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

Top Ten Reviews recently reviewed and ranked the ARRIS SURFboard® SB6141 #1 in a cable modem lineup, and it earned a Top Ten Reviews Gold Award. The SURFboard SB6121 cable modem ranked #2.

The 13th Annual CSI Awards shortlist was also announced this week with ARRIS being nominated in three different categories: best digital video processing technology for the ME-7000 Converged Video Compression Platform, best cable or fibre contribution solution for the AgileMax™ RFoG Optical Distribution, and best customer premise technology for the VIP4000 and VIP5000 Series of Set-Tops.

On Monday, SNL Kagan analyst, JP O’Sullivan, spoke at the Connected TV Summit in London. According to Video Net, O’Sullivan said electronic sell-through (EST) is a small yet flourishing market that can best be exploited through pay-TV operators.

Ooyala and Vindicia’s new research study, conducted by London MTM, claims that OTT service revenues could potentially double or triple from $4 billion in 2014 to anywhere from $8-12 billion in 2018. Fierce Cable reported that this increase is due to “consumer’s growing increasingly comfortable with OTT services.”

Lastly, the Wi-Fi™ Alliance is hoping to make devices more aware of green initiatives. Wireless Week covered the Wi-Fi Alliance’s launch of Wi-Fi Aware™—a new certification program aimed at energy efficient connectivity.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. 2015 Best Cable Modems Review, Top Ten Reviews: From televisions to computers, speakers and gaming consoles, electronic products increasingly dominate our lives. Whether you’re shopping for a gaming PC or some new headphones, we evaluate the best electronics available and present top choices to make your buying decision easier.
  2. CSI-Awards – Shortlist  2015 (July 15, 2015) , CSI Magazine: The CSI Awards are one of the most comprehensive and competitive technology awards anywhere in the world, designed to reward technical and product marketing excellence in the cable, satellite, terrestrial broadcasting, mobile and IPTV sectors.
  3. SNL Kagan: Pay-TV Has ‘Competitive Advantage’ With EST (June 13, 2015) By Barry Flynn, VideoNet: Electronic sell-through (EST) is a small but growing sector, according to consultants SNL Kagan, and pay-tv operators are best-placed to exploit it.
  4. Revenues from OTT services could triple to $12B by 2018, Ooyala-Vindicia report says (July 14, 2015) By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: Revenue from “premium” U.S. OTT services will grow from $4 billion in 2014 to somewhere between $8 billion to $12 billion in 2018, according to a study conducted by London’s MTM and commissioned by online video service providers Ooyala and Vindicia.
  5. New Wi-Fi Aware Technology Adds Context to Connections (July 15, 2015) By Andrew Berg, Wireless Week: The Wi-Fi Alliance is hoping to make Wi-Fi devices more aware of the world around them.



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

RapidTV News detailed this week’s report from ABI Research on 4KTV content penetration. According to the analyst firm, high-resolution premium video, including 4K and Ultra HD content, is a fast-growing market; and therefore, content protection services must follow suit with adaptability and preparedness for the expanding space.

Top Tech News reported on recent white papers from Alitcast, suggesting that cable boxes have the potential to become an Internet-of-Things (IoT) hub.

On Wednesday, Fierce Cable covered CableLabs’ announcement of new specs for CCAP architectures. CableLabs principal architect, Karthik Sundaresan, explained how this technology “[provides] significant scale advantages and flexible deployment options for both DOCSIS 3.0 and DOCSIS 3.1 networks.”

According to a Zacks article, Comcast will open up its set-top box and software testing framework so that other cable TV operators can also access the source codes.

Showtime launched its new OTT video service, Showtime Anytime, this week. Multichannel News reported how the service will be available via: Apple, Roku, Hulu and Sony PlayStation.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Faster than expected penetration makes 4KTV content protection a growing concern (July 9, 2015) by Staff Writer, RapidTV News: The good news for content firms looking to expand offerings with 4KTV quality content is that penetration is increasing; the bad is that security is also a growing issue, says an ABI Research report.
  2. Can Cable Serve as All-in-One IoT Hubs? Alticast Think So (July 2, 2015) by Dan Heilman, Top Tech News: According to a recently published white paper, cable boxes have the potential to become protocol-agnostic Internet-of-Things (IoT) hubs and in the process begin to address the competing protocols and closed systems that continue to hold back the IoT industry.
  3. CableLabs released new specs for distributed CCAP architectures (July 8, 2015) by Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: CableLabs has released a new series of specifications covering distributed architectures for the Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP).
  4. Comcast to Share its Cable Set-Top Box Testing Platform (July 7, 2015) by Zacks Equity Research, Zacks: Comcast Corp., the largest cable MSO (multi service operator) in the U.S., has recently opened up its cable set-top box and software testing framework so that other cable TV operators can also access the source codes.
  5. Showtime Unleashes Stand-Alone OTT Service (July 8, 2015) by Jeff Baumgratner, Multichannel News:Beating a previously announced deadline, Showtime said Tuesday it has launched its stand-alone streaming service via Apple, Roku, Hulu and Sony PlayStation Vue ahead of the July 12 season debuts of network original series Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex.


Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of June 29, 2015

On Monday, Digital TV Europe reported that the Pay-TV channel business is growing strongly in Europe with a compound growth rate of 3.1%, according to analysis from SNL Kagan.

eWeek covered an IHS Research study that showed that Wi-Fi will reach 90% of global households by 2019. The study also forecasted the amount of connected devices to increase over the next five years, “growing up to 13 connected devices per broadband home.”

Additionally, AT&T expanded its GigaPower capabilities to Florida cities of Fort Lauderdale, Hialeah, Hollywood and Miami. FierceTelecom positioned this as “a key area of expansion for AT&T’s 1 Gbps service.” The launch in Florida comes days after the company disclosed plans for future developments in Dallas-Ft Worth and Chicago.

The New York Business Journal reported on Stealth Communication Services and Xchange Telecom’s announcement to bring a broadband boost to the “digital desert” of Brooklyn and Queens, New York. This attempt is considered a “Herculean task,” with the companies expecting to offer customers up to 10 megabits per second and contribute a total of $3.75 million towards the project.

Lastly, three of the largest UK ISPs, BT, TalkTalk and Virgin Media, have teamed up to support business broadband for smaller services. According to Broadband TV News, the three entities will join forces to develop a new Code of Practice to help consumers.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Pay TV channel business growing strongly in European markets  (June 30, 2015) , Digital TV Europe: The pay TV channel business in Europe is continuing to grow in revenue terms in key markets, leading to increased interest in the European market from US programmers facing a slowing ad market and rising programming costs, according to analysis by SNL Kagan.
  2. Wi-Fi to reach 90% of global household by 2019 (June 26, 2015) By Nathan Eddy, eWeek: The percentage of global households with WiFi home gateways or routers supplied by their service providers will rise from 66 percent in 2014 to nearly 90 percent in 2019, according to a report from IT research firm IHS Research.
  3. AT&T incites broadband challenge against Comcast with Miami-area 1 Gbps launch (June 30, 2015) By Sean Buckley, Fierce Telecom: AT&T has made the southeast Florida cities of Fort Lauderdale, Hialeah, Hollywood, Miami and surrounding communities the next targets for its 1 Gbps FTTP service, putting it in direct competition with Comcast which will offer an even higher speed 2 Gbps service.
  4. ‘Digital Deserts’ of Brooklyn, Queens to broadband boost (July 1, 2015) By Michael del Castillo, New York Business Journal: New York City’s pathetically sparse broadband network — vast swaths of which are known as digital deserts — is about to get a serious upgrade.
  5. ISPs agree to support business broadband (June 26, 2015) By Julian Clover, Broadband TV News: Three of the UK’s largest ISPs have agreed to improve broadband services for smaller businesses.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of June 22, 2015

On Wednesday, Broadband Technology Report cited commentary from ARRIS’s Jay Bestermann on the shift toward Wi-Fi-based mobile plans that drive traffic predominately through Wi-Fi and shift back to data.

Furthermore, CSI quoted ARRIS CTO Charles Cheevers on the benefits and rollout of RDK-B, as well as the industry’s efforts to put an IoT module into the RDK-B framework.

Fierce Wireless reported Verizon Wireless’s plans to roll out a new OTT mobile video service this summer, predominately funded by advertisers through sponsored data. This will allow consumers to enjoy content without paying for it in a data bundle.

Additionally, The Wall Street Journal reported that results from Nielsen’s Total Audience Report contradict theories of a dire TV landscape. The report suggested that the number of video impressions versus traditional TV is not fully indicative of viewership since they are measured differently.

Lastly, Business Insider predicted that the market for smart home technology will peak in the next two years. It also reported that 60 million of the 91 million households with broadband service are currently interested in smart home technology due to the additional cost savings and product familiarity.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Time to Monetize All that Wi-Fi (June 24, 2015) By Monta Monaco Hernon, Broadband Technology Report: Wi-Fi seems to be the “it” kid on the block these days. Yes, there is talk of whether cable operators will find the magic bullet, so to speak, to blow a hole in the cellular carriers’ mobile dominance.
  2. Shinning a light on RDK (June 24, 2015) By Goran Nastic , CSI: A panel at Anga revealed some of the first data on how the open source project is helping operators innovate and bring products to market faster. In the meantime, RDK-B will emerge later this year, potentially also embracing IoT features.
  3. Verizon’s OTT mobile service will support sponsored data (June 23, 2015) By Phil Goldstein, Fierce Wireless: Verizon Wireless’ forthcoming over-the-the-top mobile video service will support sponsored data, with advertisers subsidizing the cost of consumers’ video consumption, according to a senior Verizon executive.
  4. If You Think TV is Dead, Maybe You’re Measuring Wrong (June 23, 2015) By Steven Perlberg, The Wall Street Journal: The TV world may love to hate Nielsen, but now the measurement giant is arming media companies with a new report that could aid their fight against digital rivals.
  5. The smart home market is still young, but people are already clamoring for the devices (June 23, 2014) By: Tony Danova, Business Insider: Homes around the world are going to become smarter and more connected over the next five years.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of June 15, 2015

On Monday, Screen Plays Magazine discussed the increasing momentum behind Comcast’s original RDK initiative. It also highlighted ARRIS’s contribution to RDK through its in-band DVB Service Information system.

Multichannel News reported on Time Warner Cable’s expectations to provide 1 Gigabit of speed per second across all of Los Angeles, rather than individual neighborhoods, thanks to its D3.1 technology.

Furthermore, Wireless Week informed audiences that due to the increase of smartphones, tablets and a trend of multiple device households, Americans used 4.1 trillion megabytes of data during 2014.

Digital Media Wire covered the creation of Story Sync, a new second-screen application that allows users to interact with characters from their favorite shows. The article also highlighted how these applications are closing the gap between media outlets and consumers by unlocking a new range of monetization opportunities.

Lastly, Nation Multimedia reported on Nielsen’s development of audience multiscreen measurement protocol to understand how media fragmentation has altered TV viewing, due to the increased use of smartphones.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. RDK Moves to Broadband Gateways Amid Surge in Adoption & Innovation (June 15, 2015) By Fred Dawson, Screen Plays Magazine: With growing momentum the Reference Design Kit initiative spawned three years ago by Comcast is shaping MVPD strategies across the globe and, in the process, building a demand pool that is impacting device designs beyond the initially targeted set-top domain.
  2. TWC ‘Well Positioned’ to Bring 1-Gig Across L.A. (June 16, 2015) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Time Warner Cable said it is “well-positioned” to bring speeds of 1 Gbps across its Los Angeles footprint in the wake of a request for participants (RFP) issued by the city last week.
  3. Report: Americans Used 4.1 Trillion Megabytes in 2014 (June 17, 2015) By Andrew Berg, Wireless Week: Americans used 4.1 trillion megabytes of data last year according to new research from CTIA.
  4. Double Vision: Media Monetization Through Second Screen (June 17, 2015) Digital Media Wire: Would you be able to survive a night with The Walking Dead? Do you think your favorite celebrity could? You can find out by hooking up to Story Sync, a second screen app that lets viewers interact with the show on their tablet while watching it on TV.
  5. Nielson test-runs multiscreen TV audience measurement protocol (June 18, 2015) By Watchiranont Thongtep, The Nation: AMID the changes in TV viewing behaviour encouraged by media fragmentation, Nielsen (Thailand) has kicked off a test run of multiscreen audience measurement in a bid to boost data quality and TV ratings stability as well as to retain its reputation in the industry.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of June 8, 2015

Last Friday, Fortune listed ARRIS as one of the “hottest companies of the 2015 Fortune 500” having experienced the most growth over the past year and rising further up on list than most others companies.

On Wednesday, Multichannel News reported that ARRIS dominated first quarter market share by securing 51 percent of revenue due to the early availability of the E6000™ CER.

Furthermore, TechCrunch discussed TiVo’s efforts to cater to cord cutters, enabling users to view both live TV and DVR recordings over the Internet mimicking principles of modern streaming services.

Additionally, Variety reported on efforts made by Time Warner’s Turner and Comcast that provide users all available programming through a VOD platform, allowing individuals to not only enjoy current programs but also to discover new content using the service.

Finally, Mashable reported on the University of Washington’s efforts to establish a mainstream wireless charging system through Wi-Fi, eliminating the need for current impractical wireless charging systems.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Hottest companies on the Fortune 500 (June 5, 2015) By Daniel Roberts, Fortune: It’s good to be on the Fortune 500, great to be a repeat performer, but even better to have made a big leap since last year. These 15 companies have risen more spots in the last year than any of the rest.
  2. Cable Access Equipment Shipments Rise, But Revenues Slide (June 10, 2015) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: The first quarter represented a mixed bag for cable broadband access network equipment suppliers as DOCSIS channel shipments climbed but overall revenues in the category dipped due to aggressive pricing and a surge in software licenses, according to a new report from IHS that tracks shipments of cable modem termination system (CMTS), converged cable access platform (CCAP) and edge QAM products.
  3. TiVo Now Lets Subscribers Stream Recordings and Live TV Via The Web (June 9, 2015) By Sarah Perez, TechCrunch: DVR maker TiVo announced today a new product called TiVo Online that will allow its subscribers to stream both their DVR recordings as well as live TV over the web.
  4. Tuner, Comcast Move to Capture Binge-Watching Crowd (June 8, 2015) By Brian Steinberg, Variety: Time Warner’s Turner and Comcast are working quickly to rewrite the rules currently established in the nascent realm of VOD.
  5. Wireless charging over Wi-Fi could be on the horizon (June 9, 2015) By Chris Perkins, Mashable: Say goodbye to cables? Researchers at the University of Washington just successfully tested Wi-Fi charging.
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