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Tech Trends from CES 2011

Senior Vice President and GM of Cisco Consumer Products Jonathan Kaplan discusses which CES trends excite him the most.

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What’s your favorite part of CES?

With so much happening at CES, it can be difficult to choose the best part of the show. Our VP of Marketing for Cisco Consumer Products, Simon Fleming-Wood, tells us his favorite part of CES:

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Cisco at CES 2011: How Do You Perform LIVE Interactive Magic Tricks from Las Vegas to LA Without Travelling?

Two words…..Cisco ūmi!

We were ecstatic to have the opportunity to bring our magician, Jeff, LIVE over Cisco ūmi from Santa Monica to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas so he could show off his magic tricks. Crowds of people huddled around to get on camera and show off their Exhibitor passes so that Jeff could have the opportunity to personalize their ”magical” experience with ūmi for the first time.

It was amazing to see the reaction on people’s faces as soon as they saw ūmi. Many of them thought that we were playing a video of magic tricks on our HD Television, until Jeff would comment on what folks were wearing or would take a photo of the crowd at CES who were anxiously waiting to see what Jeff had in store for them.

Check out the reaction of one of the exhibitor’s at CES 2011 as he experienced his first a ūmi magic trick experience from over 300 miles away.

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CES 2011: Customer Insight and the Videoscape Experience

A post in ZDNet declared that Cisco has its “top honors” at CES, stating that “Cisco’s vision for Connected TV represents what CES is all about – a revolutionary idea that gets both consumers and the industry excited.”  The team both on and off-site at CES is understandably honored by the distinction but it’s important to note that our service provider partners are just as deserving of the award as they have played an active role help us shape the vision and create what is known today as “Videoscape,.”

While I’ve been dealing mostly with press and analysts, Pankaj Patel, the senior vice president and general manager of the service provider group here at Cisco, has been spending the vast majority of his time with customers, so we tracked him down to get a summary of their reactions.  And, what you’ll find in this brief video is a real sense that Cisco Videoscape brings together for them the ability to deliver rich video experiences, to have expanded opportunities to create new revenue streams and to do it over an architecture that will bring it “all together.” Read More »

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CES 2011: Devices, Clouds, Networks Joining Forces for Better Video Experiences

One of the goals of my videos this week here at CES is to provide a 360 view of the Videoscape solution we announced.  One question that we are often asked is if this is really just a new “box” or set of technologies.

As you’ll see in this short video Kelly Ahuja, Cisco vice president of service provider architecture, states that “it’s not about the box” and that a purpose-built architecture can unlock new, exciting experiences and new revenue streams for service providers. He also talks about how Telstra is using elements of Videoscape in their network – today. Read More »

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