ARRIS secures exclusive Sling Media agreement

October 16, 2013 14.10 Europe/London By Julian Clover

ARRIS has signed an exclusive agreement to become the sole source of Sling Media’s placeshifting technologies for cable and telco providers.

It follows the recent agreement between the two companies that witnessed the launch of the ARRIS MS4000, bringing multiscreen, placeshifting capabilities to the ARRIS Whole Home Solution with MOXI.

“Our exclusive agreement with Sling Media further solidifies our position as the leading provider of transcoding solutions for the future of multiscreen…everywhere,” said John Burke, SVP Corporate Strategy & Development; President Cloud Solutions Business, ARRIS. “We selected Sling Media for their complementary expertise in placeshifting technology. This collaboration rounds out our broad multiscreen portfolio in the cloud, network, and home to give global providers a variety of ways to let consumers enjoy their media, their way.”

A spokesman for Sling Media confirmed to Broadband TV News that retail Slingbox products would continue to be produced by Sling Media/EchoStar as is the Hopper with Sling, which is sold to US satellite platform Dish.

“We are very pleased to announce this agreement with ARRIS– which will enable our two companies to closely collaborate on a range of integrated and standalone video solutions that deliver HD-quality content across multiple mobile devices, accessible anywhere,” said Michael Hawkey, Vice President and General Manager Sling Media.

ARRIS is planning a phased rollout of the Sling Media technology to global service providers, with the launch of the MS4000 in early 2014, followed by video gateway offerings and technology licensing for multivendor devices.