ARRIS @ CES 2017

ces-2017-logoCES is our annual showcase for ARRIS’s vision of tomorrow’s consumer entertainment and communications experiences. It brings 170,000 of the most important industry executives, media and influencers to Las Vegas for meetings and demonstrations of the future. And that makes it a very important event for setting the stage for the rest of the year.

This year, we’re addressing security for all devices connected to the network including IOT, seamless services at the intersection of a new convergence of IoT devices inside and outside the home and more. Our demonstrations focus on the experiences that have come to exemplify those trends, including The Connected Home, Consumer Experience Management, IP Video Experiences, and HEVC Video Delivery. These experiences bring the spotlight to our solutions for 4K and IP video delivery, as well as managed platforms for user experience and the connected home.

Get ready for an exciting CES, and follow us on Twitter for the latest from the show!

ARRIS channel partner helps island operator think big about the future

Réunion is an island in the Indian Ocean, close to Mauritius. Despite its modest population of just 850,000 people, the country has the same broadband supply and demand challenges as markets many times larger.

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Reunicable is a leading Multi-System Operator (MSO) operating on the island and delivers a triple play offering through its local brand Zeop. The company wanted to extend its network, offering gigabit broadband speeds to all its customers. As a result, it needed world-leading solutions to stay competitive with the other providers on the island and prepare for the future. Working with ARRIS channel partner Lucas Telecom to advise on design, deploy and integrate the technology, Zeop has now implemented the new solution, anchored by the ARRIS E6000 Converged Edge Router.

The implementation was hassle-free and enables Zeop customers to freely use bandwidth-intensive applications with low latency. Zeop’s services are now positioned well against Réunion’s other operators, thanks to ARRIS technology, but it also has the capability to grow its revenue with new services and differentiate itself in the marketplace in years to come.

Read more about Zeop’s story here

For more information about ARRIS channel partners, click here

TV is better and more personal than ever

Today is the 20th anniversary of World Television Day – a day that celebrates the medium of TV and the power it has to enrich lives.

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TV is not just TV anymore

We love TV – especially the way it has changed over the last two decades. TV isn’t just TV anymore. It offers more choice, personalized content and formats than ever.

Twenty years ago, many of us began to make the transition from analog to digital – and saw a whole new world of entertainment possibilities emerge. The picture quality improved, sound was enhanced, and more importantly, it set the scene for many new features that could be introduced.

HD brought added realism to visual content, while DVRs and on-demand content are now invaluable – we no longer need to plan our day around our favorite shows. We no longer have to accept compromise when we settle in to spend an evening in front of the TV.

TV has been democratized

But perhaps the biggest change in TV over the last 20 years is the way it has been democratized. YouTube launched in 2005, and suddenly we began to see ourselves onscreen. It’s a medium that allowed us to become generators of our own content, with a global audience of a billion users to share it with. What’s more, YouTube gave us access to a wealth of information on a wide range of topics in a way that was previously difficult to view. It’s a departure from the days when just a few major broadcasters had the power to beam visuals into our living rooms.

TV now caters for more diverse interests and niche audiences are better engaged than ever. And when you add the ability for OTT services such as Netflix to provide recommendations based on tastes and viewing habits, we can now build our own viewing schedules.

TV is everywhere

TV has also been democratized in the way it’s consumed. It now lives on our mobiles, our tablets – and who knows where else we’ll be watching in the future? As such, content is being streamed in more places than ever. We can enjoy entertainment on our own terms, breaking free from the one screen philosophy that defined a generation.

TV has always been about great entertainment and opening a window to the rest of the world. That will never change. What will change, however, is that it will better mirror our tastes, lifestyles and consumption habits. The TV no longer works in isolation – it is enhanced by connectivity in our homes and on our devices. And with innovation taking place by the technology providers, broadcasters, program makers and service providers, there’s much more to be excited about for the next 20 years.

Happy World Television Day!

 

Announcing ARRIS’s New R&D Center in Bangalore, India

Today, we opened a new, multi-million dollar R&D and Operations center in Bangalore, India, dedicated to innovation for our customers worldwide.

The Ulsoor, Bangalore site – which houses a state-of-the-art lab and testing facilities – becomes ARRIS’s largest global development center outside of the US. It’s an IP creation hub that unites world-class engineers from the former ARRIS and Pace sites in the region (following ARRIS’s January 2016 acquisition of Pace). Now, they can more easily collaborate on the technology to drive the next era of broadband and video experiences—from Gigabit Internet to 4K TV, and Wi-Fi.

Our Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Bob Stanzione, inaugurated the facility with Kiran Gadi, Country Head and VP, Engineering for ARRIS India, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning.

Take a look at our photos from the ceremony:

 

 

 

 

 

80 years of high-definition television

Television tower at Alexandra Place in 1936

Television tower at Alexandra Palace in 1936

Today marks 80 years since the BBC began the world’s first regular high-definition television service. This was a far cry from what we call HD today – in 1936 it was an increase from 30 TV lines, to 240, which was the old measure of such resolution. Today’s variety of specifications, from HD, to UHD, 4K and even 8K reflect not only the rate of change but the choice available to us.

And through so much change, TV has remained at the center of our content consumption. The Video Advertising Bureau just released findings that TV still commands 89% of viewing time, demonstrating that even with the penetration of mobile and tablet devices, many still gather around a TV to be entertained and informed.

From here, the future looks bright (which we say without a sense of irony given the promise of things such as HDR). Not only are the screens getting better, but access to so much great, high quality, content has never been better. TV budgets are now rivaling that of movies, with HBO’s latest offering, Westworld reportedly costing $US100m for the first season, and $US25m for the pilot. Netflix, which is not a TV network in the traditional sense and just shy of 20 years old, will reportedly spend billions on original content in the next year.

For ARRIS, it’s all about delivery of that content and onto the screens in the way it was intended by the producers. The viewer needs to see the effects laboriously pored over without pixelation; to experience a heartfelt monologue delivered without interruption by buffer; and have the next episode load before their significant other has time to say “Haven’t we watched enough episodes tonight?” To achieve this, consumers need the right devices in their home, distributing a fast and reliable service on behalf of the operator. Otherwise, they’ll just switch off.

Here’s to 80 years of high-definition television, and to many more.

A broad vision for set-tops at IBC

The exhibition halls at IBC have opened today and we’re showcasing the industry’s broadest and most comprehensive portfolio of set-tops.

We develop products for satellite operators, cable operators, telcos and terrestrial TV providers. Our set-tops can integrate with a wide range of third party middleware and conditional access technologies to offer a fantastic choice of UI experiences built on software platforms such as RDK, Android, KreaTV or Mediaroom. So whether a service provider wants to deliver a high-end service from a Wi-Fi enabled media gateway, or whether they are on the hunt for entry level set-tops, our solutions are the perfect fit.  

ARRIS VIP5305

ARRIS VIP5305

 

Making its debut at IBC is one of our latest IPTV set-tops – the VIP5305.  It’s compact and eye- catching, and capable of supporting enhanced picture quality with High Dynamic Range (HDR) for an Ultra HD experience that is one of the biggest leaps in image quality in TV’s history.  The image you will see will be the most realistic to ever grace your TV screen – like looking out of a window.

 

We’re also displaying examples of bespoke devices we’ve developed for some of our European customers on which we collaborated on the feature sets and design to meet the operator’s specific requirements.

With 4K launches now beginning in Europe, NOS was able to lead the pack with the ARRIS ZD4500 which will be showcased at IBC.  As the first RDK 4K rollout in Europe it’s a significant project and we’ll detail this and other successful projects at our stand.

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s IBC. We’re in Hall 1 Stand B19

 

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