Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of August 10, 2015

Forbes reported on the benefits of buying your own modem, highlighting the ARRIS SURFboard® SB6141 cable modem.

In its review of the top five best cable modems, Heavy named the ARRIS SURFboard® SB6121 the top cable modem.

According to Rapid TV News, Remor’s report saw 14% growth in video views across screens causing advertisers to buy into multiscreen campaigns.

Multichannel News  reported on a survey by Cable.co.uk stating that approximately 69% of consumers don’t know what kind of speed they have in their broadband packages.

Lastly, an article from FierceCable noted that consumers saved $500 million on power bills since the voluntary energy-savings initiative was enacted by cable companies.

  1. Buying Your Own Modem Can Cut Your Internet Bill — But It’s Often Anything But Easy (August 11, 2015) By Seth Porges, Forbes: There are few things more aggravating than finding a new line on a bill. It’s become increasingly common for Internet providers to charge customers a monthly fee for the privilege of renting their modems.
  2. Top 5 Best Cable Modems (August 11, 2015) By Matt Malmlund, Heavy: Though combination modem/routers are growing more in popularity because of their sheer convenience, most networking experts agree that having a separate modem and router yields better wireless speeds and ranges for the price value.
  3. Majority of ad buys are now multiscreen (August 7, 2015) By Michelle Clancy, RapidTV News: Seven out of ten advertisers are now buying multiscreen campaigns, according to data from Tremor Video’s ad platform, with mobile alone accounting for half or more views on many top streaming sites, including YouTube.
  4. Study: Most Broadband Subs Don’t Know Their Speed  (August 12, 2015) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: When it comes to broadband, speed is the name of the game.
  5. Energy-efficient pay-TV set-tops have saved consumers $500M over two years, report claims (August 7, 2015) By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: Energy-efficient set-tops have saved American consumers $500 million on their power bills in the two years since the cable industry enacted a voluntary energy-savings initiative, a report released by the NCTA claims.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of August 3, 2015

Light Reading covered Windstream’s new launch of its IP based Kinetic TV service. The company has contracted with ARRIS to provide both the NVG343 gateway and various IP set-tops to Kinetic TV customers.

Rapid TV News detailed a recent study of Television use. According to the Video Advertising Bureau, TV continues to command total video screen time, and is the video outlet choice for teens 93% of the time.

Universal Sports Network launched a pay-per-view subscription service that will offer full streaming of all 48 Rugby World Cup matches, reports Multichannel News.

In Telecompaper, a study done by the Brazilian Telecommunications Association noted that Brazil experienced a 36% increase in broadband connections since last June.

On Monday, The Guardian covered the rise of connected devices in making homes “smarter.”

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Windstream Ramps Up TV & Commercial (August 5, 2015) By Mari Sibley, Light Reading: Biz Windstream is making noise with new plans for its Kinetic TV offering, and the announcement of a major commercial customer win with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  2. Television is still king, claiming nine out of ten video minutes viewed (August 3, 2015) By Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News: Television’s reach is still undeniable despite the rise of online and mobile video viewing, reaching 90% of all US adults in any given week.
  3. Universal Sports Network Takes Rugby Over-the-Top (August 5, 2015) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Taking full advantage of its digital distribution rights, Universal Sports Network has launched an exclusive over-the-top, pay-per-view offering that will stream all 48 matches of Rugby World Cup 2015 in high-definition.
  4. Brazil broadband connections increase 36% to 220 mln (August 5, 2015) Telecompaper: Brazil ended the first half of 2015 with 219.7 million broadband connections, representing an increase of 36 percent compared to June last year.
  5. The smart home and a data underclass (August 3, 2015) By Marc Ambasna-Jones, The Guardian: Domestic appliance manufacturers and technology companies have big plans for our homes. From remote controlled heating devices such as Nest and Hive to intelligent fridges, smart TVs and connected washing machines, our appliances will become smart, automating many of our everyday tasks.

ARRIS @ ABTA 2015

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Pictured (left to right): Hugo Ramos, German Iaryczower, Marcelo Parraga (CTO AMX Brazil), Ricardo La Guardia and Marcos Takanohashi.

We’re in Brazil this week for the ABTA Expo and Conference –one of Latin America’s leading trade shows for pay-TV and broadband.

At this year’s conference, we’re showcasing how we continue to shape the future of connected entertainment by combining research with innovation and local expertise. We just published the findings of our latest Consumer Entertainment Index which tracks the evolution of consumer entertainment trends. And we’re bringing that insight to ABTA, alongside our latest solutions— from Wi-Fi to Gigabit, CCAP and Ultra HD—to help our local customers anticipate the next wave of entertainment services and business models.

We’re also speaking at several venues during the show:

  • Hugo Ramos, ARRIS CTO CALA will present “Operational Aspects of DOCSIS 3.1 Network Migration”
  • MattMilford, ARRIS Engineering Fellow, will present “Network DVR” and “IP & Cloud Migrations”
  • GaryCunha, ARRIS Senior Director of Product Management, will present “Network Virtualization for Proactive Network Management”
  • Jesus Barrios, ARRIS Staff Solutions Architect, will present “Challenges and Opportunities for Wi-Fi networks”

Visit our booth in Section Aisle D, Booth #D10 ABTA to learn more about our products and solutions.

 

ARRIS @ the 2015 CableLabs Summer Conference

Yesterday, we kicked off the annual CableLabs Summer Conference in Keystone, Colorado. The event brings industry leaders together to explore the future cable technology.

In that vein, ARRIS fellows Tom Cloonan and Ayham Al-Banna will hold a groundbreaking demonstration of “Extended Spectrum DOCSIS”—an innovative display of how adjustments to the frequency of downstream signals can to extend the capability of current HFC networks to deliver speeds in the 50+ Gbps range. The system proposes the use of a much wider spectrum for DOCSIS 3.1 systems while also using lower order modulations (and lower signal-to-noise ratios), netting a huge gain in bitrate capacity with the same power budget.

Tom and Ayham propose that broadening the spectrum for DOCSIS and introducing a new network architecture can extend the lifespan of today’s cable networks well into the next decade or two.  The implications for cable providers can distribute the capital cost of FTTH deployments over a more gradual schedule.

Be sure to attend Tom and Ayham’s presentation during the Innovation Showcase on Monday morning August 3rd in Shavano Peak & Red Cloud Peak, and swing by our table during Demo Floor hours both Monday and Tuesday.  We hope to see you there!

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of July 27, 2015

Last Friday, the FCC approved AT&T’s $48.5 billion dollar acquisition of DirecTV. According to The Verge, the merger is projected to combine around 26 million pay-tv subscribers—ranking them as the largest pay-tv service in the nation.

Light Reading reported on IHS’ recent global survey that revealed one-third of residential customers will be passed by DOCSIS 3.1-enabled headends as soon as April 2017.The US alone is projected to have more than 17 million cable modems supported by the technology, with speeds as high as 10 Gbit/s.

Additionally, Juniper Research also published its latest study reporting the number of connected devices will increase 285% over the next five years. The shift is primarily due to an increase in the Internet of Things market, reports Market Watch.

Similarly, eWeek covered IBM’s launch of its new, cloud-based, Internet of Things (IoT) developer community. This platform will serve as a tool for collaborative sharing between both beginners and advanced developers interested in IoT, connected devices and data interpretations.

Lastly, Bloomberg Business reported Verizon’s unveiling of its new mobile-TV service, Go90. Originally scheduled for an early June release, the mobile-TV service launch has been pushed to late August. The streaming service is said to feature live TV, short clips and video-on-demand capabilities.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. FCC approves AT&T–DirecTV merger (July 24, 2015) By Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge: The FCC has approved AT&T’s $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV, bringing one of the nation’s largest wireless carriers together with the largest satellite TV provider.
  2. DOCSIS 3.1 Seen Taking Off (July 28, 2015) By Alan Breznick, Light Reading: Seeking to join the Gigabit Parade, cable operators are apparently chomping at the bit to deploy the emerging next-gen DOCSIS 3.1 spec so they can offer 1 Gig and higher speeds themselves.
  3. Connected devices powering smart cities, homes to triple by 2020 (July 28, 2015) By Jennifer Booton, Market Watch: The number of connected devices as part of the burgeoning industry known as the Internet of Things is expected to skyrocket 285% over the next five years, reaching 38.5 billion devices by 2020 from just 10 billion today, according to a new report from Juniper Research.
  4. IBM Launches Internet of Things Developer Community (July 29, 2015) By Darryl K. Taft, eWeek: A week after launching a broad-based community destination for cloud developers focusing on open-source technologies—IBM developerWorks Open—Big Blue has announced a new community aimed at Internet of things (IoT) developers.
  5. HDTV, VOD to drive IPTV to near $80BN revs by 2020 (July 27, 2015) By Scott Moritz, Bloomberg Business: Verizon Communications Inc. will ask thousands of customers in the coming weeks to test out a new mobile-TV service, Go90, originally slated for introduction in June, though now pushed back to late summer.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of July 20, 2015

Following the announcement of ARRIS’s 2015 Consumer Entertainment Index annual survey results, Quartz posted an article highlighting how binge-watching has become a solo activity.

Additionally, Light Reading  reported on ARRIS’s newly offered hosted version of its managed service provider Wi-Fi platform at The Independent Show in Boston.

ZCorum announced that its DOCSIS analysis software tool will now be supporting ARRIS C4® CMTS technology.  Broadband Technology Report reported that ZCorum’s software will be an opening to “return path spectrum” without the need of “special equipment.”

WideOpenWest (WOW) has struck a joint deal with TiVo® and Evolution Digital to offer both traditional linear TV and VOD services as well as over-the-top content, according to Multichannel News.

Lastly, a global IPTV market report published this week suggested that growth is fueled by an increase in consumer demand of HDTV channels and video-on-demand (VOD) features. According to Rapid TV News, various technology firms have the potential of growing but satellite and cable TV operators could stall its development.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. You’re not alone: Binge watching is a solo activity for most people (July 21, 2015) By Alice Truong, Quartz. Streaming services have made it incredibly easy for people to watch multiple episodes—or even entire seasons—at a time.
  2. Arris Launches Hosted WiFi for Indie Operators (July 21, 2015) By Mari Silbey, Light Reading. At the NCTC Independent Show today in Boston, Arris Group Inc. announced the debut of a hosted Wi-Fi service for communications service providers.
  3. ZCORUM ADDS SUPPORT FOR ARRIS CMTSS (July 20, 2015) By BTR Staff, Broadband Technology Report: ZCorum announced that its DOCSIS return path analysis software tool, Upstream Analyzer, now supports the ARRIS (NASDAQ:ARRS) C4 CMTS.
  4. WideOpenWest Taps Into TiVo (July 22, 2015) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: WideOpenWest (WOW) has struck a joint development deal with TiVo and Evolution Digital that will enable the MSO to offer a blend of traditional linear TV and VOD services and over-the-top content via a new low-cost hybrid IP/QAM device and through Web and mobile apps powered by the TiVo platform.
  5. HDTV, VOD to drive IPTV to near $80BN revs by 2020 (July 22, 2015), Rapid TV News: Never hitting the highs of satellite but also not enduring the lows of cable, the IPTV sector has kept a relatively low profile but this may change as it enters a period of rapid growth, says Transparency Market Research.
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