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Shaw rolls Arris' home gateway across entire footprint

Fri, 10/07/2011 - 8:20am
Mike Robuck

After first launching Arris' whole-home gateway platform in Calgary in May, Shaw Communications deployed it across its entire footprint in Canada.

After BendBroadband's deployment of Arris' Whole Home Solution earlier this year, Shaw was the first cable operator to launch the service in Canada, which it rebranded as the Shaw Gateway Experience.

"The Shaw Gateway delivers a totally new way of experiencing in-home entertainment," said Shaw President Peter Bissonnette. "As the first product of its kind in Canada, we're excited to bring our customers across Canada the powerful technology and connectivity that the Shaw Gateway provides."

Arris' gateway combines elements of its hardware with the Digeo Moxi assets it purchased two years ago. Arris first started demonstrating its gateway at The Cable Show last year.

Shaw subscribers benefit from the gateway's PVR functionality, which comprises a six-tuner, multi-room HD PVR with 500 GB of storage, as well as a customized user interface. It also has a four-port Ethernet home networking router, MoCA 1.1 home networking and optional 802.11n capabilities.

With the six tuners, the gateway can record six programs at once while playing back up to three previously recorded programs, all in HD.

The new program guide gives customers access to new features, including content filters, an enhanced search and onscreen games – all while watching TV in another window.

The Shaw Gateway is also future-proof, taking advantage of MPEG-4, 1080p and 3-D technologies. The centralized gateway provides multimedia entertainment services, including broadcast and narrowcast video, video-on-demand, DOCSIS 3.0 high-speed data, and two lines of carrier-grade voice over IP, as well as Internet over-the-top and media sharing of user-generated content.

Arris GatewayIt also supports DLNA to connect with subscriber-owned DLNA-enabled devices across the home network, as well as CableCard conditional access.

Future service features include Internet content on TVs; online and handheld device remote PVR scheduling; content search of live TV, recorded TV, VOD and PPV content; and PC files on PCs and laptops, as well as integration of social media and other online properties. Shaw said the new features would be added over the coming year via automatic downloads.

While Shaw's subscribers will enjoy all of the bells and whistles of their advanced whole-home networking platform, Shaw will save on deploying additional equipment such as cable set-top boxes and EMTAs.

Dennis Steiger, group vice president of engineering at Shaw Communications, said in a past interview with CED that deploying the hybrid gateways from Arris was one of Shaw's biggest initiatives this year, along with the launch of some new tru2way-based set-top boxes.

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