Arris (Nasdaq: ARRS) has built a home video gateway that could support Comcast's (Nasdaq: CMCSA) Xfinity X1 service and similar hybrid video products that other cable operators are expected to deploy.
The Arris Media Gateway, which Arris is demonstrating at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, can transcode 8 QAM channels for delivery to multiple set-tops and IP devices in a home. It can also bond up to 24 DOCSIS downstream channels, and deliver broadband service at nearly 1 gigabit per second, according to Arris. It is based the Comcast Reference Design Kit (RDK) software.
Pace (LSE: PIC.L) has been supplying Comcast with gateway devices for its rollout of Xfinity X1 in Boston, Atlanta and several other markets. Comcast cheered the move by Arris, but didn't detail plans to deploy the Arris gateway.
"We congratulate Arris on the introduction of their new media gateway," Comcast SVP of premises technology Steve Reynolds said in a prepared statement. "This device will work with the millions of IP-enabled consumer devices capable of displaying video and will help operators, consumer electronics companies and developers innovate at an even faster pace in today's rapidly-changing multiscreen TV environment," he added.
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