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Cisco’s Virtualized, Software-Only 4K Encoding Solution: The Secret Ingredient Winning in Customer “Bake-offs” Around the World

If there’s one common element across the major television/video trade shows this year — the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the upcoming National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show, and likely those that follow, it’s the focus on “the rest of the ecosystem,” as it relates to 4K, Ultra High-Definition (UHD) TV. Meaning, the televisions are out there. Everything else is still catching up.

With NAB coming up, and video picture quality a hot topic, I wanted to highlight what’s been going on with Cisco’s 4K encoder work, as evidenced by customer wins — some of which we can discuss, some of which we can’t — in a series of recent “encoder bake-offs” around the world.

One that we can discuss is our work with India’s Videocon d2h, Read More »

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Cisco Virtualized Video Processing makes it easy to whip up a full menu of multiscreen services

What if cooking worked like video processing? By that I mean, what if every dish you made required separate, dedicated tools and processes just for that dish? So if you’re making a main course for a dinner party, you break out your Main Course knives and kitchen utensils, your Main Course pots and pans, and cook on your dedicated Main Course stove. Adding a vegetable? Grab your Vegetable cutlery, your dedicated Vegetable spices and olive oil, and head over to your dedicated Vegetable stove. Don’t forget dessert. You’ll need a separate set of Dessert mixing bowls, Dessert pots and utensils, and a dedicated Dessert cooktop. (Hope you have a lot of cupboard space.) Thankfully, cooking doesn’t work like this. You can use the same kitchen and cookware to produce every dish you’ll need. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for traditional video processing. Even though you’re often using the same ingredients (video content), each different video application “workflow”—rendering video to stream to a particular portable device, encoding live TV for video-on-demand consumption, adding a new 4k channel to your lineup— Read More »

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SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2014: It’s a Wi-Fi Bonanza!

By David Alsobrook, Director, Strategy & Product Management, Cisco’s Connected Devices BUDavid Alsobrook

If there’s one thing that is absolutely unmistakable, going into this week’s IBC conference in Amsterdam, it’s the proliferation of Wi-Fi – a technology that’s also a service, and the industry’s ticket to providing wireless broadband connectivity that simultaneously rivals mobile, and tightens consumer loyalty.

Note: I’m not the cheerleader type, and as such don’t use the word “bonanza” loosely. By definition it is “a situation or event that creates a sudden increase in wealth, good fortune, or profits.” That fits. Let’s go literal about the increase in wealth, good fortune, or profits. Here’s an impressive supporting number for you: As of this moment, we’ve shipped Read More »

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It’s a Brave New Virtualized World With InterCloud, 4K, Analytics, Advertising, and So Much More

christelle gentalWritten By Christelle Gental

The IBC (International Broadcasting Conference) opens again in Amsterdam this autumn with Cisco demonstrating advanced solutions that push the envelope of new technologies offering Service Providers new and innovative services to their customers whilst reducing the costs in delivering these advanced services utilizing newer infrastructure architectures.

Cisco’s report on the growth of Internet traffic (the VNI Global IP Traffic and Service Adoption Forecast) declares that by 2018, the world will reach 2.5 trillion Internet video minutes per month.  That’s 5 million years of video will cross the Internet each month. The quality of video is also increasing, with 4K video technology now becoming available. Soon this will become mainstream as video Service Providers are gearing up toward providing HEVC across all delivery platforms – cable, satellite and broadband.

4k demo-Scott Meek

It isn’t just the high resolution services that are changing; the demand from customers to view their content on more and more devices, with differing formats and a more ‘personalized’ experience, is still prevalent. New trends are also starting to emerge. The Internet of Everything (IoE) is an exciting new market for Service Providers to explore and leverage to provide innovative new services outside the traditional delivery of video. Cisco have been at the forefront of the IoE revolution, with John Chambers predicting that IoE will have a significantly greater effect on people’s lives than even the internet has done!

As services provided to customers change, so do infrastructures.  An example is the move from large private data centres to Read More »

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What Did the Olympics, World Cup and CommonWealth Games Have in Common?

We interrupt the 2014 IBC convention with this 10-point bonus question: What do the Olympics, World Cup, and the Commonwealth Games have in common?

Hints: It’s a two-part answer. Both big topics at IBC, and everywhere else; one of them is a word simultaneously associated with both weather and software; it rhymes with “plowed.” The other gives new meaning to “better than your eyes can see.”

One is the cloud, of course, and the other is 4K/UltraHD video. Both showed up strongly at this year’s big sports tickets around the world.

Starting with the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, where we dispatched to NBC most of our Videoscape suite of next-generation IP video components — from signal acquisition to media distribution and client software, serving both set-top boxes and HTML-5-based devices. Essentially, we sent over everything from contribution video products to the end screens, with a lot in between.

One thing was different this year — Read More »

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