ARRIS @ IBC 2014

IBC 2014 kicked off today and the ARRIS booth was buzzing as we showcased the latest in transformative solutions for the video delivery chain, from content creation to consumption.

Take a look at some photos from the booth below, and if you’re in Amsterdam please stop by to say hi  -we are in Hall 1, D31.

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:

Ultimate Gaming Experience with the ARRIS SURFboard® SBG6782-AC

Hey, football fans! Get a jump on the fall season by pre-ordering EA Sports’ latest installment: MaddenNFL15_Buy_AllMadden NFL 15.

Thanks to innovation in network and broadband technology, gaming experiences like Madden have broadened the playing field to the world of online gaming. Now, instead of settling for competition with your siblings and the neighbor down the street, you can do battle with the country’s top players from the comfort of your own living room.

SBG6782-AC-heroBut that overtime Hail Mary pass on 4th and 18 doesn’t have room for buffering. So if you are still counting on that ancient modem to get you into the game, it’s time to take a look at this year’s first round draft pick: the ARRIS SURFboard® SBG6782-AC.

The SBG6782-AC packs DOCSIS 3.0, an 802.11ac WiFi router, 4-Port gigabit Ethernet router and MoCA® networking for smart devices–all in one device.

Bottom line: the SBG6782-AC will take you to the end zone and through the post season for many years to come. Pick it up at Amazon or Best Buy today!

ARRIS Wireless Repeater: Complete Coverage for Your Connected Home

The end of summer is a time when the full weight of your family’s devices and content come bearing WR2100_3down on the home Wi-Fi network…

It’s also a time when holes in your wireless network become painfully obvious and your patience with them begins to wane.

Luckily, the ARRIS WR2100 Wireless Repeater is here to save the day.

With simple setup and operation, it seamlessly extends the Wi-Fi signal throughout the home—eliminating dead spots and is a perfect accompaniment to ARRIS wireless gateways and routers.

What’s more, each WR2100 has a built-in signal meter with color LEDs that tell you how strong the Wi-Fi is in a given area, so that you can ensure you’re adding Wi-Fi coverage exactly where you need it.

Strong, complete, and reliable coverage is the basis for today’s connected home. The ARRIS wireless repeater makes it a no-brainer.

Available now on Amazon.com.

ARRIS VIDEO SERIES: CABLE MODEM & GATEWAY DEMO, SET-UP, AND HOW-TO

In the latest installment of the ARRIS Video Series, our Director of Global Retail Sales, Tom Boshell, takes a detailed look at the ARRIS SURFboard® cable modem and gateway portfolio.

These five videos offer an overview of the primary products in our line-up as well as detailed demonstrations, set-up procedures, and more.

  • Gateways: This video reviews the standard features and set-up of our SURFboard Wi-Fi cable modems—some of the fastest and most reliable solutions for connecting to the Internet.
  • Cable Modems: Tom covers the wired cable modem components of our SURFboard line-up, which are all about boosting your home network bandwidth and speed.
  • Speed Test: This video features a real-time demonstration of the operating capabilities featured in our cable modems.
  • Advanced Settings: Tom dives into the advanced settings that allow SURFboard users to enjoy a truly personalized experience—including custom network names and passwords, guest network management, parental controls, firewalls, and more.
  • MoCA Technology: Tom offers a rundown of MoCA technology—a game-changer in delivering the ultimate connected experience.

Check out all of these videos using the links above or find them all here.

ARRIS Speakers Demonstrate Technical Thought leadership at ANGA

Walking the floor at ANGA, you don’t see any programmers: this conference is all about the technology. This year, four ARRIS speakers drove that conversation on a variety of subjects, from CCAP to Wi-Fi…

Engineering Fellow John Ulm led off, joining a heavyweight panel, including Jorge Salinger of Comcast, in a wide-ranging examination of Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) spec and upcoming potential offshoots from the original spec. Introduced by moderator Daniel Howard, CTO of the SCTE, as ‘the father of the DOCSIS MAC protocol’, Ulm laid out the current state of CCAP and then progressed to the pros and cons of its potential offspring: Remote PHY and Remote CCAP. Service providers will have several options to ensure the continued reliability and increased capacity of their networks, options which are dependent on deployment timing, headend space and powering constraints, new generations of silicon, and individual network architectures.

On Day Two, ARRIS CTO of CPE Charles Cheevers addressed the increasingly critical subject of Wi-Fi optimization. Consumers continue to experience a gap between advertised speeds and the actual experience, especially within the home. There, issues of building construction, user overlap (especially within MDUs), and contention between a competing and constantly increasing number of devices are impacting real-world results.

Cheevers proposed the concept of deterministic Wi-Fi delivery, prioritizing usage and implementing a remote resource management system to create a self-organized network within the home Wi-Fi domain to improve the customer experience.  Finally, he previewed the anticipated 802.11 AX, a next-generation Wi-Fi spec that seeks to deliver a 4X improvement in efficiency. It will be a welcome release, coming in at a time when 4k television will be widely-adopted, requiring bitrates between 15Mbs-30Mbs, and 8k will be waiting in the wings, with bitrate needs from 30Mbs-60Mbs.

Cornel speaking

 

Day Three featured Cornel Ciocirlan, ARRIS Regional Chief Technologist, speaking on the Conference’s Connected Home Summit. Panelists discussed global device proliferation (8-10 per user in Western Europe), smart/connected home technology, security concerns, and the need to educate consumers on the cost-value equation.

By 2020 there will be 50 billion devices connected to the Internet, necessitating a commensurate network infrastructure.  Ciocirlan pointed out that the “killer app” driving broadband growth currently is video content consumption, and that the industry needs to develop a killer app for the connected life: machine-to-machine interaction will not drive broadband growth.  As service providers become software companies, they will need to better understand how the Internet of Things will affect the consumer.

Rounding out Day Three, ARRIS Sr. Director of Marketing, Duncan Potter, presented a paper on Dynamic ABR Format Repackaging to optimize network infrastructure. With the increasing number of devices able to consume video expected to reach 7 Billion by 2017, the impact of multiscreen on operator video infrastructure costs has far outstripped the ability of caching to reduce the cost of that video distribution.  Potter referenced a case study conducted with a major US service provider to mitigate the costs of storage, packaging, and backhaul by using dynamic repackaging from a single format such as Apple HLS to whatever the client requires, at various points in the network.

Some food for thought as we close out ANGA. Check back for more from Canitec and beyond.

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