Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending January 8, 2016

09 Jan 2016

Digital TV Europe reported that ARRIS’s recent acquisition of Pace will provide key growth opportunities in network technology, telco TV and OTT, among others. The deal will allow ARRIS to expand to other regions outside of North America including Asia, Latin America and Europe.

At this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Netflix announced that the streaming service will now be available in 130 more countries, reported Los Angeles Times. Netflix's global footprint now spans 190 countries including Russia, India, South Korea and Saudi Arabia.

In other CES news, Multichannel News reported that Shaw Communications launched FreeRange TV, a cloud-based mobile offering that uses Comcast’s X1 platform. The new mobile video app allows customers to access live TV channels, on-demand content and download videos.

The Wi-Fi® Alliance announced that more than 12 billion Wi-Fi devices have been shipped worldwide and more than 6.8 billion devices have been installed, reported Telecompetitor. By 2019, the Alliance estimates that more than 10 billion devices capable of connecting to a home router will be installed in households worldwide.

Finally, according to Parks Associates’ new study, 54 percent of broadband households in Western Europe are willing to consider buying a 4K UHD TV with the expectation that more content will be available soon, reported Digital TV Europe. Parks Associates research analyst Glenn Hower believes that increased demand for 4K TVs can compel broadcasters like BBC and France Televisions to invest in “new 4K media technologies.”

  1. Stanzione: networks, OTT and WiFi among key growth areas for Arris (January 6, 2016) By Stuart Thomson, Digital TV Europe: The networks business, telco TV and OTT are among the key growth opportunities that Arris expects to be better placed to take advantage of as a result of its acquisition of Pace, according to chairman and CEO Bob Stanzione.
  2. Netflix announces huge global expansion, adding 130 more countries to its service (January 7, 2016) By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times: Streaming services giant Netflix took a big step Wednesday to expand its global footprint, sending the company's share price soaring.
  3. CES 2016: Shaw Puts Comcast’s X1 to Work (January 6, 2016) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Canadian Operator Launches ‘FreeRange TV’ App
  4. Wi-Fi Shipments on Track to Surpass 15 Billion by Year End (January 6, 2016) By Andrew Burger, Telecompetitor: Marking a wireless network industry milestone, the Wi-Fi Alliance on January 5, announced that more than 12 billion Wi-Fi products have been shipped worldwide to date.
  5. More than half of new TV buyers plan to go 4K in Europe (January 6, 2016) By Staff, Digital TV Europe: Some 54% of Western European shoppers who plan to buy a new flatscreen TV in the next year are willing to buy a 4K set, expecting more of this content to be available soon, according to new research.
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