and emerging direct-to-consumer streaming video services.
- Fed up, US cities take steps to build better broadband (Oct. 27) By Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica: State and local governments aren’t typically known for leading the way on technology. Remember that West Virginia library that uses a $20,000 router for a building the size of a trailer? But all that’s changing fast, at least at the municipal level—and the demand for broadband is what’s driving this shift.
Today, we celebrated the golden anniversary of ARRIS Taiwan—one of our premier manufacturing sites.
ARRIS Taiwan is built on a legacy of innovation: for the last 50 years, it’s redefined the way our industry manufactures and the way that ARRIS’s technology reaches the world.
When we opened its doors in 1964, we became the first foreign-invested electronic device manufacturing company to enter Taiwan. The facility has since pioneered the manufacturing processes for the mass production of set-tops and other solutions that drive our industry.
Today, ARRIS Taiwan is our largest production facility and our primary CPE production site, building products for the world’s leading service providers.
ARRIS Taiwan employs a world-class team, including a large group of engineers dedicated solely to R&D. These experts help keep ARRIS and our customers ahead of the curve and lead our vision for the future of entertainment and communications. You could say that ARRIS Taiwan is an important foundation for ARRIS’s commitment to continuously pushing the industry standard in sustainability, social responsibility, energy efficiency, and quality in manufacturing.
This year alone, ARRIS Taiwan completed a project to eliminate 12 tons of plastic bags each year, and began implementing robotic production automation to pave the way for 50 more years of inventing the future.
Happy golden anniversary to our Taiwan team! Catch the celebration in our pictures below.