Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of July 14, 2014

This week, Broadband Technology Report  featured ARRIS own John Ulm discussing how DOCSIS 3.1 and CCAP technologies will allow HFC networks enough headroom to keep up with capacity demands until at least 2030. Separately, The Motley Fool highlighted our focus on optimizing customer networks for video delivery and E6000 CER global progress since last year’s introduction.

In other industry news, FierceCable shared a report by IHS Technology revealing that revenue from pay TV set-top box sales hit an all-time high of $20.3 billion in 2013, with the market expected to peak at around $22.8 billion in 2015. Also growing is the global IPTV market, which is projected to grow from 90 million homes at the end of 2013 to 191 million by 2020, according to RapidTVNews.

Finally, Advanced Television discussed new research from Hub Entertainment Research finding that while computers have long been the favorite device for watching TV online, other devices such as mobile devices and Smart TVs are beginning to close the gap.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. CCAP, DOCSIS 3.1 Prime HFC for the Long Haul (July 16) By Monta Monaco Hernon, Broadband Technology Report: Despite increasing demands for capacity, HFC networks should have enough headroom to keep up at least until 2030, thanks to DOCSIS 3.1 and CCAP architectures – both integrated and distributed.
  2. Arris Group Has Room to Run (July 15) By Adam Levy, The Motley Fool: Arris Group is one of the main providers of equipment cable companies need to compete with over-the-top video services. After purchasing Motorola Home last year for $2.2 billion plus 10.6 million shares of the company stock, it added another piece of the puzzle for home video delivery.
  3. IHS: Global set-top revenue hit all-time high in 2013, will peak in 2015 (July 16) By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: Revenue from pay TV set-top box sales hit an all-time high of $20.3 billion in 2013, up 3 percent from 2012, and will peak at around $22.8 billion in 2015.
  4. Global IPTV subscriptions set to double by 2020 (July 16) By Joseph O’Halloran, RapidTVNews: The number of homes paying for IPTV is set to soar from 90 million at the end of 2013 to 191 million by 2020, according to a report from Digital TV Research.
  5. Computers lose ground to Smart TVs, tablets for online viewing (July 17) By Staff, Advanced Television: Computers were the first devices used for watching TV online, and even today they remain the single most commonly used device for online viewing. However, research suggests that online viewing is beginning to shift away from computers and toward mobile devices and Smart TVs.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of July 7, 2014

This week, ARRIS was featured in Investor’s Business Daily as one of the primary providers of the technology that cable and telco companies need to migrate to all-digital and IP-based services. Separately, Broadband Technology Report highlighted an interview with our own Gary Dorfnerwho discussed the industry’s ongoing efforts to reduce the energy consumption of set-top boxes and other home devices.

In other news, Advanced Television shared a recent report by Strategy Analytics noting that the global installed base of Connected TV devices will double over the next five years, exceeding 2 billion units by 2018. As the number of connected devices grows, so does awareness of TV Everywhere, and according to Broadband TV News, 49 percent of multichannel video programming distributor customers describe themselves as watching TV shows on multiple devices. This mirrors findings from our 2014 Consumer Entertainment Index, which revealed 56 percent of respondents use an additional device while watching TV.

Finally, MediaDailyNews reported worldwide pay TV services grew 1.4 percent in the first quarter of 2014, and projected UltraHD TVs will grow to represent 26.6 percent of all TVs shipped in three years.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Arris Group Plays Big Role In TV’s Next Revolution (July 9) By Marilyn Alva, Investor’s Business Daily: Arris Group is one of the main providers of the technology that cable and telco companies need to migrate to all-digital and IP-based services. Its gear helps clients compete with streaming video from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and others.
  2. Industries, Feds Pushing STB Energy Efficiency (July 9) By Carl Weinschenk, Broadband Technology Report: Ongoing efforts to reduce the energy consumption of set-top boxes and other in-home devices are something of a rarity: Everyone – the government, the cable industry, satellite and telephone providers, consumer electronics companies and environmental groups – is pulling in the same direction.
  3. Connected devices reach 1bn, will be 2bn by 2020 (July 9) By Editor, Advanced Television: The global installed base of Connected TV devices (including Smart TVs, Games Consoles, Blu-ray Players, Digital Media Adapters and Set-Top Boxes) will double over the next 5 years exceeding 2 billion units by 2018  according to a Strategy Analytics Connected Home Devices (CHD) service report.
  4. TV Everywhere awareness grows in US (July 5) By Staff, Broadband TV News: Awareness of TV Everywhere features has reached 49% of customers aged 18 to 64 in the US, according to CTAM research.
  5. Global Pay TV Services, 4K TV Enjoy Uptick (July 7) By Wayne Friedman, MediaDailyNews: Worldwide pay TV services grew 1.4% in the first quarter of 2014 among the 100 pay TV companies globally, according to informitv’s Multiscreen Index.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of May 12

This week, ARRIS continued to make headlines in The Motley Fool with coverage of our positive financial momentum and bright future.  A series of three articles included observations such as, “Arris operates in a market that’s currently in flux: cable operators are looking to differentiate their products, Internet speeds are getting faster, and video delivery is being rethought. Arris is positioned to take advantage of all of these changes within the industry.” And “ARRIS positive momentum is not just about short-term improvements in demand. This is a long-term trend, and Arris appears to be gaining market share against its competitors.”

Some of the industry changes were reported by Advanced Television, which shared data from the Interactive Advertising Bureau showing 52 million adult Americans watch online video at least once a month, preferring original digital programming to news, sports and daytime TV. However, Broadband Technology Report highlighted the changing way consumers access content, revealing that in the first quarter of 2014 the amount of online video consumed on a TV increased, while online viewing on PCs declined.

Separately, Multichannel News noted that those in the U.S. who qualify as cord-cutters make up 72% of streaming share, averaging 100 hours of streaming per month.

Finally, Digital TV Europe shared that global digital TV penetration will reach 97.9% of TV households in 2020, up from 67.7% this year.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. ARRIS Featured on The Motley Fool (May 12-14) By Adam Levy, The Motley Fool: This week, ARRIS was a hot topic on The Motley Fool, which featured three separate articles regarding our financial performance and industry positioning.
  2. Online Video: TVs Set to Pass the PC (May 14) By BTR Staff, Broadband Technology Report: According to Parks Associates, TV sets are outpacing computers as the key platform for Internet video.
  3. US original online content viewing up 15% (May 9) By Editor, Advanced Television: The increasing importance of original digital video for advertisers has been identified by a survey from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), showing the format is almost as popular as primetime TV for US viewers.
  4. Cord-Cutters Gobble Down The Bits: Sandvine Study (May 14) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: While it’s no surprise that consumers who have cut the cord tend to devour more than their fair share of the bandwidth, a fresh study from Sandvine offers a glimpse at the bit disparity between those that fit the cord-cutting profile versus other types of broadband users.
  5. Digital TV to reach 97.9% of homes by 2020 (May 14) By Staff, Digital TV Europe: Global digital TV penetration will reach 97.9% of TV households by the end of 2020, up from an anticipated 67.7% at the end of this year, according to a new report by Digital TV Research.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of April 14, 2014

This week, industry coverage looked to the future of television, including 4K, 8K and HEVC. While many in the industry are anxiously awaiting the arrival of 4K, TechHive reported that 8K broadcasts could reach homes in 2020. Such high-resolution video will require efficient encoding and transmitting, and Broadband TV News wrote that HEVC Version 1 has achieved more than 50% bitrate savings compared to MPEG 4 AVC/H.264.

From an industry perspective, TechZone360 shared that the rapid growth in multiscreen video content and increasing options in video processing workflow are impacting the transition to the cloud. Additionally, Rapid TV News covered research from Strategy Analytics projecting pay IPTV will continue to be a bright spot in the US pay-TV market with a compound annual growth rate of 8.3% through 2019.

Finally, MediaDailyNews shared that nearly 90% of worldwide adult TV viewing continues to be live, although new TV-video platforms are gaining steam.

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  1. I’m OK, you’re… 8K? 8K broadcasts coming in 2020 (April 14) By Susie Ochs, TechHive: “I dunno, that 4K TV just doesn’t have enough pixels,” said no one ever. But that isn’t stopping the march of progress—8K resolution is coming. Just not for a little while, and with plenty of technical hurdles to clear along the way.
  2. HEVC demonstrates its high efficiency (April 16) By Donald Koeleman, Broadband TV News: HEVC Version 1 demonstrates it has achieved more than 50% bitrate savings compared to MPEG 4 AVC/H.264, the MPEG standards group announced following its 108th meeting held at the beginning of April in Valencia, Spain.
  3. In a Multiscreen World, Cloud-Based Video Processes Come to the Fore (April 17) By Tara Seals, TechZone360: The business of broadcast is like any other enterprise vertical, in that the rise of mobility, social enablement and all-digital, all-IP transactions are creating a level of complexity hitherto unknown.
  4. Pay-TV to return to growth in 2014 (April 16) By Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News: The US pay-TV market looks set to turn around a loss in total subscribers in 2013 to growth by the end of 2014, research from Strategy Analytics suggests.
  5. Most TV Viewing Still Live, But Streaming, Video Gains Popularity (April 16) By Wayne Friedman, MediaDailyNews: From a new poll of 15,551 adults in 20 countries, Ipsos OTX says 86% of respondents watch traditional live TV, with 27% streaming/downloading TV/video via computer; 16% are streaming Internet video to TV; 16% are using DVR/recording devices to view; and 11% watching on mobile.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of April 7, 2014

This week, ARRIS attended the NAB Show in Las Vegas, showing off the latest and greatest in broadcast television. TVNewsCheck offered a recap of the show, noting that the television industry and NAB are positioning television broadcasters for future success. Multichannel News highlighted Ultra HD/4K as a focal point of the show, calling the technology the “next big thing,” although the rest of the television ecosystem is still catching up.

In other news, Rapid TV News shared findings from the IHS Technology Professional Video Research practice, revealing the global market for broadcast equipment and services — in which ARRIS is a key player — reached $61 billion in 2013. According to FierceCable, the worldwide IPTV market is also growing, with the Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute projecting that overall IPTV subscriber numbers will grow to 128 million by the end of 2014.

Additionally, Advanced Television discussed growth in home network penetration, which is expected to climb to 33.2 percent by 2018 due largely to continued spread of broadband services and demand for multiscreen video.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. NAB Exhibits Offer Innovation, Draw Interest (April 10) By Phil Kurz, TVNewsCheck:  Perhaps the most important thing to come out of this year’s gathering in Las Vegas is that both the television industry and the NAB seem to have a profound understanding of these questions and are responding in ways aimed at positioning television broadcasters for future success.
  2. The NAB Show and Tele-Vestigial Trends (April 7) By Leslie Ellis, Multichannel News: This week, the people of broadcast television make their way to Las Vegas for the annual gathering of the National Association of Broadcasters.
  3. Digital pay-TV take-up drives video market to $63BN (April 5) By Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News: Showing precisely what a rich seam the industry is, new research from IHS Technology has revealed that the global market for professional broadcast equipment and services reached $63 billion in 2013.
  4. Report says worldwide IPTV sub base will hit 128 million in 2014 (April 7) By Jim Barthold, FierceCable: IPTV may be stutter-stepping across the U.S., but it’s going gangbusters picking up new subscribers elsewhere in the world, according to the Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute’s (MIC) latest report, “The Worldwide IPTV Subscriber Market, 1Q 2014.”
  5. Home Network penetration to surpass 33% (April 10) By Editor, Advanced Television: Worldwide home network penetration is expected to climb from 24.8 per cent in 2013 to 33.2 per cent by 2018. Growth is driven by the continued spread of broadband services and demand for multiscreen video services.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of March 24, 2014

The evolution of content consumption and delivery drove headlines this week, addressing many facets of the industry. Online Video Insider discussed the growing trend of online TV viewing among the “Late Millennial” demographic, which reinforces the importance of a range of services such as TV Everywhere.

Additionally, FierceCable shared a new Digital TV Research report projecting nearly 5 million more pay-TV subscribers will sign up for service in North America by 2020. Separately, MediaPost noted that audience targeting will deliver valuable capabilities that marketers have come to expect as table-stakes in the digital advertising world.

In other news, Advanced Television reported HEVC will be a defining element of both online video delivery and high-resolution content delivery.

Next up on the industry calendar is this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas. TVNewsCheck highlighted top tech topics sure to be covered throughout the show, including Ultra HD formats like 4K and 8K.

Be sure to check back next week for the latest news.

  1. Young Twentysomethings Watch More TV Online Than Via Cable (March 26) By Daisy Whitney, Online Video Insider: Advertisers and video providers, take note: The younger generation spends more screen time watching online video sources than TV, according to new data from research firm The Diffusion Group.
  2. Pay TV subscribers in North America to grow by 5M, report says (March 25) By Jim Barthold, FierceCable: Doomsayers and apparent trends aside, a report by Digital TV Research said that nearly 5 million more pay-TV subscribers will sign up for service in North America by 2020.
  3. Audience Targeting Changes TV Advertising (March 27) By Mike Welch, MediaPost: The ability to target a specific audience on TV like you would target a specific audience in digital seemed like a fantasy just a few years ago. But today, we hear a lot of buzz around TV audience targeting. Whether it is called “Addressable,” “Audience Targeting” or “Programmatic,” it signals a change in the way TV advertising is being targeted and bought.
  4. HEVC will “transform” AV industry (March 27) By Chris Forrester, Advanced Television: HEVC, the ‘next generation’ video compression codec will be “defining element” of both online video delivery as well as high-resolution content delivery, says a report from IHS Technology.
  5. Top Tech Topics On Tap At The NAB (March 27) By Phil Kurz, TVNewsCheck: This year’s convention and marketplace in Las Vegas will cover a wide range of technology and engineering-related topics, with three of the most important at center stage — the FCC spectrum incentive auction and repack; next-generation digital terrestrial broadcasting; and Ultra HD formats like 4K and 8K.
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