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IBC 2010: Customer Meetings and Conversations

It’s day 3 of IBC 2010 and I had a quick moment with Murali Nemani, Director of Service Provider Video Solutions Marketing, about his interactions with customers, what’s getting buzz on the show floor and the increased recognition of the role that the IP Next Generation Network and the Data Center are playing in delivering IP video.

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IBC 2010: The Great 3DTV Debate

3DTV is no doubt one of the top issues at IBC this year, being featured in booths of countless device makers and discussed by most off of the attendees in one way or another.

“it is the dawn of a new era of television,” “it is banished to the niche hobbyist and will never hit mainstream,” “it suspends disbelief even further and makes a good TV experience great,” “no one will be willing to pay for it,” “it’s possible only because of HD,” “it’s not going to take off because of HD,” and “what’s up with those glasses?” are all comments that I have heard in just the past few hours. All of them make sense to some degree, but do they miss the point?

As a longtime SP360 contributor and an obvious coffee drinker dealing with some massive jet lag, in the following video, I go into the debate further and give my opinion on the debate. (Next year, we’re seeing if we can get two competing animated characters yelling the pro and con debate from each shoulder, but until then, you’re just going to be stuck with me giving a dramatic reenactment…)

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IBC 2010: Eliminating the “Grumpiness Triangle”

Content Delivery networks have been around for awhile now and are used in an outsourced overlay fashion by many providers around the world. But video, as we say, changes everything. Now this approach is being rethought – not in that it would be pursued, but are the content delivery capabilities being pursued far enough?

BT thinks not and is the first major provider to roll out an innovative new service called, Content Connect, in which Cisco is honored to play a role to help enable BT to bring this to market later this year. The benefits of this innovative deployment, one of many in a long string of network “firsts,” was described as “eliminating the Grumpiness Triangle” and that phrase alone, not to mention the ground-breaking service itself, was simply too much for Doug Webster, SP360’s roving blogger on the floor of IBC, to pass up commenting on.

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IBC 2010: Day 1 – Greetings from Amsterdam

As the IBC show kicks off in Amsterdam, I wanted to go over some main themes of the conference, share some near-death experiences, and highlight what’s on every service provider’s mind:  thriving in an every changing industry landscape.

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IBC 2010: Why IP Video, Why Now?

Cisco Helps Magyar Telekom Deploy First-Ever Video Over DOCSIS 3.0 Solution

Magyar Telekom sealed its position as a pioneer in IP video delivery last month, going live with an IPTV service to 1.5 million homes in Budapest and Southeast Hungary.

Why are we thrilled? Partly because it validates our constant drumbeat about IP video, and how “it’s coming, it’s coming, it’s coming.” And partly, because Magyar’s deployment is based on our EuroDOCSIS 3.0 solution – including our completely modular CMTS and cable modem/MTA-based residential gateways. It’s a milestone moment, worth commemorating. It’s our first announced deployment of our V-DOC (Video over DOCSIS) components, which in and of itself is gratifying.

That’s why this blog, and the two-part video that accompanies it, is packaged to emphasize the reasons why IP video is here – now.

Why IP video, why now? Because consumer viewing patterns are at a transition. A big transition, frankly. The notion of “TV Everywhere” is one indication of how service providers are working toward a delivery model that can ingest and display not only traditional, MPEG-based video, but also video coming from multiple different sources – to be played out on demand, linearly, or broadcast.

Bottom line: As consumers expand their methods for consuming video, so must service providers, like Magyar, expand their means of ingesting, delivering, and displaying video.

Our view is, the shift to video over IP brings with it an unprecedented degree of flexibility, speed to market, and personalization – elements that weren’t necessarily there, with traditional video delivery formats.

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