Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week of August 17, 2015

USA Today highlighted findings from ARRIS’s Consumer Entertainment Index showing that more than 69% of binge-watchers in the U.S. do so alone. That is more than the international average of 60% but not as high as Japan, where 80% binge-watch alone.

Rapid TV News reported on a survey by Futuresource Consulting stating that live TV­­­­­ is still the primary viewing choice for almost two-thirds of respondents, but over-the-top (OTT) services are becoming more popular and widely used, fuelled by their wider availability.

According to Digital TV Europe, a recent Nielsen report revealed that 41% of people buy or rent their content both physically and digitally, with just 12% of consumers having entirely digital means for their TV and movie consumption.

In other industry news, Multichannel News reported that Cox Communications has been testing a gaming service that streams titles to the TV via a special broadband-connected “Microconsole” that is paired to a handheld controller.

This week, Broadcasting & Cable posted a study from PwC revealing that M&A activity in the media and communications sector totaled $76 billion in Q2 2015, driven by some major deals in the cable, Internet and communications areas.

  1. Cutting the Cord: We like binge-watching solo (August 16, 2015) By Mike Snider, USA Today: My wife is a solo binge-watcher. But technically she is not alone.
  2. OTT availability threatens free, live TV as consumers’ favourite choice (August 18, 2015) By Staff Writer, Rapid TV News: On topic research from Futuresource Consulting has found that free and live TV are still the favourite choices of consumers, but over-the-top (OTT) services are becoming more popular and widely used, fuelled by their wider availability.
  3. Just 12% of US views have switched to digital-only (August 20, 2015) By Staff Writer, Digital TV Europe: Half of the US population has bought or rented TVs or movies digitally in the past six months, but only 12% have shifted exclusively to digital viewing methods, according to Nielsen.
  4. Cox Takes Subscription Gaming Over-The-Top (August 19,2015) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Cox Communications has been quietly testing a subscription gaming service that streams titles to the TV via a special broadband-connected “Microconsole” that is paired to a handheld controller.
  5. Media Industry M&A Rises to $76B in 2Q (August 19, 2015) By Jon Lafayette, Broadcasting & Cable: Merger and acquisition activity in the media and communications sector totaled $76 billion in the second quarter, driven by a handful of huge deals in the cable, Internet and communications areas, according to PwC.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of August 10, 2015

Forbes reported on the benefits of buying your own modem, highlighting the ARRIS SURFboard® SB6141 cable modem.

In its review of the top five best cable modems, Heavy named the ARRIS SURFboard® SB6121 the top cable modem.

According to Rapid TV News, Remor’s report saw 14% growth in video views across screens causing advertisers to buy into multiscreen campaigns.

Multichannel News  reported on a survey by stating that approximately 69% of consumers don’t know what kind of speed they have in their broadband packages.

Lastly, an article from FierceCable noted that consumers saved $500 million on power bills since the voluntary energy-savings initiative was enacted by cable companies.

  1. Buying Your Own Modem Can Cut Your Internet Bill — But It’s Often Anything But Easy (August 11, 2015) By Seth Porges, Forbes: There are few things more aggravating than finding a new line on a bill. It’s become increasingly common for Internet providers to charge customers a monthly fee for the privilege of renting their modems.
  2. Top 5 Best Cable Modems (August 11, 2015) By Matt Malmlund, Heavy: Though combination modem/routers are growing more in popularity because of their sheer convenience, most networking experts agree that having a separate modem and router yields better wireless speeds and ranges for the price value.
  3. Majority of ad buys are now multiscreen (August 7, 2015) By Michelle Clancy, RapidTV News: Seven out of ten advertisers are now buying multiscreen campaigns, according to data from Tremor Video’s ad platform, with mobile alone accounting for half or more views on many top streaming sites, including YouTube.
  4. Study: Most Broadband Subs Don’t Know Their Speed  (August 12, 2015) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: When it comes to broadband, speed is the name of the game.
  5. Energy-efficient pay-TV set-tops have saved consumers $500M over two years, report claims (August 7, 2015) By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: Energy-efficient set-tops have saved American consumers $500 million on their power bills in the two years since the cable industry enacted a voluntary energy-savings initiative, a report released by the NCTA claims.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of August 3, 2015

Light Reading covered Windstream’s new launch of its IP based Kinetic TV service. The company has contracted with ARRIS to provide both the NVG343 gateway and various IP set-tops to Kinetic TV customers.

Rapid TV News detailed a recent study of Television use. According to the Video Advertising Bureau, TV continues to command total video screen time, and is the video outlet choice for teens 93% of the time.

Universal Sports Network launched a pay-per-view subscription service that will offer full streaming of all 48 Rugby World Cup matches, reports Multichannel News.

In Telecompaper, a study done by the Brazilian Telecommunications Association noted that Brazil experienced a 36% increase in broadband connections since last June.

On Monday, The Guardian covered the rise of connected devices in making homes “smarter.”

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Windstream Ramps Up TV & Commercial (August 5, 2015) By Mari Sibley, Light Reading: Biz Windstream is making noise with new plans for its Kinetic TV offering, and the announcement of a major commercial customer win with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  2. Television is still king, claiming nine out of ten video minutes viewed (August 3, 2015) By Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News: Television’s reach is still undeniable despite the rise of online and mobile video viewing, reaching 90% of all US adults in any given week.
  3. Universal Sports Network Takes Rugby Over-the-Top (August 5, 2015) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Taking full advantage of its digital distribution rights, Universal Sports Network has launched an exclusive over-the-top, pay-per-view offering that will stream all 48 matches of Rugby World Cup 2015 in high-definition.
  4. Brazil broadband connections increase 36% to 220 mln (August 5, 2015) Telecompaper: Brazil ended the first half of 2015 with 219.7 million broadband connections, representing an increase of 36 percent compared to June last year.
  5. The smart home and a data underclass (August 3, 2015) By Marc Ambasna-Jones, The Guardian: Domestic appliance manufacturers and technology companies have big plans for our homes. From remote controlled heating devices such as Nest and Hive to intelligent fridges, smart TVs and connected washing machines, our appliances will become smart, automating many of our everyday tasks.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of July 27, 2015

Last Friday, the FCC approved AT&T’s $48.5 billion dollar acquisition of DirecTV. According to The Verge, the merger is projected to combine around 26 million pay-tv subscribers—ranking them as the largest pay-tv service in the nation.

Light Reading reported on IHS’ recent global survey that revealed one-third of residential customers will be passed by DOCSIS 3.1-enabled headends as soon as April 2017.The US alone is projected to have more than 17 million cable modems supported by the technology, with speeds as high as 10 Gbit/s.

Additionally, Juniper Research also published its latest study reporting the number of connected devices will increase 285% over the next five years. The shift is primarily due to an increase in the Internet of Things market, reports Market Watch.

Similarly, eWeek covered IBM’s launch of its new, cloud-based, Internet of Things (IoT) developer community. This platform will serve as a tool for collaborative sharing between both beginners and advanced developers interested in IoT, connected devices and data interpretations.

Lastly, Bloomberg Business reported Verizon’s unveiling of its new mobile-TV service, Go90. Originally scheduled for an early June release, the mobile-TV service launch has been pushed to late August. The streaming service is said to feature live TV, short clips and video-on-demand capabilities.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. FCC approves AT&T–DirecTV merger (July 24, 2015) By Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge: The FCC has approved AT&T’s $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV, bringing one of the nation’s largest wireless carriers together with the largest satellite TV provider.
  2. DOCSIS 3.1 Seen Taking Off (July 28, 2015) By Alan Breznick, Light Reading: Seeking to join the Gigabit Parade, cable operators are apparently chomping at the bit to deploy the emerging next-gen DOCSIS 3.1 spec so they can offer 1 Gig and higher speeds themselves.
  3. Connected devices powering smart cities, homes to triple by 2020 (July 28, 2015) By Jennifer Booton, Market Watch: The number of connected devices as part of the burgeoning industry known as the Internet of Things is expected to skyrocket 285% over the next five years, reaching 38.5 billion devices by 2020 from just 10 billion today, according to a new report from Juniper Research.
  4. IBM Launches Internet of Things Developer Community (July 29, 2015) By Darryl K. Taft, eWeek: A week after launching a broad-based community destination for cloud developers focusing on open-source technologies—IBM developerWorks Open—Big Blue has announced a new community aimed at Internet of things (IoT) developers.
  5. HDTV, VOD to drive IPTV to near $80BN revs by 2020 (July 27, 2015) By Scott Moritz, Bloomberg Business: Verizon Communications Inc. will ask thousands of customers in the coming weeks to test out a new mobile-TV service, Go90, originally slated for introduction in June, though now pushed back to late summer.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of July 20, 2015

Following the announcement of ARRIS’s 2015 Consumer Entertainment Index annual survey results, Quartz posted an article highlighting how binge-watching has become a solo activity.

Additionally, Light Reading  reported on ARRIS’s newly offered hosted version of its managed service provider Wi-Fi platform at The Independent Show in Boston.

ZCorum announced that its DOCSIS analysis software tool will now be supporting ARRIS C4® CMTS technology.  Broadband Technology Report reported that ZCorum’s software will be an opening to “return path spectrum” without the need of “special equipment.”

WideOpenWest (WOW) has struck a joint deal with TiVo® and Evolution Digital to offer both traditional linear TV and VOD services as well as over-the-top content, according to Multichannel News.

Lastly, a global IPTV market report published this week suggested that growth is fueled by an increase in consumer demand of HDTV channels and video-on-demand (VOD) features. According to Rapid TV News, various technology firms have the potential of growing but satellite and cable TV operators could stall its development.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. You’re not alone: Binge watching is a solo activity for most people (July 21, 2015) By Alice Truong, Quartz. Streaming services have made it incredibly easy for people to watch multiple episodes—or even entire seasons—at a time.
  2. Arris Launches Hosted WiFi for Indie Operators (July 21, 2015) By Mari Silbey, Light Reading. At the NCTC Independent Show today in Boston, Arris Group Inc. announced the debut of a hosted Wi-Fi service for communications service providers.
  3. ZCORUM ADDS SUPPORT FOR ARRIS CMTSS (July 20, 2015) By BTR Staff, Broadband Technology Report: ZCorum announced that its DOCSIS return path analysis software tool, Upstream Analyzer, now supports the ARRIS (NASDAQ:ARRS) C4 CMTS.
  4. WideOpenWest Taps Into TiVo (July 22, 2015) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: WideOpenWest (WOW) has struck a joint development deal with TiVo and Evolution Digital that will enable the MSO to offer a blend of traditional linear TV and VOD services and over-the-top content via a new low-cost hybrid IP/QAM device and through Web and mobile apps powered by the TiVo platform.
  5. HDTV, VOD to drive IPTV to near $80BN revs by 2020 (July 22, 2015), Rapid TV News: Never hitting the highs of satellite but also not enduring the lows of cable, the IPTV sector has kept a relatively low profile but this may change as it enters a period of rapid growth, says Transparency Market Research.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of July 13, 2015

Top Ten Reviews recently reviewed and ranked the ARRIS SURFboard® SB6141 #1 in a cable modem lineup, and it earned a Top Ten Reviews Gold Award. The SURFboard SB6121 cable modem ranked #2.

The 13th Annual CSI Awards shortlist was also announced this week with ARRIS being nominated in three different categories: best digital video processing technology for the ME-7000 Converged Video Compression Platform, best cable or fibre contribution solution for the AgileMax™ RFoG Optical Distribution, and best customer premise technology for the VIP4000 and VIP5000 Series of Set-Tops.

On Monday, SNL Kagan analyst, JP O’Sullivan, spoke at the Connected TV Summit in London. According to Video Net, O’Sullivan said electronic sell-through (EST) is a small yet flourishing market that can best be exploited through pay-TV operators.

Ooyala and Vindicia’s new research study, conducted by London MTM, claims that OTT service revenues could potentially double or triple from $4 billion in 2014 to anywhere from $8-12 billion in 2018. Fierce Cable reported that this increase is due to “consumer’s growing increasingly comfortable with OTT services.”

Lastly, the Wi-Fi™ Alliance is hoping to make devices more aware of green initiatives. Wireless Week covered the Wi-Fi Alliance’s launch of Wi-Fi Aware™—a new certification program aimed at energy efficient connectivity.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. 2015 Best Cable Modems Review, Top Ten Reviews: From televisions to computers, speakers and gaming consoles, electronic products increasingly dominate our lives. Whether you’re shopping for a gaming PC or some new headphones, we evaluate the best electronics available and present top choices to make your buying decision easier.
  2. CSI-Awards – Shortlist  2015 (July 15, 2015) , CSI Magazine: The CSI Awards are one of the most comprehensive and competitive technology awards anywhere in the world, designed to reward technical and product marketing excellence in the cable, satellite, terrestrial broadcasting, mobile and IPTV sectors.
  3. SNL Kagan: Pay-TV Has ‘Competitive Advantage’ With EST (June 13, 2015) By Barry Flynn, VideoNet: Electronic sell-through (EST) is a small but growing sector, according to consultants SNL Kagan, and pay-tv operators are best-placed to exploit it.
  4. Revenues from OTT services could triple to $12B by 2018, Ooyala-Vindicia report says (July 14, 2015) By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: Revenue from “premium” U.S. OTT services will grow from $4 billion in 2014 to somewhere between $8 billion to $12 billion in 2018, according to a study conducted by London’s MTM and commissioned by online video service providers Ooyala and Vindicia.
  5. New Wi-Fi Aware Technology Adds Context to Connections (July 15, 2015) By Andrew Berg, Wireless Week: The Wi-Fi Alliance is hoping to make Wi-Fi devices more aware of the world around them.



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