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INTX 2015: Arris Demos ‘Skinny TV’ Approach

Taking aim at the emerging trend toward skinnier pay-TV bundles, Arris is using INTX to show off an IP multicast system that, it claims, is vastly more bandwidth-efficient than unicast streaming systems.

Arris said its 24-channel multicast streaming system can enable MSOs to deliver “Skinny TV” packages while also reducing traffic by a factor of 20, and avoiding “OTT bandwidth bloating” and still maintaining compatibility with connected CE devices.

The system being demonstrated by Arris uses multicast protocols, a technique that lets multiple viewers ride on the same stream, eliminating the need to carry a unique copy of every stream. A gateway performs the protocol translation to adaptive bit rate streaming protocols that are used by consumer devices.

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