Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of August 11, 2014

This week, ARRIS continued to make headlines in media outlets such as CED Magazine with the announcement that Poland-based Netia selected the E6000 CER to support its broadband service.

In other news, Multichannel News discussed results from a recent study revealing 85 percent of consumers who subscribe to online streaming services also have pay TV service from a cable, satellite or telco TV provider. This finding is further proven with data highlighted by Advanced Television, which noted 89 percent of British viewers still regularly use the TV to watch their content live. Separately, Rapid TV News shared that in order to differentiate, over-the-top providers are eager to embrace 1080p and Ultra HD programming.

Finally, FierceCable reported that despite Ultra HD’s status as the next generation of high definition, a lack of end-to-end infrastructure could stand in the technology’s way.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Polish service provider picks Arris’ E6000 (Aug. 11) By Mike Robuck, CED Magazine: Netia, which is one of the largest telecommunications providers in Poland, said it picked the CCAP-based E6000 to support future roll outs of the cable industry’s DOCSIS 3.1 specifications. Netia will work with Arris reseller Vector to deploy the E6000 CER.
  2. Study: OTT Helps Consumers Create ‘DIY Bundles’ (Aug. 12) By Mike Farrell, Multichannel News: Consumers are increasingly using their over-the-top online video connections to complement their pay TV subscriptions, creating “Do-It-Yourself Bundles” of programming, according to a recent study by Hub Entertainment Research.
  3. Brits still prefer to watch live TV, on their TV (Aug. 14) By Editor, Advanced Television: Research reveals that despite the growth in TV viewing via PC, tablet and smartphones, 89 per cent of viewers still regularly use the TV to watch their content live – with 85 per cent also stating that the TV is their preferred screen.
  4. 1080p, UltraHD to be key differentiators in OTT battle (Aug. 8) By Editor, RapidTVNews: As they compete with pay-TV providers, over-the-top (OTT) services such as Netflix, VUDU and M-GO will be more eager to embrace 1080p and UltraHD for connected CE devices, says a report from ABI Research.
  5. Lack of 4K infrastructure hinders technology’s potential, report says (Aug. 13) By Jim Barthold, FierceCable: A lack of end-to-end infrastructure is standing in the way of 4K/Ultra HD, despite the fact that content creators, service providers and TV OEMs “are wagering billions that … (it) will be the panacea needed to lift TV sales and provide the next substantive qualitative differentiator in devices and services,” a new report from The Diffusion Group posits.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of August 4, 2014

This week, ARRIS attended ABTA in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Broadband Technology Report highlighted our presence at the event, as well as the first regional deployment of the DCX525e MPEG-4 set-top with Multiplay.

Separately, Broadband TV News reported that Poland’s Multimedia Polska will upgrade to the E6000 CER to increase its channel density ahead of the deployment of new converged services.

In other news, Variety shared data released by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group revealing that total home entertainment spending in the first half of 2014 came in at $8.58 billion, with the shift toward digital distribution becoming increasingly profound. Similarly, IP&TV News detailed the rise of mobile video and TV, which will increase spending on consumer mobile media services from $236 billion in 2013 to $380 billion by 2018.

Finally, VentureBeat shared data from Nielsen regarding Social TV, reinforcing the growing importance of the audience as mobile screens become more prevalent.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. ARRIS Heads to Brazil (Aug. 7) By Staff, Broadband Technology Report: At the ABTA Expo in Sao Paulo, Brazil, ARRIS is showcasing a range of video delivery solutions to address the growth in consumer demand for personalized entertainment.
  2. Multimedia Polska prepares for converged services (Aug. 4) By Julian Clover, Broadband TV News: The cablenet is upgrading to the ARRIS E6000 Converged Edge Router for Next-Generation IP Content Delivery. Its moving from the ARRIS C4 CMTS. The upgrade has been managed by ARRIS and local partner VECTOR.
  3. U.S. Home Entertainment Spending Flat in First Half of 2014 (Aug. 5) By Thomas K. Arnold, Variety: U.S. consumer spending in the first half of the year was essentially flat with last year, but the shift toward digital distribution is becoming increasingly pronounced.
  4. Mobile video & TV to help drive huge mobile revenue surge (Aug. 6) By Thomas Campbell, IP&TV News: Mobile video and TV will help spending on consumer mobile media services consumed via the handset rise from just above $236 Billion in 2013 to approach $380 Billion by 2018, according to a new forecast from Strategy Analytics, Global Mobile Media Forecast: 2001-2018.
  5. Nielsen data shows mobile devices & social networks are making TV better (Aug. 4) By Murry Shohat, VentureBeat: Our casual approach to TV viewing is shifting. Social media is increasingly how we learn about TV shows, and sometimes watch them.

Summer Streaming Made Easy with 802.11ac Wi-Fi

With Netflix’s summer premieres heating up, such as murder-mystery series “The Killing,” SBG6782-AC-heromaintaining a flawless connection is crucial. And what better way to make sure you are getting the most out of your home bandwidth than utilizing the fastest 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

802.11ac is currently the fastest way to deliver seamless streaming to your wireless devices in the home—whether that’s a gaming console, tablet, or TV. The ARRIS SBG6782-AC is the first gateway to incorporate this technology, and it’s a game changer for your connected experience.

As Netflix looks to launch the final season of “The Killing” on Aug. 1, make sure your home is ready to handle the binge-watching across all devices. And let us make it even easier on you – as you can find the SBG6782-AC @Best Buy and Amazon .

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Keven Adams’ CCAP and DOCSIS 3.1 Presentation

Now that CCAP hardware is a commercial reality, the question is how cable operators can make the best use of it.

On July 16th, our Director of Product Management for CCAP and CMTS Platforms, Keven Adams dove into the origin and fundamentals of CCAP and outline best practices for the migration to DOCSIS 3.1 at the CCTA Technical Training in Puerto Rico.

The CCAP portion began with a general review of CCAP for operators, and then discussed the benefits of the latest hardware, finally touching on IPv6 and its implications for tomorrow’s connected services.

Keven reviewed developments in DOCSIS 3.1, going into the industry’s inevitable shift to the new standard due CCAP platform support and its potential performance benefits for bandwidth in Hybrid Fiber Coax networks.

Check out his presentation: CCAP EVOLUTION AND DOCSIS 3.1.

ARRIS @ Japan Cable Tech Show 2014

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This week we’ve been at the Cable Tech Show in Tokyo, Japan which attracted 9,500 attendees over two days at the Tokyo International Forum.

With 28 million households in Japan (that’s 50% of households overall) with a cable TV connection, served by 350 operators, the Japan cable market is one of the most exciting globally.

Our booth was buzzing for the two day event, with much interest in the ARRIS access technology portfolio and Cable WiFi solutions, as well as the globally successful ARRIS E6000™ Converged Edge Router with DOCSIS 3.1 demonstration.  We also announced an exciting deal with Izukyu Cable who will be the first operator in Japan to deploy a converged edge router with the ARRIS E6000.

ARRIS experts Kaz Tomomatsu, Ray Bontempi, and Rich Peske all took part in the technical seminar program, sharing views on DOCSIS 3.1, access technologies and video processing respectively.

Check out some of the photos from our booth!

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of July 21, 2014

This week, ARRIS made headlines with several announcements. Multichannel News featured our news that Service Electric and Comporium have signed on to deploy our whole home HD-DVR paired with the MS4000 Media Streamer. Separately, Broadband Technology Report highlighted the announcement that our E6000 Converged Edge Router will be deployed by Cable TV of East Alabama and Comporium.

In other news, MediaDailyNews reported on new data from ABI showing the worldwide pay-TV subscriber base will grow to 1.1 billion subscribers in 2019. Also growing is the connected TV device market, according to Rapid TV News, which shared that by 2017 there will be 204 million connected TV devices linked to the Internet, more than double the projected number of US Internet households.

Finally, CableFAX discussed research by The Diffusion Group revealing more than 8 in 10 adult broadband users are unfamiliar with 4K.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Two Operators Join The Arris Sling Team (July 23) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Showing that it’s making some hay off an exclusive distribution and technology licensing deal with Sling Media announced last fall, Arris said two operators have signed on to roll out its whole home HD-DVR paired with the MS4000 Media Streamer, a place-shifting device that enables users to stream live and recorded video in or out of the home to mobile devices.
  2. ARRIS Scores in Alabama, the Carolinas (July 22) By Staff, Broadband Technology Report: ARRIS’ E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER) will be deploying with Cable TV of East Alabama and with Comporium in the Carolinas.
  3. Pay TV Market Stabilizes, Will Climb Globally (July 23) By Wayne Friedman, MediaDailyNews: Although the U.S. pay TV market has had rough times of late — thanks to big losses in video subscribers from traditional cable operators — estimates are that the overall market has stabilized a bit.
  4. Connected TV device market to skyrocket in US (July 23) By Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News: By 2017 there will be 204 million connected TV devices linked to the Internet and able to deliver apps to viewers, more than double the projected number of US Internet households.
  5. 4K Research: Awareness Low (July 22) By Joyce Wang, CableFAX: Despite the momentum, short-term demand for 4K is hindered by “a widespread lack of awareness among consumers and a marked sensitivity to the costs of these advanced sets,” according to a study by The Diffusion Group.
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