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.

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  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.

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  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.

 

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of January 26, 2015

This week, Multichannel News covered the FCC’s appointment of 18 members to the new Downloadable Security Technology Advisory Committee, including Bruce McClelland, ARRIS’s president of network and cloud & global services.

In other industry news, FierceCable reported that media industry analyst Craig Moffett predicts that there will be a reversal of the long-time trend of cable losing video market share to satellite, with cable companies expected to narrow their video subscriber losses significantly in 2015.

Separately, Broadband TV News included the findings of a new Pyramid Research report that predicts that paid over-the-top (OTT) revenue will expand in emerging markets over the next four years, driven largely by the growing popularity of subscription video on demand (SVoD) services.

Digital TV Europe reported that streaming media players are expected to be found in some 39 million U.S. households by 2017, according to research by NPD Group.

Finally, TechHive covered the growing trend toward 4K adoption and highlighted that this year’s Super Bowl is likely to coincide with a spike in 4K TV sales, despite the fact that the game won’t be broadcast in 4K.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. FCC Appoints Downloadable-Security Committee (Jan. 28) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday announced the appointment of 18 members to a new committee that will help the agency pursue a successor the CableCARD.
  2. Cable will begin to reclaim video share from satellite in 2015, analyst predicts (Jan. 26) By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: Media analyst Craig Moffett predicts that starting this year, cable will reverse a decade-long trend of losing video market share to satellite.
  3. OTT video picks up in emerging markets (Jan. 28) By Staff Writer, Broadband TV News: A new Pyramid Research report expects paid OTT revenue in emerging markets to expand from US$1.9 billion in 2014 to US$6.0 billion in 2019.
  4. Streaming media player ownership to hit 40% in US (Jan. 27) By Staff Writer, Digital TV Europe: Streaming media player penetration is set to reach 40% of US broadband homes by 2017, with these devices to be found in some 39 million households, according to research by NPD Group.
  5. Statistics suggest Super Bowl 49 has kicked off a boom in 4K TV sales (Jan. 27) By Pulkit Chandna, TechHive: When we look back on this year’s Super Bowl, we might see the spark that ignited a boom in sales of 4K TVs—at least in the U.S. market.

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

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