TV Connect 2015: ARRIS, Akamai advance IP video delivery

DetailsJoseph O'Halloran | 29 April 2015

As part of its end-to-end IP video portfolio, rapidly expanding broadcast technology provider ARRIS is to offer the Aura-licensed content delivery network (CDN) from Akamai Technologies.

ARRIS believes that the future of entertainment reflects changing consumer behaviours, which emphasise personalised content delivered to growing number of end devices. It quotes its own research, the ARRIS Consumer Entertainment Index (CEI) showing that just over half (52%) of consumers record programmes to watch only the content they want, and that 62% are forced to delete programmes because they've run out of space.

The Aura LCDN is designed to optimise IP video services, provide network offload functionality, and enable revenue-generating retail CDN services. ARRIS will integrate Akamai's LCDN and Aura Object Store into its IP video solutions—such as the ARRIS 3M Media Server, Spectrum CPC, and nDVR—to give operators a variety of choices for streamlining, managing, and scaling digital content delivery. It will also support operators as they adopt multiscreen and mobile delivery platforms.

"As customer expectations around TV viewing and video consumption change, pay-TV solutions must evolve as well," explained Akamai Technologies, vice president and general manager, Carrier Products, Mick Scully. "A key part of that evolution for network operators is the adoption of CDN technology as part of their overall solution. We're pleased that ARRIS chose to partner with Akamai, recognising the advantages of combining our Aura CDN solutions with their TV everywhere products. We're confident that the partnership with ARRIS will expand Akamai's presence with network and cable operators and also help us scale from a support perspective."