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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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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.


Family watching TV

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

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Cisco Networked Video Strategy: The Cisco Difference in Video

Part 2 of a 4-part series

In part one of this series, Cisco Video Collaboration Group SVP Marthin De Beer kicked off our exploration of the new Cisco Video strategy unveiled at Cisco Live 2012 in San Diego.

Video drives more traffic than any other application on the network and it’s changing how people communicate, collaborate, and consume content and entertainment. By 2016, we forecast 86% of traffic on networks will be video.

Using video is about the optimal experience for the task at hand – it is about creating that in-person experience from immersive TelePresence, but also about creating the best possible experience when you are on the road participating via your iPad.

When it comes to video, Cisco does three things differently to ensure superior end-to-end video experiences with greater efficiencies:

  • Architectural Approach: The Cisco Medianet architecture delivers superior experiences and efficiencies by integrating video capabilities all the way from the network to the application. Cisco video endpoints use Medianet to discover and configure themselves, dramatically reducing deployment cost. Medianet infrastructure provides detailed performance information, which allows IT organizations to detect and fix problems in a fraction of the time required by traditional approaches. Medianet also helps companies leverage existing investments to build new capabilities more cost efficiently, such as adding recording and sharing to TelePresence or providing common call control for voice and video endpoints. Cisco’s advantage comes from the network, which allows us to build and manage systems that best “understand” network performance, complexity, interactivity, and capacity.  While Medianet provides compelling experience and total cost of ownership advantages today, we believe an architectural approach like Medianet will become absolutely required as video becomes pervasive.

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Cisco Networked Video Strategy: Transforming the Way People Experience Life

Part 1 of a 4-part series

A few months ago at Cisco Live in San Diego, I outlined Cisco’s strategy for networked video across service provider, enterprise, and consumer networks. I talked about changes in enterprise user adoption, the future of television, and how these markets will come together over time. We are in the midst of a major market transition and the way we consume video today will soon be a thing of the past.  Take a look at my Cisco Live Video and Collaboration keynote and allow me to make a point here. This is the way we are used to experiencing video – in a linear fashion from beginning to end. I believe watching video in this manner provides an insufficient experience and will soon be as antiquated as watching a black and white film is today.

Experience matters.  Capturing video for future reference and viewing in a linear fashion will no longer be enough.  What if we could search within a video for specific keywords or topics that the speakers covered? Or skip to a particular speaker, like Michael Gliedman, CIO of the NBA, who joined us in the keynote? These are examples of some of the advances made in video over the last few years that can improve the overall experience.  Let’s take a look at this example where we have applied video analytics to the very same keynote recording. These are just some of the capabilities possible with the advancements in our Cisco networked video portfolio and architecture.

Over the next few weeks I and others will shed more light on Cisco’s networked video strategy, which includes transforming Video Entertainment in the home, Video Collaboration in the workplace, and adding Video Intelligence to extract relevant data from video across service provider and enterprise networks.

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