ARRIS Wireless Video Receivers Power Bell Canada’s Fibe TV

We’re working to constantly improve your entertainment experiences — whether that’s watching a big sports game or just kicking back with family and friends.

Recently, Bell Canada, posted this video showing exactly what entertainment powered by ARRIS vap2500-174x300looks like. As we noted a few months back, Bell’s Fibe TV is changing what it means to enjoy your content anywhere — even if that means moving your buzzer-beating game of hockey outside to the Canadian cold.

Whatever game, show, movie, or event you’re watching, ARRIS solutions are redefining the experience from content to consumption…on the couch, and everywhere in between.

Where’s your favorite place to watch TV? Let us know in the comments below.

Personalization and Perfection: The Language of Romance

Romance is all about personalization.

Just ask anyone with pollen allergies who’s ever been gifted a dozen roses.

Everyone has a preference—the secret to our hearts is knowing what we want.

In a recent survey of UK consumers, we found that more than three out of four people avoid romantic Valentine's Viewing Habits comedies altogether if they’re alone on Valentine’s Day. Now, wouldn’t it be nice if your service provider knew that? Then you wouldn’t have to wade through cheesy romantic comedy movie after cheesy romantic comedy while you surf through TV guide waiting for your better half to return from work.

Well, when it comes to entertainment, ARRIS thinks that your selection of shows, your video recommendations, and how they look on the screen should be just as unique as you are.

That’s why we developed technology like our Merchandiser platform, which allows your service provider to know your movie preferences, so that they can have your top choices waiting for you on the front page of your guide as soon as you flip on the set.

Our survey also found that while a whopping majority of people head for the comfort of the living room on Valentine’s day to watch TV on the big screen, viewers also are taking their favorite characters around the house with them—nearly a tenth of 18-34 year olds like watch a TV series while taking a hot soapy bath! Today, our technology helps service providers give you the choice—freeing your entertainment to your favorite screen, wherever you are. Romantic, no?

Here’s another statistic for romantic nights in: over a third (38%) of UK consumers prefer to watch a movie that they know and love, while 22% choose scheduled TV programming, and only 13% go for streamed or downloaded content.  

We’re all different, but with the right technology, romance is easier than ever.  

What would be your perfect Valentine’s viewing experience? Leave us a comment or Tweet us on @ARRISEverywhere!

Moving Wi-Fi Forward

ARRIS is a big supporter of Wi-Fi.

After all, it powers the majority of our Internet activities, whether that’s watching video or surfing the web wifion our tablets, TVs, laptops, or phones.

Wi-Fi is so important that we’ve joined forces with some of the world’s leading technology companies—in a new coalition called WifiForward —to improve it through the use of unlicensed spectrum.

Unlicensed spectrum encompasses the radio frequencies that the FCC lets people use without a license. This includes the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz frequencies that we use for Wi-Fi today.

But there are other frequencies in the spectrum that also are available for Wi-Fi, and they’re becoming increasingly important as our current frequencies become more and more congested with the increasing number of devices that use them.

That’s where WifiForward comes in. We’re working with policymakers to open up additional spectrum, like the 3.5Ghz frequency, to stimulate the economy, encourage innovation in consumer electronics and wireless networking, and ensure that consumers can continue to download, upload, and stream all their favorite content, freely.

How ARRIS Delivers the World’s Biggest Sporting Events – Your Way

How we experience televised sports is about to change…

ARRIS is leading a transformation in video that will make watching the game a different experience for each viewer. Think personalized programming that lets you choose the length of sochi-dutch-speedskaters-2the highlight reels, that gives you different camera angles, customized second-screen content, and personalized advertising—and all on the closest or most convenient device.

The programming and advertising around last week’s Big Game in the U.S. shows us the potential for this kind of experience. And with the start of the Olympics this week and the World Cup kicking off in a few months, there’s a lot for service providers and programmers to consider when they look ahead to differentiating tomorrow’s sports entertainment…

  • Offering personalized, edited packages of live or post-game coverage is not only scalable, but just around the corner.
  • Delivering the action from the viewpoint of a quarterback, downhill skier, or midfielder isn’t farfetched anymore.
  • Providing a timely ad on your smartphone with a deal on your favorite team’s jersey is real.
  • Streaming mind-blowing 4K and 8K video to a consumer’s TV, tablet, or smartphone is closer than ever.

We’d like to give you a glimpse of tomorrow’s viewing experience and what’s being done today to get us there…Leave us your thoughts in the comments below.

ARRIS Insight into UK’s Ofcom Consumer Experience Report

This week, Ofcom, the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries released the Consumer Experience Report, which outlines the need to ensure that consumers receive value for money and a good quality of service from their communications providers. Steve McCaffery, Senior Vice-President of EMEA for ARRIS, made the following comments:

“The Ofcom statistics clearly illustrate the quickly accelerating trend towards consumption across multiple devices. The growth of Netflix in the UK (a massive 61 per cent growth within the last year) shows more than ever that the days of the ‘traditional’ programming schedule are numbered.

Consumers now expect to consume content at a time and device of their choosing. This is further evidenced by Ofcom reporting that household take-up of tablet computers having more than doubled over the past year, and with BBC iPlayer and 4oD use also shifting towards mobile devices tablets, smartphones and video-on-demand set-top devices. Multichannel TV bundles, along with triple-play fixed line and broadband, continued their increase in 2013 up by 3% from 2012, and this will only continue to grow, with 4K/ultra HD video content being introduced this year, and even 8K already making waves.

Ofcom further reports that a fifth of consumers switched at least one communications service between Q3 2012 and Q3 2013 – with the desire for ‘faster speeds’ being a key driver among fixed broadband switchers (15%), and the ‘choice of channels’ for TV switchers (18%). Clearly, service providers – whether cable, broadband or telecoms – need to ensure their networks are flexible enough to future proof against increasingly bandwidth-heavy content and services, without having to overhaul their network infrastructure. Ultimately, this will ensure consumers receive the quality of service and range of content they are expecting from providers at the prices they demand, but also that providers have sustainable, profitable business models with which to deliver compelling and sticky service offerings.”

Please feel free to comment on the above post and share your insights of the UK communications market here.

What’s Transforming Entertainment in 2014?

In 2014, we expect to see four key trends driving the future of home entertainment:

1.) The Uber Gateway: All the media processing and distribution technology that previously required a dedicated set top for each screen now goes into one powerful device. The gateway has evolved into the hub of the new connected home ecosystem, offering unmatched versatility compared to one-trick OTT boxes.

You’ll see more of these shipping next year as service providers respond to consumers’ demand for more connected entertainment experiences across all their devices. Down the road, these gateways will become platforms for providing app-based TV experiences, leveraging sensor technologies and connected systems to enable telemedicine, remote education, and more.

2.) HEVC: Before you sit down to watch the FIFA World Cup Final in 4K next year, HEVC will have transformed the way that service providers deliver entertainment to consumers.  HEVC is much more than just a way to deliver Ultra HDTV—it’s is a powerful compression technology with twice the efficiency of H.264 and huge implications for service providers, not the least of which include enabling telcos to extend their reach over DSL, distributing wireless HD video throughout the home, expanding the footprint of TV anywhere, and more…

3.) The Wireless Home: New technologies are changing the connected landscape in the home, giving consumers unprecedented flexibility and choice in deciding where to enjoy their favorite content. MoCA 2.0 uses existing cable wiring to enable immersive TV experiences in the furthest reaches of the home. Meanwhile 802.11AC is changing the game for Wi-Fi, offering blazingly fast streaming of up to 1.3Gbps for the latest entertainment on mobile devices. These technologies are laying the groundwork for the new multiscreen, high-bandwidth, and personalized experiences coming online all over the home next year and beyond.

4.) New Form Factors: As the uber gateway and new IP set-tops take hold in the home and centralize key media management and processing activities—they will empower service providers to host a variety of devices on the network, in varying shapes and sizes. By opening up the traditional set-top architecture to this new connected ecosystem, service providers are not only changing the face of entertainment—through service integration at the device level–but the very mold of the devices themselves.

Check out a video below of Kevin Keefe, SVP & GM, Digital Video @ ARRIS speaking about these future video trends. Do you see any other trends driving the future of home entertainment? Tell us in the comments below.

ARRIS Recommends a Festively Fast Wi-FI Cable Modem for the Holidays

According to the CEA, three quarters of consumers plan to purchase consumer electronics as giftsholidays this holiday season, so there’s a good chance that your family of connected devices is about to get bigger…

But guess what. Your connected experience is only as good as the weakest link in your home network. And that 20th century cable modem is holding back your shiny new tablet from getting the latest, fastest, most immersive, and awesome new media experiences.

SBG6782-AC- lo resSo this holiday season, get all the fun you deserve and upgrade your cable modem with the Motorola-ARRIS SBG6782-AC Gateway.

It’s the world’s first retail cable modem to support the blazingly fast WiFi 802.11AC standard. And it sports a host of connectivity features like dual-band concurrent WiFi radios, a 4-port gigabit router, and support for MoCA networking and DOCSIS 3.0—all of which is cable geek slang for your buffering days are over.

Tell us below how you will connect your home this holiday season.

Happy Holidays from ARRIS.

Bell Canada Helps Transform the Entertainment Experience

Last month, we were at both SCTE Cable-Tec Expo and TelcoVision. And while at TelcoVision, one topic that came up frequently is that of better leveraging in-home wireless technologies to deliver a better consumer experience.

The consumer experience is at the center of everything we create for our service providers. We know from our own global research that our customers are focused on delivering your media, your way – whether it’s in the comfort of the living room, bedroom, kitchen or really wherever suits them best.

Bell Canada wanted to give its customers a way to add new TVs anywhere in their homes – quickly, cost-effectively – and without having to drill new holes in the wall because there was not a coaxial cable drop. Wireless was the answer, and ARRIS delivered the solution.

Bell’s Fibe TV wireless receiver (ARRIS VIP2502) was only part of how we helped transform the vap2500entertainment experience. We also delivered our VAP2500 wireless access bridge and the software, hardware and integration experience needed to bring these set-tops into their network and service ecosystem seamlessly.

Since May 2013, there have been more than 70 percent take rates for second set-top installations and a 25 percent improvement in the time to install a set-top box. Wireless was the answer for Bell Canada and likely an answer for countless service providers.

We look forward to sharing more on this subject in the weeks ahead. Stay tuned!