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.

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

This week, several outlets, including CED, highlighted the recent announcement that WOW! will offer its Ultra TV customers that subscribe to Netflix access to the streaming content through a Netflix app integrated into leased ARRIS set-tops.

Separately, Digital TV Europe reported that ARRIS has partnered with African TV service provider ZAP to offer network DVR (nDVR) and video on demand (VOD) services using the APEX3000 chassis-based edge QAM platform.

In other industry news, Rapid TV News ran a story about newly published research from Parks Associates, which found that Europe has surpassed the US in the number of households with a PC connected to the TV, and FierceOnlineVideo reports that cord cutters may be more likely to return to pay-TV if they have a bad streaming experience with OTT services.

Finally, a story from Broadband Technology Report notes that global shipments of Ultra HD-capable set-top boxes are projected to reach 48 million by 2020, while the market for HEVC set-top boxes will hit 88 million units, according to a study by ABI Research.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. WOW! tunes in Netflix on ARRIS boxes (Nov. 12) By Mike Robuck, CED: WOW! will be offering its Ultra TV customers that subscribe to Netflix access to the streaming content through a Netflix app that works on ARRIS boxes in their homes. Developed for WOW! by ARRIS, the Ultra TV set-top box integrates a Netflix app into the leased boxes.
  2. ZAP partners with ARRIS for African nDVR and VoD (Nov. 12) By Staff Writer, Digital TV Europe: Sub-Sahara Lusophone African TV service provider ZAP has partnered with ARRIS to offer network DVR (nDVR) and video on demand (VOD) services. Satellite TV provider ZAP is to use ARRIS’s APEX3000 chassis-based edge QAM platform to merge network traffic and increase channel capacity, with system integrator Satcab deploying the solution.
  3. European connected TV market surpasses US (Nov. 12) By Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News: Europe is a hot spot for connected TV driven by rapidly expanding broadband and over-the-top (OTT) services according to research from Parks Associates.
  4. Bad OTT experience could chase cord cutters back to pay TV (Nov. 12) By Samantha Bookman, FierceOnlineVideo: While a new generation of cord nevers may be willing to put up with occasional poor streaming quality of online video, cord cutters–that coveted group of past pay-TV subscribers who have ditched linear video service for Internet viewing–might return to the pay-TV fold if their streaming experience is bad.
  5. UltraHD, HEVC Set-Tops Set to Boom (Nov. 11) By Staff Writer, Broadband Technology Report: According to ABI Research, worldwide shipments of 4K/UltraHD-capable set-top boxes will reach 48 million by 2020, while HEVC set-top shipments will reach 88 million units. The research house expects about 60,000 set-top high-end gateway set-tops with UltraHD and HEVC capabilities to be deployed in 2014.

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

This week, news of ARRIS’s recent deal with Spanish cable operator R appeared in a number of outlets, including Digital TV Europe. ARRIS will provide Radio Frequency over Glass (RFoG) technology to improve R’s bandwidth provisioning, increase efficiency across its network and ensure legacy infrastructure can be expanded with fiber-to-the-premises RFoG extensions.

Cablefax: The Magazine released its 2014 Most Powerful Women in Cable list, which included ARRIS Senior Vice President and General Manager of Consumer Solutions Debbie Stackis and Senior Vice President of Global Marketing Sandy Howe. Separately, Motley Fool listed ARRIS, along with Twitter and salesforce.com, as a fast-growing tech company to watch. The story noted that ARRIS’s sales growth has significantly increased since its acquisition of Motorola Home in 2013.

In other industry news, CED Magazine highlighted a recent report from ACG Research that found that the average household bandwidth requirements will increase by 31 percent annually over the next five years due the growing number of over-the-top (OTT) content services. According to the report, OTT unicast video traffic is predicted to be 4.6 times greater than traditional multicast traffic by 2018.

Finally, Rapid TV News reported that the latest figures from Dataxis show that more than half of cable subscriptions in Latin America are for digital packages. Among the region’s seven largest markets, Brazil is showing the highest rates of digital cable penetration, followed by Chile and Mexico.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Spain’s R taps Arris for RFoG (Nov. 3) By Staff, Digital TV Europe: Spanish cable operator R, which is based in the Galicia region, has signed a deal with technology provider Arris for Radio Frequency over Glass (RFoG) technology to improve bandwidth provisioning, increase efficiency across its network and ensure legacy infrastructure can be expanded with fiber-to-the-premises RFoG extensions.
  2. The Most Powerful Women in Cable 2014 (Nov. Issue) By Staff, Cablefax: The Magazine: See page 25 for Sandy Howe and page 35 for Debbie Stackis in the magazine’s digital edition.
  3. You Won’t Believe How Fast These 3 Tech Companies Are Growing (Nov. 2) By Anders Bylund, Motley Fool: These three tech companies are growing their annual sales faster than 30% right now. From hardware specialist Arris Group to social network Twitter, with cloud-computing expert salesforce.com thrown in for good measure, you’ll find some very different growth strategies.
  4. Report: OTT use will increase household bandwidth 31 percent annually (Nov. 5) By Mike Robuck, CED Magazine: With the plethora of OTT services from the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Go, among others, the average household bandwidth requirements are poised to increase by 31 percent annually over the next five years, according to a recent report.
  5. Digital packages account for over half of cable subs in LATAM (Nov. 6) By Juan Fernandez Gonzalez, Rapid TV News: By the end of Q2 2014, over half (53.7%) of all cable subscriptions in Latin America were for digital packages, the first time digital customers have overtaken analogue subs in the region.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of September 29, 2014

Verizon Communications has begun to roll out a new version of its FiOS TV interactive Media Guide for set-tops, reports Multichannel News.

Digital TV Europe posted an extensive interview with Bruce McClelland, ARRIS President of Network & Cloud and Global Services. Recorded at IBC 2014, the interview explores how consumer expectations are impacting service providers’ network plans.

Digital Production Middle East featured remarks by ARRIS Sean McCarthy and Charles Cheevers as they discussed the future of Ultra HD and user experiences.

In other industry news, viewing figures from the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board revealed that in the UK, 88 percent of viewing on a TV set is done live, Advanced Television shared.

Finally, IP&TV News discussed data from Parks Associates indicating that 55 percent of US broadband households also subscribe to an OTT video service.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Verizon Freshens Up FiOS TV Guide (Sept. 30) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Verizon Communications has begun to roll out a new version of its FiOS TV interactive Media Guide for set-tops that tack on new features and several enhancements.
  2. ARRIS – IBC 2014 video interview (Oct. 3) By Stuart Thompson, Digital TV Europe: Arris’s Bruce McClelland talks to DTVE about OTT’s impact on cable and service providers’ response to the challenges ahead.
  3. User experience design (Sept. 18) By Adrian Pennington, Digital Production Middle East: Ultra HD will be delivered on large-screens promising a more immersive user experience and a chance for operators to rethink the user interface.
  4. UK: 88% of TV viewed is live (Oct. 1) By Staff, Advanced Television: January to June viewing figures for 2014 from the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (BARB) and the UK TV broadcasters reveal that viewers in the UK watched an average of 3 hours, 47 minutes a day of TV.
  5. 55% of US broadband households subscribe to OTT service (Sept. 26) By Thomas Campbell, IP&TV News: Fifty-five percent of US broadband households subscribe to an OTT video service, opening up new opportunities for cloud solutions, according to Parks.
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