Digital TV Europe reported that ARRIS’s recent acquisition of Pace will provide key growth opportunities in network technology, telco TV and OTT, among others. The deal will allow ARRIS to expand to other regions outside of North America including Asia, Latin America and Europe.
At this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Netflix announced that the streaming service will now be available in 130 more countries, reported Los Angeles Times. Netflix's global footprint now spans 190 countries including Russia, India, South Korea and Saudi Arabia.
In other CES news, Multichannel News reported that Shaw Communications launched FreeRange TV, a cloud-based mobile offering that uses Comcast’s X1 platform. The new mobile video app allows customers to access live TV channels, on-demand content and download videos.
The Wi-Fi® Alliance announced that more than 12 billion Wi-Fi devices have been shipped worldwide and more than 6.8 billion devices have been installed, reported Telecompetitor. By 2019, the Alliance estimates that more than 10 billion devices capable of connecting to a home router will be installed in households worldwide.
Finally, according to Parks Associates’ new study, 54 percent of broadband households in Western Europe are willing to consider buying a 4K UHD TV with the expectation that more content will be available soon, reported Digital TV Europe. Parks Associates research analyst Glenn Hower believes that increased demand for 4K TVs can compel broadcasters like BBC and France Televisions to invest in “new 4K media technologies.”
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