TV is better and more personal than ever

Today is the 20th anniversary of World Television Day – a day that celebrates the medium of TV and the power it has to enrich lives.

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TV is not just TV anymore

We love TV – especially the way it has changed over the last two decades. TV isn’t just TV anymore. It offers more choice, personalized content and formats than ever.

Twenty years ago, many of us began to make the transition from analog to digital – and saw a whole new world of entertainment possibilities emerge. The picture quality improved, sound was enhanced, and more importantly, it set the scene for many new features that could be introduced.

HD brought added realism to visual content, while DVRs and on-demand content are now invaluable – we no longer need to plan our day around our favorite shows. We no longer have to accept compromise when we settle in to spend an evening in front of the TV.

TV has been democratized

But perhaps the biggest change in TV over the last 20 years is the way it has been democratized. YouTube launched in 2005, and suddenly we began to see ourselves onscreen. It’s a medium that allowed us to become generators of our own content, with a global audience of a billion users to share it with. What’s more, YouTube gave us access to a wealth of information on a wide range of topics in a way that was previously difficult to view. It’s a departure from the days when just a few major broadcasters had the power to beam visuals into our living rooms.

TV now caters for more diverse interests and niche audiences are better engaged than ever. And when you add the ability for OTT services such as Netflix to provide recommendations based on tastes and viewing habits, we can now build our own viewing schedules.

TV is everywhere

TV has also been democratized in the way it’s consumed. It now lives on our mobiles, our tablets – and who knows where else we’ll be watching in the future? As such, content is being streamed in more places than ever. We can enjoy entertainment on our own terms, breaking free from the one screen philosophy that defined a generation.

TV has always been about great entertainment and opening a window to the rest of the world. That will never change. What will change, however, is that it will better mirror our tastes, lifestyles and consumption habits. The TV no longer works in isolation – it is enhanced by connectivity in our homes and on our devices. And with innovation taking place by the technology providers, broadcasters, program makers and service providers, there’s much more to be excited about for the next 20 years.

Happy World Television Day!

 

Addressing Broadband & Video for Africa at TV Connect Africa

We’re in Cape Town this week at TV Connect Africa (Hall 4 Stand #TV19) where we are demonstrating our vision of the future for broadband and video.

We’re showing our broad range of set-tops, from cost-conscious devices for low ARPU markets to high-end UHD media servers, for cable, IP, terrestrial and satellite access.  This includes the recently launched DStv Explora 2 decoder with HEVC, the fourth generation of HD PVR devices that ARRIS and MultiChoice have launched together, making it easier for customers to access MultiChoice’s growing on-demand services.

Visitors can meet our experts to understand the migration path to ABR IP video delivery, including high-density HEVC encoding.  And how we’ve optimized Wi-Fi to deliver high quality wireless video to all corners of the home, as well as outside the home, to communities, schools, hospitals and stadiums.

Come and see us at Stand TV19 in Hall 4!

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ARRIS Racing Mexico Team Finishes Strong!

abraham racingLast weekend, in the final round of the Super Copa Telcel Series in Mexico City, ARRIS Racing’s Mara Reyes took the 2nd place crown overall in the V8 Challenge Series, and our Abraham Calderon won the 1st place crown in the Freightliner Truck Series and scored a first place finish in the last race.

Abraham got the win at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez and became in the new champion of Tractocamiones Freightliner. In the last round of Super Copa Telcel, with a huge crowd at Mexico City’s raceway, he had a great finish with a performance that sealed this new title on his career. In main event, Super V8, Abraham had a big crash in the last turn as he retired after 17 laps with severe damage to the car’s front, but without any physical injury.

Abraham Calderon: “We are very happy. The goal was getting the win in the last round, so today’s performance is very important. Thanks to Team ARRIS for this chance to drive its car. All of them did a great job. I’m very proud of this team.”

After a difficult race, ARRIS female driver Mara Reyes finished in the sixth place on Sunday and is the runner up after 10 tough races, finishing in 2nd place overall.

Mara Reyes: “I would have liked to have won the championship but it was not possible. Nevertheless, Marathe second place is a great result. It was a great job of the boys. I like to win but this result is good enough. Thanks to Team ARRIS for all the support throughout the season.”

Now, the entire ARRIS Racing team looks forward to a big win with Daniel Suarez and Carl Edwards at Homestead!

 

Demonstrating the Future of Content Delivery at NAB East

logo_main_standardThis week, we’re at the NAB Show New York (Booth #737) to demonstrate our vision for content delivery in the media and entertainment market.

Front and center in our booth is the DSR-7400 Series Transcoder IRD that HBO selected earlier this year to optimize its current MPEG-4 HD distribution platform while paving a path for future content distribution. We updated this fifth-generation of our popular transcoder IRD family with multi-tuner DVB-S2X and HEVC processing capabilities to enable programmers to sunset their SD satellite distribution. The DSR-7400 Series IRD will further allow affiliate operators to efficiently process existing HD services, and facilitate the delivery of tomorrow’s Ultra HD and HDR services.

Be sure to drop by our booth (#737) to see demonstrations of our DSR-7401 transcoding 12 HD video services into an optimized SD Statmux for efficient MVPD distribution.

Announcing ARRIS’s New R&D Center in Bangalore, India

Today, we opened a new, multi-million dollar R&D and Operations center in Bangalore, India, dedicated to innovation for our customers worldwide.

The Ulsoor, Bangalore site – which houses a state-of-the-art lab and testing facilities – becomes ARRIS’s largest global development center outside of the US. It’s an IP creation hub that unites world-class engineers from the former ARRIS and Pace sites in the region (following ARRIS’s January 2016 acquisition of Pace). Now, they can more easily collaborate on the technology to drive the next era of broadband and video experiences—from Gigabit Internet to 4K TV, and Wi-Fi.

Our Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Bob Stanzione, inaugurated the facility with Kiran Gadi, Country Head and VP, Engineering for ARRIS India, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning.

Take a look at our photos from the ceremony:

 

 

 

 

 

Debating the Gigabit home in 360 at Broadband World Forum

Customers buy the experience, not the technology.

This was the central idea underpinning a lively panel we hosted recently at Broadband World Forum in London. Bringing together some of the industry’s leading minds from Altice Labs, Deutsche Telekom, KPN, Orange, and Parks Associates, we took a closer look at how the gigabit home is being rolled out across Europe, and the opportunity for operators.

One thing was clear: although the majority of subscribers might not care about what tech is used to deliver their services, they have high expectations about the quality of service they receive.

Here, our panelists agreed, lies the challenge and the opportunity.

Read on to find out more, or head here to watch our 360 video series  

The gigabit home – are people ready?

Gigabit speed presents a huge opportunity for operators, but the important question is whether consumers’ homes are ready for it. The panel agreed that getting fast speeds to the home is one challenge, but equally important is the reach and reliability of the network once inside.

In addition to high-performing gateways, the panel discussed the importance for operators to educate customers about optimum equipment placement to ensure the best coverage. This isn’t just about speeds, but guaranteeing people’s entertainment isn’t disrupted when they stream their favorite shows – the blame for which can end up back on the operator’s plate. More on this later.

How to make the money?

The real value to operators will come not from speed but sticky services that keep customers loyal to their provider.

Operators can be successful by providing new services that sit on top of their established network – entering a ‘penta-play’ market by adding IoT services into the mix.  However, the opportunity differs by market. For example, market penetration for monitored security in the UK is 10 times that of Germany where the category needs better communication and understanding.

But the largest opportunity really still lies in content, as consumers’ appetite for entertainment in the home – be that broadcast, subscription or OTT – continues to rise.

New IoT paradigms

Delivering new IoT services requires new models, and for many telcos, the best and most efficient way to do so is partnerships. APIs also play a big role, and for the connected home to succeed, there will be a greater need for operators – and potentially even competitors – to work together as the capabilities extend beyond the home, requiring integration with mobile networks to allow IoT devices to continue to function outside.

To virtualize or not?

On virtualization, the panel was split. At least one operator said ‘no’ to complex gateways, with cost being a key consideration for something simpler. Here, network function virtualization was the model of choice, allowing for functions to operate within the cloud. Others believed the delivery of the desired experience was only possible through smart gateways – while the theory of a virtualized box got the thumbs up into the future.

The need to be unseen

The dilemma, it was put, was that operators are continually troubled by the fact their customers want them to be invisible – they want the service to ‘just work’, with no additional dialogue required from the provider. (Except when it unfortunately goes wrong, of course.) However, as third parties introduce more services and telcos work together to scale the opportunity, the need for a strong brand was acknowledged, or operators risk being swallowed by the competition.

As one panelist said, if you don’t provide a platform allowing users to have new and great experiences, the provider next door will.

We thank our panelists for giving their time, opinions and insight at Broadband World Forum:

  • Yves Bellego, Director of Network Strategy, Orange
  • Remco Helwerda, Innovation Strategy Consultant, KPN
  • Jon Carter, UK Head of Business Development – Connected Home, Deutsche Telekom
  • Paulo Mão Cheia, Head of Unit GPON, FTTx and QoS Probing, Altice Labs
  • Darren Fawcett, Chief Technical Engineer, ARRIS
  • Brett Sappington, Senior Director of Research, Parks Associates (moderator)

We shot a series of 360 video with our panel straight after the event – join the huddle and get the inside track from the show floor here. You can watch it via your YouTube app, browser or compatible VR device.

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