ARRIS and Charter Announce Joint Venture to Acquire ActiveVideo

ARRIS and Charter – with a shared vision – joined forces today to acquire ActiveVideo.

ActiveVideo developed CloudTV™, the only cloud-based software platform that enables service providers, content aggregators, and consumer electronic (CE) manufacturers to rapidly deploy new services – such as next-gen UIs, online content and interactive advertising – by virtualizing CPE functions in the cloud.

A new JV company was created to own ActiveVideo and operates independently of ARRIS and Charter. ARRIS will be the sales channel for ActiveVideo’s CloudTV platform. ARRIS’s service provider relationships, global scale and installed base of CPE will support the accelerated adoption of CloudTV – giving CloudTV the clout to reach a worldwide customer base.

ARRIS will be the majority owner of ActiveVideo, with a 65% stake in the JV. Charter will participate as a minority owner. Jeff Miller will continue to lead ActiveVideo as CEO. The transaction – which is subject to customary closing conditions – is expected to close within the next 30 days.

Charter and ARRIS came together due to our shared vision for enabling an all-IP network and the software-defined TV experience that will allow our industry to quickly move in response to subscriber trends. For Charter, this represents its commitment to the success of the CloudTV platform and its confidence in CloudTV’s value proposition for customers and consumers around the world. For ARRIS this represents a compelling opportunity to partner with a strategic customer and expansion of our cloud portfolio with CloudTV, a disruptive cloud technology already adopted by Tier 1 customers. Together, we see the opportunity as an ideal way to accelerate the adoption of CloudTV’s innovative platform that enables the delivery of powerful consumer and subscriber experiences….quickly and with lower CapEx.

This is another example of ARRIS’s ongoing legacy of collaboration with customers to Invent the Future.

Stay tuned here for more updates in the coming weeks.

Ultra HD – The future is clear, but why can’t I see it?

Sean McCarthy, Ph.D., Fellow, ARRIS

The landscape is shifting in the world of entertainment, content and delivery. The last few years have seen the world’s biggest brands touting their latest and greatest TVs, most of which boast some form of Ultra HD (UHD) capability. But how many people actually know what this technology is. And for those who have already purchased it, why doesn’t their favorite TV show look wildly better?

Within our industry, UHD, 4K, HDR, 8K, etc. are all common, well-known terms, but we recognize that the majority of consumers out there are unfamiliar with the next generation of HD technologies. So, this year, we would like to take a step back and work to set the stage for what new standards for TV are coming very soon (and are already here).

For those early adopters who already own a UHD TV, you might be frustrated that the UHD content currently available is so limited and difficult to stream. Right now, your smart TV uses several third party apps/monthly services to provide this content, but most of us are wondering the same thing – when will my service provider start programming sports and other content in the resolution my TV is able to deliver?

This is where ARRIS can help. ARRIS is working with programmers and content distributors to develop efficient, reliable, high-quality infrastructure to make UHD a reality. Building out this infrastructure enables a UHD “workflow” to evolve that will get UHD pictures to your living room.

The network matters because workflow matters. How will those who create and deliver content be able to provide these experiences at the highest possible quality, in an efficient way, allowing the service to be affordable for everyone? If the workflow is too complicated, it will drive costs up and even hinder quality. ARRIS is ahead of the curve on this front. We have developed several new technologies that simplify these processes, making them more efficient, and enable cable, IPTV, satellite, and OTT providers to deliver better and richer UHD experiences to customers.

Needless to say, the way we see content on our TVs and smart devices is in the midst of a massive transformation. Over the coming months, we will break down these elements to their core truths to give you a clear picture of what’s to come, how you can prepare, when you should upgrade devices, and much more. So, stay tuned and be sure to send us any questions below.

We’ll also be at the NAB show next week in Vegas, so drop by our booth SU7121 to hear more.

Wi-Fi: Connecting You to Everything You Love

Valentine’s Day is an annual reminder that Wi-Fi connects us to everything we love—whether ValentinesSocialMedia Bages_9Feb2015-02that’s entertainment, information, communication, automation, or someone special.

Planning a date for Valentine’s Day? These days, the way it works is: you sit down, look up movies and restaurants, buy tickets, make reservations, and tell your date where to go and when—all without ever picking up the phone. Thanks Wi-Fi.

Wi-Fi is so entrenched in our daily lives that sometimes we take it for granted… until it doesn’t work. And with 71 percent of all mobile communications happening over Wi-Fi (according to the Wi-Fi Alliance®) on more and more devices, that’s more likely to happen. So this Valentine’s Day, start with good Wi-Fi to ensure that everything goes off without a hitch, whether that’s kicking back and watching TV or setting up something nice for that special someone.

Find all the things you need to make the best connection this Valentine’s Day by visiting us at surfboard.com.

Welcome ARRIS Santa Clara

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Ribbon cutting ceremony at the new ARRIS Santa Clara office.

2500 Walsh Ave in Santa Clara, CA is the new home of our Silicon Valley office. The LEED Silver Certified building officially opened today and houses several of our Video Systems businesses in a state-of-the-art lab and workspace.

ARRIS Santa Clara is the regional hub for developing related technologies and services—uniting three former offices from around the San Francisco Bay Area and bringing ARRIS into focus among the area’s leading businesses.

Our new location in the heart of Silicon Valley reflects our commitment to delivering software, video delivery, and consumer solutions through the world’s foremost talent, so that we can continue inventing the future of entertainment.

Check out some photos from our opening day celebration below.

ARRIS at CCW in NYC

This week ARRIS is taking “The Big Apple” by storm! That’s right, we are in NYC for the annual CCW+SATCON Expo! This conference is the largest and most powerful media, entertainment, video and communications technology exposition on the US East Coast. With over 300 exhibiting companies and 7,000 attendees annually, this event is certainly one you won’t want to miss.

At this year’s conference, ARRIS has several CCAP and HEVC/UHD solutions on display and available to demo. It’s a great opportunity to get an up-close view of our industry-leading technology and have any questions answered.

Check out some pictures from day 1 below, and be sure to come on by Booth #1345 if you are in NYC!

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of October 27, 2014

This week, ARRIS’s Q3 earnings were reported by numerous outlets. In particular, FierceCable noted that overall Q3 success was driven by strong broadband and accessory unit, video set-top and cable modem termination systems sales.

Separately, Rapid TV News covered a recent Infonetics Research report that found that global set-top revenue increased by 4% sequentially in the second quarter of 2014. The report also found that ARRIS remains the worldwide STB market share leader, gaining nearly two share percentage points in sequential quarters.

In other industry news, Advanced Television highlighted a report from Digital TV Research that found that TV Everywhere is set to take off over the next five years, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.

A study by The Diffusion Group was covered by several outlets this week, including Multichannel News. The study noted an increase in the trend toward cord-cutting, with 14% of adult broadband subscribers not taking a traditional pay-TV service, up from 9% in 2011.

Finally, Ars Technica noted that the demand for broadband is driving state and local governments to partner with technologists to provide citizens with better Internet access.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Arris reports 32 percent revenue spike to $1.4B (Oct. 29) By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: Technology company Arris posted 32 percent growth in year-over-year revenue to $1.4 billion in the third quarter, resulting in a profit of $54.6 million and earnings per share of 81 cents that beat analysts’ forecast of 72 cents.
  2. Global Q2 STB revenue outlook a mixed affair (Oct. 27) By Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News: The boxless living room appears to be some way off: globally, set-top box (STB) revenue — including IP, cable, satellite and DTT STBs and OTT media servers — was up 4% sequentially in the second quarter of 2014, to $4.8 billion, according to Infonetics Research.
  3. APAC to lead multiscreen boom (Oct. 29) By Staff, Advanced Television: People will watch TV and video content on more and more devices as TV Everywhere takes off. For the 51 countries covered in Digital TV Research’s Multiscreen TV & Video Forecasts report, the gross number of viewers will climb from 5.60 billion in 2010 to 11.32 billion by 2020.
  4. 14% of Broadband Homes Don’t Take Pay-TV: Study (Oct. 28) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: About 14% of adult broadband subscribers don’t take a traditional pay-TV service, up from 9% in 2011, The Diffusion Group found in a new report, Pay-TV Refugees, 2014, which includes a look at what’s driving the cord-cutting trend and the potential appeal of new and emerging direct-to-consumer streaming video services.
  5. Fed up, US cities take steps to build better broadband (Oct. 27) By Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica: State and local governments aren’t typically known for leading the way on technology. Remember that West Virginia library that uses a $20,000 router for a building the size of a trailer? But all that’s changing fast, at least at the municipal level—and the demand for broadband is what’s driving this shift.

 

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