This week, a number of outlets, including Multichannel News, covered the announcement that ARRIS and Charter Communications have acquired cloud-based interfaces and apps provider ActiveVideo through a new joint venture. As part of the deal, ARRIS will serve as the sales channel for ActiveVideo’s CloudTV platform.
Separately, Broadband Technology Report highlighted ARRIS’s and Conax’s demonstration of the joint capabilities of ARRIS’s DASH repackaging and Conax’s multi-DRM encryption during the NAB Show in Las Vegas.
In other news from the show, Mikael Rickans of PCWorld noted that many of the devices on display at NAB are 4K compatible, an indicator that consumer interest in watching movies, TV shows and sports in 4K continues to grow.
In other industry news, Rapid TV News reported new research from Visiongain, which found that media delivery services revenue for over-the-top (OTT) services reached $51.38 billion in 2014.
Finally, The Telegraph published a story on the trend for UK broadband users to stay with their service providers, due predominantly to the fact that they are discouraged by the fees associated with switching.
Check back next week for the latest industry news.
Arris-Charter J.V. Nabs ActiveVideo for $135 Million (April 14) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Arris and Charter Communications said they have acquired ActiveVideo, a provider of cloud-based interfaces and apps, for $135 million via a new joint venture.
ARRIS, Conax to Demo DASH, Multi-DRM (April 11) By Staff Writer, Broadband Technology Report: ARRIS and Conax will be demonstrating the joint capabilities of ARRIS's DASH repackaging and Conax's multi-DRM encryption at the NAB Show in Las Vegas.
NAB conference makes way for more 4K content (April 15) By Mikael Ricknas, PCWorld: This year the number of 4K TVs sold around the world will almost triple. Those sales, along with more mature equipment for producing and distributing content, are fueling overall interest in the technology.
OTT media delivery tops $51.38 billion (April 15) By Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News: Media delivery services revenue for over-the-top (OTT) services reached $51.38 billion in 2014, research from Visiongain has revealed.
Half of UK broadband customers have never switched provider (April 13) By Sophie Curtis, The Telegraph: Half of UK broadband users have never switched provider, with many being discouraged from shopping around for better deals by so-called "switching costs".