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Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire 1 Mainstream; Helping Customers Deliver Outstanding TV Experiences to Any Device

In today’s rapidly evolving market, the lines continue to blur between PayTV, such as premium subscription content, and over-the-top (OTT) streaming video service offerings. Service providers, content providers, media companies and broadcasters are all launching services of their own. OTT is fast becoming the new normal, where open, cloud-based technologies allow innovation at a rate simply not possible with traditional TV technologies.

Today, we are pleased to announce our intent to acquire 1 Mainstream Inc., a privately held company that offers a cloud-based video platform designed to quickly launch live and on-demand OTT video services to a variety of connected devices. 1 Mainstream helps service providers, broadcasters, media companies and emerging digital content companies deliver their media content to almost any connected media device, from Apple TV to Microsoft Xbox.

1 Mainstream plays a key role in the OTT PayTV and media industry, sitting at the intersection between content and connected devices, and seamlessly moving content across connected devices. The company’s platform is widely used by major content providers and traditional service providers, to deliver their content across most of the video streaming platforms available today.

According to Cisco’s Global Cloud Index announced today, global cloud traffic will more than quadruple by the end of 2019. With the acquisition of 1 Mainstream, Cisco will enable our customers to leverage the cloud to deliver new services faster and accelerate their own TV services.

1 Mainstream’s technology complements Cisco’s new ‘Infinite’ suite of cloud-powered video entertainment solutions designed to help service providers, broadcasters and media companies to deliver outstanding TV experiences to multiple screens, utilizing one cloud, on any network. Today’s acquisition will enable service providers, broadcasters and media companies to make their entire channel lineup and content library available to their customers on the internet via their TV, tablet or connected devices, either within the home or on the go.

Acquisitions are a foundational element of Cisco’s build, buy, partner, invest and co-develop approach to innovation. 1 Mainstream represents the third acquisition announced by Cisco this week and highlights how we are applying our unique approach to innovation to capture key market disruptions in areas such as cloud (1 Mainstream), analytics (ParStream) and security (Lancope).

1 Mainstream will join our Service Provider Video Software and Solutions Cloud Engineering Group, under the leadership of Conrad Clemson, senior vice president and general manager. The acquisition is expected to be complete in the second quarter of Cisco’s current fiscal year.

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WAN Automation Engine and Segment Routing: Two Great Solutions Even Better Together

Are you looking to deliver an intelligent, dynamic and highly optimized programmable network where applications have control in how they explicitly traverse the end-to-end network?

If so, you have probably been watching the Application Engineered Routing story unfold since it was launched in March 2015. For those of you following this developing chapter in the end-to-end application control play book, you might have read the past few blogs by my colleague, Frederic Trate (here and here) or even watched Dave Ward, Cisco CTO and Chief Architect, present on engineering the network for applications on the main stage at MPLS World Congress 2015 earlier this year (see Featured Content). Read More »

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The Importance of Video Security That Scales

David WachtfogelBy David Wachtfogel, Director, Service Provider Video Security, Cisco

This week at IBC we are happy to announce that we’ve reached 300 million active VideoGuard Everywhere client devices. Think about that for a moment!

How did we get this far? Not long ago, service provider video distribution was simple: Service providers distributed the content they purchased from video programmers, over the networks they managed, to set-top boxes they also managed. (Ah, life was so much simpler then!)

And while this simplicity limited our viewing experience to a big screen at home, it was reasonably sufficient — because at the time, the big screen was pretty much the only screen we watched. Such end-to-end, managed environments simplified operations, and made it easier to protect the video service from piracy.


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Then came the emergence of broadband connectivity, and the Read More »

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Cisco at ANGA COM 2015

Yves Padrines

By Yves Padrines, Vice President & General Manager Cable, Media and Video, Cisco EMEAR

The summer trade show cycle wheels into Cologne, Germany this week for ANGA COM, expected to draw around 17,000 attendees and 450 exhibitors from 34 countries. Cisco is excited to be there to spend time with customers and partners, and showcase our latest innovations.

With the exception of regulatory considerations, the scene is pretty much constant across North America and in Europe: The need for accelerated broadband speeds is sparking innovation in the Read More »

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Sponsored Data is off to a Rolling Start

In a mobile application ecosystem dominated by Over-the-Top (OTT) providers, mobile operators need to exploit new business models in ways to create value with them. One example of a Monetization use case promising a new business model is Sponsored Data. An early proponent among operators has been AT&T, who defines Sponsored Data as: “a service that enables companies to sponsor the data usage for specific content on behalf of eligible AT&T wireless customers [who] can browse, stream and enjoy content … without impacting their monthly data plan allowance.”

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A year after launch, AT&T spokespersons remain upbeat about its Sponsored Data program, despite only signing up about 10 content partners. What are some of the services enabled? Liberty Mutual insurance customers, for example, can send their smartphone photos from accident claims up to the Liberty Mutual cloud, without incurring data charges from AT&T. Kingsoft gives users of its mobile office software sponsored access to file access and transfers. AT&T states that is sees great interest in Sponsored Data from a variety of developers and content owners, but that such a service based on a new business model will take time to establish itself.

Waving the Green Flag

Other operators are experimenting with the Sponsored Data business model. Customers of T-Mobile’s Music Freedom service can now stream all the music they want from the most popular streaming services without it counting against their 4G LTE data limits. Other operators offer similar sponsored Internet radio services such as Spotify and Pandora, or social media applications like Facebook. Read More »

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