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!

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of December 30, 2013

The 2014 International CES trade show kicks-off next week, and more than 150,000 attendees will take in the latest consumer technology from around the world. CNET shared its list of six trends to watch during the show, including The Internet of Things, OLED, Ultra HD and 4K.

Additionally, our own Dr. Sean McCarthy discussed the future on Gigaom, describing 4K technology as the advanced guard that can open the door Ultra HD. On the same note, Digital Spy posted ten key points consumers should know about 4K and Ultra HD before bringing the technology into their homes.

In other technology news, Communications Daily featured our own Vice President Evan Groat in a discussion of the Department of Energy’s proceedings on set-top efficiency, as well as our CTO David Grubb’s remarks on the cable industry’s transition to the cloud.

What are you looking forward to seeing at this year’s CES? Let us know in the comments!

  1. 6 things we’ll see at CES (whether we want to or not) (Dec. 31) By Geoffrey Morrison, CNET: It’s that magical time of year: Lists are made and checked twice, little eyes sparkle with anticipation, and countless children (at heart) prepare for the unveiling of something new and incredible.I speak, of course, of the Consumer Electronics Show, where manufacturers from around the world show off their upcoming products.
  2. What’s next for Ultra HD? (Dec. 29) By Dr. Sean McCarthy, Gigaom: Resolution isn’t the only reason to adopt a 4K Ultra High Definition TV. Costs are coming down and the TVs offer plenty of other technological tweaks.
  3. 4K Technology and Ultra HD: 10 things you need to know (Dec. 31) By Anthony Ball, Digital Spy: With the buzz around 4K technology and Ultra HD building, and many Ultra HD televisions creeping on to the market, Digital Spy brings you ten things about the equipment that you need to know before it enters your household.
  4. DOE Tables Set-Top Energy Efficiency Proceedings as MVPDs Get Advocates to Back Expanded Plan (Dec. 24) By Jonathan Make, Communications Daily: The Department of Energy abandoned efforts to regulate the energy efficiency of set-top boxes and network equipment and ways to test the power consumption of set-tops, as 11 multichannel video programming distributors and three of their box suppliers reached a deal with advocacy groups.
  5. Cable to the Cloud Brings Content to Consumers as Operators Seek Tech-Friendly Mantle (Dec. 24) By Jonathan Make, Communications Daily: Cable is undergoing a transition to the cloud, moving functionality out of operator-supplied hardware in subscribers’ homes to systems’ own networks so equipment updates can be more easily delivered and content is available on a wide array of CE devices.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of December 16, 2013

This week, there have been several conversations around migrating to the cloud. Broadband Technology Report featured our very own Jim Owens’ and Jeff Walker’s forecast that 2014 will see growth in the cloud-based DVR, highlighting the benefits of moving storage from the set-top device and into the headend. Separately, FierceCable shared Time Warner Cable’s launch of a new cloud-based interactive program guide that will complement our network DVR technology.

Additionally, consumers’ desire for their media, their way is increasing. Telecompaper posted the news that ARRIS has integrated its Merchandiser solution with leading content recommendation platforms to create a one-stop solution for service providers and content programmers to market and monetize multiscreen content.

Looking ahead to 2014, WIRED posted Ernst & Young’s six emerging trends for the future of television, focusing on the rise of the multiscreen lifestyle. Likewise, AdAge looked into the future of Social TV, noting the emergence of evidence showing the powerful return on investment of second-screen and social TV.

What trends do you expect to see in 2014? Tell us in the comments below.

  1. Network DVR Takes to the Cloud (Dec. 18) By Monta Monaco Hernon, Broadband Technology Report: With Cablevision offering a network-based DVR service that can record up to 10 shows at once, and Comcast readying for the release of its X2 platform, 2014 could stand to be a big growth year for the cloud-based DVR, said Jim Owens, senior director, product management, on-demand video, for ARRIS.
  2. TWC sets stage for launch of network DVR with rollout of cloud-based program guide (Dec. 19) By Steve Donohue, FierceCable: Clearing a path for the launch of a network-based DVR service, Time Warner Cable said Thursday that it launched a new cloud-based interactive program guide. The MSO said its cloud guide, which is similar to Comcast’s X1 guide, is available on more than 2 million set-tops and will expand to more than 6 million set-tops by the end of 2014.
  3. Arris integrates recommendation platforms with Merchandiser (Dec. 19) By Staff, Telecompaper: Arris Group, has announced that its Merchandiser content marketing service is fully integrated with content recommendation platforms: ThinkAnalytics, DigitalSmiths and other recommenders. These integrations offer service providers and content programmers the ability to enhance their on-demand storefronts and offer personalised recommendations alongside targeted pricing, ads, upgrades and discounts, with support for multiple digital rights management (DRM) systems and multiple screens.
  4. Six Trends Directing the Future of Television (Dec. 17) By Jeff Stier and Chris Giantsos, WIRED: As the pace of technological change continues to accelerate, M&E companies are struggling to find the right balance between today’s daily operational challenges — from channel segmentation and pricing, to operating models and content monetization, to ERP implementations and intellectual property management — and innovating for the future.
  5. Where Is Social TV Heading in 2014? (Dec. 17) By Jesse Redniss, AdAge: As we wrap up 2013, it looks like social TV is being pushed to its tipping point. Not only are we starting to find hard evidence proving the powerful return on investment of second-screen and social TV, we’re seeing real-time insights into what viewers are actually watching. Let’s take a quick look back at some key moments in 2013 and see if we can define what 2014 will have in store.

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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2012 CES Predictions: Evolution of the TV Experience

TV is evolving. It’s becoming more mobile, more connected and more readily available than ever before. This convergence is changing how we get our TV fix and what that consists of. Few of us are content to simply watch TV on a TV anymore.

We’re tweeting, commenting, seeking and making recommendations, discovering new content, and more. Our behavior is creating a whole new ball game in content delivery and entertainment, and Motorola is at the forefront of the technology that’s making it possible. For example, new products like Televation and DreamGallery are giving us rich, multi-screen experiences that are easy to navigate and simple to use.

We recently conducted a Media Engagement Barometer—fancy words for a study on how people are using media—which provided some good insight on how and why TV is evolving:

  • The 2011 research discovered a nearly five-fold increase from 2010 in U.S. TV viewing taking place on smartphones—23 percent are currently watching mobile TV on their smartphones up from only 5 percent just a year ago. And, it’s highly addictive, with those participating in mobile TV viewing doing it 3+ times a week.
  • Americans are still watching a lot of TV – spending 21 hours per week in front of the set—2 hours more than last year – and 6 hours more than the global average of 15 hours per week.
  • More than half (61 percent) of global respondents say they have already discussed a TV program with friends via a social network, and the trend is only expected to continue.

In summary, we’re watching more TV. We’re spending a lot of that viewing time on mobile devices. And our TV time is beginning to overlap and interplay with social networking.

CES is sure to showcase new innovations that address those trends.  We’ll be there with Motorola Televation and DreamGallery, among others. These are just a couple of the latest innovations you’ll see from Motorola. What do you expect to see at CES 2012? Stay tuned for an action-packed show!

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week of Jan. 2

It’s that time of year again – the 2012 CES is less than a week away! Next week, thousands of companies, bloggers, analysts and techies from around the world will convene in Las Vegas to discuss hot new products and industry trends.

The tech industry is constantly buzzing about what to expect in 2012 – Jeff Kagan fromTech News World believes TV will continue evolving into a platform where we can surf the Web, play games and instantly download and watch movies. USA Today’s Mark Smith and CNET’s Harry McCracken predict some major video content deals on the horizon as viewers continue to stream movies and TVs from set-top boxes and other gadgets. With the emergence of connected TVs and streaming set-tops, could DVDs become obsolete?

During CES, Motorola Mobility will showcase its new Connected Home Gateway, in which powerful processing and 4Home technology come together to deliver the connected home the way it was meant to be: smart and simple. Home control, home security and energy management are made easy for consumers and service providers. We’re looking forward to learning more about converged experiences and home automation at the conference next week. What do you expect to see at CES?

1. Eight things I’m looking forward to seeing at CES (Dec. 30) By Harry McCracken, CNET: CES may be imperfect, but it remains by far the best single place on the planet to take the pulse of the consumer-electronics business.

2. CES 2012: The End of an Era (Jan. 5) By Jeff Kagan, Tech News World: Television is transforming itself and blending with other technologies. Companies that lead today may not tomorrow. That means television manufacturers, as well as new and existing television service providers.

3. TV predictions for CES – and 2012 (Jan. 4) By Gary Merson, GadgetBox: With 2011 now in the history books, and the Consumer Electronics Show next week, it’s time again to look forward to new products for the home.

4. CES: Motorola Hooks Up Smart-Home Hub (Jan. 5) By Todd Spangler, Multichannel News: Motorola Mobility will roll out a device it touts will act as the brains of the connected home of the future at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

5. Six tech trends to watch in 2012 (Jan. 3) By Mark Smith, USA Today: For tech companies, 2011 was feast or famine. Looking ahead, here are some things to keep an eye on in 2012.