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So you bought a new high-definition TV…….NOW WHAT?

- November 2, 2010 - 8 Comments

Thank you to Monica, founder of The Online Mom, for contributing this post.

Imagine using your brand new high-definition TV to connect with family and friends from all over the world? Imagine seeing and hearing them so clearly that it’s almost as if they were right there in the living room?

That’s the reality of ūmi telepresence, a brand new technology from Cisco that makes it all happen at the touch of a button.

I have seen the demos and I can tell you for a fact: it is just so clear, the experience is unbelievable – you feel you are right next to the people you’re watching.

Video Calling for the Home

Video conferencing technology has been around for years but it has struggled to make it out of the corporate boardroom. Too often, consumers have been confronted with poor quality images, mismatched audio, scheduling problems, or just the sheer complexity of setting everything up.

The result? Millions of idle web cams, unused Skype accounts, and a lot of disillusioned family members feeling further apart than ever.

Cisco’s ūmi telepresence takes all the hard work and uncertainty out of video calling. By hooking up to your exiting HD TV and broadband connection, ūmi (pronounced “you-me”) requires nothing more complicated than being able to operate a remote.

What you need

You need three things to get started with ūmi: an HDTV with an HDMI input port; a broadband connection; and a ūmi Service Plan.

The picture and audio quality you get with ūmi will depend on your broadband connection speed. The Cisco web site allows you to test your connection speed to see how well ūmi will run.

The ūmi Service Plan requires a one-year commitment. You can pay $24.99 a month or you can pay the full year upfront and save the equivalent of one month’s fee. The ūmi telepresence equipment, which consists of a camera, a console and a ūmi remote, costs $599 and can be pre-ordered from the Cisco online store. Pre-orders will start to ship on November 15.

And for those of you like ME who already have Verizon Fios, you are in great shape for getting ūmi set-up

If you have friends and family that you are longing to see and hear in a relaxed family setting, then Cisco ūmi telepresence is the perfect solution!

Stay tuned for my next blog post once I get my Cisco ūmi set-up in my house!


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  1. Now all you have to do is rent some HD videos haha, im waiting for a nice 3d hdtv but still cant afford it. Being a mom, is mighty expensive :) Hugs, Amber from cam to cam

  2. Hey! It is like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with some pics to drive the content home a bit, but other than that, this is good blog post. A great read. I will definitely return again.

  3. every new concept is overpriced at first... if you love to have top technology in your house.. you have to pay for this advantage :)

    • Well, it is not new concept - this technology is nothing new - CISCO is just packaging it in a convenient bundle - you are really paying here more for convenience then anything else.

  4. It is a good concept, but it is way overpriced. $600 for equipment and $24.99 subscription fee for yesterday's technology will be a deal-breaker. If you already have fast broadband connection, buy HD cam, get Skype HD (4.2 version), hook your PC to TV (or use a dedicated one - like media PC, which is already hooked to your TV) and you are ready to go.

  5. My hubby's company and the company's he works with need this. He has more confrence calls than anyone I've ever seen!

  6. It seems very interesting...

  7. It's exciting that now every family can benefit from top technology, and not only businesses.