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Technicolor's Brian Jentz Explains How High-End CPE Can Help NSPs Gain a Competitive Edge and Drive Margins as Consumption Models Evolve


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"While offering a new generation of premium CPE is a powerful differentiator for NSPs, it can be prohibitively expensive if the strategy is not carefully considered. This is why NSPs increasingly are tapping into the innovations that are emerging from next-generation technology developers." -- Brian Jentz, Technicolor

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Sept. 20, 2018 - Rezul -- IBC 2018 -- As consumers embrace premium technology experiences -- such as voice assistants and smart home security -- network service providers (NSPs) are under the gun to deliver high-end customer premises equipment (CPE) needed to access these services, according to Brian Jentz, Senior Director, Technicolor Connected Home, in a podcast interview for journalists.

NSPs have witnessed a paradigm shift in what constitutes a high-end consumer experience. In the past, premium CPE focused on high-definition video, hundreds of channels and a local digital video recorder (DVR) with a large hard drive. Today, high-end CPE are more likely to require support for enhanced video experiences in 4K and high dynamic range (HDR) with cloud-based DVRs, while enabling a custom channel lineup that includes access to over-the-top services from Netflix, Amazon Prime and others.

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Other new services are capturing consumers' interest as well.

"Voice search is a relatively new feature that is being adopted quite widely," says Jentz. "Wi-Fi is also becoming a key enabler to many technologies. Home security with camera integration is really taking off now with the emergence of low-cost platforms, do it yourself cameras and $10-a-month security monitoring capabilities -- which are dramatically increasing the usage of home security services."

Recent research confirms that observation. Adoption of voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant will dramatically drive smart home growth, with 275 million voice assistant devices used to control smart homes by 2023, according to Juniper Research. This is up from an estimated 25 million in 2018 -- a growth of 1,000 percent.  A separate Juniper study found that smart security adoption will drive home automation and monitoring revenues from an estimated $12 billion in 2018 to over $45 billion by 2023, posting a growth of over 260 percent.

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While offering a new generation of premium CPE is a powerful differentiator for NSPs, it can be prohibitively expensive if the strategy is not carefully considered. This is why NSPs increasingly are tapping into the innovations that are emerging from next-generation technology developers.

"It's really about partnering with the right technology providers," Jentz says.

NSPs are looking for technology partners that have experience with open platforms -- such as Android TV -- as well as a track record of integrating Netflix and Amazon Prime onto a platform that can deliver 4K and HDR content. Partners also need to have experience supporting and integrating new services, such as security camera solutions and voice assistant apps.

"Technicolor checks each of these boxes and has the scale to work with the largest NSPs," Jentz explains.  "Earlier this year we hit a milestone of 650 million devices delivered to NSPs around the world. Today, Technicolor is number one in shipping Android set-top boxes for NSPs. We have helped 15 NSPs deploy Android-TV ready CPE with many more on the way. We have extensive experience with Netflix as evidence by the fact that we have earned eight Netflix certifications in the first four months of 2018 alone."

To listen to the full podcast interview with Brian Jentz, visit:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/xey81q4lyepgk0r/07_11_2018_BrianJentz_HighEndCPEInterview_Edit2.mp3?dl=0

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