Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of March 16, 2015

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of March 9, 2015

This week, Multichannel News reported that NBN Co plans to deliver gigabit speeds using DOCSIS 3.1 starting in 2017. This news comes just weeks after NBN Co announced ARRIS will play a major role in upgrading the Australian government-owned entity’s HFC networks.

In other industry news, FierceCable highlighted newly published research from Strategy Analytics that shows that the top pay TV operators gained more than 100,000 video subscribers in Q4 ’14.

Similarly, Broadband Technology Report noted that pay TV revenues in the Asia Pacific region are expected to grow by $10 billion between 2014 and 2020 according to Digital TV Research.

Separately, Advanced Television reported research from The Diffusion Group that found that more than 20 percent of U.S. adult broadband users who stream content are considered ‘cord cheaters,’ a term to describe consumers who access streaming content services using account information belonging to someone they do not live with.

Finally, USA Today covered the results of a recent Nielsen report that indicated that 41 percent of U.S. homes have access to a streaming video on demand (SVoD) subscription service.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. NBN Co Commits To DOCSIS 3.1 (March 12) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: NBN Co, a government-owned entity tasked with bringing next-gen broadband to millions of homes and businesses in Australia, announced Thursday that it will deliver gigabit speeds using DOCSIS 3.1, an emerging HFC platform that will support capacities of up to 10 Gbps down and at least 1 Gbps in the upstream, starting in 2017.
  2. Top pay-TV operators added 101,000 subs in Q4, Strategy Analytics says (March 9) By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: The top pay-TV operators gained 101,000 video customers in the fourth quarter, partially offsetting losses in Q2 and Q3, according to newly published research from Strategy Analytics.
  3. APAC Pay TV to Grow $10 Billion by 2020 (March 9) By Staff Writer, Broadband Technology Report: According to Digital TV Research, pay TV revenues in the Asia Pacific region (22 countries) will grow by $10 billion between 2014 and 2020.
  4. ‘Cord Cheating’ common among US streamers (March 12) By Staff Writer, Advanced Television, According to research from The Diffusion Group (TDG), more than 20 per cent of adult broadband users who stream video from an online subscription service are ‘cord cheaters’, consumers who access these services using the account name and password of someone that does not reside in the same household.
  5. Streaming video services continue U.S. home invasion (March 11) By Mike Snider, USA Today: Streaming video services are increasingly becoming a staple in American homes with more than four out of 10 having a subscription, according to a new Nielsen report.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of March 2, 2015

This week, FierceCable covered Infonetics Research’s latest quarterly report, which found that shipments of DOCSIS channels rose 114 percent last year to a record 4.8 million, with ARRIS capturing 48 percent of the cable broadband market.

Separately, The Australian Financial Review included additional comments from NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow on the recently announced deal with ARRIS to upgrade the Telstra and Optus cable networks. Morrow noted that NBN Co had been doing trials on its HFC networks and had seen speeds of 376 megabits per second download and 49 megabits per second upload.

In other industry news, Advanced Television reported study results from Strategy Analytics, which found that demand for Ultra HD TVs has increased dramatically as price points have dropped and model availability has expanded.

A number of outlets, including Bloomberg, covered Italy’s approval of a €6 billion ($6.7 billion) plan to boost high-speed networks throughout the country.

Finally, USA Today noted that all of the major TV networks have some kind of TV Everywhere offering and included a comparison of each.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

1.     DOCSIS channel shipments increased 114% in 2014 to record 4.8M (March 1) By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: Driven by the ever-increasing broadband speed upgrades rendered by cable companies in 2014, shipments of DOCSIS channels rose 114 percent last year to a record 4.8 million, according to Infonetics Research’s latest quarterly report.

2.     NBN Co chief Bill Morrow says HFC NBN will be as fast as Labor’s FTTP (March 2) By Max Mason, The Australian Financial Review: NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow says upgrading the technology used in the television cable networks it acquired from Telstra and Optus will mean it can compete on speeds with the fibre-to-the-premise network promised by the former Labor government.

3.     4K set for 50% of US homes (March 5) By Staff Writer, Advanced Television: The USA will emerge as the leading market for 4K or Ultra HD TVs in terms of household penetration by 2020 followed by the leading Western European markets, Australia, South Korea and China.

4.     Italy Approves $6.7 Billion Plan For Ultra-Fast Broadband Grids (March 3) By Daniele Lepido, Bloomberg: Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s cabinet approved a plan to use 6 billion euros of public funds ($6.7 billion) to encourage phone carriers to boost high-speed networks in the country.

5.     Cutting the Cord: Networks tune into TV Everywhere (March 1) By Mike Snider, USA Today: Each of the major TV networks have embraced letting viewers watch TV on the go — to a certain extent.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of February 16, 2015

This week, Rapid TV News covered ARRIS’s end of year results, noting that 2014 was a particularly strong year for the company thanks to the introduction of several key products, significant market share gains and important design wins scheduled for launch later in 2015.

Separately, Broadband TV News highlighted ARRIS’s role in the development of the next generation 4K DVB Video Gateway program with Liberty Global, as announced by our CEO Bob Stanzione on an investor call earlier this week.

In other industry news, the New York Post included coverage of new Nielsen figures that show that traditional TV usage among millennials (viewers ages 18 to 34) continues to decline, falling 10.6 percent between September and January.

Digital TV Europe reported that, according to Pyramid Research, streaming video on demand (SVoD) revenues will increase five-fold across emerging markets between 2014 and 2019, totaling $18.8 billion in the five-year period.

Finally, the broadcast division of the International Olympic Committee does not have plans for 4K TV broadcasting of the 2016 Rio Olympics according to a story from The Hollywood Reporter.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. ARRIS claims ‘outstanding’ 2014 (Feb. 19) By Staff Writer, Rapid TV News: Gaining momentum as its own entity following a spate of acquisitions a year ago, ARRIS has announced that 2014 was a particularly strong year for its range of IP, video and broadband technology.
  2. Arris secures role in Liberty 4K Gateway (Feb. 19) By Julian Clover, Broadband TV News: It’s emerged that Arris has secured a major role in the development of the successor to Liberty Global’s Horizon product.
  3. Millennials ditching their TV sets at a record rate (Feb. 16) By Claire Atkinson, New York Post: So far this season, younger viewers, the most important audience for advertisers, have ditched their TV sets at more than double the rate of previous years, new Nielsen figures show.
  4. SVoD revenues set to grow fivefold (Feb. 17) By Staff Writer, Digital TV Europe: There will be a five-fold increase in SVoD revenues across emerging markets between 2014 and 2019, according to new research.
  5. 4K Ultra HD TV Broadcasting Not on the Agenda for Rio Olympics, Says IOC (Feb. 18) By Adrian Pennington, The Hollywood Reporter: While the consumer electronics industry heavily promoted 4K Ultra HD TVs last month at CES, the broadcast division of the International Olympic Committee has “no plans for 4K TV broadcasting” during the 2016 Rio Olympics, the next major globally televised event.

 

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of February 9, 2015

This week, BGR highlighted four products that can help build a faster home network and included the ARRIS SURFboard® SB6141 modem on its list.

In other industry news, Multichannel News noted that, despite the growth of video-on-demand (VoD) choices from over-the-top (OTT) services, more than two-thirds of consumers say that access to cable and broadcast services are a major draw to a multichannel pay TV package, according to a recent Horowitz Research study.

Advanced Television covered forecasts from market analyst GfK that indicate that as many as 995,000 large-format 4K sets could be sold in Britain this year.

TechCrunch highlighted findings from a new Ernst & Young report that says that China, India, Russia and Mexico are the top emerging markets in terms of earning potential for online media and entertainment companies, with an expected two billion broadband connections by 2016.

Finally, Tech Hive reported that UHD content stream protections already put in place in the form of the High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) 2.2 specification could potentially make 4K content consumption difficult for the average consumer.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. 4 products you can buy on Amazon that will help you build an insanely fast home network (Feb. 9) By Jacob Siegal, BGR: Building a reliable home network takes a lot of work, especially if you live in a large home with a bunch of people.
  2. Waiting for the Fat Lady to Sing (Feb. 9) By Thomas Umstead, Multichannel News: Television industry prognosticators have been all too comfortable recently predicting the inevitable end of the traditional TV industry as it faces the onslaught of new digital-on-demand technology.
  3. UK Ultra-HD could hit 1m units (Feb. 12) By Chris Forrester, Advanced Television: The forecasts for 4K/Ultra HD take-up this year have exceeded all expectations. 2014 saw around 200,000 UHD units sold in Britain (3 per cent of the market), and this year’s forecasts could see as many as 995,000 large-format 4K sets sold.
  4. China, India, Russia and Mexico Are The Top Emerging Markets For Online Media Companies, Says Ernst & Young (Feb. 10) By Catherine Shu, TechCrunch: While the U.S. still has the highest earning potential for both online media and entertainment companies, emerging markets like China, India, Russia, and Mexico are quickly catching up.
  5. 4K content protection will frustrate consumers more than pirates: Meet HDCP 2.2 (Feb. 10) By Michael Ansaldo, Tech Hive: 4K content streams are still little more than a trickle, but that’s not stopping the industry from launching a proactive defense to protect them. The crackdown comes in the form of HDCP 2.2, an overhaul of the decade-old HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) specification.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of February 2, 2015

This week, CED listed the 16 new members to be inducted into the Cable TV Pioneers 2015 class, including ARRIS’s Alex Swan.

In other industry news, Advanced Television reported the results of new Enders Analysis research which found that total daily average viewing time declined by five percent year-over-year in 2014, likely due to a number of factors including increasing connectivity, smartphone and tablet penetration and the growth of OTT platforms.

FierceCable included comments from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s annual “State of the League” pre-Super Bowl address where he announced that the league is looking to stream a regular season game for the first time. Despite this, The Motley Fool reports that a survey conducted by Consumer Electronics Association showed that only five percent of adults who planned to watch the Super Bowl intended to do so via online streaming.

Finally, Broadband TV News covered a new Digital TV Research report which found that the number of pay-TV homes in the Middle East and North Africa will reach 21.3 million by 2020, nearly doubling from 2010.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Cable Pioneers induct 16 in 2015 class (Feb. 2) By Brian Santo, CED: The latest class of inductees to the Cable TV Pioneers will bring 16 new members. The organization will again hold its induction banquet coincident with the NCTA’s annual trade show, this year renamed INTX.
  2. Linear viewing decline continues in 2014 (Feb. 5) By Staff Writer, Advanced Television: Research from Enders Analysis on the multichannel TV squeeze found that total daily average viewing time declined by a steep 5 per cent year-on-year in 2014.
  3. Goodell says NFL will aggressively pursue OTT as Super Bowl shows limits of live streaming (Feb. 2) By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell used his annual “State of the League” pre-Super Bowl address to announce that the league is looking to stream a regular season game for the first time.
  4. This Remained the Most Popular Way to Watch the Super Bowl (Feb. 5) By Daniel Kline, Motley Fool: The New England Patriots’ miracle victory over the Seattle Seahawks was the most-watched Super Bowl of all time, with an estimated 114.5 million viewers. That rating only takes people watching on regular television into account, but a survey done before the game suggests that was how the vast majority of people watched it.
  5. MENA pay TV subs climbing – despite piracy (Feb. 2) By Robert Briel, Broadband TV News: The number of pay TV homes in the Middle East and North Africa will double between 2010 and 2020 to 21.3 million, according to a new 208-page report from Digital TV Research.

 

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