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The Cloud, the TV, and The Cable Show

ConradBy Conrad Clemson, VP of strategy, Cisco Service Provider Video Technology Group 

Well, we’re nothing if not patient. For those of us who’ve been active in cable VOD (video on demand) since it began, 12+ years ago, it’s totally great to finally see glimmers of acknowledgement for the category. It’s like knowing your kid is truly gifted at something, but not seeing validation of it until a dozen years after it seemed “time.”

I’m talking about this item, from the May 20 edition of the New York Times. Titled “Viewers Start to Embrace Television on Demand,” it plucks out all kinds of killer data points — like the fact that VOD views of ABC shows are up 32% (without fast-forward) over the last year. Cisco’s own VNI forecast issued 5/29 shows that VOD will be the fastest growing and highest penetrated residential TV service globally, with 402 million subscribers, reaching 29% of digital TV households globally by 2017.

Of course what started as movies on demand has changed over the years. It’s now more like Read More »

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Cisco @ #Cable13 – The Cable Show: See you in Our Nation’s Capital!

If you’re reading this, chances are high that you’re on your way or already in Washington, D.C., where you’ll spend the next few days attending this week’s Cable Show. We’re there too, not surprisingly, with a lot to share with our cable friends and colleagues. And I do mean a lot. Let’s see if I can be brief about it.

By now (I hope!) you’ve heard about our Videoscape Unity platform. That’s the one that’s focused on a sophisticated but easy-to-use, consistent interface that blends video, social networking and other information, using the best screen for experiences that are personalized, synchronized, and more social…All at the “speed of now.”

At the Show, we’re highlighting the Videoscape Open API framework, an Read More »

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A Cisco CCAP Update for Cable Show 2013: Helping Cable Operators Double Down… and Quadruple Up!

Three years ago, when I blogged about the Cable Converged Access Platform (CCAP), current events involved whether it would be called “CMAP,” “CESAR,” or something else entirely. (So much clearer in hindsight!)

Last year, when I blogged about CCAP at The Cable Show, current events centered on phasing, and how to prepare plant and infrastructure for the unified QAMs of CCAP — while the gear itself was being architected and built.

For what was Phase 1, Read More »

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Connecting with Cable Exec Top of Mind Issues

We recently concluded another NCTA Cable Show. Despite Boston’s cloudy weather, after hundreds of meetings with our cable service provider customers, the common pain points across the industry are clear. Cutting across geography, subscriber footprint, and budget, were the common challenges of responding to the threat of OTT content delivery, evolving existing infrastructure, and supporting multi-screen experiences.

When we launched Videoscape at CES 2011, we introduced a platform to leverage the inter-networking of cloud + network + client architectures. Videoscape enables our service provider customers to rapidly launch compelling new revenue generating services while transforming the cost structure of their network operations.

It is gratifying to see how our key principles are being appreciated by our MSO customers. We are helping our MSO customers evolve the home environment for their subscribers. This means supporting next generation services across proliferating devices, and bridging both managed and unmanaged device experiences. As our recently updated VNI data shows, the trend towards IP-enabled experiences is Read More »

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Cisco Flashmob! Did You See the Green Men? … and Other Cool Cable Show News

This year’s Cable Show kicked off with a … well, with a flash mob! First one ever for this event. All very exciting, if you ask me, or the hundreds of other cable onlookers on hand at the Boston Convention Center this morning.

Here’s how it went down: When the Show floor opened yesterday, at 11:00am, attendees mixed it up with 100 or so professional troupe dancers, some dressed in green stretchy suits, head to toe, with signage: “Don’t miss the event of the Show! Imagine Park, today at 11:30am! Be there!”  Mysterious.

When Cisco Fellow John Chapman took the Imagine Park stage at about 11:40am, it wasn’t to talk about CCAP, or the future of DOCSIS, or anything else, for that matter – because the green people and flash mobbers took over, in a big way. See for yourself:

But flashmobbing isn’t all we’re doing in Boston to shine the spotlight on the many good things happening in cable technology. We’re also glad to announce our work with Bright House Networks, to help businesses and school districts manage the security risks that come with the “BYOD” (bring your own device) realities of today.

Specifically, we’re working with Bright House to help the nation’s 10th-largest school district, serving 179,000 students, with a cloud-based managed services mix (IP VPNs, security; unified communications to come) to more than 250 sites. More here.

And today we announced another Videoscape deal with one of China’s largest cable operators. Oriental Cable Network is working with Cisco to advance its multi-screen video efforts, using Videoscape Quickstart, featuring a mix of products including Videoscape Media Suite, Content Delivery System IS (CDS-IS), Cisco Media Processor (CMP) and Cisco Digital Content Manager (DCM).

On the floor, do please come by Booth #1453, to check out our brand spankin’ new DS384 line cards, for our RF Gateway 10 chassis. Why you care: 10 cards, each capable of 10 Gbps. Apply one for redundancy, still get 160 Gbps of potential downstream throughput. Hello, full spectrum!

All in, it’s a great cable week in Boston! We’re here ‘til Wednesday afternoon, come on by.

Meanwhile, check out what John Chapman has to say about DOCSIS:

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