This week, several outlets, including Multichannel News, highlighted the announcement that the ARRIS E6000 next-gen network access platform will be used by SK Broadband to deliver 1 Gbps broadband service and capacity support to the South Korean company’s 2.6 million IPTV customers.
Separately, Digital TV Europe included video interviews of ARRIS’s Steve McCaffery, senior vice president – EMEA, and Cornel Ciocirlan, chief technology officer – EMEA, on the future of WiFi in the connected home and how DOCSIS® 3.1 is helping cable stay competitive with fiber.
The Wirecutter recommended the ARRIS SURFboard®SB6141 modem for consumers looking to purchase their own, also noting that it is the most popular and well-reviewed cable modem in its class.
In other industry news, Rapid TV News reported focus group data from Sanford Bernstein which indicated that, while most participants subscribe to over-the-top (OTT) content services, the diversity of programming and convenient access of traditional pay-TV are keeping them from cutting the cord.
Finally, CED highlighted new findings from Leichtman Research Group that show that 81 percent of households surveyed in the U.S. have at least one HDTV, a steep increase from 46 percent four years ago.
Check back next week for the latest industry news.
- Arris Makes 1-Gig Assist (March 16) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Arris said SK Broadband of South Korea is tapping its next-gen network access platform, the E6000, to deliver 1 Gbps broadband service and to provide the necessary capacity to support an IP-based 4K video offering that was announced by the service provider last August.
- Cable Congress 2015 Video Interviews – Steve McCaffery and Cornel Ciocirlan, Arris (March 18) By Staff Writer, Digital TV Europe: WiFi is making the home truly connected and operators need the industry to come together to provide an intuitive user experience, according to Steve McCaffery, SVP, EMEA, Arris.
- The Best Cable Modem (March 18) By David Murphy, The Wirecutter: If you’re paying for cable Internet, you’re probably paying a separate monthly fee for the privilege of renting a cable modem from your ISP.
- Despite the hype, cord-cutting isn’t making sense for consumers (March 19) By Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News: While there’s interest in cord-cutting among pay-TV subscribers, the actual phenomenon isn’t yet happening in large numbers.
- Four out of five households choose HD (March 16) By Helena Fahnrich, CED: Four out of five of households (81 percent) surveyed in the U.S. now currently have at least one HDTV.