SCTE is an experience. If you didn’t make it to the show, or if you’d like to relive some of the excitement, we invite you to watch our recap video and see it through the eyes of our employees…

We looked at innovation from the perspective of our E6000™ platform, new IP set-tops and broadband and telephony devices, AgileMax™ and the death of OBI, and tomorrow’s experiences, like 4K and Wi-Fi evolution.

Then we sat down with several of our employees to chat about other important subjects, like the future of cable, the coolest stuff at the show, and the practical benefits of nDVR super powers.

We hope you enjoy it!

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of September 29, 2014

Verizon Communications has begun to roll out a new version of its FiOS TV interactive Media Guide for set-tops, reports Multichannel News.

Digital TV Europe posted an extensive interview with Bruce McClelland, ARRIS President of Network & Cloud and Global Services. Recorded at IBC 2014, the interview explores how consumer expectations are impacting service providers’ network plans.

Digital Production Middle East featured remarks by ARRIS Sean McCarthy and Charles Cheevers as they discussed the future of Ultra HD and user experiences.

In other industry news, viewing figures from the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board revealed that in the UK, 88 percent of viewing on a TV set is done live, Advanced Television shared.

Finally, IP&TV News discussed data from Parks Associates indicating that 55 percent of US broadband households also subscribe to an OTT video service.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Verizon Freshens Up FiOS TV Guide (Sept. 30) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Verizon Communications has begun to roll out a new version of its FiOS TV interactive Media Guide for set-tops that tack on new features and several enhancements.
  2. ARRIS – IBC 2014 video interview (Oct. 3) By Stuart Thompson, Digital TV Europe: Arris’s Bruce McClelland talks to DTVE about OTT’s impact on cable and service providers’ response to the challenges ahead.
  3. User experience design (Sept. 18) By Adrian Pennington, Digital Production Middle East: Ultra HD will be delivered on large-screens promising a more immersive user experience and a chance for operators to rethink the user interface.
  4. UK: 88% of TV viewed is live (Oct. 1) By Staff, Advanced Television: January to June viewing figures for 2014 from the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (BARB) and the UK TV broadcasters reveal that viewers in the UK watched an average of 3 hours, 47 minutes a day of TV.
  5. 55% of US broadband households subscribe to OTT service (Sept. 26) By Thomas Campbell, IP&TV News: Fifty-five percent of US broadband households subscribe to an OTT video service, opening up new opportunities for cloud solutions, according to Parks.

Designing Tomorrow’s Wi-Fi — with ARRIS CTO Charles Cheevers

Wi-Fi is the glue that brings connected experiences together in our homes—-from streaming video to online gaming, browsing the Web, and more. It’s the foundation for tomorrow’s entertainment too. But, how will it scale to new experiences like 4K, multiscreen HD, and fiber Internet speeds? How can we ensure that it’s reliable when so many new services depend on it to work perfectly, everywhere, all the time?

Our CPE CTO Charles Cheevers, reviews these topics and more. Check out his videos, below:

Mile High View for SCTE 2014

And we’re off… SCTE began yesterday and our end-to-end cable portfolio is at the center of this year’s conference, which has attracted more than 10,000 attendees to Denver this week.

We have several unique experiences on display—from new IP network solutions to our Wi-Fi Connected Home portfolio, network DVRs, D3.1 solutions and HEVC/ Ultra HD set-tops.

Check out some of our pictures below, but for the best view, be sure to stop by our booth this week (#1764)!

The Quest to Send 4K Video over Wi-Fi

Charles Cheevers, CTO, CPE business at ARRIS

Almost daily, we see new evidence that people are video junkies—watching, posting, and downloading more video to more devices. Yet, we commonly expect our home Wi-Fi network to carry these experiences seamlessly.

Our ARRIS Consumer Entertainment Index found that almost two-thirds of us have problems streaming or downloading video. Whether it’s a slow connection, streaming delays or a frozen or blank screen—these issues can be maddening.

Wi-Fi can barely handle MPEG-4 video bandwidth, so how are we going to support 4K video transmission over the coming years?

At this year’s SCTE, I hope to shed some light on that solution. I’m outlining my thoughts on various technologies and directions being considered to ensure that the Wi-Fi network has both the ability and quality of service to provide a reliable solution. I’ll also cover ways we can pre-empt the congestion at 5GHz and show how software-oriented solutions can help facilitate the kind of quality we need to get new pay-TV video services over Wi-Fi.

Specifically, I’ll review the following key areas surrounding this topic:

  • 5GHz spectrum map and what happens when devices try and carve out some deterministic throughput rates;
  • Types of services and devices competing for this airtime;
  • Challenges and main goals ahead for the IEEE High Efficiency Task Force as it tries to create new wireless protocols to handle Gigabit Wi-Fi solutions in the home;
  • Convergence of LTE and Wi-Fi ;
  • Role of network managed Wi-Fi resources and airtime;
  • Emerging ideas around SDN, and SON-based assists to improving Wi-Fi performance.

I previewed this topic on SCTE’s site, but welcome you to join me and Comcast at Thursday’s 12:45 p.m. “Wi-Fi: The Quest for Quality” discussion. Look forward to seeing you at SCTE.

ARRIS Bob Stanzione Keynotes WICT’s “Tech It Out” Conference in Denver

TIO.Email.Signature RGBThis week at SCTE, everyone’s talking about the future of cable. But in the closing keynote of WICT’s (Women in Cable Telecommunications) “Tech It Out” Conference on Tuesday, our CEO Bob Stanzione will speak about one related topic that often goes unrecognized in that conversation: tomorrow’s engineers.

Tech It Out is about fostering leadership among women in technology, and this charter resonates with Bob’s belief that we have an obligation to inspire tomorrow’s engineers. To paraphrase his words, “We have a responsibility to foster a diversity of thought, starting with children and students—they’ll be engineering our future, so it’s vital that they represent the best that we have to offer.”

But, as Bob will point out, that isn’t the case in engineering, where women are underrepresented to our disadvantage. In his keynote, he’ll talk about the constricted pipeline of female engineers; cover some of the underlying challenges—like the education system, social paradigms, and media influence; and map out the necessary changes for our industry achieve the diversity it deserves.

As Sandy Howe, our SVP of Global Marketing, outlines here, there are many opportunities for women. On Tuesday, Bob will expand on that topic and talk more about the vital role that women play in inventing the future.

You can also find us at SCTE in booth #1764. 

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