ARRIS Demonstrations at SCTE

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By Jonathan Ruff, Senior Director, Technical Marketing, ARRIS

Several big questions are top-of-mind for every service provider heading to SCTE next week:

  • How do we deliver Gigabit DOCSIS 3.1 services to our subscribers?
  • How can we make the Gigabit connected home more consistent with Wi-Fi, prepare for UHD over Wi-Fi, and create new services?
  • How do we make the Customer Experience more repeatable, reliable, and less reactive?
  • How can we implement a planned, evolutionary approach to an all-IP architecture with minimal impact to our subscribers?

ARRIS’s product managers and professional services experts will be answering these questions and more in daily demonstrations in our booth (#1074) under the following topics:

Networks

Our Gigabit Solution Wall will highlight our E6000 CER’s flexible deployment options and support for CCAP and Gigabit DOCSIS 3.1 services to subscribers over today’s HFC networks at distances of +70 miles. The E6000 provides multiple paths to bring fiber all the way to the home or premises, with hardware and software updates, integration of Remote PHY and Full-Duplex DOCSIS, and the ability to support Fiber Deeper technologies—like RFoG, Node PON and EPON.

CPE 

Our industry-leading portfolio of DOCSIS 3.1 gateways and broadband devices will be on display, showcasing its Gigabit and multi-Gigabit capabilities.

We’ll demonstrate our flagship Touchstone TG3462 smart home gateway—our most powerful gateway to-date—downloading movies and Virtual Reality experiences while distributing 4K video streams to our latest Wi-Fi UHD HEVC set-tops. It can deliver over 5Gbps of data around the home, with four GigE ports and an 8×8 MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi radio.

We’ll also showcase our comprehensive range of routers and WiFi extenders, along with new management capabilities, like ARRIS’s Assurance solutions and in-home user management features. And we’ll be demonstrating CPE function virtualization, which enables new levels of scalability, cost-efficiency and performance.

In our Intelligent Gateway Area, you can learn about our gateways’ new home network management features, IoT capabilities, and support for new services and applications.

We’ll also have our portfolio of video set-top devices on display—demonstrating 4K UHD HEVC video delivered over 802.11ac Wi-Fi, DVR and compact set-top functionality for whole-home solutions, support for RDK, and a range of leading User Experiences including TiVo, Espial G4, and X1 Syndication.

Future of TV

Our video product teams will be demonstrating how the ARRIS Cloud Video Delivery Platform—coupled with our ME7000 encoder/transcoder for advanced TV formats—can enable a phased approach to the evolution to IP video. You can learn how to build on VOD and nDVR capabilities and how multicast ABR can enable a bandwidth optimized managed video service for linear TV services to multiscreen devices.

Customer Experience Management

Management of the subscriber experience is paramount to driving higher NPS (Net Promoter Scores). ARRIS will be demonstrating three tool systems designed to improve NPS: Access Network Management, Field Service Management, and Home Network Management. These tools enable a range of assurance capabilities—from monitoring access network trends and remediating issues before they affect the consumer experience, to providing integrated tools for both technicians and subscribers to manage the home network.

We look forward to meeting you at SCTE. Check out presentations from our industry experts, catch Bob Stanzione, our Executive Chairman, at the opening panel session on Tuesday, September 27th, watch ARRIS’s sponsored First Robotics team: The Firebirds, compete immediately afterwards in the Central Lounge.

And don’t forget to drop by our booth (#1074) to get ARRIS’s answers to your most important industry questions!

ARRIS Racing Fueled by Turtle Power!

This weekend, ARRIS Racing’s Daniel Suárez  will become Michelangelo as he gears up to tmtcompete in Saturday’s Drive for Safety 300 race—part of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 race weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.

The high-profile weekend of racing is sponsored by Nickelodeon, which partnered with Daniel and other select drivers to represent the main characters from the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) franchise. This weekend’s races pit Daniel and other drivers on #TeamTurtle against drivers on #TeamFoot.

Daniel, a childhood fan of the TMNT television series, will be behind the wheel of the newly wrapped No. 19 ARRIS TMNT Toyota Camry.

Picture4“ARRIS has enjoyed a tremendous reception from NASCAR fans since we started the ARRIS Racing campaign last year,” said Duncan Potter, SVP, ARRIS Global Marketing. “We’re excited to add to that momentum by tapping into the excitement for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from Nickelodeon fans across the country and beyond.”

Cheer on ARRIS Racing’s own Ninja Turtle, Daniel ‘Michelangelo’ Suárez, this weekend:

  • Daniel returns to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) on Friday night at Chicagoland Speedway for another double-duty week. The NCWTS race at Chicagoland is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. ET on Friday, September 16. The race will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.
  • The NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) returns to Joliet, IL and Chicagoland Speedway this weekend for their final race before the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase begins next weekend. The Drive for Safety 300 begins at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 17, 2016. The race will be broadcast live on the NBC, Sirius XM 90, and MRN Radio.

Catch all the action — check our Twitter feed for the latest updates from Chicagoland Speedway: @ARRIS.

ARRIS Introduces the SURFboard® SBG7580-AC at CEDIA Expo

CEDIA is one of the year’s most important showcases of hot new home technology. That’s 91MHq0rXZGL._SL1500_why we’re at the show introducing our latest wireless gateway: the SURFboard SBG7580-AC. It’s made for consumers who want to take the Gigabit revolution into their own hands.

Gigabit gives you the freedom to surf, game, and stream in 4K Ultra HD to your heart’s content. And our SBG7580-AC features DOCSIS® 3.0 with 32×8 channel bonding for getting every last drop of Gigabit speed into your home. Meanwhile, the SBG7580-AC supports integrated dual band current Wi-Fi® and 802.11ac, to ensure your Wi-Fi network is equally as fast —for enjoying your favorite content on all your favorite devices.

Pre-order your SURFboard SBG7580-AC on Amazon today for $229.

Until then, be sure to stop by our booth (#7224) at CEDIA to see the future of Gigabit technology.

Actual speeds are dependent on the level of service subscribed to by the consumer.

A broad vision for set-tops at IBC

The exhibition halls at IBC have opened today and we’re showcasing the industry’s broadest and most comprehensive portfolio of set-tops.

We develop products for satellite operators, cable operators, telcos and terrestrial TV providers. Our set-tops can integrate with a wide range of third party middleware and conditional access technologies to offer a fantastic choice of UI experiences built on software platforms such as RDK, Android, KreaTV or Mediaroom. So whether a service provider wants to deliver a high-end service from a Wi-Fi enabled media gateway, or whether they are on the hunt for entry level set-tops, our solutions are the perfect fit.  

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ARRIS VIP5305

 

Making its debut at IBC is one of our latest IPTV set-tops – the VIP5305.  It’s compact and eye- catching, and capable of supporting enhanced picture quality with High Dynamic Range (HDR) for an Ultra HD experience that is one of the biggest leaps in image quality in TV’s history.  The image you will see will be the most realistic to ever grace your TV screen – like looking out of a window.

 

We’re also displaying examples of bespoke devices we’ve developed for some of our European customers on which we collaborated on the feature sets and design to meet the operator’s specific requirements.

With 4K launches now beginning in Europe, NOS was able to lead the pack with the ARRIS ZD4500 which will be showcased at IBC.  As the first RDK 4K rollout in Europe it’s a significant project and we’ll detail this and other successful projects at our stand.

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s IBC. We’re in Hall 1 Stand B19

 

The UHD dream is becoming reality

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Sean McCarthy Ph.D., Fellow at ARRIS

A few year ago, Ultra High Definition (UHD) was just an idea and today it’s on the verge of widespread adoption, says Sean McCarthy Ph.D., Fellow at ARRIS.

Equipment is emerging, content is in development and consumers are expectant. The stage is set for another TV evolution.

UHD changes the game by offering more pixels and therefore more detail for bigger screens. Add in High Dynamic Range (HDR) and there’s an even more impressive array of colors, contrast and depth.

Many service providers are already making their future intentions clear. With UHD TVs already commonplace in retail stores, an appetite for content is building. With this in mind, the likes of Sky, Virgin Media, NOS, DirectTV and BeIN have all announced or launched UHD services. Some 78% of video service providers say they will have launched 4K UHD content by 2018, according to an SNL Kagan Irdeto report.

HDR is part of the wider UHD growth trajectory. And although it’s still an emerging technology, some providers are already rolling out compliant set-tops. HDR TV shipments are only going to increase and OTT players are already raising the bar in terms of content. Netflix and Vudu are among those leading the field. 

Format war?

There are actually different forms of HDR in existence that deliver content to customers in slightly different ways. They all transfer linear light from the picture captured by the source camera. It’s then delivered to the TV display through a process of compression, encoding, decoding and rendering. But because this can be done in different ways, there are concerns of a format war. The truth is that because of the emergence of streaming media, the differing HDR transfer functions can coexist because there are advantages for each.

For example, the Perceptual Quantizer (PQ) formats – HDR10, Dolby Vision and Technicolor Philips – are ideal for controlled environments. This includes non-live studios and cinematic content where post production can enhance the picture. The Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) format, however, is at its best in live studios and outdoor events. 

The good news is that the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has announced a standard that allows us to convert between the two. We can now gain the advantages of both. And the flexibility for studios, operators and consumer electronics manufacturers will benefit the industry.

Defining quality

With all the content providers, formats and equipment companies how exactly do you measure UHD quality? It’s a question that still doesn’t have a comprehensive answer but it’s one that researchers are looking into. The UHD Alliance has galvanized the major TV players such as Sony and Panasonic and this will help inform consumers. But the best academic means of measuring quality is still up for debate.

Various tools such as peak signal-to-noise ratio (PSNR) and the structural similarity (SSIM) index already exist. But the tools that work well with SD and HD formats don’t always capture the nuances of HDR. Studies are looking at new metrics and they’re making progress but the goal should be simplicity. They should aim to develop UHD HDR video quality metrics that are easy to calculate and provide information that companies can act on.

What UHD is really about

UHD isn’t about impressing consumers with bulging spec sheets. The reason the technology will gain ground is because it enables creatives to tell better stories. And for the viewer, it’s about offering them a better experience that’s even more compelling than HD. With that comes a fantastic opportunity for providers to offer a premium service.

As technology providers, we’re helping to get the infrastructure in place that will enable the growth of UHD and the evolution of home entertainment.

For more information on ARRIS’s UHD solutions, click here or come to our stand at IBC 2016, Hall 1, B19 

Race Preview: A Weekend with ‘The Lady in Black’

Carl Edwards and Daniel Suárez are in Darlington, South Carolina for this season’s only stop originalat the legendary 1.33-mile egg-shaped oval. Dubbed ‘The Lady in Black,’ Darlington Raceway has been a destination for success for ARRIS Racing, with Daniel finishing third in his rookie debut last year, and Carl returning this week to defend his victory at last year’s Sprint Cup Series race.

Daniel starts things off on Saturday in the XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200. Carl will race on Sunday in the Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500. Both will be behind the wheel of the #19 ARRIS Toyota Camry, but Carl’s car will wear a historic throwback paint scheme as an homage to former JGR teammate Tony Stewart. Check out this link for a 360 view of the car.

Here’s a preview of this weekend’s ARRIS Racing lineup:

NASCAR XFINITY Series – VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200

  • Daniel Suárez in the #19 ARRIS Toyota Camry
  • Live TV coverage: Saturday, September 3rd at 3:30 p.m. Eastern on NBC, Sirius XM Channel 90, and MRN Radio

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Bojangles’ 500

  • Carl Edwards in the #19 ARRIS Toyota Camry
  • Live TV coverage: Sunday, September 4th at 6:00 p.m. Eastern on NBC, Sirius XM Channel 90, and MRN Radio

Carl Edwards: ”Darlington is one of the most fun races of the year. It’s a historic event and with the throwback paint schemes and everything, I’m really looking forward to this weekend. It’s going to be a blast. We won the race last year. It was one of the biggest wins of my career. Our Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas have been really fast. We’ve been working well together as a team. We’ve got a special paint scheme to honor Tony Stewart’s first paint scheme that he had at JGR. Here it is his last season so that’ll be cool. We’ve got ARRIS on board. The Stanzione family has done so much for our team through ARRIS. They’re from that area so hopefully we can get them another win. We’ll just go have a good time. We’ve got two races before the Chase to get a couple more bonus points and hopefully a couple trophies.”

Daniel Suárez: “Darlington is one of my favorite race tracks we visit each year and also one of the most fun and challenging to drive. The track is so different from any that we visit; it really makes it exciting for us as drivers as well as the fans. The whole weekend is really cool and I’m excited to be part of it. We had a really strong run there last year in our ARRIS Camry, so hopefully we can duplicate that effort this year. We’ve had a really good year so far, and as the regular season comes to a close I’m really looking forward to the Chase coming up in a few weeks.”

Bring home another one, Carl and Daniel!

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