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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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CES Snapshot

I spent yesterday at the Las Vegas Convention Center checking out all of the coolest products at CES 2011.  The booths and displays were extraordinary-- it was a truly unique experience to spend time with the hottest consumer electronics companies all together. Here is a brief look at the goings-on at the convention center:

We have much more content to come, including our TOP 5 product picks at CES 2011, so stay tuned!

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CES 2011: Kicking it off, together

What do smart phones, tablet computers, PCs, washers, dryers, TVs, content providers, medical devices and even athletic shoes have in common?

Yes, they will all be taking part in the excitement generated during CES 2011, happening this week in Las Vegas.  But what’s more, the most common denominator among the major breakthroughs and hot products is they all need to be connected to be truly useful.

And not just connected, but easy to use and seamlessly integrated with other aspects of our life.  These expectations are part of our DNA with more and more converting to a connected life.  Increasingly, our connected life involves increasing use of video to communicate, connect and engage with our family and friends.

Cisco has long been involved in the video space and announced Cisco Videoscape at a pre-CES conference yesterday.  Cisco Videoscape brings entertainment together from infinite sources of content from pay TV, online and on-demand and combines it with the social media, communications, and mobility to create a truly immersive TV experience. Read More »

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Did you Tweet with Cisco last night?

Hello from CES 2011 in Las Vegas! We hosted a Tweet-Up last night at the Venetian to give our followers an opportunity to play with our Cisco consumer products, and were thrilled that so many of you participated virtually by using hashtag #ciscocestweetup. Here is a brief video of the event:

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A Big Tent for TV sets

Observing this incredibly diverse CES crowd in Las Vegas, there is one demographic  notably absent – the obsolete TV set.  As I pondered a few weeks ago, when our industry strives to invent the future of entertainment, we can’t selfishly focus on our own needs as viewers.  We must consider the devices in this ecosystem and remember that TVs are people too, afterall.

With Videoscape, CES is now an event filled with possibility, not only for the Gentry appliances, but for now older TV sets and other devices as well.  We now have the ability to view all devices with mutual respect, where TV’s will be judged by their character and how they work with the network and its clouds and not by their bunny ears or how they on their own can only deliver a small subset of content. Read More »

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