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:

Discussing the Next Era of Entertainment at TV Connect

We’re in London this week at the TV Connect event sharing how we can empower our service provider customers to deliver high quality video across the home today and in the future.  We’re also discussing how to evolve today’s multiple screen video platforms to a real multiscreen experience, looking at the compelling case for nDVR.  Visitors to the ARRIS stand are also exploring the future of advertising and monetizing in a multiscreen world.  And with 4k services just around the corner, we talking about the path to UltraHD from both the econding and decoding perspectives.

Take a look at some of our pictures from the show floor below and drop by and see us on Stand 41 if you’re at TV Connect this week!

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ARRIS Powers Multiscreen Content on a Global Stage

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Today we see the start of TV Connect 2014, and in the show’s 10th year, multiscreen is a stronger theme than ever before.

We’ll be demonstrating our multiscreen capabilities at the exhibition, and we’ll also be talking about how MAXISAT, a leading provider of managed and operated Multiscreen TV services, has selected our GT-3 Multiple Bitrate (MBR) Transcoder to deliver its next era of multiscreen entertainment.

Our GT-3 is now MAXISAT’s default transcoder for the future international expansion of its Content Hub, part of its end-to-end multiscreen video solution, MAXICASTER. This cuts away the traditional complexity and cost associated with multiscreen infrastructure, operations, and content distribution.

MAXISAT recognized the growing trend in multiscreen video consumption and tapped ARRIS to deliver a technology solution that could deliver tomorrow’s multiscreen entertainment experiences on today’s networks. Here at ARRIS, we love working with forward-thinking companies like MAXISAT that know how to meet consumer demands – both today and in the future.

Want to talk multiscreen with us further? Visit our team at TV Connect on Stand 41! 

Motley Fool: ARRIS to Dominate IPTV Revolution

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Motley Fool is betting on ARRIS coming out ahead in the industry’s shift to IP Video.

In Motley Fool’s Friday investment commentary, Adam Levy made a compelling case (if we don’t say so ourselves) for ARRIS’s unique position to capitalize on the sea change in video delivery:

  1. The IPTV revolution is coming
  2. ARRIS will dominate the competition
  3. The revolution will be televised (quite literally)

The article reviewed recent moves from the industry’s leading service providers, indicating the building momentum—and perhaps inevitability—of Internet-delivered video content.

It highlighted ARRIS’s 2013 acquisition of Motorola Home, existing relationships with the largest pay-TV providers, incumbency in the networking and data delivery space, and specialty in video delivery—calling us “positioned perfectly for the move to IPTV.”

We couldn’t have said it better. ARRIS has invested years of work into the technology that powers these transformative advancements. It’s led to our unique position the industry-wide migration to IP video delivery—whether its through our network and cloud solutions or our leading gateway portfolio, which is giving our customers a full range of options for meeting tomorrow’s IP Video challenges.

And while the industry catches on in IP Video, you can bet that we’re busy inventing the future… whether it’s advancing home content delivery, monetizing multiscreen, delivering UltraHD, or conserving energy.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of December 2

It’s that time of the year again… Time to celebrate holiday traditions and reconnect with family and friends, making a great theme for this week’s news. GigaOM shared that telcos and cable companies added more than 500,000 US broadband subscribers in the third-quarter of 2013 alone, largely due to consumers’ usage of video chat and mobile applications.

This week, Multichannel News shared that South Korea’s SK Broadband will use our E6000 Converged Edge Router to help power its upcoming 1-Gig service. Looking ahead to 2014, Investor’s Business Daily recently profiled ARRIS, discussing our role in supporting future opportunities for cable and telco TV companies by leveraging IPTV to deliver video and data through the most modern set-top devices.

Additionally, AllThingsD shared a new report from Nielsen suggesting Americans are watching more TV than ever, with increases in the number of viewers watching live TV and timeshifted TV. Finally, Business2Consumer offered projections for Social TV, noting that 2014 will be a year of more exact data and innovation in the field.

What are you watching for this next year? Let us know in the comments!

  1. The U.S. now has over 83 million broadband subscribers (Nov. 26) By Om Malik, GigaOM: Large phone and cable companies added nearly half-a-million broadband subscribers during the third quarter of 2013. The U.S. seems to be on its way to 100 million subscribers, and Comcast seems to be the big winner of the broadband sweepstakes.
  2. SK Broadband Taps Arris For Planned 1-Gig Service (Dec. 4) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: SK Broadband of South Korea said it will tap the Arris E6000 Converged Edge Router to help it power a coming 1 Gbps broadband service and other “enhanced entertainment experiences.”
  3. TV’s Next Big Thing Turns Up Growth For Arris Group (Dec. 4) By Marie Beerens, Investor’s Business Daily: Arris Group, an equipment provider to cable and telco television, is poised to benefit as those industries increasingly pipe programming to TVs by Internet protocol instead of more traditional means.
  4. Surprise! You’re Watching More TV Than Ever. (Dec. 4) By Peter Kafka, AllThingsD: No one watches TV anymore. You don’t, and no one you know does, and it’s just a matter of time before the TV Industrial Complex folds in on itself and disappears. Except … it turns out that people are. Still. Watching. TV.
  5. Social TV: In 2013, Improved Reporting Accuracy and Increased Growth Internationally (Dec. 1) By Ron Mwangaguhunga, Business2Community: According to the recent report “Social TV Market: Global Advancements Forecasts and Analysis (2012-2017)“, the social TV ecosystem is expected to grow from $151.14 billion in 2012 to $256.44 billion by 2017. Further, the pace of spending for TV ad dollars is slowing, while mobile video ad growth is rising.

Powering BT’s New Sport Channels

Recapping on news from last week, we announced that BT, the major telecoms provider in the UK and one of the world’s largest telcos, is using our world-class IPTV headend across BT TV and BT BTSport, benefiting from our encoding, video distribution and services platform. This includes our SE-6501 and SE-6601 encoders, and our DM6400 Cherrypicker, which supports the high-profile content shown on BT’s popular sports channels.

ARRIS was the natural choice for BT to help provide its revolutionary Sports offering and deliver an excellent viewing experience to their customers, which launched 1 August and is enjoyed by some four million homes across the UK and Ireland. Happy viewing to all those lucky enough to get the service!

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