ARRIS Works With VUBIQUITY to Offer Operators the Best in Entertainment; Now with Content Protected by ARRIS SECUREMEDIA

VUBIQUITY, the global premium content service provider connecting content owners and video providers downloadto deliver entertainment to viewers on any screen, is using ARRIS’s content protection solution, SECUREMEDIA™. This will allow VUBIQUITY to pre-encrypt its vast video portfolio, including all electronic-sellthrough (EST) films and television series. This will also enable operators to easily and efficiently provide their subscribers with premium entertainment across multiscreen platforms and devices over IPTV and over-the-top (OTT) distribution.

ARRIS’s award-winning SECUREMEDIA solution addresses the need for a great entertainment experience on multiple devices, while ensuring end-to-end content protection. With SECUREMEDIA, VUBIQUITY can now provide operators with secure access to its complete pre-encrypted library on a wide array of IP-enabled devices and platforms including Android smartphones and tablets; Apple iPad/iPhone/ iPod devices; PC and Mac (OS X); game consoles; Internet-connected TVs; Blu-Ray Disc™ players; set-tops; and streaming media players, such as Roku, Amazon Fire and Google Nexus.

Visit us @ NAB, Booth # SU1916 to learn more.

Adaptive Spirit 2016

We’re back from Colorado after an inspiring weekend attending the Adaptive Spirit’s 21st ARRIS TEAM 2016Annual Event in Vail.  We connected with some of the top cable telecommunications professionals to support the U.S. Paralympic National Ski Team through fundraising activities and lots of skiing.  Michael Powell, President and CEO of NCTA was the keynote speaker of the Educational Panel which focused on Accessibility. The panel “How We Adapt Together – Telecom Accessibility Platforms,” was moderated by Michael Grebb of CableFax and joined by several industry influencers, including our own Tom Kelleher in Product Compliance.

ARRIS has been a long-time supporter of Adaptive Spirit and its work on behalf of adaptive athletes. We were thrilled to once again attend the event, share our insights on the industry and enjoy the company of a brilliant group of deserving athletes.

Check out a few photos from the event below.

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Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending April 15, 2016

CED Magazine reported that ARRIS collaborated with The Weather Channel to bring “Local Now” on Sling TV across all devices. The over-the-top (OTT) streaming service offers subscribers personalized weather, news, traffic and sports information based on their location.

This week, Variety reported on DirecTV’s deal to offer U.S. viewers up to 25 of this season’s Major League Baseball (MLB) games live in 4K Ultra HD (UHD). DirecTV’s coverage of the baseball games on Friday, April 15, marks the first-ever live 4K UHD telecast of an MLB game in the U.S.

Subscription video on demand services (SVOD) catering to a niche audience has become increasingly popular. Former Network USA CEO, Phil Osborn, launched AeroCinema, a new aviation-focused SVOD service, that offers more than 400 rare aviation features, documentaries, and profiles, reported Realscreen. The $4.95-a-month service is available on smart TVs as well as on mobile devices and desktops.

According to a recent study by Nielsen, video on demand (VOD) is a part of the daily viewing habits for many users around the world, regardless of their age, reported MediaPost. The study found that among the 65 percent of respondents who watch any VOD programming, 43 percent watch at least once a day. Among other findings, the study noted that movies dominate the type of VOD content viewed across all regions and generations.

Finally, Rapid TV News reported that according to a report by Enders Analysis, Netflix is on its way to reaching its goal of 80-90 million U.S. subscribers and 150 million global subscribers by 2020. The report also noted that another round of international expansion will double the media giant’s global base over the next five years outpacing all of its competitors.

  1. Arris and The Weather Channel Team for “Local Now” OTT Streaming Service (April 14, 2016) By Laura Hamilton, CED Magazine: Arris announced today that it has collaborated with The Weather Channel to bring “Local Now” to Sling TV across all devices.
  2. DirecTV to Carry MLB Network Games in 4K Ultra HD (April 12, 2016) By Todd Splangler, Variety: AT&T-owned satellite service offers U.S. subscribers first live baseball games in UHD format.
  3. Aviation SVOD service AeroCinema takes flight (April 12, 2016) By Daniele Alcinii, Realscreen: As the saying goes, “If you build it, they will come.”
  4. VOD An Every Day Affair For Many (April 11, 2016) By Jack Loechner, MediaPost: According to Nielsen, Video-On-Demand is becoming a part of daily viewing habits for many around the world, regardless of age.
  5. 2015 surge sets Netflix on track for 150MN customers by 2020 (April 12, 2016) By Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News: Record growth in 2015 shows Netflix to be well on its way to achieving its goal of 60-90 million US streaming customers and a global base of 150 million by 2020 according to a report by Enders Analysis.

ARRIS @ 2016 NAB Show

This week, we’re in Las Vegas for the annual National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show Header-960x200to showcase ARRIS’s vision for the future of video delivery. NAB brings together more than 100K industry professionals to talk about what tomorrow’s entertainment experience will look like and how it will be delivered. Our booth (#SU1916) is focused on demonstrating the crucial evolution in network and CPE technology that’s enabling those experiences in the new connected home.

Many of the world’s leading service providers use our advanced video compression and multiscreen technology to deliver next-generation entertainment to their subscribers. We’ll have several of our most advanced solutions on display, including the DSR-7403 HEVC Transcoder IRD, ME-7000 compressed converged platform, and industry-leading SECUREMEDIA® content protection solutions.

If you’re attending NAB, make sure to catch the following sessions with Dr. Sean McCarthy, Fellow at ARRIS:

Sunday, April 17
11:00 am – 11:30 am PT: Smart Bandwidth Sharing for Multi-Program Content Distribution; Room S219

Monday, April 18

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm PT: Understanding the Viewer Experience when Designing Ultra HD Services; Room S219

Update on our SURFboard SB6141 Modem

You may have seen articles over the weekend about our SURFboard® SB6141 cable modem. 2-big-SB6141_Left_SideWe want to provide some updates.

First and foremost, we developed a firmware upgrade to correct the issue affecting the SB6141. This firmware upgrade will be automatically sent to your device from your cable operator.

Second, we want to assure you that the issue affecting the SB6141 does not provide any risk to user data. IF you were impacted, you would have seen your modem reboot and been offline for a short period of time. Fortunately, we haven’t received any reported instances of this happening.

Third, we want to be very clear that the issue does not affect 135 million modems. Reports stating this number were incorrect, and we reached out to the publications that published them to address their inaccuracy.

Our company takes product performance very seriously. We continue to work actively with security organizations and our Service Provider customers to quickly resolve any potential vulnerabilities to protect the subscribers who use our devices.

The Revolution Will Be Televised: Asia’s Quick March to a Digital Future

Asia is in the midst of a digital transformation. Across the continent, Asian service providers are leading the way for some of the most advanced home entertainment experiences in the world. But what’s even more exciting are the incredible advances they’re making to bring these experiences to billions of consumers.

Service providers in many countries in Asia are leapfrogging entire technology generations. In some emerging markets, for example, broadband providers are going straight from dial-up to fiber broadband, while video providers are transitioning from analog to digital MPEG-4, completely bypassing MPEG-2 in the process.

These broad deployments of next-generation technology have a number of advantages. From a business perspective, they’re enabling local providers to unleash top-of-the-line services that are heads and shoulders above the competition’s offerings. And for consumers, it means that the future will arrive sooner—with faster speeds, smarter devices, and the latest entertainment coming on the heels of these cutting-edge deployments.

Even in areas without ‘straight to tomorrow’ trajectories, local providers are upgrading networks and technology at a pace that exceeds much of the world. It reflects the fact that Asia, as a market, is more competitive than ever before.

Among the biggest growth trends in Asia is the digitization of cable networks, fueled in large part by government mandates for nationwide infrastructure advancements. The resulting leaps in technology generations are changing the way that Asian providers introduce new services like network DVR. For example, in China, where few have ever owned a VCR, there is no interest in hitting the record button to watch something later. Chinese consumers expect providers to offer all shows—past and past—whenever they want them.

Asian providers are anticipating these new experiences as well as idiosyncratic expectations of their local consumers using a combination of technology and market insight. Content consumption across wireless networks is huge in Asia, as is multiscreen. In addition to investing in new network technology to handle the inevitable shift to multi-gigabit broadband, providers are also racing to ensure that there’s enough Wi-Fi coverage throughout consumers’ homes to take advantage of those speeds and power tomorrow’s TV in every room.

According to the ARRIS Consumer Entertainment Index 2015, consumers in Asia-Pacific experience challenges when it comes to WiFi:  four out of every five Chinese consumers reported issues with their Wi-Fi. Add that to the nearly three-quarters of respondents who indicated that they want high-speed Internet in every room, and quickly the notion of generation-hopping both network infrastructure and home networking technology begins to make sense.

Whether it’s deploying network extenders, the latest DOCSIS devices, or laying fiber and shifting to all-IP networks, Asian service providers are setting a global example for the introduction of tomorrow’s entertainment. And very soon, Asian consumers will be the ones enjoying the fruits of falling technology prices, highly competitive markets, government incentives, and forward-looking service providers. The TV revolution in Asia is alive and very real indeed.

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