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ARRIS IPTV Headend Powers New BT Sport Channels
ARRIS encoding, video distribution, and services platform enables high-profile content for BT

BASINGSTOKE, England, Nov. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The ARRIS Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARRS) Systems Integration team has engineered a world-class IPTV headend for BT, located at BT Tower in London, providing the distribution engine for BT TV and BT Sport.

BT Sport, which launched 1 August in the UK and Ireland, is now available in some four million homes. Its three-channel line-up, comprising BT Sport 1 & 2 and ESPN, offers high-definition content and high-profile live sporting events, such as Barclays Premier League football and Aviva Premiership rugby.  BT Sport viewers can access the content via BT TV, as well as online or via the app.

David Mason of BT, Head of Delivery - TV Service Platforms said: "The reliability of ARRIS technology, expertise and collaboration gives us the confidence that we have a leading delivery platform that is providing our customers with an excellent viewing experience."

ARRIS has deployed its industry-leading encoders and application platform to deliver a wide array of digital video experiences in standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD):


Application Platform

The headend solution architected by ARRIS brought together solutions from Screen for DVB subtitling, Miranda for core processing functions, and Brocade for IP switches and routers. The solution was designed with encoder redundancy and separate disaster recovery capabilities to ensure the headend system can recover seamlessly from any possible outages while bolstering capacity.

"BT needed a technology and Systems Integration partner to develop and evolve its headend, and ARRIS was the natural choice to be the prime contractor, with our global track record of innovation and expertise," says Steve McCaffery, Senior Vice President, EMEA, ARRIS. "Our technical and commercial relationship with BT continues to develop, and the quality of our collaboration is clearly demonstrated by the world-class headend solution at BT Tower."

About ARRIS   
ARRIS is a premier video and broadband technology company that transforms how service providers worldwide deliver entertainment and communications without boundaries. Its powerful end-to-end platforms enable service and content providers to improve the way people connect – with each other and with their favorite content. The Company's vision and expertise continue to drive the industry's innovations, as they have for more than 60 years. Headquartered north of Atlanta, in Suwanee, Georgia, ARRIS has R&D, sales and support centers throughout the world. For more information:

ARRIS and the ARRIS Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of ARRIS Enterprises, Inc.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.  © ARRIS Enterprises, Inc. 2013.  All rights reserved.


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