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Arris signs exclusive technology deal with Sling Media

Arris has signed an exclusive deal with EchoStar Corporation-owned Sling Media, establishing it as the sole provider of Sling technology to cable, telco and wireless service providers around the world.

Arris will now provide Sling Media’s placeshifting technology for video gateways and standalone devices for cable and telco providers.

The firm said it is planning a phased rollout of the Sling Media technology to service providers with the launch of the MS4000 in early 2014, followed by video gateway offerings and technology licensing for multivendor devices.

Arris announced last month it was partnering with Sling Media on the Arris MS4000 (Media Streamer 4000), which will work with the Arris MG5000 Media Gateway Series to let subscribers watch live and recorded content on tablets, smartphones, and other mobile devices – both in the home and on-the-go.

“Our exclusive agreement with Sling Media further solidifies our position as the leading provider of transcoding solutions for the future of multiscreen – everywhere,” said John Burke, SVP corporate strategy and development and president cloud solutions business, Arris.

“We selected Sling Media for their complementary expertise in placeshifting technology. This collaboration rounds out our broad multiscreen portfolio in the cloud, network, and home to give global providers a variety of ways to let consumers enjoy their media, their way.”

Michael Hawkey, vice president and general manager Sling Media said: “We are very pleased to announce this agreement with Arris –which will enable our two companies to closely collaborate on a range of integrated and standalone video solutions that deliver HD-quality content across multiple mobile devices, accessible anywhere. In addition, Sling Media is very pleased with the worldwide leadership and industry experience that the company’s relationship with Arris provides.”