ARRIS in Argentina – Photos from Jornadas Conference

We’re back in Buenos Aires for the annual Jornadas conference—bringing together more than 700 members of the cable industry from around the globe.

This annual gathering is a showcase for the trends and solutions driving tomorrow’s video and broadband experiences. For ARRIS, it’s been a great opportunity to demo key components of our Latin American portfolio—including Whole Home Solution gateway and set-top solutions, ServAssure WiFi, E6000 Converged Edge Router, and our growing CPE family.

We wanted to share some of the experience through photos from the show. Check them out below! And if you’re in town, be sure to stop by our booth #57 in Pacifico Hall!

ARRIS Previews Slim, New Ultra HD Set-tops at IBC 2014

The doors to the exhibition halls at IBC 2014 will open on Friday, and we’re set to preview an exciting evolution in our set-top portfolio.

The ARRIS VIP4000 and VIP5000 series redefine set-top design with HEVC decode ARRIS VIP4000 VIP5000 Series set-topscapabilities and 802.11ac Wi-Fi® wrapped in four small, minimalist enclosures to bring the future of entertainment to consumers.

The two lines allow service providers to address growing demand for robust services like Ultra HD and multiscreen HD—quickly and efficiently—while offering support for a variety of software applications.

The innovation continues in the set-tops’ physical design, which showcases new, discreet and minimalistic forms. The new designs feature four distinct silhouettes, ranging from the size of a deck of cards to a paperback novel. Each enclosure is finished in high-gloss polished Lexan and features sweeping convex curves for a floating effect. They’re available in six colors, including snow & copper; ice blue; ARRIS orange; tinted grey; premium umbra; and midnight purple.

The VIP4000 and VIP5000 series offer a deep level of customization for service providers, who can choose the features and form factor to best suit their subscribers—whether it is HEVC for Ultra HD, a larger HDD for more DVR storage, or an ultra-compact design to sit snuggly behind the TV. They are slated to launch globally starting in 2015.

ARRIS is at IBC 2014 Friday 12th- Tuesday 16th September in Hall 1, Stand D31, so drop by if you’d like to see the next generation of new set-tops in person. If you can’t make it along, check out our video below:

ANGA: New Additions to European Cable CPE Portfolio Unveiled

To mark the first day of ANGA COM 2014, we’re unveiling five new CPE solutions for European cable operators to transform broadband and video delivery in the home. New EuroDOCSIS gateways and DVB set-tops pack performance and features into sleek, cost-effective designs for enhanced content experiences in the home

These solutions address consumer demand for quick and reliable content access on a variety of devices—with the latest wireless technology in cost-effective, attractive form factors. The announcement demonstrates how ARRIS is driving the global transition to an all-digital content delivery platform and is at the forefront of developing a high-performance broadband DOCSIS and DVB STB portfolio.

ARRIS TG2492

ARRIS TG2492

For an overview of the new solutions we’re launching today, details are here. To summarize, there will be two new products in the ARRIS Touchstone CPE line for providers to enable superior wireless performance (Touchstone TG2492 and Touchstone DG6800), and three new products in our HMC product line to assist with the shift to video digitization (HMC4120, HMC3000 and HMC2010).

 

 

ARRIS HMC2010

ARRIS HMC2010

The success of our set-tops and gateways in so many geographies speaks to service providers’ ever-growing need for innovative solutions to deliver tomorrow’s services on today’s networks. If you want to hear more, please come and visit our team at ANGA on Booth #E21!

New Report – The future of Pay TV CPE

vnWith the Pay TV marketplace on the verge of a generational CPE upgrade that will support new revenue-generating services, the industry is at a crucial turning point. ARRIS partnered with Videonet to produce a report looking into the important strategic decisions that service providers need make as they prepare for these new devices that will exploit HEVC decoding, whole-home TV and the increased use of Wi-Fi®.

The report, entitled “The Future of Pay TV CPE”, will help service providers understand how to provide a high-quality and robust solution with routing capability for the home to gain competitive advantage and sustain their business models. Here at ARRIS, we believe that the key to success will be connecting the consumer quickly and reliably to all home and connected devices – and only then will the future of Pay TV services be secured.

Read the full report here. What do you think the future holds for the Pay TV CPE industry? Let us know in the comments or come and see us on stand E21 at ANGA COM (May 20-22, Cologne, Germany).

Cable Congress Continues with Charles Cheevers Q&A

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Charles Cheevers, CTO, Customer Premises Equipment

The role of the set-top device/gateway is changing, how?

I think of the gateway and set-top device as Batman and Robin – an inseparable double team. Together they provide network services, high-quality IP Video images, and true entertainment platforms capable of new multi-room, multiscreen services. This will continue to transform our experience around various types of video content – gateways will become more powerful with greater bandwidth capabilities, alongside set-tops getting more powerful in both Graphics and Decode ability. Ultimately, Wi-Fi services will also become more important as MSOs increase their managed IP Video services as well as higher speed Wi-Fi High Speed Data expectations.

How will these changes impact devices? 

We’ll see a refresh of gateway devices, incorporating new features such as additional memory to allow for new applications and future services. We aim to keep the gateway form factors as small and ergonomic as possible as we see these devices potentially moving to different demarcation points in the home. Set-top devices are becoming smaller and smaller, but these devices are now expected to deliver richer and more powerful user experiences which typically means more CPU and GPU capabilities as well as more robust WiFi functionality.

What are the three largest challenges the industry is facing and what can service providers do to overcome these?

The user experience – as consumers look to ‘cord shave’ and rely more on over-the-top (OTT) services, providers need to ensure the best customer experience in terms of quality, content and overall user experience. Initiatives like Comcast’s  X User Experience and ARRIS’s own Whole Home Solution and DreamGallery™ offerings ensure the service provider experience stays ahead of the pure OTT experience.

Wireless transmission of high bit rate video in the home – consumers love wireless technology and the flexibility it offers and as our set-top devices become more connected, this connection needs to be as reliable as a wired connection. WiFi will be a key factor as more client devices appear in our homes.

Simplifying the consumer viewing experience – with a bewildering array of connected devices and multiple ways to access content, it can overwhelm consumers who just want a simple means of interacting with their entertainment services in a way that is affordable and incorporates the highest quality experience. Constant vigilance from service providers will be necessary to make the user experience rich but simple – something we think we understand well at ARRIS.

How is ARRIS looking to drive The ‘Connected Experience’ e.g. the ARRIS gateway?

ARRIS offers everything you need to provide a high quality and robust solution with routing capability for the home. We get the consumer connected quickly and reliably to all home and connected devices.  We also strive to add innovative new interfaces like ZigBee® as we know consumers are becoming increasingly connected. Finally, we pride ourselves on our test and interoperability procedures as well as our huge existing population of gateway devices connected to hundreds of millions of end devices.

What does ARRIS predict the entertainment system will look like in 3-5 years’ time?

People talk a lot about moving to a completely unicast world but the statistics still don’t support this – real-time content is still something that people want to watch live for the most part. There is no one-size fits all trend, but the movement towards accessibility of all content types on any device will continue to grow and simplify – to a point where we will wonder what all the fuss was about when we could first pause and resume across devices! Also, we’ll see a new interaction with entertainment services – new viewing styles like “binge watching” will rise alongside people still wanting to catch the news or sports events live, as well as familiar watching such as viewing late night shows late at night.

What or who inspires you on a day to day basis?

To me it’s not about being happy that we can download a full DVD of content in under a minute with emerging Gbps DOCSIS networks, it’s about challenging why we can’t do it in 2 seconds. I’m inspired by how technology has changed so much in such a short time. If this pace continues we may actually reach a no wait/no latency world in my lifetime – or find new services that will demand even more bandwidth. Both are exciting prospects and if we can keep our focus on using technology, and not being used by it, then this new world of low latency interaction will help us multi-task less and give us more time to create and learn things.

If you’re at Cable Congress, check out Charles’ panel on the changing role of the STB on March 14. See you in Amsterdam.

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