This week, ARRIS 2014 Consumer Entertainment Index continued to appear on the global stage. CNN Expansion discussed the research, highlighting remarks by our own Germán Iaryczower, who noted that consumers’ increased desire for customization is essential for the evolution of entertainment. Additionally, The Wall Street Journal highlighted viewers’ increasing willingness to pay to avoid TV advertisements, noting one of our key findings that 60% of survey respondents recorded a show just so they could skip the commercials.
In other ARRIS news, CED Magazine noted Austrian service provider Liwest Kabelmedien has deployed our E6000 CER and TG682 cable modem/gateway, future-proofing its investment en route to offering a 1 Gbps service.
Separately, as the World Cup kicks off, BBC News showcased the tournament filming in Ultra HD, noting that with three million in-person fans and four billion watching on TV and online, this will make for the highest-tech soccer event ever. Furthermore, Variety noted that with the number of streaming fans, the event will serve as more proof that live video distribution on Web and mobile is an integral part of the TV business model.
Check back next week for the latest industry news.
Cable companies replicate script Netflix (June 5) By Edgar Sigler, CNN Expansion: The rise of Internet video services has caused cable companies and telephone to launch their own packages for customers to access their programming "whenever and wherever they want."
Would Viewers Be Willing To Pay To Avoid TV Ads? (June 12) By Steven Perlberg, The Wall Street Journal: Andrew Sullivan’s decision to run ads on his previously ad-free political blog The Dish, which will only be seen by non-subscribers, raises an interesting question: are two-tiered pricing models the way of the future in media?
Arris notches another CCAP win (June 9) By Mike Robuck, CED Magazine: Austrian service provider Liwest Kabelmedien has deployed Arris’ flagship E6000 Converged Edge Router and TG682 cable modem/gateway in order to deliver a 250 Mbps service to its subscribers.
World Cup 2014 to be most hi-tech football event ever (June 9) By Matthew Wall, BBC News: What if the linesman had said that Geoff Hurst's second goal for England in the 1966 World Cup final hadn't actually crossed the line? Would West Germany have won instead, depriving England of its only trophy?
World Cup to Kick U.S. Device Use Into High Gear (June 12) By Todd Spangler, Variety: The beta-test phase for big television streaming events is officially over. Viewers — and advertisers — now have baseline expectations that live TV programming also will be available on multiple devices, in beautiful HD quality, with a rich set of second-screen features.