Peaceful Coexistence of Multiple CA SystemsContent security and conditional access systems (CAS) have been traditionally, at least in part, proprietary systems. While many CAS use standardized encryption algorithms, the key management and distribution techniques as well as entitlement messaging of each system have usually been kept”under wraps”. This presents a roadblock of sorts to the deployment of receiving devices from multiple vendors within a cable or IPTV system. Simulcrypt, which supports coexistence of two or more different CAS operating simultaneously in one system, is a technology that can enable existing CableCARD options and the evolving Downloadable CAS (DCAS) scenario when legacy receiving devices are already in place. The Simulcrypt specifications resulted from a DVB project and can be downloaded for no cost at the ETSI web site. While Simulcrypt has not traditionally generated a great deal of interest with the North American MSOs, there have been international CATV deployments of Simulcrypt and there is evidence of interest in the IPTV world. Read More »
In a recent working session on market trends, we debated the issue of what impact internet video would have on the pay TV market such as cable or IPTV. This is an interesting one, as on the one hand, we have reports of increasing online viewership skyrocketing -over 10 billion videos viewed in Dec 2007 in US alone according to Comscore, and according to the research Cisco has done in its IP Traffic Study, the Internet video in the U.S. generated more traffic in 2007 than the entire U.S. backbone could handle in 2000.
When the value of the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. As service providers around the world are continuing their journey to transform themselves to”experience providers“, one potential avenue for increased revenue is creative new partnerships with web service providers, or WSPs. WSPs like Google, Yahoo, MySpace, FaceBook, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, Travelocity, EBay and others, are establishing themselves as essential to consumers, and are driving huge increases in time spent on-line and overall bandwidth consumption. Service providers to some extent are struggling to monetize this growth in traffic on their networks, and in fact, some have gotten in trouble with regulators and in the court of public opinion by trying to”manage” WSP traffic. Service providers would be far better served by exploring how to create win-win partnerships with these companies, ones that both differentiate traditional service providers with existing and new consumer customers and position them as essential and value-add participants in successful delivery of the WSPs’ offerings. There are a number of very promising service provider capabilities in which WSPs would likely be willing to invest, and which would create very compelling mutual value for both sides. For example, the network can provide location and presence information for WSPs, along with additional information about what content, applications, or stores each customer actually accesses. This enables WSPs and SPs to deliver more targeted advertising and content offers, increasing the value of each advertising impression and actual sales transactions for highly valued content. Read More »
Hi. A few days ago I was recording a podcast for Cisco EDGE QUEST Game Tournament with uber-gamer/podcaster extraordinaire, Randy JordanThe Instance who runs a World of Warcraft podcast. After the session, we continued our conversation on communities developing around massively multiplayer online games (or MMOGs for short- which I believe is also the name of an alien robotic race on Star Trek) and how actual and virtual world lines are blurring. I was explaining that as a marketeer in the Web 2.0 world, we didn’t want to make our customer communications”too virtual” and that through this game and $10K winner-take-all tournament, that we really wanted know what the players are thinking. He said,”Ah, so it’s time for an EDGE QUEST Eight.” I replied in some educated way, saying”wha?” Randy responded (fortunately not referring to me as”Grasshopper”) that we should ping a select group with 8 questions and then have them distribute it to others, and so forth, effectively letting the Human Network itself disseminate it and compile feedback. Read More »
Hi. Cisco ASR Edge Master Webster here. The Cisco EDGE QUEST Tournament of Aces is underway. And, many of you are tearing-it-up in as you work towards a top 100 score that will give you the opportunity to compete for US $10,000 and an ASR 1002 router (signed by the lead architect).As I mentioned in my last post, throughout the qualifying round (May 5th through June 11th), we’re going to introduce tips-n-tricks, news and fun, creative ways to engage with us during the tournament. So- A question for you-.Of all the questions that I’ve had on the EDGE QUEST game, I was expecting to get the most around what we did to make the Cisco ASR hypercraft fly (that would be a fun request to try to get past our engineers in a roadmap concept commit meeting-). Nope. Instead, I’ve had the most questions about the look of the Cisco ASR hypercraft. “Why not add stripes?” “Can you make it all black?” “How about teal with red stripes?”Enough is enough. Do you think you have a better design idea for the Cisco ASR craft? If so, bring your artistic vision and skills to the Cisco ASR EDGE QUEST Hypercraft Design Bake Off. How does this work?
- Easy — Simply, go to our Facebook page and choose one of the three Cisco ASR 1000 Series router models and start designing. Add new parts and color away!
- Submissions can be scanned or uploaded until 9 p.m. Pacific Time on May26 (5 a.m. UTC on May 27).
- The top two designs will be revealed on May 27, and then it will be up to YOU to pick narrow the field where one will be chosen.
- All can participate (and because it is about a router, see if you can’t apply the time to your”training” development goal for the year-
- For ‘terms of submission’, click here.
Why do it?Bragging rights and a chance to see your design”in lights.” Your craft could very well be featured in the final EDGE QUEST Tournament of Aces winner take all “Money Round” that will take place on June 16, 2008.Have fun, get creative, and submit your design today. Who knows.. may be with your design, the engineers will listen a bit longer to the”flying router” idea-Live long and network!