Light Reading
Arris's next-gen strategy includes a new 'solid state,' carrier-class platform from Jim Dolce's Verivue

Arris Pumps Up Video With Dolce's Verivue

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
1/15/2009
50%
50%

Verivue Inc. , former Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) exec Jim Dolce's new baby, has an entrée to the cable video-on-demand (VoD) world thanks to a deal with Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS), Cable Digital News has learned.

Multiple industry insiders have confirmed that Arris plans to standardize a portion of its next-gen VoD and interactive video platform on the Verivue "solid state" video pump, which is slated to provide carrier-class reliability.

Arris spokesman Alex Swan confirms that the two companies are working together. "Arris will be integrating [Verivue's] products into our overall converged service network solutions, and we do have rights to sell their products worldwide," he says.

He adds that Arris plans to demonstrate how the two companies are working together this April at The Cable Show in Washington.

Swan isn't confirming details of the agreement, but people familiar with the deal say it's "mutually exclusive" when it comes to the Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) and Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) accounts. That means that Arris and Verivue must work together, exclusively, on anything involving those MSOs.

Beyond those two accounts, however, Verivue has carte blanche should it try to win deals with other cable MSOs and telcos, or attempt to displace server deployments from suppliers such as SeaChange International Inc. (Nasdaq: SEAC), Concurrent Computer Corp. (Nasdaq: CCUR), Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT), and Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO).

n5 lives on
Arris entered the VoD game in late 2007 when it acquired C-COR Inc. in a deal valued at $730 million. (See Arris Acquires C-COR and Arris Sews Up C-COR.) Although Arris is likely to center the bulk of its next-gen VoD and digital advertising platforms on Verivue's technology, it will continue to invest in and expand on the servers already in its arsenal, which include the n5 and the more compact n5c. (See C-COR Unveils Compact VOD Server .)

"We have a roadmap for these products going out several years," Swan said, adding that the entire product line will be made to serve a variety of media formats and market sizes.

Verivue's offering will "fit well into the converged platform that we are seeking to offer the industry," he said.

Little is known about the technical makeup of Verivue's video pump, though support for DRAM and possibly Flash is expected. (See A Flashy Approach to VOD.)

People familiar with the product plans acknowledge that it will have solid state capabilities and will aim to be NEBS (Network Equipment Building Systems)-compliant, meaning it will be made to meet certain power management standards and be sturdy enough to withstand just about anything that Mother Nature can dish out. Verivue's initial product will also be capable of splicing and pumping video in the same device.

Arris's Swan would not go into much detail about the Verivue product, but said it's not limited to video. "To describe it as a video pump really does not do it justice," he said.

Keeping quiet
On its own Website, Verivue vaguely describes itself as an "early stage, venture backed company developing advanced networking solutions for the distribution of digital media services."

When Light Reading tracked down Verivue CEO Jim Dolce in 2007, the former "LR Mover & Shaker" said he wasn't ready yet to divulge details about his new company until later that year. (See Dolce Starts Verivue and Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom.)

Verivue still isn't in the mood to say much. Dolce could not be reached Thursday, but another Verivue official stressed in an email that the company is "not commenting publicly on any specifics of our business."

Verivue has not disclosed how much capital it has raised (or made much in the way of public announcements of any sort), but it does list Matrix Partners and Spark Capital Partners LLC as investors.

Spark has some experience in the video server/pump arena -- it invested in Broadbus Technologies, a DRAM server specialist that Motorola purchased in the summer of 2006. (See Moto Buys VOD Vendor Broadbus.)

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

(3)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
btierney
50%
50%
btierney,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:13:42 PM
re: Arris Pumps Up Video With Dolce's Verivue
Given the team he has assembled I expected something much more than a vod pump.

even if it's the world's best it's still unimpressive given his talent and vision.

Capers
bollocks187
50%
50%
bollocks187,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:13:41 PM
re: Arris Pumps Up Video With Dolce's Verivue
I second that - it is hilarious that is the best he could come up or it is in fact all that he could come up with as he was overhyped in the first place.

DPD
50%
50%
DPD,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:13:37 PM
re: Arris Pumps Up Video With Dolce's Verivue
I disagree. I think it shows his ability to understand the times communications are in.

During the bubble he built and sold companies that made infrastructure equipment. Since that time a lot of infrastructure has been built out. A lot of fiber remains dark awaiting applications. Which brings us to where we are now: time to build applications upon all that infrastructure...and VOD is the most logical. Why?

Consider the telcos and Cable MSO's are going to IP video. The telcos are doing it because they've rebuilt their infrastructure for an all IP play. The Cable MSO's have done the same. In both cases video is the last application in the triple play to make the move towards IP, thus resulting in an all IP play (lower capex/opex). I understand the MSO's will eventually go to a quad play, adding wireless voice/video/data services, but the technology has not been decided.

And for those who think VOD, or video in general, is "easy" have clearly not worked on video technology.

Disclaimer: I have neither met nor worked for Dolce.
Educational Resources
sponsor supplied content
Educational Resources Archive
Flash Poll
From The Founder
It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
LRTV Documentaries
Optical Is Hot in 2015

1|23|15   |   01:56   |   (2) comments


Optical comms technology underpins the whole communications sector and there are some really hot trends set for 2015.
LRTV Custom TV
Policy Control in the Fast Lane

1|22|15   |   2:57   |   (0) comments


What's making policy control strategic in 2015 and beyond? Amdocs talks with Heavy Reading's Graham Finnie about the key factors driving change in the data services landscape. Find out what his policy management research reveals about the road ahead for policy control – and sign up for ...
LRTV Documentaries
Highlights From the 2020 Vision Executive Summit

1|21|15   |   4:33   |   (2) comments


In December 2014, Light Reading brought together telecom executives in Reykjavik, Iceland to discuss their vision for high-capacity networks through the end of the decade. The intimate, interactive meeting was set against the backdrop of Iceland's spectacular natural beauty. As one of the event's founding sponsors, Cisco's Doug Webster shared his company's ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Pay-TV Partner Harmonic, Helping Carriers Accelerate 4K Video Deployment with Huawei

1|20|15   |   5:42   |   (1) comment


At IBC, Peter Alexander, Senior Vice President & CMO at Harmonic, speaks about the growing interest in pay-TV service and its branching into multiple devices.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Sony Marketing Director Olivier Bovis Discusses the Outlook for 4K and Cooperation With Huawei at IBC 2014

1|20|15   |   6:50   |   (0) comments


At IBC, Olivier Bovis, Marketing Director of Sony, speaks about the coming of the 4K era.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Pay-TV Partner Envivio, Helping Carriers Accelerate 4K Video Deployment

1|20|15   |   2:57   |   (0) comments


At IBC, Olivier Bovis, Marketing Director of Sony, speaks about the coming of the 4K era.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Pay-TV's Networked Future

1|20|15   |   6:29   |   (0) comments


At IBC, Jeff Heynen, Principal Analyst at Infonetics, speaks about the future of the pay-TV industry and its transition.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Jeff Heynen: Distributed Access Will Help MSOs Compete in the Future

1|20|15   |   2:26   |   (0) comments


At IBC, Jeff Heynen, Principal Analyst at Infonetics, speaks about moving to distributed access and the future trend of cable business.
LRTV Interviews
Cisco Talks Transformation

1|20|15   |   13:02   |   (0) comments


In December 2014, Steve Saunders sat down with Cisco VP of Products & Solutions Marketing Doug Webster at Light Reading's 2020 Vision executive summit in Reykjavik, Iceland. They spoke about Cisco's approach to network virtualization as well as how service providers can begin to monetize high-capacity networks through the end of the decade.
LRTV Interviews
Bob Wilson, Arsenal Legend: The Light Reading Interview

1|16|15   |   35:36   |   (3) comments


Arsenal goalkeeping legend Bob Wilson was Light Reading's guest interviewee at the 2020 Vision Executive Summit in December. See what the former soccer star and sports broadcaster had to say when he took to the stage in Iceland.
LRTV Custom TV
What MEF Third Network Initiative Means for SDN & NFV

1|14|15   |   6:13   |   (0) comments


Vitesse Semiconductor CTO Martin Nuss discusses the importance of the MEF Third Network initiative and why it's good news for SDN/NFV industry initiatives.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Frank Miller: Distributed Solutions are the Best Build for the Future - Part II

1|9|15   |   2:46   |   (0) comments


At SCTE, Frank Miller, Global CTO of MSO at Huawei, speaks about Cable 2.0 and its innovative future.
Upcoming Live Events
February 5, 2015, Washington, DC
February 19, 2015, The Fairmont San Jose, San Jose, CA
March 17, 2015, The Cable Center, Denver, CO
April 14, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City, NY
May 12, 2015, Grand Hyatt, Denver, CO
May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
September 9-10, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
November 11-12, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
December 1, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
December 2-3, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
Infographics
Hot Topics
BlackBerry Wants Net Neutrality Protection -- That's Just Sad
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 1/22/2015
Verizon Ready for Google MVNO Challenge
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 1/22/2015
FiOS Picks Up Pace Again
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 1/22/2015
Indiana Carrier Takes Fiber to the Farm
Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Gigabit Cities/IoT, 1/22/2015
The New Internet Space Race: Google's Final Frontier?
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 1/21/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive