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CommScope to Acquire Arris for $7.4B, Creating Cable Industry Heavyweight Poised for the FutureNovember 28, 2018US telecommunications equipment maker CommScope will acquire Arris, in a $7.4B deal valued at $5.69 billion, with the difference comprised of CommScope’s assumption of Arris’s debt. As part of the deal, the Carlyle Group will make a $1M equity investment in CommScope for an approximate 16% stake in the new company. CommScope’s CEO Eddie Edwards has claimed the two companies’ product lines are complementary, and that the combined company will “enable end-to-end wired and wireless communications infrastructure solutions that neither company could otherwise achieve on its own.” The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2019.Subscribers Only
Wyplay embraces Android Operator TierJune 19, 2018Wyplay has become the latest set-top middleware and UX vendor to embrace the Android TV platform, and market a custom launcher for Android TV’s Operator Tier. Debuted in Q1 2017, and formalized in the second and third quarters of the same year, Operator Tier affords Android TV adoptees considerably more latitude in designing a device’s home-screen, app carousel, icons, and content placement.Subscribers Only
REPORT HIGHLIGHTS - Set-Top Box Sales Up 3 Percent in Q3; Expansion Underway in Emerging MarketsFebruary 04, 2016Worldwide set-top box (STB) revenue totaled $5.62 billion in the third quarter of 2015 (3Q15), a sequential increase of 3 percent, with nearly all product categories showing improvement, according to the Set-Top Boxes report from IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS).
Technicolor to acquire Cisco’s STB and Broadband CPE businessJuly 30, 2015Technicolor is to acquire Cisco’s Connected Devices division, which generated USD 1.8 billion in sales of set-top boxes (STBs) and broadband customer premises equipment (CPE) in 2014, for USD 600 million in cash and stock. The deal is expected to close in late 2015 or early 2016, and will see Cisco’s STB and CPE products and workforce transferred to Technicolor’s Connected Home business unit, which recorded revenue of just under USD 1.8 billion in 2014. Cisco will retain its cloud and infrastructure solutions for video, which are currently marketed under the Videoscape brand.
ARRIS consolidates market leading position with Pace acquisitionApril 27, 2015US Cable TV technology supplier ARRIS intends to acquire British set-top box (STB) vendor Pace, for USD 2.1B; valuing Pace’s business at 80% of its 2014 revenue. The acquisition will create the world’s largest supplier of set-top box (STB), broadband gateway and cable TV technology. Combined 2014 revenues of USD 7.9B make will it twice the size of its nearest competitor, Cisco’s Service Provider Video business unit. The deal is subject to regulatory approval, but the merged company will be incorporated in the UK, headquartered in the US and expected to list on the NASDAQ.Subscribers Only
Swiss set-top box vendor ADB to go private to focus on softwareNovember 17, 2014Swiss set-top box vendor Advanced Digital Broadcast; more commonly known as ADB, is currently listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange, but intends to go private whilst it completes a transition to become a software-centric rather than hardware-centric company.
Swisscom moves multiscreen platform to the main TV screenApril 30, 2014Swisscom has launched a new iteration of its IPTV service, which it has branded TV 2.0. The next generation TV experience employs a set-top box with Android-based Teatro-3.5 software platform from Switzerland’s i-Wedia, and supports network DVR. The box uses Verimatrix VCAS and Microsoft PlayReady for content protection. The STB is powered by Marvell’s ARMADA 1500 Plus system-on-a-chip (SoC), and is 802.11ac Wi-Fi-enabled.
Pay TV UHD services draw nearer with NTT trial in JapanApril 28, 2014Japanese telco, NTT is trialing Ultra High Definition (UHD) video delivery for its IPTV service, which is branded NTT Plala Hikari TV. The trial is currently operating as part of the video on demand (VoD) service. Japan-based Sumitomo Electric Network is supplying set-top boxes (STBs) for the trial. These are based on a system on a chip (SoC) solution from Canadian vendor ViXS Systems.
Kudelski to increase market share with Conax acquisitionApril 01, 2014Kudelski, the parent company of Swiss Conditional Access and TV software company Nagravision, is to acquire Conax, the conditional access business of Nordic telecoms and broadcasting company Telenor. Kudelski will pay NOK 1,509M, approximately USD 226M, for Conax and expects to complete the deal within 10 days of announcing the acquisition. This values Conax at 2.4 times its 2013 revenue.
Ziggo launches interactive conditional access modulesNovember 12, 2013Dutch cable operator Ziggo has become the first pay TV service provider to launch interactive, CI+ conditional access modules (CAM). CAMs enable pay TV content to be viewed directly on the TV set, without the...
Comcast Network DVR with Xfinity X2 UIJune 30, 2013Comcast is transitioning from in-home hard disk drives (HDDs) to a network DVR (nDVR) service with the second generation of its Xfinity software platform, X2. X2's nDVR service will also include targeted ad...
ARRIS completes Motorola acquisitionApril 29, 2013ARRIS has successfully completed its acquisition of the Motorola Home business unit from Google. The combined company will be one of the largest set-top box, modem and network infrastructure providers for...
Ericsson's acquisition of Microsoft MediaroomApril 21, 2013Telecommunications solutions provider Ericsson is to acquire Microsoft's Mediaroom IPTV Middleware business. Mediaroom is an IPTV software platform that includes the entire set-top box software stack and also related software that...
Multimedia home gateways drive Pace's 2012 revenuesMarch 13, 2013In 2012 UK STB manufacturer Pace grew revenues to $2.4B, a 4.1 per cent increase over 2011. Although overall group revenue increased, all regions experienced revenue declines except North America, which saw...Subscribers Only
Technicolor grew STB shipments by 35 per cent in 2012March 11, 2013Technicolor shipped 18.6M STBs in 2012, growing by 35 per cent from 13.7M shipped in 2011. This was driven by increased volumes to Asia Pacific and South and Central America, which were up by 233 and 87 per...Subscribers Only
ViXS Demonstrates First HEVC TranscoderFebruary 14, 2013ViXS has demonstrated a new 6-transcode multimedia home gateway system-on-chip (SoC) that supports both decode and encode for HEVC. While ViXS has 6-transcode semiconductors already in-market, the HEVC...
Netgem augments software and service strategy with Videofutur multiscreenJanuary 24, 2013French set-top box (STB) vendor Netgem is to purchase French video rental chain Videofutur. As well as physical media outlets, Videofutur also operates its own over-the-top (OTT) multiscreen video delivery...
Verimatrix to Acquire Smartcard Conditional Access VendorMarch 31, 2011IPTV conditional access (CA) vendor Verimatrix is to acquire Comvenient, a German company specialising in smartcard-based CA for the traditional broadcast pay TV market. This acquisition will allow Verimatrix to augment its software-based CA products with a hardware offering aimed at digital broadcast pay TV using DVB modulation standards. Both parties are privately held and as such financial details of the deal have not been disclosed.
Intel Atom Set-top Box Launched by FreeDecember 17, 2010
French IPTV operator Free will ship its new set-top box (STB) and gateway in January 2011. Dubbed the Freebox Player, it's the first pay-TV STB to contain the Intel Atom CE4100 processor. The box augments traditional content services with support for a web browser, HD games from French developer Gameloft, motion-sensing remote controls and integrates a Blu-ray Disc (BD) player.