Arris Launches 'ConvergeMedia'

Management suite offering operators all the elements needed to deliver enhanced services, such as VoD and advanced advertising

March 3, 2009

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SUWANEE, Ga. -- ARRIS (Nasdaq: ARRS - News) announces the debut of its ConvergeMedia(TM) family of products, a comprehensive portfolio of media application and distribution platforms designed to help operators address the unique challenges of media service delivery.

The ConvergeMedia Application platform is a complete management suite offering operators all the elements needed to deliver enhanced services, such as Video on Demand (VOD) and advanced advertising. Its components include:

On Demand Management - Comprehensive, standards-based back office support for On Demand TV applications and services, including Video on Demand - transactional, free, subscription and advertising-supported - Switched Video, Personal Video Recording and Time-Shifted TV. The application platform provides Session and Resource Management (SRM), Content and Asset Management, Configuration Management, Operations Monitoring and Data Reporting capabilities, incorporating the most advanced high availability technologies and designed to scale cost-effectively from systems with ten thousand subscribers to those with tens of millions of subscribers.

Advertising Management - Robust head end support for linear advertising applications including digital program insertion, addressable advertising and schedule management for multiple system interconnects. The advertising management platform provides superior reliability across Cue/Splice Handling, Spot Management, Configuration Management, Operations Monitoring and Verification functions.

Device Applications - Versatile On Demand application support for new and legacy environments, including Metadata, Entitlement and Account Management head end applications, as well as set-top box client applications. ConvergeMedia Device Applications dramatically reduce the time necessary for network providers to commercially launch media services.

The ConvergeMedia Distribution platform is comprised of two new media switching systems, each with specific market applications and On Demand content delivery capabilities:

The ARRIS XMS (Any 'X' Media Stored & Streamed) Origin server has a high storage to stream ratio and is ideal for centralized and large video libraries. Based on a Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) platform, XMS is optimized for performance across 200 to 20,000 streams and its architectural flexibility allows for deployment of small sites to large sites and central libraries to hierarchical architectures. It features adaptive storage design (SAS, SATA, SSD or RAM), cost-effective nPVR applications and built-in linear and On Demand advertising support.

The ARRIS MDX (Media Distribution Switch 'X'), developed by Verivue, Inc., is a high capacity media delivery system built on a network platform, combining scalable network transport with media storage and streaming. Individual MDX nodes can be networked together over an IP backbone to operate as a content distribution network (CDN), each node cooperating with others to dynamically move the content source closer to the requesting end user. The MDX features an innovative solid-state storage subsystem based on Flash Memory technology, offering significantly higher streaming performance when compared to hard disk drives. Another design feature of the MDX allows penalty-free high speed content ingest.

The ConvergeMedia family enables operators to quickly and affordably offer On Demand and advanced advertising services that scale from small centralized systems to the largest content distribution networks. Both of these platforms deliver any media over any network in any format to any consumer, create new revenue streams, improve operating margins, and enhance operator competitiveness.

"The growth and popularity of digital media has created a whole new set of challenges for network operators," noted Joe Matarese, ARRIS VP and GM of On Demand Strategies. "Gone are the days of cobbling together services based upon products built through direct engagement with a patchwork of suppliers. Success now requires assembling pre-integrated solutions, led by a trusted supplier with competency in both software and hardware development and with a thorough understanding of the business. ARRIS developed ConvergeMedia with explicit focus on helping operators manage the cost and complexity of delivering more content and services to end users across a broad range of devices."

Images of the ARRIS ConvergeMedia Application platform and ARRIS ConvergeMedia XMS and MDX Distribution platforms can be accessed at:

Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS)

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