Arris enhances wireless IPTV network capabilities

Arris (Nasdaq: ARRS) has enhanced the wireless capabilities of its IPTV set-tops to enable better whole-home IP connectivity, the company said in a press release issued as part of its IBC 2013 display announcements.

Concurrently, CiOL reported that Telenor Sweden will roll out Arris set-tops, developed locally, in early 2014 as it pushes forward with an IPTV service.

Arris used the IBC trade show platform in Amsterdam to reinforce the company's road map to deliver more connected TV services by making wireless an integral part of the mix. New products include a gateway that Arris said would serve as the "center of the new IP connected home"; a compact wireless set-top box "that can sit behind the TV"; and a Mediaroom set-top with wireless capability that is already being used by Bell Canada's (NYSE: BCE) Fibe TV service.

"Arris has been at the forefront in the development of wireless video experiences and as the market evolves we're seeing the fruition of much of this innovation," Larry Robinson, the company's president of customer premises equipment, said in the corporate press release. "The success of our set-tops, gateways and video bridges in so many geographies speaks to an ever-growing desire to take video content out of the living room and beyond the confines of the home."

Telenor could be planning to take TV in yet another direction by encouraging its customers to make use of a removable DVR memory module to expand and add to the set-top's memory.

"Our IPTV service in Sweden is set for growth and we need to provide our customers with the best we can," said Mikael Farjsjo, head of TV at Telenor, in the CiOL story.

Using Arris' technology, he added, "gives us confidence to launch new, enhanced services based on its set-top and platform developed locally in Sweden."

For more:
- Arris issued this press release
- and CiOL carried this story

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