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! 

A Different Kind of Olympic Record

We’ve spent the last weekend watching the Sochi Paralympics from our couches, beds and on the move – soschiwe’re hooked! As you enjoy this year’s Winter Paralympics from whichever screen is your favorite, we wanted to take a look back the incredible broadcast coverage record that was set by the Winter Olympics. While it’s no surprise that there’s now more content that ever, and that viewing is more “multiscreened” than ever, the numbers are huge!

The year’s Winter Olympics garnered 42,000 hours of television coverage, versus 32,000 in Vancouver in 2010, and the digital component sets a whopping record of 60,000 hours – against 25,000 hours for Vancouver. The International Olympic Committee has also highlighted that with 230 digital destinations supporting this year’s Games – which can be broken down into 155 website and 75 applications – there has a shift away from traditional fixed screens to more mobile devices, although people are often flicking between the two.

Even Timmo Lumme, managing director of Olympic television and marketing, is talking about the move to multiscreen, noting that “it is interesting that we are not just seeing people stay on mobile. It is a tendency that the smaller screen is becoming the first screen, but people are coming back to use the big screen as a first screen and then redeploying the smaller screen as the second screen.”

We recently blogged in more detail about how televised sports about to change, and what ARRIS is doing to ensure that service providers can deliver the world’s biggest sporting events your way.

What are you doing differently in this exciting new era of sports viewing, and how are you watching the Paralympics? 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!

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.

Ensuring Connectivity in the New Year

Connected devices are ubiquitous. Today, more than a third of children under the age of two are using mobile devices—like smartphones and tablets—before they can even speak complete sentences!

ARRIS innovations ensure that our Internet connections and home networks can keep up with this paradigm shift in the way that we live and work with connected devices. Here are a few examples that we introduced this week at CES…

At the show, we showcased two ultra-broadband (D3.0) cable modems from our ARRIS-Motorola CES retailSURFboard® line of products: the SB6183 and SBG6700-AC. Both ensure the fastest possible Internet into the home, while the latter utilizes an ultra high-speed Wi-Fi® connection that lets users stream digital multimedia at lightning-fast speeds with minimal lag and buffering.

We also showcased the WECB460 Wi-Fi adapter — a great way to reduce the strain on the home Wi-Fi network now connecting up to 8-10 wireless devices in a typical U.S. household. These adapters use the home’s existing coax wiring to deliver a strong, wired connection to devices all over the home. And our Touchstone Telephony Gateway TG862 is a great solution for voice hook-up and perfect for triple-play users.

Also on display: our current Wi-Fi and wired connectivity solutions for delivering content throughout the home, including the SBG6580, SBG6782-AC, SB6121 and SB6141 SURFboard Wi-Fi Gateways as well as our SBM1000 SURFboard SMART Video Adapter.

Did you attend the show? Let us know in the comments what you enjoyed the most.

HEVC: Innovation Beyond 4K

Ultra HD is coming. With 4Xs the resolution of HD,  it is leading us to a breakthrough in video experiencesPicture1 with higher frame rates to better capture sports, enhanced color to render real-world colors, and enhanced dynamic range to create a “being there” experience. This evolution of video will transport us from our couch to the FIFA World Cup Final, the 2016 Olympics and beyond.

And, it’s largely possible because of an incredible compression technology called HEVC.

HEVC is twice as efficient as today’s H.264 standard for video compression, which puts mind-blowing 4K and 8K experiences well within the grasp of many service providers.

But HEVC has even bigger implications…

Its efficiency also means that it is capable of turning out unprecedented gains in bandwidth. That’s why ARRIS—the expert behind some of the largest industry video and broadband shifts of the past half century—is developing a range of solutions that use this game-changing standard to give service providers an edge in delivering the experiences that consumers crave.

ARRIS and HEVC are transforming multiscreen delivery, TV anywhere, nDVR, and more.

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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.

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