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Oh Canada! On What’s Great in the Great North. (Eh!)

The transformation of video and its accoutrements, all in IP, is a reality that’s alive and well in the Great North. And before Spring begins its spectacle, we wanted to give a nod to our Canadian colleagues about the hotbed of IP video activity that’s going on in that important territory.

First, on February 7, TELUS announced plans to add a mobile component to its successful Optik TV service, calling it “Optik on the Go.” That way, consumers in Alberta and British Columbia get a simple, straightforward way to view Optik TV content, across a range of devices.

It’s a continuation of a 10 year strategy for our friends to the north, who decided way back in 2000 to transition to an “all IP” configuration, from end to end. Read More »

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Identify and locate video and voice issues in your network with mediatrace

March 7, 2012 at 1:17 pm PST

A few days ago we announced new products that now support medianet media monitoring . Media monitoring helps you to assess and measure the impact of video, voice, and data applications in the network. It gives IT operators more confidence and peace of mind to deploy and manage different video and voice applications in their network by enhancing visibility into the network and accelerating troubleshooting.

One of the features of media monitoring is mediatrace which allows IT operators to troubleshoot an issue while it occurs. Mediatrace works like a traceroute that follows a specific flow hop-by-hop collecting performance statistics end-to-end. It can be started from an endpoint with Media Services Interface or in any router or switch that supports the capability.

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Here’s the Best Way to Share via WebEx [video]

If you are using WebEx for your video conference, one of the things you may want to do is share information that’s on your computer.

Many people share their desktop -- which means your attendees can see everything happening on your computer. This can present problems if you don’t remember to shut down other applications while you are sharing your desktop. But there are ways to limit what is visible by sharing a document or an application.

Here’s a quick look at your choices [watch video]. Read More »

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“What If” Could Be Now: A New Retail Experience

March 7, 2012 at 7:04 am PST

Consider me a weekend warrior of the DIY home-improvement world. My projects are likely laughable (in scope and outcome) in the eyes of the professionals, but if that’s the case, they’re not invited to my next barbeque. So there.

Granted, I sometimes experience delusions of grandeur as I envision transforming my fixer-upper into a quaint Sunset magazine-worthy before/after feature. Norm Abram will never worry about me usurping his reputation, but I like fixing things when they break and looking at something I’ve improved and knowing I did it.

I can swing a hammer and even use a tile saw, but most projects involve a lot of learning and asking questions along the way. Sometimes that’s a bit of a process – finding the answers I need or the people who have them. Read More »

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Enabling Collaboration with Cisco Interactive Services

Cisco has often touted our vision of delivering any video to any device, any where. Today, we are continuing that vision by extending enhanced collaboration capabilities to any digital sign or video endpoint. Cisco is introducing new products as part of Cisco Interactive Services, to transform any digital sign into a highly interactive display by delivering targeted, customized rich media content such as video, collaboration applications and Web pages and Web applications.

With these new innovations, you can now walk up to a touchscreen digital sign, browse through a variety of content to find the information you need that is most relevant to you, and access a remote expert to talk live if you have questions or need additional help. Today’s announcement is part of a larger evolution in the digital signage market, as digital signs move from just static displays to more dynamic video endpoints that become a medium for two-way communication. Customers across the world, in verticals such as retail and transportation, are now able to leverage these capabilities to create a more personal experience for their users and provide easy access to more information.

Interested in learning more? Head on over to our Video blog to see a video by the Director of Marketing for Cisco’s Enterprise Video Solutions, Erica Schroeder, and find out more details about today’s announcement and new digital signage customers.

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