Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of July 21, 2014

This week, ARRIS made headlines with several announcements. Multichannel News featured our news that Service Electric and Comporium have signed on to deploy our whole home HD-DVR paired with the MS4000 Media Streamer. Separately, Broadband Technology Report highlighted the announcement that our E6000 Converged Edge Router will be deployed by Cable TV of East Alabama and Comporium.

In other news, MediaDailyNews reported on new data from ABI showing the worldwide pay-TV subscriber base will grow to 1.1 billion subscribers in 2019. Also growing is the connected TV device market, according to Rapid TV News, which shared that by 2017 there will be 204 million connected TV devices linked to the Internet, more than double the projected number of US Internet households.

Finally, CableFAX discussed research by The Diffusion Group revealing more than 8 in 10 adult broadband users are unfamiliar with 4K.

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  1. Two Operators Join The Arris Sling Team (July 23) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Showing that it’s making some hay off an exclusive distribution and technology licensing deal with Sling Media announced last fall, Arris said two operators have signed on to roll out its whole home HD-DVR paired with the MS4000 Media Streamer, a place-shifting device that enables users to stream live and recorded video in or out of the home to mobile devices.
  2. ARRIS Scores in Alabama, the Carolinas (July 22) By Staff, Broadband Technology Report: ARRIS’ E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER) will be deploying with Cable TV of East Alabama and with Comporium in the Carolinas.
  3. Pay TV Market Stabilizes, Will Climb Globally (July 23) By Wayne Friedman, MediaDailyNews: Although the U.S. pay TV market has had rough times of late — thanks to big losses in video subscribers from traditional cable operators — estimates are that the overall market has stabilized a bit.
  4. Connected TV device market to skyrocket in US (July 23) By Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News: By 2017 there will be 204 million connected TV devices linked to the Internet and able to deliver apps to viewers, more than double the projected number of US Internet households.
  5. 4K Research: Awareness Low (July 22) By Joyce Wang, CableFAX: Despite the momentum, short-term demand for 4K is hindered by “a widespread lack of awareness among consumers and a marked sensitivity to the costs of these advanced sets,” according to a study by The Diffusion Group.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of July 14, 2014

This week, Broadband Technology Report  featured ARRIS own John Ulm discussing how DOCSIS 3.1 and CCAP technologies will allow HFC networks enough headroom to keep up with capacity demands until at least 2030. Separately, The Motley Fool highlighted our focus on optimizing customer networks for video delivery and E6000 CER global progress since last year’s introduction.

In other industry news, FierceCable shared a report by IHS Technology revealing that revenue from pay TV set-top box sales hit an all-time high of $20.3 billion in 2013, with the market expected to peak at around $22.8 billion in 2015. Also growing is the global IPTV market, which is projected to grow from 90 million homes at the end of 2013 to 191 million by 2020, according to RapidTVNews.

Finally, Advanced Television discussed new research from Hub Entertainment Research finding that while computers have long been the favorite device for watching TV online, other devices such as mobile devices and Smart TVs are beginning to close the gap.

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  1. CCAP, DOCSIS 3.1 Prime HFC for the Long Haul (July 16) By Monta Monaco Hernon, Broadband Technology Report: Despite increasing demands for capacity, HFC networks should have enough headroom to keep up at least until 2030, thanks to DOCSIS 3.1 and CCAP architectures – both integrated and distributed.
  2. Arris Group Has Room to Run (July 15) By Adam Levy, The Motley Fool: Arris Group is one of the main providers of equipment cable companies need to compete with over-the-top video services. After purchasing Motorola Home last year for $2.2 billion plus 10.6 million shares of the company stock, it added another piece of the puzzle for home video delivery.
  3. IHS: Global set-top revenue hit all-time high in 2013, will peak in 2015 (July 16) By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: Revenue from pay TV set-top box sales hit an all-time high of $20.3 billion in 2013, up 3 percent from 2012, and will peak at around $22.8 billion in 2015.
  4. Global IPTV subscriptions set to double by 2020 (July 16) By Joseph O’Halloran, RapidTVNews: The number of homes paying for IPTV is set to soar from 90 million at the end of 2013 to 191 million by 2020, according to a report from Digital TV Research.
  5. Computers lose ground to Smart TVs, tablets for online viewing (July 17) By Staff, Advanced Television: Computers were the first devices used for watching TV online, and even today they remain the single most commonly used device for online viewing. However, research suggests that online viewing is beginning to shift away from computers and toward mobile devices and Smart TVs.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of July 7, 2014

This week, ARRIS was featured in Investor’s Business Daily as one of the primary providers of the technology that cable and telco companies need to migrate to all-digital and IP-based services. Separately, Broadband Technology Report highlighted an interview with our own Gary Dorfnerwho discussed the industry’s ongoing efforts to reduce the energy consumption of set-top boxes and other home devices.

In other news, Advanced Television shared a recent report by Strategy Analytics noting that the global installed base of Connected TV devices will double over the next five years, exceeding 2 billion units by 2018. As the number of connected devices grows, so does awareness of TV Everywhere, and according to Broadband TV News, 49 percent of multichannel video programming distributor customers describe themselves as watching TV shows on multiple devices. This mirrors findings from our 2014 Consumer Entertainment Index, which revealed 56 percent of respondents use an additional device while watching TV.

Finally, MediaDailyNews reported worldwide pay TV services grew 1.4 percent in the first quarter of 2014, and projected UltraHD TVs will grow to represent 26.6 percent of all TVs shipped in three years.

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  1. Arris Group Plays Big Role In TV’s Next Revolution (July 9) By Marilyn Alva, Investor’s Business Daily: Arris Group is one of the main providers of the technology that cable and telco companies need to migrate to all-digital and IP-based services. Its gear helps clients compete with streaming video from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and others.
  2. Industries, Feds Pushing STB Energy Efficiency (July 9) By Carl Weinschenk, Broadband Technology Report: Ongoing efforts to reduce the energy consumption of set-top boxes and other in-home devices are something of a rarity: Everyone – the government, the cable industry, satellite and telephone providers, consumer electronics companies and environmental groups – is pulling in the same direction.
  3. Connected devices reach 1bn, will be 2bn by 2020 (July 9) By Editor, Advanced Television: The global installed base of Connected TV devices (including Smart TVs, Games Consoles, Blu-ray Players, Digital Media Adapters and Set-Top Boxes) will double over the next 5 years exceeding 2 billion units by 2018  according to a Strategy Analytics Connected Home Devices (CHD) service report.
  4. TV Everywhere awareness grows in US (July 5) By Staff, Broadband TV News: Awareness of TV Everywhere features has reached 49% of customers aged 18 to 64 in the US, according to CTAM research.
  5. Global Pay TV Services, 4K TV Enjoy Uptick (July 7) By Wayne Friedman, MediaDailyNews: Worldwide pay TV services grew 1.4% in the first quarter of 2014 among the 100 pay TV companies globally, according to informitv’s Multiscreen Index.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of June 30, 2014

This week, ARRIS SVP of Global Marketing Sandy Howe wrote a guest blog in Digital Marketing Magazine showcasing how multiscreen has changed traditional advertising forever. Sandy references key data points from our 2014 Consumer Entertainment Index that lead into four specific areas every marketer should take into account in their video advertising approach.

As we continue to see multiple connected devices enter the consumers’ homes, Forbes’ Roger Kay posted a review of the ARRIS SURFboard SBG6782-AC, highlighting the gateway’s high bandwidth and low latency, as well as the clean, web-like interface and wireless features.

And as our 2014 Consumer Entertainment Index notes how video experiences have changed with multiscreen, according to The Drum, more than 40 percent of consumers live in a home with more than one tablet, with the device largely being used to watch TV episodes or movies, YouTube, and to play games. Additionally, Rapid TV News discussed research from Parks Associates revealing that the three segments — travelers, avid watchers and multiscreeners — average nine hours of viewing per week on a smartphone or tablet.

Finally, Broadband TV News reported on data from Nielsen’s Q1 2014 Cross-Platform Report noting that consumers in VOD homes watch an hour and five minutes of live television per day, compared with the 54 minutes of live TV time among non-VOD users.

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  1. Why Multiscreen Merchandising is the Next Marketing Milestone (June 30) By Sandy Howe, Digital Marketing Magazine: Today, the average consumer owns a laptop, a smartphone, and (increasingly) a tablet; uses up to three devices to watch TV, and records entertainment to skip the adverts. That’s according to ARRIS’s recent Consumer Entertainment Index (CEI), which polled 10,500 people in 19 countries.
  2. Modems Matter Redux (June 30) By Roger Kay, Forbes: Somehow, I’ve become known as a modem guy, probably from this post, but in any event, a company I could loosely call a former employer — since Arris Group bought some of my old firm Motorola’s assets in 2012, including its home and small business modem group — sent me one to try out.  I’ve had it for a few months.
  3. Tablets are ‘go to’ device for TV, film, YouTube and gaming (June 27) By Ishbel Macleod, The Drum: Almost half (45 per cent) of all British adults now have a tablet compared to 32 per cent a year ago, according to research from Kantar Media’s syndicated study, futureProof.
  4. Three out of seven key segments dominate multiscreen video (June 28) By Staff, Rapid TV News: Despite the diffuse nature of multiscreen devices, just three types of consumers — travellers, avid viewers and multiscreeners — watch the most mobile video content according to research from Parks Associates
  5. In the US, VOD users watch more linear TV (July 1) By Staff, Broadband TV News: According to the Cross-Platform Report, over the last two years, VOD has come of age. Currently available in more than 60% of US household, VOD is increasingly contributing to the viewing potential and has emerged as a legitimate choice for consumers who might not have a PVR or simply missed recording last night’s episode.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of June 23, 2014

This week, Huffington Post UK featured a blog authored by ARRIS own Sandy Howe, highlighting our 2014 Consumer Entertainment Index data and discussing the binge-watching phenomenon.

According to FierceCable, SCTE recently announced a plan to provide cable system operators with new standards, technology, solutions and training to significantly cut the energy use and cost of their networks by 2020. Similarly, RapidTVNews shared the CEA’s updated core characteristics for 4K Ultra HD TVs, monitors and projectors for the home.

In other news, Advanced Television highlighted that with the World Cup in full swing, increased connection speeds and the exponential growth of connected devices worldwide have driven record network traffic. In fact, Variety noted that ESPN online viewership Thursday’s USA-Germany match peaked at more than 1.4 million concurrent viewers.

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  1. Binge-Viewing and The World of Tomorrow (June 27) By Sandra Howe, Huffington Post UK: “Binge-viewing” is the new term for watching multiple episodes of a TV series–or even the entire series–in a single sitting. This includes movie marathons. This includes that time you invited some friends over to “see what the fuss is about,” and you watched… the whole… thing. Sound familiar?
  2. SCTE, cable operators pledge to reduce network energy use by 2020 (June 26) By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: The Society of Cable Television engineers announced a plan Thursday to provide cable system operators with new standards, technology, solutions and training to significantly cut the energy use and cost of their networks by 2020.
  3. Consumer electronics association posts new 4K/UltraHD guidelines (June 25) By Michelle Clancy, RapidTVNews:The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced updated core characteristics for 4K UltraHD TVs, monitors and projectors for the home.
  4. World Cup breaking traffic records (June 26) By Colin Mann, Advanced Television: With the 2014 World Cup nearing the end of its group stage, increased connection speeds and the exponential growth of connected device ownership are key factors in driving record network traffic and consumption, according to Natalie Billingham, Regional Sales Director, UK and Eire at Akamai.
  5. ESPN Live Stream Crashes During USA-Germany World Cup Match (June 26) By Todd Spangler, Variety: Many users across the U.S. were unable to access ESPN’s WatchESPN video-streaming service as the USA-Germany match in the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicked off at noon Eastern time on Thursday.

 

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of June 9, 2014

This week, ARRIS 2014 Consumer Entertainment Index continued to appear on the global stage. CNN Expansion discussed the research, highlighting remarks by our own Germán Iaryczower, who noted that consumers’ increased desire for customization is essential for the evolution of entertainment. Additionally, The Wall Street Journal highlighted viewers’ increasing willingness to pay to avoid TV advertisements, noting one of our key findings that 60% of survey respondents recorded a show just so they could skip the commercials.

In other ARRIS news, CED Magazine noted Austrian service provider Liwest Kabelmedien has deployed our E6000 CER and TG682 cable modem/gateway, future-proofing its investment en route to offering a 1 Gbps service.

Separately, as the World Cup kicks off, BBC News showcased the tournament filming in Ultra HD, noting that with three million in-person fans and four billion watching on TV and online, this will make for the highest-tech soccer event ever. Furthermore, Variety noted that with the number of streaming fans, the event will serve as more proof that live video distribution on Web and mobile is an integral part of the TV business model.

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  1. Cable companies replicate script Netflix (June 5) By Edgar Sigler, CNN Expansion: The rise of Internet video services has caused cable companies and telephone to launch their own packages for customers to access their programming “whenever and wherever they want.”
  2. Would Viewers Be Willing To Pay To Avoid TV Ads? (June 12) By Steven Perlberg, The Wall Street Journal: Andrew Sullivan’s decision to run ads on his previously ad-free political blog The Dish, which will only be seen by non-subscribers, raises an interesting question: are two-tiered pricing models the way of the future in media?
  3. Arris notches another CCAP win (June 9) By Mike Robuck, CED Magazine: Austrian service provider Liwest Kabelmedien has deployed Arris’ flagship E6000 Converged Edge Router and TG682 cable modem/gateway in order to deliver a 250 Mbps service to its subscribers.
  4. World Cup 2014 to be most hi-tech football event ever (June 9) By Matthew Wall, BBC News: What if the linesman had said that Geoff Hurst’s second goal for England in the 1966 World Cup final hadn’t actually crossed the line? Would West Germany have won instead, depriving England of its only trophy?
  5. World Cup to Kick U.S. Device Use Into High Gear (June 12) By Todd Spangler, Variety: The beta-test phase for big television streaming events is officially over. Viewers — and advertisers — now have baseline expectations that live TV programming also will be available on multiple devices, in beautiful HD quality, with a rich set of second-screen features.
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