Top 5 Blog Post – Week of September 15, 2014

SCTE kicks off next week in Denver, and ARRIS will be on hand to showcase our latest products and solutions. Broadband Technology Report previewed next week’s event, highlighting that our own John Ulm will present on bandwidth capacity planning during the show.

Additionally, Forbes highlighted that cable modem rentals generate between $275 and $300 million in revenue each quarter for Comcast; more than the Sochi Olympics.

According to Rapid TV News, the number of TV sets connected to the Internet will reach nearly one billion by 2020. Separately, Home Media Magazine predicted that online video on mobile devices will constitute more than half of all online video views by the beginning of 2016.

Finally, IP&TV News discussed a survey revealing OTT TV is becoming a convenient, enjoyable and commonly used way to access video content in emerging markets.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Expo Preview: Tech Workshops (Sept. 17) By Monta Monaco Hernon, Broadband Technology Report: Educational opportunities will be abundant next week at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, with 46 technical workshops planned, spanning all four days of the conference. They are segmented into three main tracks with the underlying theme being next-gen.
  2. Comcast: Cable Modem Rentals Contribute More Than Olympics (Sept. 19) By Ken Kam, Forbes: Last week, I explained how Comcast’s and broadband customers who buy their own cable modem are earning 11% per month on their investment.
  3. Connected TV market set to near 1BN mark by 2020 (Sept. 17) By Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News: The number of TV sets connected to the Internet is set to reach 965 million by 2020 according to a report from Digital TV Research.
  4. Report: Mobile Video Use Up, Connected TV Still King (Sept. 15) By Erik Gruenwedel, Home Media Magazine: Despite a surge in video consumption on mobile phones and tablets, most viewers still prefer connected televisions when viewing content longer than 30 minutes, according to new data from Ooyala Global Video Index Q2 2014.
  5. IBC 2014: SPB TV presents OTT survey on emerging markets (Sept. 13) By Thomas Campbell, IP&TV News: On 12 September, at a special IBC Exhibition event with industry experts and media, SPB TV’s Co-Founder Sebastian-Justus Schmidt announced the survey outcomes, sharing developments in the fast-growing consumer base of OTT TV users in emerging markets.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of September 8, 2014

This week, ARRIS is attending IBC in Amsterdam. Multichannel News highlighted our new, sleeker designs for IPTV set-tops and video clients, including the VIP4000 and VIP5000. Similarly, FierceCable reported ARRIS has introduced three new advanced compression products with HEVC technology — the DSR-7400, SE-7400 and ME-7000.

In other industry news, Advanced Television shared data from Irdeto revealing that young viewers are driving the next generation of content services with their high expectations of personalized services, penchant for binge viewing, and use of connected devices.

According to IP&TV News, nearly one in four people using a second device when watching TV would like their TV ads targeted to them.

Finally, Home Media Magazine detailed a study by Intelsat S.A. noting many marketing media executives believe widespread consumer adoption of Ultra HD will become a reality within 10 years.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Arris Spruces Up Its Set-Top Lineup (Sept. 11) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: The trend may be toward the so-called “virtualization” of the set-top box as more of those functions get packed into the cloud, but that doesn’t mean traditional boxes will be going the way of the dodo anytime soon.
  2. Arris rolls out new HEVC set-tops, compression products (Sept. 10) By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: Timed to the ongoing IBC conference in Amsterdam, as well as the upcoming Cable-Tec Expo in Denver, Arris is introducing a range of new products based on HEVC technology.
  3. Younger viewers driving next-gen content services (Sept. 11) By Colin Mann, Advanced Television: Young viewers are driving next generation content services with their high expectations of personalised services, penchant for binge viewing and use of connected devices, according to new global research from Multiscreen, Revenue Assurance and Media Protection solutions specialist Irdeto.
  4. 38% of second screeners want targeted ads (Sept. 10) By Thomas Campbell, IP&TV News: Almost two thirds (64%) of people have used a second device when watching TV. Of these second screeners, almost four in 10 (38%) would like TV ads to be targeted to them, and one quarter (24%) would like to be able to buy products they see advertised at the same time from another such as a smartphone or tablet.
  5. Media Executives Say 4K Ultra-HDTV Headed for Broad Consumer Adoption — in 10 Years (Sept. 9) By Erik Gruenwedel, Home Media Magazine: Despite a sluggish start due to unit pricing and limited available content, widespread consumer adoption of 4K Ultra-HD Television will be a reality within 10 years, according to a report.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of August 11, 2014

ARRIS’s NASCAR sponsorship announcement drove a great deal of interest this week!  Media outlets including Yahoo! Sports covered the news that ARRIS will sponsor two Joe Gibbs Racing team drivers, Carl Edwards and Daniel Suarez.

In industry coverage, Rapid TV News reported on a recent ABI Research market study looking at set top devices and home networks. Editors called-out ARRIS as a “clear winner” in the set top market.

Broadband Technology Report covered SCTE’s continued progress toward creating new standards and best practices for energy management and network operations.

Multichannel News shared that ad viewing in TV Everywhere environments is still on the upswing, citing FreeWheel’s latest Video Monetization Report.

And finally, FierceCable posted about a report from Parks Associates, noting that analysts expect 80% of consumers to have a 4K viewing device in the next 10 to 12 years.

Do you agree with this 4K adoption rate? Let us know at @ARRISEVERYWHERE – we’d love to hear from you. And, be sure to check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. ARRIS to sponsor NASCAR’s Carl Edwards (Aug. 20) By Phil W. Hudson, Atlanta Business Chronicle: ARRIS will be the primary sponsor of NASCAR’s number 19 Carl Edwards for 17 races in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Joe Gibbs, founder and owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, said in addition to sponsoring Edwards, ARRIS will also share a vision with Carlos Slim Domit and Escuderia TELMEX to develop Mexican and Latin American drivers in NASCAR.
  2. STB market grows with ARRIS leading the pack (Aug. 21) By Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News: According to ABI Research, most manufacturers saw similar sales, with a few notable exceptions. ARRIS came in a clear winner, growing about 60% year-over-year to $711 million (pro-forma based on the combined ARRIS-Motorola from the start of 2013).
  3. SCTE Busy on the Standards Front (Aug. 20) By BTR Staff, Broadband Technology Report: The SCTE announced continued progress in the creation of standards and best practives for energy management and network operations, as well as the availability of three standards sessions at Cable-Tec Expo 2014.
  4. TV Everywhere Ad Views Surge In Q2: FreeWheel (Aug. 14) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: TV Everywhere apps are still disjointed in terms of the content offered and what’s accessible to viewers in or out of the home, but advertising views in the still nascent segment continue to climb all the same.
  5. Making 4K a reality (Aug. 18) By Sue Marek, FierceCable: 4K is the next-generation of high definition TV with four times the resolution of current HD screens. Unlike 3D, which failed to take off due to multiple technical hurdles, many expect 4K to blossom and become the next step in the high-definition migration path.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of August 11, 2014

This week, ARRIS continued to make headlines in media outlets such as CED Magazine with the announcement that Poland-based Netia selected the E6000 CER to support its broadband service.

In other news, Multichannel News discussed results from a recent study revealing 85 percent of consumers who subscribe to online streaming services also have pay TV service from a cable, satellite or telco TV provider. This finding is further proven with data highlighted by Advanced Television, which noted 89 percent of British viewers still regularly use the TV to watch their content live. Separately, Rapid TV News shared that in order to differentiate, over-the-top providers are eager to embrace 1080p and Ultra HD programming.

Finally, FierceCable reported that despite Ultra HD’s status as the next generation of high definition, a lack of end-to-end infrastructure could stand in the technology’s way.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Polish service provider picks Arris’ E6000 (Aug. 11) By Mike Robuck, CED Magazine: Netia, which is one of the largest telecommunications providers in Poland, said it picked the CCAP-based E6000 to support future roll outs of the cable industry’s DOCSIS 3.1 specifications. Netia will work with Arris reseller Vector to deploy the E6000 CER.
  2. Study: OTT Helps Consumers Create ‘DIY Bundles’ (Aug. 12) By Mike Farrell, Multichannel News: Consumers are increasingly using their over-the-top online video connections to complement their pay TV subscriptions, creating “Do-It-Yourself Bundles” of programming, according to a recent study by Hub Entertainment Research.
  3. Brits still prefer to watch live TV, on their TV (Aug. 14) By Editor, Advanced Television: Research reveals that despite the growth in TV viewing via PC, tablet and smartphones, 89 per cent of viewers still regularly use the TV to watch their content live – with 85 per cent also stating that the TV is their preferred screen.
  4. 1080p, UltraHD to be key differentiators in OTT battle (Aug. 8) By Editor, RapidTVNews: As they compete with pay-TV providers, over-the-top (OTT) services such as Netflix, VUDU and M-GO will be more eager to embrace 1080p and UltraHD for connected CE devices, says a report from ABI Research.
  5. Lack of 4K infrastructure hinders technology’s potential, report says (Aug. 13) By Jim Barthold, FierceCable: A lack of end-to-end infrastructure is standing in the way of 4K/Ultra HD, despite the fact that content creators, service providers and TV OEMs “are wagering billions that … (it) will be the panacea needed to lift TV sales and provide the next substantive qualitative differentiator in devices and services,” a new report from The Diffusion Group posits.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of August 4, 2014

This week, ARRIS attended ABTA in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Broadband Technology Report highlighted our presence at the event, as well as the first regional deployment of the DCX525e MPEG-4 set-top with Multiplay.

Separately, Broadband TV News reported that Poland’s Multimedia Polska will upgrade to the E6000 CER to increase its channel density ahead of the deployment of new converged services.

In other news, Variety shared data released by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group revealing that total home entertainment spending in the first half of 2014 came in at $8.58 billion, with the shift toward digital distribution becoming increasingly profound. Similarly, IP&TV News detailed the rise of mobile video and TV, which will increase spending on consumer mobile media services from $236 billion in 2013 to $380 billion by 2018.

Finally, VentureBeat shared data from Nielsen regarding Social TV, reinforcing the growing importance of the audience as mobile screens become more prevalent.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. ARRIS Heads to Brazil (Aug. 7) By Staff, Broadband Technology Report: At the ABTA Expo in Sao Paulo, Brazil, ARRIS is showcasing a range of video delivery solutions to address the growth in consumer demand for personalized entertainment.
  2. Multimedia Polska prepares for converged services (Aug. 4) By Julian Clover, Broadband TV News: The cablenet is upgrading to the ARRIS E6000 Converged Edge Router for Next-Generation IP Content Delivery. Its moving from the ARRIS C4 CMTS. The upgrade has been managed by ARRIS and local partner VECTOR.
  3. U.S. Home Entertainment Spending Flat in First Half of 2014 (Aug. 5) By Thomas K. Arnold, Variety: U.S. consumer spending in the first half of the year was essentially flat with last year, but the shift toward digital distribution is becoming increasingly pronounced.
  4. Mobile video & TV to help drive huge mobile revenue surge (Aug. 6) By Thomas Campbell, IP&TV News: Mobile video and TV will help spending on consumer mobile media services consumed via the handset rise from just above $236 Billion in 2013 to approach $380 Billion by 2018, according to a new forecast from Strategy Analytics, Global Mobile Media Forecast: 2001-2018.
  5. Nielsen data shows mobile devices & social networks are making TV better (Aug. 4) By Murry Shohat, VentureBeat: Our casual approach to TV viewing is shifting. Social media is increasingly how we learn about TV shows, and sometimes watch them.

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.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  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.
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