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July 2015


June 1, 2015 marked the 25th anniversary of digital TV.

On 1st June 1990, a groundbreaking FCC proposal launched a new standard for TV - 'Digital Television' and paved the way for today's TV advances and experiences.

The team from General Instrument Corp. - now ARRIS -- in San Diego that worked on the digital television standard, starting in the top row from left, Woo Paik, Bob Rast, Paul Moroney and Jerry Heller. Bottom row, Keith Kelley and Marc Tayer

Digital TV was invented by General Instrument (GI) Corporation, which is now part of the Arris Group.


General Instrument's San Diego development centre proposed the first all-digital TV system to the FCC's Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service. This invention led to modern advances in TV beginning with digital satellite service in 1994, digital cable in 1996, and terrestrial over-the-air digital broadcasts, and continuing with today's mobile and streaming Internet TV, DVR, 4K, and multiscreen experiences. Along the way, ARRIS has continued this pioneering legacy with innovations that have brought the future of TV to millions of consumers around the world.

Table 1: Digital TV Milestones
Digital TV Standard 1st June 1990
Digital Satellite Service 1994
Digital cable TV 1996


Arris celebrated this 25th Anniversary, at its office in San Diego, California, where the members of the design team that pioneered the original system for digital TV, were brought together & felicitated. They included Dr. Jerry Heller, Dr. Woo Paik, Dr. Paul Moroney, Bob Rast, and Marc Tayer.

At a conference, as part of the celebrations, the panel of 5 of the original team members reviewed the impact on digital broadcasting, digital cable, and modern television technology, along with a discussion of the future of Television.

"We're proud to celebrate the milestone that started it all and that gave us TV as we know it today. We salute our pioneers for their vision and contributions to modern TV," said Dr. Paul Moroney, SVP of Advanced Technology at ARRIS. "Today, ARRIS is building on this legacy of innovation to deliver the next era of entertainment and communications," he added.