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.

Top 5 Blog Post – Week of September 15, 2014

SCTE kicks off next week in Denver, and ARRIS will be on hand to showcase our latest products and solutions. Broadband Technology Report previewed next week’s event, highlighting that our own John Ulm will present on bandwidth capacity planning during the show.

Additionally, Forbes highlighted that cable modem rentals generate between $275 and $300 million in revenue each quarter for Comcast; more than the Sochi Olympics.

According to Rapid TV News, the number of TV sets connected to the Internet will reach nearly one billion by 2020. Separately, Home Media Magazine predicted that online video on mobile devices will constitute more than half of all online video views by the beginning of 2016.

Finally, IP&TV News discussed a survey revealing OTT TV is becoming a convenient, enjoyable and commonly used way to access video content in emerging markets.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Expo Preview: Tech Workshops (Sept. 17) By Monta Monaco Hernon, Broadband Technology Report: Educational opportunities will be abundant next week at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, with 46 technical workshops planned, spanning all four days of the conference. They are segmented into three main tracks with the underlying theme being next-gen.
  2. Comcast: Cable Modem Rentals Contribute More Than Olympics (Sept. 19) By Ken Kam, Forbes: Last week, I explained how Comcast’s and broadband customers who buy their own cable modem are earning 11% per month on their investment.
  3. Connected TV market set to near 1BN mark by 2020 (Sept. 17) By Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News: The number of TV sets connected to the Internet is set to reach 965 million by 2020 according to a report from Digital TV Research.
  4. Report: Mobile Video Use Up, Connected TV Still King (Sept. 15) By Erik Gruenwedel, Home Media Magazine: Despite a surge in video consumption on mobile phones and tablets, most viewers still prefer connected televisions when viewing content longer than 30 minutes, according to new data from Ooyala Global Video Index Q2 2014.
  5. IBC 2014: SPB TV presents OTT survey on emerging markets (Sept. 13) By Thomas Campbell, IP&TV News: On 12 September, at a special IBC Exhibition event with industry experts and media, SPB TV’s Co-Founder Sebastian-Justus Schmidt announced the survey outcomes, sharing developments in the fast-growing consumer base of OTT TV users in emerging markets.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of August 11, 2014

ARRIS’s NASCAR sponsorship announcement drove a great deal of interest this week!  Media outlets including Yahoo! Sports covered the news that ARRIS will sponsor two Joe Gibbs Racing team drivers, Carl Edwards and Daniel Suarez.

In industry coverage, Rapid TV News reported on a recent ABI Research market study looking at set top devices and home networks. Editors called-out ARRIS as a “clear winner” in the set top market.

Broadband Technology Report covered SCTE’s continued progress toward creating new standards and best practices for energy management and network operations.

Multichannel News shared that ad viewing in TV Everywhere environments is still on the upswing, citing FreeWheel’s latest Video Monetization Report.

And finally, FierceCable posted about a report from Parks Associates, noting that analysts expect 80% of consumers to have a 4K viewing device in the next 10 to 12 years.

Do you agree with this 4K adoption rate? Let us know at @ARRISEVERYWHERE – we’d love to hear from you. And, be sure to check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. ARRIS to sponsor NASCAR’s Carl Edwards (Aug. 20) By Phil W. Hudson, Atlanta Business Chronicle: ARRIS will be the primary sponsor of NASCAR’s number 19 Carl Edwards for 17 races in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Joe Gibbs, founder and owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, said in addition to sponsoring Edwards, ARRIS will also share a vision with Carlos Slim Domit and Escuderia TELMEX to develop Mexican and Latin American drivers in NASCAR.
  2. STB market grows with ARRIS leading the pack (Aug. 21) By Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News: According to ABI Research, most manufacturers saw similar sales, with a few notable exceptions. ARRIS came in a clear winner, growing about 60% year-over-year to $711 million (pro-forma based on the combined ARRIS-Motorola from the start of 2013).
  3. SCTE Busy on the Standards Front (Aug. 20) By BTR Staff, Broadband Technology Report: The SCTE announced continued progress in the creation of standards and best practives for energy management and network operations, as well as the availability of three standards sessions at Cable-Tec Expo 2014.
  4. TV Everywhere Ad Views Surge In Q2: FreeWheel (Aug. 14) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: TV Everywhere apps are still disjointed in terms of the content offered and what’s accessible to viewers in or out of the home, but advertising views in the still nascent segment continue to climb all the same.
  5. Making 4K a reality (Aug. 18) By Sue Marek, FierceCable: 4K is the next-generation of high definition TV with four times the resolution of current HD screens. Unlike 3D, which failed to take off due to multiple technical hurdles, many expect 4K to blossom and become the next step in the high-definition migration path.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed – Week of August 11, 2014

This week, ARRIS continued to make headlines in media outlets such as CED Magazine with the announcement that Poland-based Netia selected the E6000 CER to support its broadband service.

In other news, Multichannel News discussed results from a recent study revealing 85 percent of consumers who subscribe to online streaming services also have pay TV service from a cable, satellite or telco TV provider. This finding is further proven with data highlighted by Advanced Television, which noted 89 percent of British viewers still regularly use the TV to watch their content live. Separately, Rapid TV News shared that in order to differentiate, over-the-top providers are eager to embrace 1080p and Ultra HD programming.

Finally, FierceCable reported that despite Ultra HD’s status as the next generation of high definition, a lack of end-to-end infrastructure could stand in the technology’s way.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. Polish service provider picks Arris’ E6000 (Aug. 11) By Mike Robuck, CED Magazine: Netia, which is one of the largest telecommunications providers in Poland, said it picked the CCAP-based E6000 to support future roll outs of the cable industry’s DOCSIS 3.1 specifications. Netia will work with Arris reseller Vector to deploy the E6000 CER.
  2. Study: OTT Helps Consumers Create ‘DIY Bundles’ (Aug. 12) By Mike Farrell, Multichannel News: Consumers are increasingly using their over-the-top online video connections to complement their pay TV subscriptions, creating “Do-It-Yourself Bundles” of programming, according to a recent study by Hub Entertainment Research.
  3. Brits still prefer to watch live TV, on their TV (Aug. 14) By Editor, Advanced Television: Research reveals that despite the growth in TV viewing via PC, tablet and smartphones, 89 per cent of viewers still regularly use the TV to watch their content live – with 85 per cent also stating that the TV is their preferred screen.
  4. 1080p, UltraHD to be key differentiators in OTT battle (Aug. 8) By Editor, RapidTVNews: As they compete with pay-TV providers, over-the-top (OTT) services such as Netflix, VUDU and M-GO will be more eager to embrace 1080p and UltraHD for connected CE devices, says a report from ABI Research.
  5. Lack of 4K infrastructure hinders technology’s potential, report says (Aug. 13) By Jim Barthold, FierceCable: A lack of end-to-end infrastructure is standing in the way of 4K/Ultra HD, despite the fact that content creators, service providers and TV OEMs “are wagering billions that … (it) will be the panacea needed to lift TV sales and provide the next substantive qualitative differentiator in devices and services,” a new report from The Diffusion Group posits.
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