19-Smart-homeLately, I’ve been seeing the increased cadence in the ways we are changing how we consume broadband, entertainment and digital life elements in our homes and how our world is really headed to services and applications that make our lives easier, more immersive and more fun.

CLICK TO TWEET: CommScope's Charles Cheevers explains how entertainment and media players are focused on giving users a more engaging and immersive experience in a connected home

We are seeing people embrace the use of new virtual reality tools to design their homes to the limits of their imagination, even before opening a can of paint or touching a single brick.  

My children, who don’t remember when YouTube didn’t exist, will one day explain to their kids who use autonomous cars what a driver’s license is and how Dad used to press ‘pedals’ looking out the front window all the time.  And friends and family have quickly become comfortable speaking to their smart assistants even when in my company, changing the conversation dynamic and paving the way for a brand new immersive, unlimited entertainment and informed connected home experience. This speed of change is making consumers embrace and adopt technology that will make their lives easier and make day to day tasks or use of new services simpler and easier – and it is this desire that will accelerate some of the new services we are targeting at the consumer home.  

These are exciting times for the entertainment and media industry which is evolving rapidly each year.  With the recent acquisition of ARRIS and Ruckus Networks, CommScope has the resources and resilience of a Fortune 250-sized company that can help our customers evolve their business models for the future while preparing the future of connectivity.   

This new immersive connected era is a key theme at IBC 2019 in Amsterdam, one of my favorite conferences as the best and brightest minds in the industry share new ways of thinking that will certainly disrupt the status quo.   

Here’s a sneak peek into what we’ll be sharing in Hall 1, stand B19.  

Evolving the TV Experience: We debuted the Smart Media Device (SMD) category at last year’s IBC. This year, we’re showcasing the evolution of the concept, which combines functionality of the most important devices in the connected home to drive new levels of consumer engagement and revenue. The SMD is a set-top, smart speaker, visual smart assistant, IoT hub, video & teleconference and remote control—all in one. This new in room device works with the screen palette of the large screen TV to create a Home command and control center function. This large screen Command Center creates a more hands free, personalized, connected, and convenient way to enjoy all the media, services, and applications in the digital home.   

We believe it’s the future of the set-top and an area of incredible potential for operators looking to develop new, stickier, sensory and immersive home services. We’re also accelerating the User Experience (UX) design evolution of the TV experience with Android™ TV, RDK, and KreaTV®. And we’ll be showcasing the new CommScope industrial design and next-generation high-performance set-tops with integrated OTT services.  

The Wireless Connected Home: The home is becoming increasingly connected, and so are our digital experiences. This area will showcase how we’re delivering the next era of connectivity both to the home and throughout the home—with multi-Gigabit services, app platforms and HomeAssure™, which optimizes coverage and performance with integrated extenders, apps, and cloud services. The power of HomeAssure™ to be able to make Wi-Fi® connectivity transparent as well as make real time decisions to ensure consumer has the most optimal experience on their Wi-Fi connected devices is the critical platform for customer satisfaction.  

Managed Network Services: As enterprises look to deliver connectivity to their customers, we’re providing the platforms, portals, and hosted services to deliver seamless wired and wireless experiences.  

Enhanced Video Experiences: The future is personalized. We’ll highlight how solutions like our ME-7000 and MDC are increasing efficiency in video delivery, while integrating with next-generation advertising, content protection, and services to deliver truly exciting new customized consumer experiences.  

Innovative Video Distribution: Game-changing solutions improve the efficiency of primary video distribution for content creators and programmers. As video service providers of all types look to optimize video delivery, we will show how our solutions simplify operations, reduce operational expenditures and accelerate deployment of tomorrow’s services, including evolution of the cable headend to all-IP video. We’ll also demonstrate how we’re delivering end-to-end video network orchestration solutions.  

Unlocking the best user experience

The worlds of broadcast and broadband are intersecting.  Join us for an engaging discussion on trends fueling the explosive growth of media and entertainment consumption:  

  • The talk will also feature a supporting paper on ‘Full Duplex and Extended Spectrum DOCSIS® for tomorrow’s 10G future,’ from our Distinguished Systems Engineer, CTO Office, Frank O’Keefe  

As my colleague Joe Chow put it, we have a bright future ahead of us.  CommScope continues to focus on technology and business model trends that will shape our industry while addressing ways to provide new levels of engagement via multi-screen delivery, interactivity and immersive experiences.  

About the Author

Charles Cheevers

Charles Cheevers is Chief Technologist of CPE (Consumer Premises Equipment) Solutions at CommScope. He’s responsible for the two- to five-year technology vision of CommScope’s CPE business. In this role, he defines new home architectures for CPE devices and cloud-to-ground solutions as well as the evolution of CommScope’s home gateways, set-tops, and connected home solutions.

In his more than 20 years in the telecommunications industry, Mr. Cheevers has been responsible for bringing to market a range of technologies — including DVB, DOCSIS, DSL, PON Network and CPE Video Voice and Broadband solutions. Over the last six years, Mr. Cheevers has focused on delivering the next generation of connectivity and technology-driven user experiences to the home. As a result, he’s played a key role in pioneering major trends in Wi-Fi®, IoT, IP video, TV experience and set-top technology, and most recently AI-driven smart solutions, with the debut of CommScope’s Smart Media Device. 

Mr. Cheevers and his team have also been creating new home platforms for many of the world’s leading service providers. With the emergence of new Wireless convergence solutions in both unlicensed and licensed bands — from 1 to 100GHz — Mr. Cheevers and the CommScope CTO office have been innovating new architectures for consumer and home wireless convergence across Wi-Fi, LTE and 5G.

Mr. Cheevers joined CommScope through its acquisition of ARRIS, where he served as Chief Technology officer of CPE Solutions from 2012 to 2019. He joined ARRIS in 2003 via acquisition of Com21 Inc and was VP Engineering of ARRIS Cadant® C3™ CMTS and D5™ EdgeQAM products. In 2006, he was appointed as Chief Technology Officer of Europe, a position he held concurrently to being GM for the ARRIS Edge QAM business from 2008 to 2010.

Prior to his tenure at ARRIS, Mr. Cheevers was VP of Engineering and an Officer of Com21 Inc and held senior management positions for Apple Inc.

Mr. Cheevers has served on the board of the Open Connectivity Foundation, one of the leading IoT standards initiatives, served on the SCTE organizing committee for 2018 and 2019 and is a recipient of the 2006 and 2011 Cable and Satellite Euro50 award for his contributions to cable technology.

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