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.

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

This week, we attended London’s TV Connect and China’s Content Broadcasting Network (CCBN) conferences to discuss the latest innovations in technology, from challenges and solutions in connected entertainment to trends in broadcasting video. Advanced Television shared the news that Maxisat selected our GT-3 Multiple Bitrate (MBR) Transcoder to deliver an efficient and reliable video transcoding solution to international service providers, which is significant given that Multichannel News discussed the increase in demand for multi-service video gateways.

The advancements in technology and global capacity for engagement have also increased the need for efficiency and a swift response. To ensure a reliable Wi-Fi connection, Time Warner Cable recently deployed ARRIS WorkAssure Field Management platform, highlighted by CED Magazine, to schedule and manage its service appointments with real-time updates.

In other news, a report from PC Magazine states that people are not ready to “cut the cord” on pay TV for Internet services like Netflix, Hulu Plus or Amazon Instant Video. While new research shows a decline in multi-channel video providers, that decrease is only about 0.1 percent from last year. Finally, Forbes discussed the relevance of 4K across screens stating, “4K will bring real benefits to end users” and noted that the technology should become the standard in the industry.

Make sure to check back next week for the latest news in cable.

  1. Maxisat picks ARRIS to power content hub (March 19) By Colin Mann, Advanced Television: Maxisat, a provider of managed and operated Multiscreen TV services, has selected the GT-3 Multiple Bitrate (MBR) Transcoder by ARRIS Group as the default transcoder for the international expansion of its Content Hub – an integral component of its end-to-end multiscreen video solution, Maxicaster.
  2. Set-Top Market Slumps In 2013: Infonetics (March 16) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: The traditional set-top box sector slumped in 2013, but suppliers have reason for hope as shipments of multi-service video gateways continue to skyrocket, Infonetics Research reported in its latest report on the set-top market.
  3. Arris’ WorkAssure clocks in on Time Warner Cable’s one-hour service windows (March 18) By Mike Robuck, CED Magazine: In an effort to provide its subscribers with a better customer experience, Time Warner Cable has deployed Arris’ WorkAssure Field Management platform to help schedule one-hour service appointments by its technicians. By using WorkAssure, Time Warner Cable can schedule and manage its service appointments with real-time updates.
  4. Very Few People Ditched Pay TV for the Web in 2013 (March 18) By Chloe Albanesius, PC Magazine: Though services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Instant Video provide a wealth of video options for those without cable, the average consumer is not yet racing to cut the cord and ditch pay TV for an Internet-only TV existence.
  5. Why Bother With 4K? (March 18) By Roger Kay, Forbes: You’ve probably heard a fair amount of rumbling about 4K in the past few months. Many companies —LG, Panasonic , Samsung, Sony , Vizio — showed 4K TVs, displays, and cameras at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January.


Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of March 10, 2014

With Cable Congress in full swing, Advanced Television posted that Liberty Global is the latest international service provider, joining Comcast, GCI, WOW! and SK Broadband, to deploy ARRIS E6000 converged edge router, dramatically expanding our global footprint.

In other event news, NCTA highlighted a panel at this week’s SXSW conference where ESPN, Univision and PBS network presidents expressed confidence that today’s TV model will remain a primary source of entertainment. On a similar note, Quartz posted an article discussing the positive future of television stating it will be cheaper, have more channels and be viewable on any screen.

Additionally, as we look toward the future of television, Forbes shared a few key disruptive trends in the traditional television space, noting user interfaces will become more intuitive than consumers’ remote control.

Furthermore, Rapid TV News highlighted research from SNL Kagan MRG projecting that total worldwide multiscreen service delivery platform revenue will more than double by 2017 as the technology becomes the baseline for cable operators to compete in the marketplace.

  1. Liberty Global boosts German services with ARRIS (March 12) By Colin Mann, Advanced Television: IP, video and broadband technology specialist ARRIS has confirmed that Liberty Global, the world’s largest cable provider, is deploying its E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER) to its leading German subsidiary, Unitymedia KabelBW – enabling enhanced and uninterrupted entertainment and broadband services with 1 Gbps capacity.
  2. SXSW Asks TV or Not TV, Panelists Answer TV (March 10) By John Solit, NCTA: In front of a packed ballroom at the Driskill Hotel, with another 30 people outside hoping for seats to open up (they didn’t), three TV heavyweights wrestled with the herculean question, “Who am I?” ESPN President John Skipper, Univision President Kevin Conroy and PBS President Paula Kreger along with CNN reporter Brian Stelter attempted to define what a TV network is in the digital age and where well-established television brands fit in a rapidly changing video marketplace.
  3. The future of TV is coming into focus, and looks pretty great (March 7) By Zachary Seward, Quartz: The future of TV is here. It’s just not evenly distributed. If it doesn’t seem like the American television industry is in the middle of a dramatic transformation, that’s simply because the pieces are scattered all over the place. But they are starting to come together.
  4. The Future of T.V.: Digital, Traditional And Something In Between (March 12) By Lori Kozlowski, Forbes: Kevin Spacey, most recently better known as Frank Underwood, everyone’s favorite political operator, gives us a rousing speech on the convergence of platforms and forms of entertainment. iPad versus the big screen — who cares, he says.
  5. Multiscreen service delivery platform revenue set to more than double (March 12) By Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News: Research from SNL Kagan MRG is predicting that total worldwide TV service delivery platform revenue will reach $1.3 billion in 2017, from a base of a little more than $900 million last year.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of March 3, 2014

This week, The Motley Fool highlighted ARRIS, noting that our company is poised to dominate the IPTV revolution, as the industry shifts to cloud- and Internet-delivered TV.

Additionally, headlines continued to highlight the evolving nature of consumers’ consumption and interaction with content. According to Nielsen data shared by MediaDailyNews, traditional TV consumption rose in the fourth quarter of 2013, while the amount of time spent viewing content on mobile devices also continued to increase. The millennial generation has become a focus of this shift in consumers’ desires, and Advanced Television reported findings that this demographic is not only more likely to use multiple screens while enjoying entertainment, but also expects to choose how, what and when they watch.

In other news, Digital TV Europe continued to cover interest in Ultra HD, revealing 56% of Europeans said they would be likely to buy an Ultra HD television in the next two years. Additionally, TV Technology described the future of 4K content, noting that the wider availability of compatible cameras and software coupled with new delivery technologies is accelerating the pace of 4K content production and that the technology is here to stay.

Check back next week for more of the latest news in Cable.

  1. This Company Will Dominate the IPTV Revolution (Mar. 7) By Adam Levy, The Motley Fool: Earlier this week, Dish Network acquired the rights to stream Disney content over the Internet through a bundled IPTV service. This deal may allow the satellite TV provider to ditch the dish and send video streams over the Internet instead. The next day, Verizon announced it was in talks to bring live TV streaming to mobile devices.
  2. Screen Time: TV Time-Shifted Viewing Rises Cross-Platform (Mar. 5) By Wayne Friedman, MediaDailyNews: On a monthly basis, Nielsen Cross-Platform Report for the fourth quarter of 2013 showed that traditional TV viewing was up over 170 minutes/12 seconds versus 168 hours/2 seconds. Live TV was at 155:32, down from 156:24, and time-shifted TV was up at 14:40 versus 12:38.
  3. Millennials expect digital media on their own terms (Mar. 6) By Editor, Advanced Television: Verizon Digital Media Services has attempted to answer two key questions by undertaking a two-part research project about the entertainment habits of the millennial generation: What do millennials want when it comes to online viewing, and what should broadcasters know to improve their chances in this market?
  4. More than 50% of Europeans to buy UHDTVs by 2016, claims research (Mar. 5) By Staff, Digital TV Europe: Some 56% of Europeans said they would be likely to buy an Ultra High Definition TV in the next two years, according to new research by Strategy Analytics.
  5. 4K in the TV Environment: Where It Is Now (Mar. 4) By Ned Soltz, TV Technology: While some broadcasters are looking beyond 4K to 8K acquisition, workflows for 4K content in broadcast environments are already being employed in the United States even as delivery of 4K to the home does not currently exist.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week of Jan. 2

It’s that time of year again – the 2012 CES is less than a week away! Next week, thousands of companies, bloggers, analysts and techies from around the world will convene in Las Vegas to discuss hot new products and industry trends.

The tech industry is constantly buzzing about what to expect in 2012 – Jeff Kagan fromTech News World believes TV will continue evolving into a platform where we can surf the Web, play games and instantly download and watch movies. USA Today’s Mark Smith and CNET’s Harry McCracken predict some major video content deals on the horizon as viewers continue to stream movies and TVs from set-top boxes and other gadgets. With the emergence of connected TVs and streaming set-tops, could DVDs become obsolete?

During CES, Motorola Mobility will showcase its new Connected Home Gateway, in which powerful processing and 4Home technology come together to deliver the connected home the way it was meant to be: smart and simple. Home control, home security and energy management are made easy for consumers and service providers. We’re looking forward to learning more about converged experiences and home automation at the conference next week. What do you expect to see at CES?

1. Eight things I’m looking forward to seeing at CES (Dec. 30) By Harry McCracken, CNET: CES may be imperfect, but it remains by far the best single place on the planet to take the pulse of the consumer-electronics business.

2. CES 2012: The End of an Era (Jan. 5) By Jeff Kagan, Tech News World: Television is transforming itself and blending with other technologies. Companies that lead today may not tomorrow. That means television manufacturers, as well as new and existing television service providers.

3. TV predictions for CES – and 2012 (Jan. 4) By Gary Merson, GadgetBox: With 2011 now in the history books, and the Consumer Electronics Show next week, it’s time again to look forward to new products for the home.

4. CES: Motorola Hooks Up Smart-Home Hub (Jan. 5) By Todd Spangler, Multichannel News: Motorola Mobility will roll out a device it touts will act as the brains of the connected home of the future at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

5. Six tech trends to watch in 2012 (Jan. 3) By Mark Smith, USA Today: For tech companies, 2011 was feast or famine. Looking ahead, here are some things to keep an eye on in 2012.