ARRIS Advances Industry Progress for Sports Producers, Broadcasters, Venues
The Sports Video Group is pleased to welcome ARRIS as a mobile/integrator sponsor. The Suwanee, GA-based Fortune 500 company is a global provider of entertainment and communications solutions that enable media programmers and MVPD service providers to deliver video, voice, and IP data services.
The company is a leader in video processing, digital video, and IPTV distribution systems, content-protection technologies, consumer-premises equipment, broadband-access infrastructure, and data-management products. ARRIS solutions are complemented by a broad array of services, including technical support, system design, and system integration.
“ARRIS is delighted to establish a sponsorship in Sports Video Group, the leading industry association for sports-video professionals,” says VP of Business Development Kevin Wirick. “As the scope and complexity of sports production and distribution continue to expand, we look forward to engaging with the thought leaders in sports video to further advance the production/distribution process and enhance the spectator experience.”
ARRIS has a 60-year legacy of advancing industry progress in TV, Internet, telephony, and the connected home, including firsts in digital TV and wireless broadband. With the acquisition of the Motorola Home business in 2013, ARRIS is positioned to deliver technological innovation across the entire content-delivery chain, from creation to consumption. The company’s solutions span the cloud, network, and home — providing a holistic approach to solving the fundamental industry challenges of broad content delivery, network scalability, and service monetization.
For sports programmers and producers, ARRIS’s Media Analysis Framework is transforming how sports programmers create temporal metadata. Instead of the arduous manual tagging of content that occurs in sports production today, MAF automatically generates time-coded metadata tags for various entities and events in a program: key players, highlights, points of action, cuts, transitions, ad breaks, logos, and more. With MAF, sports producers save time and operating expenses in creating actionable metadata that drives efficiencies in storing, searching, and repurposing content.
ARRIS is also a leading supplier of satellite–network-distribution equipment to leading sports programmers, including ESPN and Fox Sports. The company’s solutions include video-compression equipment, the Digicipher II conditional-access system, and a broad portfolio of satellite receivers that implement program retunes and blackouts to regional sports networks.
For sports facilities, ARRIS is an active supplier and integrator of in-venue video-distribution systems and broadband infrastructure. Its Global Services team has installed WiFi networks and multiscreen video distribution at various motorsport venues, including Daytona Motor Speedway. These systems serve racing teams’ communications and race analysis while also enriching the spectator experience with mobile video and data services.