Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of July 6, 2015

RapidTV News detailed this week’s report from ABI Research on 4KTV content penetration. According to the analyst firm, high-resolution premium video, including 4K and Ultra HD content, is a fast-growing market; and therefore, content protection services must follow suit with adaptability and preparedness for the expanding space.

Top Tech News reported on recent white papers from Alitcast, suggesting that cable boxes have the potential to become an Internet-of-Things (IoT) hub.

On Wednesday, Fierce Cable covered CableLabs’ announcement of new specs for CCAP architectures. CableLabs principal architect, Karthik Sundaresan, explained how this technology “[provides] significant scale advantages and flexible deployment options for both DOCSIS 3.0 and DOCSIS 3.1 networks.”

According to a Zacks article, Comcast will open up its set-top box and software testing framework so that other cable TV operators can also access the source codes.

Showtime launched its new OTT video service, Showtime Anytime, this week. Multichannel News reported how the service will be available via: Apple, Roku, Hulu and Sony PlayStation.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Faster than expected penetration makes 4KTV content protection a growing concern (July 9, 2015) by Staff Writer, RapidTV News: The good news for content firms looking to expand offerings with 4KTV quality content is that penetration is increasing; the bad is that security is also a growing issue, says an ABI Research report.
  2. Can Cable Serve as All-in-One IoT Hubs? Alticast Think So (July 2, 2015) by Dan Heilman, Top Tech News: According to a recently published white paper, cable boxes have the potential to become protocol-agnostic Internet-of-Things (IoT) hubs and in the process begin to address the competing protocols and closed systems that continue to hold back the IoT industry.
  3. CableLabs released new specs for distributed CCAP architectures (July 8, 2015) by Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: CableLabs has released a new series of specifications covering distributed architectures for the Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP).
  4. Comcast to Share its Cable Set-Top Box Testing Platform (July 7, 2015) by Zacks Equity Research, Zacks: Comcast Corp., the largest cable MSO (multi service operator) in the U.S., has recently opened up its cable set-top box and software testing framework so that other cable TV operators can also access the source codes.
  5. Showtime Unleashes Stand-Alone OTT Service (July 8, 2015) by Jeff Baumgratner, Multichannel News:Beating a previously announced deadline, Showtime said Tuesday it has launched its stand-alone streaming service via Apple, Roku, Hulu and Sony PlayStation Vue ahead of the July 12 season debuts of network original series Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex.


ARRIS Exclusive on Amazon – SURFboard® SB6141 in Black

Our SURFboard modems just may be perfect. They’re fast, reliable, and affordable. And now SB6141-Black2we’re giving you a choice for colors for one of our most popular models.

For a limited time, you can pick up our SURFboard SB6141 cable modem in black—exclusively through Amazon for MSRP $99.99. It packs the speed and reliability you expect from our legendary SURFboard® line into the same compact and affordable package as our standard SB6141.

We knew you’d have questions, so we put together this handy Q&A:

  • Why are you offering a black modem? Color options. You want them; we give them to you. 
  • Does the SB6141’s black color scheme signify different specs? In short, no.
  • If the SB6141 unit is black, does this mean it is a refurbished rental from an ISP provider? Again, no. All refurbished, formerly rented units are distinguished by telltale brown packaging and sticker that states “refurbished” on the unit.
  • Do both the black and white units feature the same level of warranty protection? Yes, they do.
  • The indicator lights on the front of the unit are bright and not ideal for dark rooms; is there any way to manipulate their brightness? We’re glad you asked. ARRIS is developing firmware that will allow consumers the freedom to adjust the brightness level of individual units. We’ll let you know when it’s available.
  • With which cable providers is the SB6141 compatible? All major cable providers. Take your pick: Comcast/Xfinity, Cox, Charter, Time Warner, Mediacom, Bright House, etc.
  • By purchasing an ARRIS modem, like the SB6141, do I pay a rental fee to my service provider? No, you do not. In fact, by buying one of our retail modems, you can save an average of $9 each month (or more than $100 per year) in modem rental fees. So treat yourself to something nice, or buy one for a friend.
  • Will the ARRIS SURFboard SB6141 support my home phone connection? It won’t work with your cable Internet provider bundled telephony service but will support pure IP telephony services, such as Ooma, Magic Jack, Vonage, etc. For Comcast users, take a look at our  Touchstone Telephony Gateway TG862G.
  • Why should I purchase this modem? Style. Savings. Speed. The list goes on. When you buy an ARRIS SURFboard SB6141, you’re getting one of the most advanced modems on the market, built from a legacy of innovation that goes back over half a century, and backed by our unmatched two-year warranty.

Everything looks good in black!

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of June 29, 2015

On Monday, Digital TV Europe reported that the Pay-TV channel business is growing strongly in Europe with a compound growth rate of 3.1%, according to analysis from SNL Kagan.

eWeek covered an IHS Research study that showed that Wi-Fi will reach 90% of global households by 2019. The study also forecasted the amount of connected devices to increase over the next five years, “growing up to 13 connected devices per broadband home.”

Additionally, AT&T expanded its GigaPower capabilities to Florida cities of Fort Lauderdale, Hialeah, Hollywood and Miami. FierceTelecom positioned this as “a key area of expansion for AT&T’s 1 Gbps service.” The launch in Florida comes days after the company disclosed plans for future developments in Dallas-Ft Worth and Chicago.

The New York Business Journal reported on Stealth Communication Services and Xchange Telecom’s announcement to bring a broadband boost to the “digital desert” of Brooklyn and Queens, New York. This attempt is considered a “Herculean task,” with the companies expecting to offer customers up to 10 megabits per second and contribute a total of $3.75 million towards the project.

Lastly, three of the largest UK ISPs, BT, TalkTalk and Virgin Media, have teamed up to support business broadband for smaller services. According to Broadband TV News, the three entities will join forces to develop a new Code of Practice to help consumers.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Pay TV channel business growing strongly in European markets  (June 30, 2015) , Digital TV Europe: The pay TV channel business in Europe is continuing to grow in revenue terms in key markets, leading to increased interest in the European market from US programmers facing a slowing ad market and rising programming costs, according to analysis by SNL Kagan.
  2. Wi-Fi to reach 90% of global household by 2019 (June 26, 2015) By Nathan Eddy, eWeek: The percentage of global households with WiFi home gateways or routers supplied by their service providers will rise from 66 percent in 2014 to nearly 90 percent in 2019, according to a report from IT research firm IHS Research.
  3. AT&T incites broadband challenge against Comcast with Miami-area 1 Gbps launch (June 30, 2015) By Sean Buckley, Fierce Telecom: AT&T has made the southeast Florida cities of Fort Lauderdale, Hialeah, Hollywood, Miami and surrounding communities the next targets for its 1 Gbps FTTP service, putting it in direct competition with Comcast which will offer an even higher speed 2 Gbps service.
  4. ‘Digital Deserts’ of Brooklyn, Queens to broadband boost (July 1, 2015) By Michael del Castillo, New York Business Journal: New York City’s pathetically sparse broadband network — vast swaths of which are known as digital deserts — is about to get a serious upgrade.
  5. ISPs agree to support business broadband (June 26, 2015) By Julian Clover, Broadband TV News: Three of the UK’s largest ISPs have agreed to improve broadband services for smaller businesses.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of June 22, 2015

On Wednesday, Broadband Technology Report cited commentary from ARRIS’s Jay Bestermann on the shift toward Wi-Fi-based mobile plans that drive traffic predominately through Wi-Fi and shift back to data.

Furthermore, CSI quoted ARRIS CTO Charles Cheevers on the benefits and rollout of RDK-B, as well as the industry’s efforts to put an IoT module into the RDK-B framework.

Fierce Wireless reported Verizon Wireless’s plans to roll out a new OTT mobile video service this summer, predominately funded by advertisers through sponsored data. This will allow consumers to enjoy content without paying for it in a data bundle.

Additionally, The Wall Street Journal reported that results from Nielsen’s Total Audience Report contradict theories of a dire TV landscape. The report suggested that the number of video impressions versus traditional TV is not fully indicative of viewership since they are measured differently.

Lastly, Business Insider predicted that the market for smart home technology will peak in the next two years. It also reported that 60 million of the 91 million households with broadband service are currently interested in smart home technology due to the additional cost savings and product familiarity.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Time to Monetize All that Wi-Fi (June 24, 2015) By Monta Monaco Hernon, Broadband Technology Report: Wi-Fi seems to be the “it” kid on the block these days. Yes, there is talk of whether cable operators will find the magic bullet, so to speak, to blow a hole in the cellular carriers’ mobile dominance.
  2. Shinning a light on RDK (June 24, 2015) By Goran Nastic , CSI: A panel at Anga revealed some of the first data on how the open source project is helping operators innovate and bring products to market faster. In the meantime, RDK-B will emerge later this year, potentially also embracing IoT features.
  3. Verizon’s OTT mobile service will support sponsored data (June 23, 2015) By Phil Goldstein, Fierce Wireless: Verizon Wireless’ forthcoming over-the-the-top mobile video service will support sponsored data, with advertisers subsidizing the cost of consumers’ video consumption, according to a senior Verizon executive.
  4. If You Think TV is Dead, Maybe You’re Measuring Wrong (June 23, 2015) By Steven Perlberg, The Wall Street Journal: The TV world may love to hate Nielsen, but now the measurement giant is arming media companies with a new report that could aid their fight against digital rivals.
  5. The smart home market is still young, but people are already clamoring for the devices (June 23, 2014) By: Tony Danova, Business Insider: Homes around the world are going to become smarter and more connected over the next five years.

Another step in the eco-friendly direction

We’ve said it before and it is worth saying it again — when it comes to energy efficiency, less iscea_logo more. As a global leader in products responsible for broadband and TV entertainment delivery into homes everywhere, we also never lose sight of how we can play a significant role in energy conservation.

That’s why we’re thrilled to join forces with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) to improve energy efficiency of small network equipment by 10-20 percent. ARRIS broadband modems, routers and gateways will be core to this commitment.

And this agreement builds into our previously stated focus on minimizing energy use. We’ve long been committed to minimizing our global carbon footprint and energy use through environmentally responsible business operations. And of course, we’ve shown how we factor this way of thinking into our product innovations. Back in 2013, we voluntarily agreed to reduce the energy usage of our set-top devices along with today’s partners – CEA and NCTA – as well as the U.S. Energy Department, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and other industry associations and energy advocates.

Today is yet another step in our commitment to minimize our products’ impact on the environment. And we have no plans to slow down!

ARRIS Mourns The Loss of Ralph Roberts

“Comcast’s founder Ralph Roberts exemplified true leadership and vision throughout his life. He was a pioneer in the cable industry, who built one of America’s greatest companies and brought services that enriched our lives. We send our deepest condolences to the Roberts family. He will be truly missed,” states Bob Stanzione, ARRIS CEO.

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