ARRIS Powers AMC Networks' Future Satellite Distribution Architecture

April 2, 2019 America/New_York
ARRIS® ME-7000 Compression Platform and DSR-7400 Transcoder IRD reduce network bandwidth requirements and pave the way to advanced services

SUWANEE, Ga., April 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- ARRIS International plc (NASDAQ: ARRS) today announced that AMC Networks – the entertainment company known for its groundbreaking and celebrated original content and award-winning brands AMC, BBC AMERICA, IFC, SundanceTV, and WE tv – has selected the ARRIS ME-7000 and DSR-7400 video compression and transcoding solutions. They will serve as the foundation for AMC Networks' satellite distribution architecture of the future.

ARRIS ME-7000 Converged Compression Platform

The ARRIS ME-7000 leverages the latest HEVC compression technologies to increase video capacity over satellite transmission channels, ultimately enabling next-generation entertainment experiences for viewers of AMC Networks' channel portfolio. The platform is easy to upgrade and provides tremendous cost savings through improved density, power, and cooling.

The ARRIS DSR-7400 family of transcoders allows AMC Networks to efficiently deliver services through its existing QAM networks and transcode HEVC services to MPEG-2/4 HD and SD in support of legacy set-tops. Its multi-tuner capability can simultaneously receive and process up to four input satellite transponder multiplexes enabling flexibility in service selection across networks.

ARRIS Professional Services is working closely with AMC Networks to design, integrate, and install the new technology framework within its satellite infrastructure.

"As a leading creator of high-quality, award-winning content, we're investing in a new satellite network to showcase our incredible library of content and deliver it to our millions of subscribers," said Steve Pontillo, EVP & CTO, Technology and Operations, AMC Networks. "We selected ARRIS to power our network of the future because they have deep technical expertise in this space and an intimate understanding of our operations. Together, we're able to take advantage of the latest technology to make our existing network more efficient as we transition to delivering tomorrow's video experiences."

"Our work with AMC Networks extends our global leadership in advanced video network system deployments," said Dan Whalen, President, Network & Cloud, ARRIS. "This partnership leverages our expertise in integrating the latest bandwidth efficiencies and compression technologies to support AMC Networks' vision of the future. And, our work together highlights the capabilities of our ME-7000 and DSR-7400 in bridging the gap between today's networks and the next era of entertainment services."

Visit ARRIS at NAB in Las Vegas, April 8-11 (Booth SU2615) to learn more about our products and solutions with AMC Networks.

About AMC Networks
Known for its groundbreaking and celebrated original content, AMC Networks is the company behind the award-winning brands AMC, BBC AMERICA, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, and IFC Films. Its diverse line-up of popular and critically-acclaimed series and independent films include Killing Eve, Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead, which has been the #1 show on cable television for nine consecutive years, as well as Portlandia, Brockmire, Love After Lockup, and the films Boyhood, Death of Stalin, and many more. Its original series Mad Men and Breaking Bad redefined television and are widely recognized as being among the most influential and acclaimed shows in the history of TV. The Company also operates AMC Studios, its production business; AMC Networks International, its international programming business; the subscription streaming services Shudder and Sundance Now; RLJ Entertainment, a content distribution company that includes the subscription streaming services Acorn TV and Urban Movie Channel; and Levity Entertainment Group, the Company's production services and comedy venues business.

About ARRIS Professional Services 
ARRIS Professional Services helps customers plan, design, implement and operate their networks and business processes. Services include installation of network elements; operational, technology and strategic consulting; staff augmentation; strategic outsourcing; and defining and integrating complex, multi-vendor solutions.

About ARRIS  
ARRIS International plc (NASDAQ: ARRS) is powering a smart, connected world. The company's leading hardware, software, and services transform the way that people and businesses stay informed, entertained and connected. For more information, visit

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