Every few months there seems to be a rumor or speculative comment about our commitment to our set top box business. Let me be as clear as I can: we love set top boxes. But, you don’t have to believe me. Let me point you to Cisco’s Q2 Fy12 earnings transcript where Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers stated, in part:
“In terms of set top boxes, we are very much committed to this marketplace. Our SP customers asked us to partner with them as they move from traditional set top boxes to IP set top boxes to the cloud, our Videoscape solution. Receptivity so far has been very, very good in terms of our strategy.”
(February 8, 2012)
His full comment is below which gives you a little more flavor of our commitment to our Videoscape solution, but I hope that this clarifies any erroneous, un-sourced comments that might be out there in the marketplace.
John Chambers full comment (page 6): “Our video strategy is in very good shape. We have by far and away the strongest end-to-end architecture for video going from the cloud to the end device, enabled by our Medianet architecture and the Videoscape platform. This makes video much more practical, easier to use, and easier to consume. Along with Cloud and mobility, video is one of the most significant transitions our SP and Enterprise customers are experiencing. Following a very strong Q1, SP video had another very strong quarter with 23% revenue growth year over year. In terms of set top boxes, we are very much committed to this marketplace. Our SP customers asked us to partner with them as they move from traditional set top boxes to IP set top boxes to the cloud, our Videoscape solution. Receptivity so far has been very, very good in terms of our strategy. We have demonstrated our capability to bring video to large volumes of any combination of devices whether it is Cisco, our peers and even our competitors.”
Tags: john chambers, set top box, videoscape
By Jason Kohn, Contributing Columnist
In my last post, I talked about how companion screens are changing the TV landscape. It’s easy to see how our ever-present smartphones and iPads can alter the TV viewing experience. (“I’m sorry dear, could you repeat that? I was checking my Twitter feed and responding to this IM, and I couldn’t hear you over the intro to Mad Men.”)
But what are people really doing on those companion devices? According to a white paper published last year by Yahoo! and the The Nielsen Company, nearly a quarter of them are looking up something related to what they’re watching on TV.
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Tags: mobile, Pay TV, Service Provider, smartphone, tablet, user experience, videoscape
By now, I have seen about a dozen CES wrap ups, the first of which, ironically, came after just the first day. Ultrabooks, lack of iPad killer, and the iPhone5 rumor mill seemed to dominate the discussion. My experience after the last week in Las Vegas was “beyond the devices” and admittedly beyond the hype. Over four days, Cisco held nearly 500 customer, press and analyst meetings, and after very extensive research (read: polling a few of my teammates in the ever lengthy elevator lines), here is my top takeaways from CES 2012:
- Show: CES is now the single largest service provider show in North America. There are a few others, but in terms of customer engagement, this is the biggest. From Europe to Asia, South America and Australia, an incredible array of SPs are there. Forget the show’s name Read More »
Tags: CES, Cisco, consumer electronic show, devices, mobility, video, videoscape
Marthin De Beer, Senior Vice President of Cisco’s Video and Collaboration Group takes time at CES to share his thoughts on the service provider video market. He highlights Cisco’s video experience demos at the show, and discusses how we are helping customers through our end-to-end architecture, with strategies to bridge legacy infrastructure to future IP-centric architectures, including the emergence of home gateways. Read More »
Tags: CES, Cisco, consumer electronic show, Service Provider, video, videoscape
Today we’re glad to shine the spotlight on our colleagues at Numericable, for taking such a comprehensive step forward in making multi-screen television available to its wide-reaching residential footprint in France.
Specifically, Numericable is deploying our (3G60) Broadband Processing Engine, a high-density CMTS and uBR10k line card used for DOCSIS 3.0, wideband connectivity, as well as several components in our Videoscape TV family – meaning our CDS (Content Delivery System), for adapting multiple content types to different screen sizes; our Media Processor and Transcode Manager, for adaptive bit rate streaming; and our UCS and Nexus family of data center switches.
The plan augments Numericable’s existing work on its “fiber to the basement” initiative, which can offer up to 4 Gbps of capacity over fiber and coax. Read More »
Tags: 3G60, Cisco, docsis, Numericable, Service Provider, Video On Demand, videoscape