By David Alsobrook , Director of Business Development, Connected Home Solutions, Cisco Service Provider Video Technology Group
It’s a big day here at Cisco (and it’s not just because it’s Halloween and there are bowls of candy everywhere…!)
Today, we go to market with AT&T with an industry first: IPTV set-tops equipped with video-optimized Wi-Fi. AT&T calls it the “AT&T U-verse TV Wireless Receiver” — a first-ever way to arrange your TV to go with your life, furniture, and living environment.
Guests for the weekend? Move the TV to the guest room. Wish you could have three TVs to follow this weekend’s games? Go for it. With this no new wires solution, the “plumbing” is no longer an issue.
We Cisco people call it our ISB7005 wireless set-top box and our VEN401 wireless access point. One is a set-top that can be located anywhere in the house; the other is a video-optimized wireless access point.
When paired, the combination provides consumers with uninhibited flexibility to place their TV at virtually any power outlet around their home, away from the physical location of the central wireless access point in the home.
The ISB7005 set-top also performs as a DVR client, for whole-home access to AT&T subscription video content.
And because you know we’re going to say it: This is all part of our Videoscape vision and mission, bringing consumers the content they choose, to any screen, at any time, through the power of the network.
Make no mistake: This is a big one for us, not only because we get to participate in another important milestone in the overall IP video transition. Also because we’re the sole provider of the wireless receiver for AT&T, across its entire footprint.
(In case this comes up later, no, this does not mean it’s exclusive. We’ve been working with AT&T on this project for months, and we’re glad to be selected.)
For more, check out this video demo of our wireless TV solution:
And to AT&T, thank you for including us in this next big step in your IPTV progress. From wireless TV to the TelePresence concerts with the Doobie Brothers and Jewel – you are awesome colleagues!