Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of May 4, 2015

This week, Light Reading covered the announcement that ARRIS is teaming up with TiVo Inc. to bring the TiVo software platform and cloud-based services to ARRIS set-tops.

Separately, Multichannel News highlighted the recent announcement of ARRIS’s 24-channel multicast streaming solution, which can enable MSOs to deliver “Skinny TV” packages.

Also, FierceCable reported that Suddenlink has begun deployment of the E6000™ Converged Edge Router (CER) from ARRIS.

Furthermore, IP&TV News covered a new study that draws attention towards the increasing popularity of 4K TVs.

Finally, The Wall Street Journal covers data from online ad giant Google stating only about half of video ads across the Web are actually viewable.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Cable Cozies Up to TiVo & OTT (May 5, 2015) By Mari Silbey, Light Reading: What a difference a few years makes. Former upstart TiVo was shunned by the cable industry for the better part of a decade, and Netflix has often ranked as enemy number one both for producing scads of Internet traffic, and for offering a competitive service to cable’s video-on-demand (VoD). Fast forward to today, however, and the cable industry has decided to mend fences all around.
  2. INTX 2015: Arris Demos ‘Skinny TV’ Approach (May 6, 2015) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Taking aim at the emerging trend toward skinnier pay-TV bundles, Arris is using INTX to show off an IP multicast system that, it claims, is vastly more bandwidth-efficient than unicast streaming systems.
  3. Suddenlink bolsters 1 Gbps service push with deployment of Arris E6000 edge router (May 5, 2015) By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: Arris says that its E6000 high-density converged cable access platform (CCAP) has been deployed by Suddenlink Communications, enabling the operator to better offer its customers broadband speeds of 1 Gbps and faster.
  4. Report: 4K to grow 45% from 2015-2019 (May 8th, 2015) By Thomas Campbell, IP&TV News: Technavio, a tech-focused research firm, has published a new report on the global ultra HD TV market, which is expected to grow at a CAGR of 45% from 2015-2019.
  5. Only Half of Online Video Ads Are Viewable, Google Says (May 8, 2015) By Jack Marshall, The Wall Street Journal: The online ad industry is facing some push-back. Marketers are increasingly insisting they should only pay for ads that actually appear on users’ screens. However, according to data from online ad giant Google, only about half of video ads across the Web are actually viewable.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of April 27, 2015

This week, the recent announcement of ARRIS’s intention to acquire Pace continued to be picked up by news outlets, including Multichannel News.

Separately, CED covered ARRIS’s plans to offer the Aura-licensed content delivery network (CDN) from Akamai Technologies as part of its end-to-end IP video portfolio.

Also, Light Reading covered the rising popularity of the Reference Design Kit (RDK) software stack for IP video set-tops and gateways, and noted that ARRIS has confirmed its participation in RDK-B development.

In other industry news, Rapid TV News reported that recent Parks Associates research found that more than half of US broadband households subscribe to an over-the-top (OTT) video service.

Finally, The Motley Fool highlighted the recent Consumers Reports “How America Shops Now” report, which shows that, despite changes in consumer behavior as the result of the most recent recession, 38 percent of Americans would find a way to pay for premium, streaming, or pay TV “no matter what the economy does.”

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. ARRIS Picks Up Pace for $2.1 Billion (April 27) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: While set-tops are a big focus of the ARRIS-Pace marriage, the access network side of the deal shouldn’t be ignored.
  2. Arris stitches in Akamai’s CDN (April 29) By Brian Santo, CED: Arris is integrating Akamai Technologies’ content delivery network with its video systems.
  3. RDK Spreads Its Wings (April 28) By Mari Silbey, Light Reading: The cable industry’s Reference Design Kit (RDK) software stack for IP video set-tops and gateways is enjoying a significant rise in popularity after three years in the market.
  4. OTT passes 50% of American homes (April 28) By Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News: More than half (55%) of US broadband households subscribe to an over-the-top (OTT) video service, up from 44% in 2013.
  5. Some Americans Won’t Give Up Cable No Matter What the Economy Does (April 27, 2015) By Daniel B. Kline, The Motley Fool: Though the economy has recovered from the economic woes of the most recent recession, that period changed how Americans shopped.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of April 20, 2015

This week, a number of outlets, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, covered ARRIS’s announcement that it plans to acquire Pace plc in a transaction worth approximately $2.1 billion.

Separately, Multichannel News reported that Windstream has launched an Internet protocol-based pay TV service over fiber in Lincoln, Neb., which is being offered on ARRIS-made whole-home HD-DVRs.

Also, Communications Daily published insight from ARRIS CTO Charles Cheevers on the benefits of the reference design kit (RDK), noting how the technology helps operators push out updates more quickly than before.

In other industry news, FierceCable noted that, according to IHS, the global market for 4K/Ultra HD will nearly double in 2015, due largely to the increasing number of devices implementing the technology.

Finally, TV Technology took a look at some of the topic expected to be covered at this year’s INTX show in Chicago, including over-the-top (OTT) competition, wireless integration and back-end operations.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Local CEO discusses $2.1 billion deal as stock soars (April 23) By Matt Kempner, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Fresh from announcing an agreement to buy a rival technology company for $2.1 billion, the chief executive of Suwanee-based ARRIS Group predicted metro Atlanta and the company’s hundreds of local workers will see good things from the deal.
  2. Windstream Adds IPTV Service to Web Bundle (April 20) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Pushing ahead with a plan announced last fall, Windstream has launched an Internet protocol-based pay TV service over fiber in Lincoln, Neb.
  3. RDK Gaining Traction, Executives Say (April 8) By Staff Writer, Communications Daily: As cable seeks a more effective and faster way to push changes through to customers, the reference design kit (RDK) is gaining more traction, analysts and executives said in recent interviews.
  4. 4K displays’ global revenue will double to $18.8B this year, report says (April 20) By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: Driven by the technology’s proliferation across devices beyond just televisions, such as smartphones, tablets and personal computers, the global market for 4K/Ultra HD will nearly double in revenue this year to $18.8 billion, according to IHS.
  5. Cable Show Takes on OTT (April 20) By Gary Allen, TV Technology: INTX’s organizers expect that the event will intensify cross-industry focus on such topics as over-the-top competition, wireless integration and back-end operations.

 

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of April 13, 2015

This week, a number of outlets, including Multichannel News, covered the announcement that ARRIS and Charter Communications have acquired cloud-based interfaces and apps provider ActiveVideo through a new joint venture. As part of the deal, ARRIS will serve as the sales channel for ActiveVideo’s CloudTV platform.

Separately, Broadband Technology Report highlighted ARRIS’s and Conax’s demonstration of the joint capabilities of ARRIS’s DASH repackaging and Conax’s multi-DRM encryption during the NAB Show in Las Vegas.

In other news from the show, Mikael Rickans of PCWorld noted that many of the devices on display at NAB are 4K compatible, an indicator that consumer interest in watching movies, TV shows and sports in 4K continues to grow.

In other industry news, Rapid TV News reported new research from Visiongain, which found that media delivery services revenue for over-the-top (OTT) services reached $51.38 billion in 2014.

Finally, The Telegraph published a story on the trend for UK broadband users to stay with their service providers, due predominantly to the fact that they are discouraged by the fees associated with switching.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Arris-Charter J.V. Nabs ActiveVideo for $135 Million (April 14) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Arris and Charter Communications said they have acquired ActiveVideo, a provider of cloud-based interfaces and apps, for $135 million via a new joint venture.
  2. ARRIS, Conax to Demo DASH, Multi-DRM (April 11) By Staff Writer, Broadband Technology Report: ARRIS and Conax will be demonstrating the joint capabilities of ARRIS’s DASH repackaging and Conax’s multi-DRM encryption at the NAB Show in Las Vegas.
  3. NAB conference makes way for more 4K content (April 15) By Mikael Ricknas, PCWorld: This year the number of 4K TVs sold around the world will almost triple. Those sales, along with more mature equipment for producing and distributing content, are fueling overall interest in the technology.
  4. OTT media delivery tops $51.38 billion (April 15) By Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News: Media delivery services revenue for over-the-top (OTT) services reached $51.38 billion in 2014, research from Visiongain has revealed.
  5. Half of UK broadband customers have never switched provider (April 13) By Sophie Curtis, The Telegraph: Half of UK broadband users have never switched provider, with many being discouraged from shopping around for better deals by so-called “switching costs”.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of April 6, 2015

 

This week, Light Reading highlighted the results of a study conducted for ARRIS by Heavy Reading, which found that cable operators and telcos anticipate strong growth in both the deployment and adoption of their multiscreen video services over the next couple of years.

In other industry news, Rapid TV News reported that over-the-top (OTT) content paid for via carrier billing is expected to provide operators with upwards of $14 billion in revenues over the next five years, according to Juniper Research.

However, Daniel Frankel of FierceCable noted that we are very much in the early stages of OTT and that it is still unknown how fast the earliest OTT business models put forth by the pay-TV industry will grow.

Separately, Advanced Television covered the results of a YouGov poll, which found that the average UK household now owns 7.4 connected devices.

Finally, Huffington Post included an article on how the difficulties faced by consumers when streaming TV are leading many to reconsider cutting the cord.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Pay-TV Providers See Multiscreen Promise (April 8) By Alan Breznick, Light Reading: Despite still relatively low consumer awareness of its benefits, multiscreen video is offering service providers more hope in the fiercely competitive pay-TV market.
  2. OTT carrier billing to generate $14BN (April 8) By Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News: In the ongoing quest to combat the threat of over-the-top (OTT) applications, network operators are looking for ways to distribute cloud-based and mobile content to consumers themselves, bundled with their broadband.
  3. Pay-TV operators writing the rules for their OTT future (April 8) By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: In the area of over-the-top distribution, there are plenty of known unknowns, to borrow some rather infamous political phrasing.
  4. Average UK home owns 7.4 connected devices (April 9) By Staff Writer, Advanced Television: The average UK household now owns 7.4 connected devices, with four out of 10 households buying a tablet in the last year, according to YouGov.
  5. Streaming TV Is Bigger Than Ever — But Pause Before Cutting The Cord (April 7) By Timothy Stenovec, Huffington Post: A colleague of mine was considering ditching his Time Warner Cable subscription in favor of PlayStation’s new Vue TV service, which streams live TV over the Internet.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of March 30, 2015

This week, the Associated Press covered ARRIS’s deal with NASCAR Productions to provide each of the racing teams participating in this year’s Sprint Cup Series with a SURFboard® SB6183 modem and E6000™ converted edge router.

Separately, CED included a story on the general availability of AgileMax™, ARRIS’s new hybrid passive optical network (HPON™) solution to completely eliminate Optical Beat Interference (OBI) in Advanced DOCSIS, FTTP deployments.

Additionally, the Atlanta Business Chronicle highlighted the recent appointment of Patrick Macken as ARRIS’s new senior vice president and general counsel.

In other industry news, Multichannel News noted the results of Adobe’s 2014 U.S. Digital Video Benchmark Report, which suggests that consumers continue to prefer TV Everywhere services from their pay-TV providers, despite the recent surge in competition from over-the-top (OTT) services.

Finally, Advanced Television reported that, according to the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers, the industry is quickly adopting 4K, with production of ‘ordinary’ HDTV screens expected to potentially cease altogether by the end of 2016-2017.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. ARRIS technology to help power NASCAR communications (March 31) By Staff Writer, Associated Press: ARRIS Technology will provide NASCAR Productions with equipment for Internet services at Sprint Cup races this season.
  2. Arris marketing new RFoG approach (March 31) By Brian Santo, CED: Arris is hitting the market with its previously announced AgileMax system, which introduces a variation of RF over glass technology that is designed to entirely sidestep what the company says is a chronic problem in RFoG installations.
  3. People on the Move (March 31) By Staff Writer, Atlanta Business Chronicle: Macken will oversee all aspects of the company’s global legal function and will report to ARRIS Chairman and CEO Bob Stanzione.
  4. TV Everywhere Makes Strides Against OTT Rivals: Study (March 30) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: If TV Everywhere aims to help traditional pay TV providers fend off a surge of over-the-top competition, new data suggests that the needle is moving in the right direction.
  5. SMPTE: “4K picking up speed” (March 31) By Chris Forrester, Advanced Television: The Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE), in its latest ‘Newswatch’ publication, states that the industry’s transition to 4K has “picked up considerable speed.”
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