With pay-TV consolidation hitting Arris' bottom line hard in recent quarters, the top industry vendor is eager to shine the light on emerging business areas.
Case in point is The Weather Channel's new "Local Now" streaming service, which with Arris's help, was recently integrated into Dish's (NASDAQ: DISH) Sling TV IP-based platform.
Arris said its Global Services group is providing end-to-end management of the service, which delivers to subscribers personalized weather, news, traffic and sports reports, based on their location. Local Now, Arris added, is the first service to implement the ActiveVideo CloudTV platform's CPE virtualization technology. (Arris and Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR) jointly purchased cloud-video specialist ActiveVideo for $135 million a year ago.)
Local Now also integrates Anevia's ViaMotion+ packaging software and Arris transcoders.
Local Now is part of Sling TV's "Best of Live TV" base tier and delivers reports customized to 207 TV markets across the U.S.
"This project highlights how Arris Global Services is engaged with service providers to transform their customer offerings," said Dan Whalen, senior VP and general manager of global services for Arris. "Local Now unites high-quality content and personalization in a way that makes OTT more relevant and engaging to subscribers."
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