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Arris Flashes IP Mojo

Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) is using the annual IBC show in Amsterdam to show off its set-top box prowess. But instead of putting its Moxi user interface for STBs in the spotlight, the company is emphasizing its hybrid and all-IP set-tops for the international market.

The wide variety of set-tops on display for Arris is a mark of its inheritance from the recent Motorola acquisition. Arris demonstrated two wireless IP boxes -- one DVB-C/IP hybrid video gateway with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and one VDSL2+ gateway currently used by AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) for U-verse TV.

Notably, of the two wireless set-tops highlighted, not only is Moxi not a factor, but two other software platforms are front and center. The Arris VIP2502W uses Mediaroom middleware -- recently acquired by Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) from Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) -- while the VIP1113W runs on the KreaTV operating system. (See Ericsson Closes Mediaroom Acquisition and Moto: No Android Here.)

Motorola bought Kreatel back in 2006 for its KreaTV set-tops and software. The software is an open, Linux-based platform able to integrate with a "wide variety of VOD, middleware, and conditional access systems."

Arris also took the opportunity at IBC to announce a win with Swedish operator Telenor Group (Nasdaq: TELN) for its VIP2853 set-tops. The boxes for Telenor also run on the KreaTV platform, and support broadcast TV, video on demand, interactive applications, and over-the-top services. An optional DVR module plugs in as needed.

— Mari Silbey, special to Light Reading Cable

lr_fanny 9/19/2013 | 9:20:10 AM
Re: Moxi Bypass Aren't the set tops in your post aimed at the telco market? Moxi seems to be aimed at cable.
albreznick 9/17/2013 | 1:35:18 PM
Re: Moxi Bypass So this is all going to get pressy messy, isn't it? I thought the idea was to make things more standardized with IP video, not less. 
msilbey 9/17/2013 | 12:03:23 PM
Re: Moxi Bypass I don't think this is so much a Moxi bypass as an indicator of the hodgepodge of platforms Arris is now supporting. It's also conceivable that Arris could still use the Moxi UI on top of a different middleware solution. 
albreznick 9/16/2013 | 12:10:13 PM
Moxi Bypass Interesting, Mari. So does this mean that Arris doesn't think Moxi wil go over well in Europe and Asia? Or have cloud-based UIs generally passed Moxi by? wonder what the former Digeo folks have to say about this. 
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