Keeping Military Families Connected

Today in the U.S., we celebrate our veterans and troops, and we recognize the advancements in veterans-daytechnology that are bringing them closer to home and allowing them to share their stories from abroad. We often hear stories of soldiers meeting their newborn babies through Skype and Facetime, and how deployed parents overseas can read bedtime stories to their children face-to-face.

At ARRIS, we take great pride in building entertainment and communications solutions that connect millions of people to the Internet, all over the world. When we think of the crucial role that this technology plays in keeping our troops connected to their families, it makes our work even more rewarding.

Thank you to all our veterans and troops at home and abroad!

Who is ARRIS?

ARRIS invents the technology that brings entertainment and communications to millions of people, all around the world.

If you watch TV or use the Internet, chances are you’re using our technology. We’re behind the services that you get from the world’s leading providers, and we’re collaborating with them to invent the future, every day.

But from time to time, we still get the question: Who is ARRIS?

Here’s the answer, in the words of the people of ARRIS, our employees…

 

Entertainment on our terms: the case for personalization

The 2014 ARRIS Consumer Entertainment Index reveals that content personalization, access, and control is not only growing in popularity among consumers, but is a vital pathway for the evolution of entertainment.

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Sandy Howe, SVP Global Marketing

This year, we surveyed 10,500 people from 19 countries to get a pulse on how people around the world are engaging with content. Here’s what we found:

Mobile device usage around the world is growing exponentially. These devices are increasingly more powerful, personalized, and connected. That, combined with better access to high-speed broadband is fueling a new multiscreen ecosystem. The result is a fundamental change in what people expect from their entertainment.

In short: consumers want entertainment on their terms – the ability to control what they watch, when they watch it, and where.

This is a natural outgrowth of the connected lifestyle enabled by services like DVR and OTT, but now we’re seeing consumers take the next step towards personalized and boundary-less entertainment. It represents a global opportunity to develop services, features, networks, and experiences that not only align with these trends, but anticipate the way they will evolve.

Here are some of the more poignant findings from this year’s study:

Broadcast TV is here to stay

  • 96% of global respondents watch at least 1-5 hours of Broadcast TV each week.

The living room remains the center for entertainment, but consumers are branching out with mobile devices

  • 41% now use tablets in the bedroom, 22% in the kitchen
  • 40% use smartphones in the bedroom, 25% in the kitchen

Binge TV-viewing is at an all-time high

  • 80% have binge-viewed content. One in four 25-34 year-olds binge-view once a week.

Traditional TV advertising is irritating, but storage is a bigger concern, and second-screen merchandising may be the next way in

  • 60% download or record a TV program just to skip the ads
  • 62% of those interested in using a remote storage solution would watch a few ads in exchange for room to save their content
  • 30% used second screens to buy an item featured on the TV program they’re watching

For the full results, visit www.arrisi.com/arriscei.

We’ve reached a global inflection point in how we deliver entertainment that truly engages consumers. Service providers have an unprecedented opportunity to address the many ways that people are consuming and interacting with content on a variety of devices, across the home, and around the world.

ARRIS has a long history of uniting the technology, expertise, and innovation to anticipate tomorrow’s consumers. We’re collaborating with our customers, partners, and industry to succeed in this new era of entertainment. Together, we are inventing the future.

ARRIS DCX525e Set-Top – A Feature-Rich, High-Definition User Experience

 

This week at Canitec, ARRIS will debut the latest all-digital, high-definition (HD) set-top. The new DCX525e brings the latest digital technology to the home environment and provides a flexible and future oriented entertainment platform.

We developed the DCX525e to specially meet the needs of consumers in the Caribbean and Latin America. The set-top is very efficient at using limited bandwidth to deliver high-definition programming and advanced, high-bandwidth applications.

The ARRIS DCX525e is twice as fast as earlier models in its class, contains five times more memory, and features embedded security—all at an extremely competitive price point. Moreover, the software-programmable DCX525e is designed with the future in mind, featuring an IP-ready platform for tomorrow’s services.

We caught up with ARRIS’s VP of Regional Sales, Miguel Cruz, in Mexico, for a local angle on the advantages of the DCX525e for Latin American service providers. Check out the video above.

A Different Kind of Olympic Record

We’ve spent the last weekend watching the Sochi Paralympics from our couches, beds and on the move – soschiwe’re hooked! As you enjoy this year’s Winter Paralympics from whichever screen is your favorite, we wanted to take a look back the incredible broadcast coverage record that was set by the Winter Olympics. While it’s no surprise that there’s now more content that ever, and that viewing is more “multiscreened” than ever, the numbers are huge!

The year’s Winter Olympics garnered 42,000 hours of television coverage, versus 32,000 in Vancouver in 2010, and the digital component sets a whopping record of 60,000 hours – against 25,000 hours for Vancouver. The International Olympic Committee has also highlighted that with 230 digital destinations supporting this year’s Games – which can be broken down into 155 website and 75 applications – there has a shift away from traditional fixed screens to more mobile devices, although people are often flicking between the two.

Even Timmo Lumme, managing director of Olympic television and marketing, is talking about the move to multiscreen, noting that “it is interesting that we are not just seeing people stay on mobile. It is a tendency that the smaller screen is becoming the first screen, but people are coming back to use the big screen as a first screen and then redeploying the smaller screen as the second screen.”

We recently blogged in more detail about how televised sports about to change, and what ARRIS is doing to ensure that service providers can deliver the world’s biggest sporting events your way.

What are you doing differently in this exciting new era of sports viewing, and how are you watching the Paralympics? Let us know in the comments below.

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