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Cable Technology Feature Article

February 17, 2011

ARRIS Launches Whole Home Solution

By Jamie Epstein, TMCnet Web Editor

ARRIS-, announced today-, that its Whole Home Solution Media Gateway (News - Alert) will be offered by MSO BendBroadband throughout its network. 

ARRIS is a global communications technology company that specializes in the design, engineering and supply of technology, supporting triple- and quad-play broadband services for residential and business customers around the world.

BendBroadband is a family-owned company serving Central Oregon since 1955. A leader in the cable and broadband sectors, the company offers a diverse variety of broadband, cable and telephone services for commercial and residential customers.

The ARRIS Whole Home solution is comprised of the ARRIS Media Gateway, a converged multi-services platform that provides multimedia entertainment to the entire home, and ARRIS Media Players connected to each television.

The Whole Home Solution offers a decreased cost-per-household alternative to traditional cable set-top boxes, E-MTA’s, Cable Modems and wireless Wi-Fi routers. The solution includes a central gateway that works to enable multimedia entertainment services such as: broadcast and narrowcast video, video on demand, DOCSIS 3.0 high-speed data and two lines of carrier-grade voice over IP, as well as Internet over-the-top and media sharing of user-generated content. 

The ARRIS Media Gateway comes with a 6-tuner, multi-room HD DVR with 500 GB HDD storage and 4-port Ethernet home networking router with MoCA 1.1+ home networking technology and optional 802.11n Wi-Fi. Additionally, it supports DLNA to connect with subscriber-owned DLNA-enabled devices across the home network and CableCARD conditional access, the release stated. 

When integrated with the ARRIS ConvergeMedia Management system’s flexible multi-screen architecture, the Gateway delivers an optimal on demand experience that coincides with both traditional set-tops, and advanced IP capable devices. 

The ARRIS Media Player supports full HD with HDMI, component, and composite outputs, front and rear USB ports, 10/100 Mbps Ethernet and MoCA 1.1+.  The Media Player also features front panel navigation and clock, along with a backlit remote control.

 “We are very excited to be able to offer our customers so much in such a powerful solution,” said BendBroadband (News - Alert) CEO, Amy Tykeson. “The ARRIS Whole Home Solution delivers broadcast, On Demand, over-the-top and user-generated content, whole home DVR, high speed data, Wi-Fi and primary line voice – all easily controlled through one simple remote and a customized on screen user interface.   This abundance of functionality in one solution lets us offer an expanded level of service while lowering the cost and complexity of household access.”

“The ARRIS Whole Home Solution is a disruptive technology solution that will accelerate the transition of content delivery to an all-IP paradigm,” said ARRIS Broadband Communication Systems, President Bruce McClelland. “We are very happy to be working with BendBroadband, our first announced Media Gateway and Media Player customer on this innovative approach to charting a new direction in personalized customer experience.”

Jamie Epstein is a TMCnet Web Editor. Previously she interned at News 12 Long Island as a reporter's assistant. After working as an administrative assistant for a year, she joined TMC (News - Alert) as a Web editor for TMCnet. Jamie grew up on the North Shore of Long Island and holds a bachelor's degree in mass communication with a concentration in broadcasting from Five Towns College. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jamie Epstein