Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of October 6, 2014

This week, Cincinnati Bell announced it will use our Whole Home Solutions Mobile platform and SecureMedia content protection system to power its new Fioptics TV Everywhere app, Light Reading reported. Multichannel News highlighted our latest broadband gateways, which will be showcased at the upcoming Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam.

Around the industry, Broadband TV News shared data from Strategy Analytics revealing worldwide ownership of connected TV devices reached 500 million units in the second quarter. Additionally, Reuters noted British companies spent a record 3.5 billion pounds on digital advertising in the first half of 2014 – largely due to the increasing use of smartphones and tablets.

Finally, Rapid TV News featured a complementary study showing that increasing video consumption is encouraging marketers to use mobile video to accompany traditional TV advertising.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Arris Powers Cincinnati Bell’s TV Everywhere Service (Oct. 7) By Staff, Light Reading: This week, Cincinnati Bell launched its new Fioptics TV Everywhere app in support of its popular Fioptics TV Service, powered by ARRIS. This app will enable customers to access fast and reliable video streaming throughout the home.
  2. Arris Revs Up DSL, FTTH Gateways(Oct. 7) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: ARRIS is amplifying that it’s no longer largely a cable-focused shop, launching a new line of DSL and fiber-to-the-home gateways. This new product family delivers voice, video and data services, and will be on show at the Broadband World Forum, slated for Oct. 21-23 in Amsterdam.
  3. Half a billion connected TV devices in Q2, 2014 (Oct. 3) By Staff, Broadband TV News: Worldwide ownership of connected TV devices (including smart TVs, smart blu-ray players, IP-enabled game consoles and digital media streamers) grew 7% quarter-on-quarter in Q2 2014 and% versus the same period in 2013 to reach 500 million units.
  4. UK digital advertising spend up 16.6 percent in first half of 2014 (Oct. 8) By Li-mei Hoang, Reuters: British companies spent a record 3.5 billion pounds on digital advertising in the first half of 2014, helped by the increasing use of smartphones and tablets, according to a report published on Wednesday.
  5. Mobile video vital to reaching fragmented audiences at scale (Oct. 2) By Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News: Mobile video is poised to become an integral part of how brands connect, engage and convert their key audiences according to independent video advertising platform BrightRoll.

Setting our sights on the Indian cable industry @ SCaT, Mumbai

This week we’re shifting focus to Asia where our cable portfolio is front and center at SCaT, India’s largest exhibition for the its satellite and cable TV Industry.  Now in its 23rd year, SCaT brings together over 15,000 cable TV professional at the World Trade Center in Mumbai.

We have several unique experiences on display—from our new CMTS and HFC network solutions and cable Wi-Fi portfolio, to our DOCSIS modems and gateways, as well video compression solutions.

Check out some of our pictures below, but if you’re in Mumbai please be sure to stop by our booth! (B12,14,15 in Hall B)

 

Ultra HD – A Roadmap for Tomorrow’s TV

Ultra HD is one of the most exciting advances in TV. Sometimes we refer to it as 4K or 8K, in reference to number of horizontal pixels that the standard can carry, but Ultra HD is about much more than just resolution… it’s about evolution.

Recently, our Engineering Fellow Sean McCarthy sat down with our VP of Product Marketing Kevin Wirick to paint a broader picture of Ultra HD and its implications for the future of television.

Check out two excerpts from their conversation in the videos below, and find out what makes Ultra HD a big leap for TV and see how that could impact our entertainment in the years to come.

What You Need to Know About ARRIS and Shellshock

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October is Cybersecurity Awareness month in many countries. Security has always been a high priority at ARRIS because our technology reaches millions of consumers around the world. We recognize our responsibility to work with service providers to ensure that the future of entertainment and broadband is as safe as it is exciting.

This month, Shellshock is making headlines as a latent vulnerability in Linux and Unix servers that has resided in the Bash shell for more than 20 years. It is estimated to have a potential effect on half a billion web servers and connected devices.

We have been meticulously screening our entire portfolio to assess and minimize any potential risk in our own products and the environments in which they operate.

We are happy to report that our DOCSIS® cable modems and gateways are unaffected.

As we evaluate the remainder of our portfolio products, we’ll continue to work with the world’s foremost providers to protect the safety of the many consumers who use them.

ARRIS Recaps SCTE

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.
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