CommScope’s Smart Media Device Receives a Videonet Connected TV Award

Anthony Zuyderhoff May 15, 2020

2020_VCTV_Customer_Premise_Innovation_WinnerCommScope received recognition from Videonet during its 2020 Connected TV Awards. During Videonet’s virtual ceremony, CommScope’s Smart Media Device (SMD) took home the award in the Customer Premise Innovation category and I couldn’t be happier with our team and this achievement.

For this award, judges were looking for solutions that will improve the premium video entertainment lives of consumers in their homes or help media owners, platform operators and network operators deliver and/or manage better services within homes.

CommScope’s SMDs combines the functionality of the most important gadgets in the connected home to create a single touch point for consumers’ digital lives. It’s a set-top, smart speaker, visual smart assistant, IoT hub, voice and video conference, and remote control—all in one. This combination allows the device to offer a more personalized, connected, and convenient way to enjoy all the media, services, and applications in the digital home. At IBC last year we announced our latest model, the VIP7852, and the launch of a SMD with Altice France.

CLICK TO TWEET: CommScope’s Smart Media Device received an industry accolade from Videonet. Learn more about the solution’s Connected TV Award by reading Anthony Zuyderhoff’s blog

Smart Media Device (SMD) platform 7852 (002)According to Steven Hawley, Principal Analyst and Consultant, tvstrategies™, who was one of the category’s judges, he stated, “CommScope’s SMD is designed to help pay TV operators extend their opportunities with consumers beyond video and broadband services, by enabling voice-visual smart home and smart speaker use-cases that consumers can control using familiar Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa commands.”

Another judge, Ian Nock, Managing Director and Founder, Fairmile West, wrote, “This has been a tricky area in the service provider realm, but CommScope has the ‘chops’ to do it and their submission showed all the signs of being a success, used by one of the worlds’ International big players in their ‘home’ market.”

We believe that the current global pandemic, COVID-19 will have sustainable impacts on how we interact with people and our home. The home is now a care center, a school, a concert hall, a place of virtual gatherings for both work and family and friends. Video has never been consumed or broadcast as much as during this period and all age groups are now comfortable with video sharing applications. This all serves to reinforce our belief that SMDs are an area of incredible potential for service providers.

Our range of SMDs presents operators with an exciting new framework for personalized, voice-enabled aggregated services in entertainment, e-health, education, utilities, productivity and more. 

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About the Author

Anthony Zuyderhoff

Anthony leads the global product development for HMS – Home Media Solutions which compromises all the in-home media (audio and video) devices and solutions for CommScope. Anthony has full P&L responsibility for this business which in 2019 contributed over 2B$ of revenue.  CommScope is the market share leader in this segment with a broad customer based in every corner of the world.   Prior to this role, Anthony held a similar position focused on non-North American customers.  Prior to that he was Vice President CPE Sales & Sales Engineering for the ARRIS International Business Operations.

Anthony joined ARRIS in 2013 via the acquisition of Motorola Home.  During his 10 years at Motorola, Anthony was National Sales Manager in Canada and subsequently was offered a position in Europe where he held several sales, business development & strategic partnership positions. Prior to Motorola he worked as Sales Director at ADC in Montreal, Canada.

He holds a BA, Political Science and Economics from Hofstra University New York, USA and a Partial Masters International Relations & Economics from Laval University, Quebec, Canada.

He is currently based in the United Kingdom.