By Jayant Changrani, Country Head and General Manager – India, NDS, now part of Cisco
As we near the end of the calendar year, the last part of which as a newly acquired Cisco company, we’ve reached yet another milestone in India. At the end of 2011, NDS celebrated that its solutions were enabling digital TV for over 20 million homes in India, and according to market statistics effectively 100 million viewers. Today, we are proud to announce that we are enabling digital TV for over 50% of all digital cable homes in the country.
Our work with small, medium and large operators to help transition their platforms to digital ahead of the government mandated analogue switch off (the first deadline for which just passed on 31st October), has meant that we’ve been able to support the transition and launch of digital TV services across the country.
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When it comes to video, Cisco does three things differently to ensure superior end-to-end video experiences with greater efficiencies:
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Cisco Product Manager Eli Fuchs discusses Cisco’s newly unveiled Videoscape Distribution Suite, an open platform that delivers video content across multiple screens, protocols, applications and networks.
VDS, which serves as the network distribution engine behind the Videoscape architecture, is a complete, interoperable and holistic solution that bridges cloud and network functionality.
Simon Parnall of Cisco’s Service Provider Video Technology Group demonstrates what TV experiences could be like in the coming years. “One of our visions for content is that we need to break away from the 16 by 9 frame that we’ve grown used to throughout our lives,” he said.
Let’s face it, TV has changed more in the last five years than the first 50 combined. And Cisco, backed by newly acquired NDS, is on a fast track to reinvent TV as we know it.
The International Broadcasting Convention (“IBC 2012”) commenced in Amsterdam today amid anticipation for what Cisco and newly acquired NDS will deliver to an industry in continuous transition, one that faces both unprecedented opportunity and rapidly shifting customer expectations.
Jesper Andersen, SVP and GM of Cisco’s Service Provider Video Technology Group, provided insight into how his organization will enable a true next-generation TV experience that is more immersive, engaging and social, while creating new revenue opportunities for service and content providers worldwide. Cisco today revealed its expanded content delivery network portfolio, the Cisco Videoscape Distribution Suite (VDS), and announced several Videoscape customer deployments, as well.