Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of November 10, 2014

This week, several outlets, including CED, highlighted the recent announcement that WOW! will offer its Ultra TV customers that subscribe to Netflix access to the streaming content through a Netflix app integrated into leased ARRIS set-tops.

Separately, Digital TV Europe reported that ARRIS has partnered with African TV service provider ZAP to offer network DVR (nDVR) and video on demand (VOD) services using the APEX3000 chassis-based edge QAM platform.

In other industry news, Rapid TV News ran a story about newly published research from Parks Associates, which found that Europe has surpassed the US in the number of households with a PC connected to the TV, and FierceOnlineVideo reports that cord cutters may be more likely to return to pay-TV if they have a bad streaming experience with OTT services.

Finally, a story from Broadband Technology Report notes that global shipments of Ultra HD-capable set-top boxes are projected to reach 48 million by 2020, while the market for HEVC set-top boxes will hit 88 million units, according to a study by ABI Research.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. WOW! tunes in Netflix on ARRIS boxes (Nov. 12) By Mike Robuck, CED: WOW! will be offering its Ultra TV customers that subscribe to Netflix access to the streaming content through a Netflix app that works on ARRIS boxes in their homes. Developed for WOW! by ARRIS, the Ultra TV set-top box integrates a Netflix app into the leased boxes.
  2. ZAP partners with ARRIS for African nDVR and VoD (Nov. 12) By Staff Writer, Digital TV Europe: Sub-Sahara Lusophone African TV service provider ZAP has partnered with ARRIS to offer network DVR (nDVR) and video on demand (VOD) services. Satellite TV provider ZAP is to use ARRIS’s APEX3000 chassis-based edge QAM platform to merge network traffic and increase channel capacity, with system integrator Satcab deploying the solution.
  3. European connected TV market surpasses US (Nov. 12) By Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News: Europe is a hot spot for connected TV driven by rapidly expanding broadband and over-the-top (OTT) services according to research from Parks Associates.
  4. Bad OTT experience could chase cord cutters back to pay TV (Nov. 12) By Samantha Bookman, FierceOnlineVideo: While a new generation of cord nevers may be willing to put up with occasional poor streaming quality of online video, cord cutters–that coveted group of past pay-TV subscribers who have ditched linear video service for Internet viewing–might return to the pay-TV fold if their streaming experience is bad.
  5. UltraHD, HEVC Set-Tops Set to Boom (Nov. 11) By Staff Writer, Broadband Technology Report: According to ABI Research, worldwide shipments of 4K/UltraHD-capable set-top boxes will reach 48 million by 2020, while HEVC set-top shipments will reach 88 million units. The research house expects about 60,000 set-top high-end gateway set-tops with UltraHD and HEVC capabilities to be deployed in 2014.

Welcome ARRIS Santa Clara

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Ribbon cutting ceremony at the new ARRIS Santa Clara office.

2500 Walsh Ave in Santa Clara, CA is the new home of our Silicon Valley office. The LEED Silver Certified building officially opened today and houses several of our Video Systems businesses in a state-of-the-art lab and workspace.

ARRIS Santa Clara is the regional hub for developing related technologies and services—uniting three former offices from around the San Francisco Bay Area and bringing ARRIS into focus among the area’s leading businesses.

Our new location in the heart of Silicon Valley reflects our commitment to delivering software, video delivery, and consumer solutions through the world’s foremost talent, so that we can continue inventing the future of entertainment.

Check out some photos from our opening day celebration below.

ARRIS at CCW in NYC

This week ARRIS is taking “The Big Apple” by storm! That’s right, we are in NYC for the annual CCW+SATCON Expo! This conference is the largest and most powerful media, entertainment, video and communications technology exposition on the US East Coast. With over 300 exhibiting companies and 7,000 attendees annually, this event is certainly one you won’t want to miss.

At this year’s conference, ARRIS has several CCAP and HEVC/UHD solutions on display and available to demo. It’s a great opportunity to get an up-close view of our industry-leading technology and have any questions answered.

Check out some pictures from day 1 below, and be sure to come on by Booth #1345 if you are in NYC!

Keeping Military Families Connected

Today in the U.S., we celebrate our veterans and troops, and we recognize the advancements in veterans-daytechnology that are bringing them closer to home and allowing them to share their stories from abroad. We often hear stories of soldiers meeting their newborn babies through Skype and Facetime, and how deployed parents overseas can read bedtime stories to their children face-to-face.

At ARRIS, we take great pride in building entertainment and communications solutions that connect millions of people to the Internet, all over the world. When we think of the crucial role that this technology plays in keeping our troops connected to their families, it makes our work even more rewarding.

Thank you to all our veterans and troops at home and abroad!

Home Office Tech –Your New Business Partner

Working from home is a growing trend, and it’s putting new pressure on home networking Screen-shot-2013-04-14-at-8.00.36-PM-614x455equipment to keep up with the speed of business. Today, nearly a quarter of Americans do some or all of their work at home, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

And with growing business demands, home office enthusiasts need to squeeze every last ounce of bandwidth out of their data service. ARRIS helps them do that, today and long into the future.

SB6183_Left_Side2The ARRIS SURFboard® SB6183 is the world’s fastest modem, capable of reaching unmatched in-home data rates over 686 Mbps receiving and 131 Mbps sending—more than enough for today’s Internet speeds and ready to keep connections at peak performance for years to come.

Whether you work from home every other week or run a Fortune 500 in your living room, you can get the speed you need from ARRIS. Pick up the SB6183 or many of our other industry-leading products at BestBuy.com or Amazon.com!

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of November 3, 2014

This week, news of ARRIS’s recent deal with Spanish cable operator R appeared in a number of outlets, including Digital TV Europe. ARRIS will provide Radio Frequency over Glass (RFoG) technology to improve R’s bandwidth provisioning, increase efficiency across its network and ensure legacy infrastructure can be expanded with fiber-to-the-premises RFoG extensions.

Cablefax: The Magazine released its 2014 Most Powerful Women in Cable list, which included ARRIS Senior Vice President and General Manager of Consumer Solutions Debbie Stackis and Senior Vice President of Global Marketing Sandy Howe. Separately, Motley Fool listed ARRIS, along with Twitter and salesforce.com, as a fast-growing tech company to watch. The story noted that ARRIS’s sales growth has significantly increased since its acquisition of Motorola Home in 2013.

In other industry news, CED Magazine highlighted a recent report from ACG Research that found that the average household bandwidth requirements will increase by 31 percent annually over the next five years due the growing number of over-the-top (OTT) content services. According to the report, OTT unicast video traffic is predicted to be 4.6 times greater than traditional multicast traffic by 2018.

Finally, Rapid TV News reported that the latest figures from Dataxis show that more than half of cable subscriptions in Latin America are for digital packages. Among the region’s seven largest markets, Brazil is showing the highest rates of digital cable penetration, followed by Chile and Mexico.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Spain’s R taps Arris for RFoG (Nov. 3) By Staff, Digital TV Europe: Spanish cable operator R, which is based in the Galicia region, has signed a deal with technology provider Arris for Radio Frequency over Glass (RFoG) technology to improve bandwidth provisioning, increase efficiency across its network and ensure legacy infrastructure can be expanded with fiber-to-the-premises RFoG extensions.
  2. The Most Powerful Women in Cable 2014 (Nov. Issue) By Staff, Cablefax: The Magazine: See page 25 for Sandy Howe and page 35 for Debbie Stackis in the magazine’s digital edition.
  3. You Won’t Believe How Fast These 3 Tech Companies Are Growing (Nov. 2) By Anders Bylund, Motley Fool: These three tech companies are growing their annual sales faster than 30% right now. From hardware specialist Arris Group to social network Twitter, with cloud-computing expert salesforce.com thrown in for good measure, you’ll find some very different growth strategies.
  4. Report: OTT use will increase household bandwidth 31 percent annually (Nov. 5) By Mike Robuck, CED Magazine: With the plethora of OTT services from the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Go, among others, the average household bandwidth requirements are poised to increase by 31 percent annually over the next five years, according to a recent report.
  5. Digital packages account for over half of cable subs in LATAM (Nov. 6) By Juan Fernandez Gonzalez, Rapid TV News: By the end of Q2 2014, over half (53.7%) of all cable subscriptions in Latin America were for digital packages, the first time digital customers have overtaken analogue subs in the region.
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