Eastlink selects ARRIS for HEVC and UltraHD compression

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
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Eastlink Selects ARRIS ME-7000 Converged Compression Platform to Bring Advanced Services to Canadian Subscribers

  • ARRIS ME-7000 delivers the highest density and most energy-efficient video compression for next-generation services

SUWANEE, Ga. — ARRIS International plc (NASDAQ: ARRS) announced today that Eastlink selected the ARRIS ME-7000 Converged Compression Platform to offer more, higher-quality channels to its Canadian cable TV subscribers. The move positions Eastlink’s network to deliver next-generation HEVC and UltraHD services.

“We’re building a network for the future, and our investment in the ME-7000 platform reflects our commitment to give consumers exceptional services and stunning high-quality content,” said Jim Fitzgerald, Senior Vice President, Engineering and CTO, Eastlink. “As a result of its class-leading efficiency, density, and energy savings—we expect the ME-7000 to reduce our operating expenses over time, as it powers tomorrow’s services.”

Eastlink is the first Canadian operator to deploy the ME-7000. The platform delivers state-of-the-art video compression performance while providing highly reliable 24×7 operation. As a converged platform, it can simultaneously support multiple video formats—including MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 for IPTV, Cable Statmux, or Multiple Bit-rate profiles for Adaptive Bit Rate (ABR) uses cases.

The ME-7000’s modular and scalable design also supports future upgrades to HEVC and Ultra HD services—including 4K and HDR—at densities and performance levels unachievable through software encoding solutions.

“Our ME-7000 platform is the most advanced video compression system available. It gives Eastlink a significant competitive advantage by processing set-top, multiscreen device, and even 4K UltraHD video compression in a single flexible platform with much less power and higher density than what’s available with conventional servers,” said Kevin Wirick, Vice President, Product Management, ARRIS. “It’s the obvious choice for video service providers for leveraging OTT IP streaming technologies.”