Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of January 12, 2015

This week, Multichannel News included comments from ARRIS CEO Bob Stanzione on Charter’s new Worldbox. At a recent Needham & Company investor conference in New York, Stanzione said he believes Worldbox will level the playing field for set-tops and that he expects ARRIS to have equal opportunity to bid to be a Worldbox supplier.

Separately, CED Magazine covered the expansion of WOW! Business’ 110 Mbps downstream/15 Mbps upstream broadband tier, which uses ARRIS cable modems, to Detroit and Evansville, Ind.

In other news, GigaOM noted that, as Ultra HD becomes more mainstream, the lack of standards for 4K and HDR has led to the forming of the UHD Alliance, a new industry consortium unveiled at CES last week.

Advanced Television reported newly released data from SNL Kagan that estimates that Americans spent more than $9 billion on mobile entertainment in 2014, nearly as much as was spent at the box office.

Finally, Digital TV Europe covered new figures from Digital TV Research that indicate pay-TV revenues in Sub-Saharan Africa are expected to reach $6.22 billion by 2020.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Arris Not Boxed Out Of ‘Worldbox’ Opportunity (Jan. 14) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: While Cisco Systems was identified as a “key” supplier of Charter Communications’ new Worldbox” through 2015 at last week’s International CES, the market “overreacted” to the news, according to Bob Stanzione, Arris’s chairman and CEO.
  2. WOW! Business unleashes 110 Mbps tier in Detroit, Evansville (Jan. 13) By Mike Robuck, CED Magazine: WOW! Business announced the availability of its 110 Mbps downstream/15 Mbps upstream broadband tier in Detroit and Evansville, Ind.The 110/15 business offering, which uses Arris’ cable modems, was previously deployed in Chicago, Cleveland and Columbus.
  3. UHD is TV’s next big thing. So why is the industry divided? (Jan. 13) By Janko Roettgers, GigaOM: We’ve had gigantic TVs, curved TVs, 3D TVs, even TVs that can bend with the press of a button. TV makers tend to bring all their latest gimmicks to one-up each other at the annual CES show in Las Vegas.
  4. US mobile entertainment tops $9bn in 2014 (Jan. 14) By Staff Writer, Advanced Television: Americans are now spending almost as much on smartphone and tablet entertainment as at the box office.
  5. Pay TV revenues in Sub-Saharan Africa to hit US$6.22 billion (Jan. 14) By Staff Writer, Digital TV Europe: Pay TV revenues in Sub-Saharan Africa will more than triple in the decade starting 2010, reaching US$6.22 billion (€5.27 billion) in 2020, according to Digital TV Research.

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

This week, CNNMoney reported that some cable providers are increasing their modem rental fees in 2015 and highlighted the ARRIS SB6121 and SBG6580 as good options for consumers looking to purchase their own modem.

In other industry news, Multichannel News covered a recent report from Infonetics, which found that nearly 90 million DOCSIS 3.0 modems and gateway devices shipped in the last 12 quarters and indicated that momentum shows no signs of slowing in the near future.

Fortune noted in its coverage from CES 2015 that 4K has finally found its foothold in the mainstream, due in large part to an increase in available 4K content and more affordable 4K TVs entering the market. Similarly, Advanced Television reported that a recent study from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) found that one-third of consumers may purchase a 4K TV within the next three years. Read more

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of December 15, 2014

This week, Multichannel News included comments from ARRIS engineering fellow Sean McCarthy on the future of Ultra HD and how High Dynamic Range (HDR) TV will bring a new level of realness to the platform. Light Reading ran a similar story and noted that, while HDR is already mainstream in photography, the technology is starting to gain momentum in the video world.

Separately, Rapid TV News published a contributed article from ARRIS senior vice president Steve McCaffery on how, as smart technology and home automation become more commonplace, the gateway has emerged as a central point of communication to simplify the home entertainment experience.

In other industry news, FierceCable covered the results of Adobe’s Q3 2014 U.S. Digital Video Benchmark Report, which found that unique users of TV Everywhere content increased 34 percent year-over-year during the third quarter of 2014.

Finally, the Washington Post highlighted consumer research from NPD Group that found that, during this year’s Thanksgiving week, sales of TVs that are 32 inches or smaller fell 50 percent compared to last year, likely because solitary TV viewing is increasingly done with over-the-top (OTT) services on laptops and tablets.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Picture Imperfect (Dec. 15) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Proponents of Ultra HD/4K are still waiting for the pixel-packed format to deliver the kind of “wow” factor that excites consumers to snap up new, shiny 4K televisions in droves.
  2. HDR: The Next Big Video Thing (Dec. 19) By Mari Silbey, Light Reading: Let the hype cycle begin. Even with 4K TV still in its earliest deployments, video technologists have already moved on to the next big thing: High-Dynamic Range (HDR).
  3. The Future of TV Hinges on One Device (Dec. 15) By Steve McCaffery, Rapid TV News: The way we watch TV has changed completely. We’ve transitioned from a linear, living room model to an always-on, whole-home, distributed, time-shifted, multiscreen paradigm with more kinds of content than there are flavours at your local ice cream parlour.
  4. TV Everywhere Use Doubled in Q3, Adobe Says (Dec .17) By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: Continuing to report surging use of authenticated multiscreen services from pay-TV operators, Adobe said the number of videos started within TV Everywhere apps nearly doubled in Q3, up 108 percent year over year.
  5. How Cord-cutting Is Changing The Kinds of TVs We Buy (Dec. 16) By Sarah Halzack, Washington Post: For shoppers who bought TVs during Black Friday sales, bigger was definitely better. Consumer research firm NPD Group found that over Thanksgiving week, sales of TVs that are 32 inches or smaller fell 50 percent compared to last year.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of December 8, 2014

This week, Tom Cloonan, ARRIS’s Chief Technology Officer, Network Solutions, was featured as one of Multichannel NewsTechnology Executives of 2014 for his pioneering role in modern broadband technology and his ongoing contributions to the advancement of DOCSIS 3.1 and CCAP.

Separately, a number of outlets, including CED, covered this week’s news that Net2TV Corp.’s free, ad-supported streaming service, Portico TV will be offered on ARRIS set-tops with the recently launched ARRIS Market.

Also, FierceCable editor Daniel Frankel highlighted the growing awareness and adoption of 4K/Ultra HD technology, a topic he’ll discuss alongside ARRIS Engineering Fellow Sean McCarthy and other industry executives at the FierceCable executive breakfast during CES in January.

In other industry news, Engadget reported that, according to research from Ofcom, broadband usage is increasing in the UK, but the needed connection speeds to support the growing consumption are still unavailable to 15 percent of UK homes.

Finally, Advanced Television covered the results of Strategy Analytics’ Connected Home Devices service report, which found that U.S. ownership of Connected TV devices (smart TVs, digital media streamers, etc.) grew 28 percent year-over-year to reach 168 million units.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

1.     Jack of All [Broadband] Trades (Dec. 8) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: As the chief technology officer, network solutions, at ARRIS, Tom Cloonan plays an integral role in building the fabric of cable’s broadband future, whether it’s one that will be woven with next-generation hybrid fiber coaxial technologies like DOCSIS 3.1, new wireless broadband platforms, or, in some targeted situations, all-fiber infrastructures.

2.       ARRIS stocks OTT Market with Portico TV (Dec.11) By Mike Robuck, CED: Starting early next year, ARRIS will add N2TV’s streaming TV service, which is called Portico TV, to its over-the-top streaming platform for cable operators.

3.       Ready or not, 4K is coming … and you need a roadmap (Dec. 11) By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: As anyone involved in the launch of HD a decade ago can tell you, getting a new resolution standard into the consumer mainstream isn’t easy.

4.       Brits double their broadband data usage, but speeds are still an issue (Dec. 8) By Nick Summers, Engadget: Broadband usage is soaring in the UK, but the companies piping it into our homes are still playing catch-up. That’s according to Ofcom, which looked into the state of connections across Britain.

5.       Connected TV device ownership up 28% in US (Dec. 11) By Staff Writer, Advanced Television: Ownership of Connected TV devices (including smart TVs, smart Blu-ray players, IP-enabled game consoles and digital media streamers) in the US grew 5 per cent quarter-on-quarter in Q3 2014 and 28 per cent year-on-year to reach 168 million units.

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

This week, Multichannel News covered the results of a new Infonetics Research report that found that ARRIS remained the revenue leader in the global cable access market in Q3 2014.

On Sunday, 23rd November, ARRIS’s VP of Marketing Duncan Potter appeared on NBC’s Atlanta TechEdge where he discussed ARRIS’s portfolio and collaborations with key partners, such as NASCAR and Joe Gibbs Racing to demonstrate how we continue to transform the industry and consumers’ everyday experiences.

In other industry news, Alan Breznick of Light Reading reported that, despite the growing number of gigabit rollouts by rival providers, the US cable industry has continued to make impressive gains in the broadband market. Separately, Digital TV Europe highlighted new research that indicated that the premium over-the-top (OTT) market in Europe is set to grow by 80 percent over the next three years.

Finally, several outlets, including CNET, covered a report from DisplaySearch showing that global 4K television shipments increased by more than 500 percent in the last quarter, with more than 3 million 4K TVs shipped to retail outlets during Q3 2014.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Arris Stays On Top Of Cable Access Heap (Nov. 25) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Arris remained the top dog from a revenue perspective in a global cable access market that raked in $445 million in Q3 2014, up 8% versus the previous quarter, according to a new report from Infonetics Research.
  2. ARRIS interview with NBC’s Atlanta Tech Edge (Nov. 23) By Angel Maldonado, Atlanta TechEdge: After a multi-billion dollar deal with Motorola, ARRIS is ready to make their brand a household name…and they’re partnering with NASCAR to get it done.
  3. Broadband Reigns Supreme for Cable (Nov. 25) By Alan Breznick, Light Reading: Despite the growing number of gigabit rollouts by rival providers, the US cable industry continues to roll up impressive gains in the broadband market.
  4. Premium OTT market tipped to grow by 80% (Nov. 25) By Staff Writer, Digital TV Europe: The premium over-the-top video market is on-track to grow at a trajectory of 80% over the next three years, according to research commissioned by subscription billing firm Vindicia and video streaming platform provider Ooyala.
  5. 4K TV shipments soar to 6.4M in 2014 (Nov. 25) By Carrie Mihalcik, CNET: Shipments of 4K televisions jumped more than 500 percent last quarter as overall global TV shipments rebounded, according to a new report from DisplaySearch.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of November 17, 2014

This week, Multichannel News reported that RCN plans to launch a new high-speed Internet service in New York City this December, which will deliver speeds up to 330 Mbps down by 20 Mbps upstream and will be powered by an ARRIS-made Touchstone Data Gateway with integrated Wi-Fi.

Separately, ZDNet included comments from Joshua Eum, ARRIS’s Asia-Pacific chief technology officer, on NBN Co’s hybrid fibre-coxial (HFC) cable networks. At Tuesday’s CommsDay NBN Rebooted event in Sydney, Eum stated that NBN Co’s multi-technology mix strategy has given a “new lease of life” to HFC.

In other industry news, CED reported the results of a newly released Infonetics report indicating that over-the-top (OTT) pay-TV revenues will reach $10 billion by 2018. The report also noted that the overall global pay-TV market totaled $117 billion in the first half of 2014, a four percent increase over the same period in 2013. Also, Advanced Television highlighted a recent study from Parks Associates that found that pay-TV adoption in broadband households has reached 86 percent in Germany and 78 percent in the UK.

Finally, Broadband Technology Report examines operators’ shift to ‘content curation’ – the selection and presentation of content relevant to a specific consumer – in an effort to alleviate the complexity consumers often face when selecting what OTT content to watch.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. RCN Gets Down With 330-Meg Broadband In NYC (Nov. 18) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Taking aim at Time Warner Cable’s new 300 Mbps (downstream) broadband offering, RCN is launching a new high-speed Internet service in New York City that will deliver speeds up to 330 Mbps down by 20 Mbps upstream.
  2. NBN Co’s plan for HFC networks can work: Arris (Nov. 18) By Aimee Chanthadavong, ZDNet: Despite concerns that if NBN Co took the hybrid fibre-coxial (HFC) cable networks of Telstra and Optus, the network would not be able to provide and support appropriate speeds, particularly for uploads, Joshua Eum, Asia-Pacific chief technology officer of US telco equipment manufacturing company Arris, has argued otherwise.
  3. OTT pay-TV revenue to hit $10b by 2018 (Nov. 20) By Mike Robuck, CED: Over-the-top pay-TV revenues will increase from $6 billion this year to more than $10 billion by 2018.
  4. Pay-TV in 78% of UK broadband homes (Nov. 19) By Staff Writer, Advanced Television: Parks Associates has published research showing pay-TV adoption in Germany and the UK has reached 86 per cent and 78 per cent of broadband households, respectively.
  5. Video Paradox: Scads of Content, But Nothing’s On (Nov. 19) By Monta Monaco Hernon, Broadband Technology Report: With the increasing amount of video content available to consumers across an array of sources, operators know that the would-be viewer comment, “Nothing’s on,” really means it just can’t be found.
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