Arris will be the exclusive worldwide distributor of Sling Media tech to cable, telco and wireless service providers worldwide under a new partnership announced Wednesday. It’s just the next evolution in the companies’ collaboration, which started in September with the introduction of the Arris MS4000 media streaming device powered by Sling Media.
In addition to Arris offering Sling in standalone devices, Arris will integrate it into headend and headless gateways, as well as licensing Sling tech to third-party manufacturers. The MS4000 should begin its deployment early next year, with video gateway offering and licensing to follow.
"We selected Sling Media for their complementary expertise in placeshifting technology. This collaboration rounds out our broad multiscreen portfolio in the cloud, network, and home to give global providers a variety of ways to let consumers enjoy their media, their way,” said John Burke, Arris’ svp of Corporate Strategy & Development; President Cloud Solutions Business.
Arris’ fourth annual Media Engagement Barometer found the average consumer uses multiscreen services away from home four days a week, and over a quarter download TV programs to their mobile devices on a daily basis. A recent Sling Media customer survey, which found that nearly two-thirds of Slingbox 350 and 500 users have Internet-connected streaming devices in the home, and three-quarters of Sling usage takes place away from home.