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Cisco SPotlight Series – Connected Devices in the Connected Home

chowj-300x4001By Joe Chow, VP & GM, Connected Devices Business Unit, Cisco

Our home entertainment centers are rapidly changing. For decades, the television has been the center of American living room, but with the advent of cable, video games, streaming services and the cloud, our definitions of TV and set-top boxes have evolved. These days, a cellphone can be remote control and a remote control can be a security system. Consumers can watch movies on-demand or access second-screen content with their tablets or they can check their Facebook over their TV sets. Meanwhile society demands are expanding to include environmental concerns as well greater efficiencies.

To address many of the questions of the changing market, Cisco is launching a new video SPotlight series. Through the course of several videos, key Cisco executives will answer questions and provide commentary on many of the hottest topics in television and video.

In the inaugural video, Read More »

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Cisco: Multi-DRM (Digital Rights Management) Done Right

Content protection technology used to be selected by the video service provider, and was typically based on a controlled proprietary solution. That is no longer the case.

Consumers today enjoy all kinds of content on a myriad of devices. No longer are viewers tied to the living room — they can enjoy content on tablets, gaming consoles, mobile devices, and new technologies emerging every day.

All of this content is protected by several different Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems, which control the access to copyrighted material.

Different types of content and devices may require building and maintaining unique DRM solutions comprised of encrypting systems and specific DRM schemes.

In the future there Read More »

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Why We’re Joining the Linaro Digital Home Group

Ken Morse HeadshotWritten By Ken Morse, CTO, Connected Devices, Cisco

One of the unmistakable trends happening in consumer electronics is the steady and seemingly unstoppable rise of ARM-based chips as the norm in all kinds of gear, and particularly mobile devices such as tablets, and smart phones.

It follows that ARM-based silicon is favored in the mobile environment because it’s designed to work in smaller and smaller form factors, with keen attention to power conservation and heat mitigation. Similarly, we are now seeing a trend of ARM-based designs taking hold in Customer Premise Equipment (CPE) such as set-tops and gateways.

(And after all, what’s the difference between an IP set-top box and a tablet? One has a wire that goes to the TV, essentially.)

The “keeper,” if you will, of Linux distributions for ARM-based silicon is The Linaro Foundation. Which is why you might have seen news (if not, click here) about us and several others, Read More »

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ANGA COM 2014 Closes on a Positive Note: Key Highlights from the Show Floor

Another successful ANGA COM for Cisco.

The event itself attracted 17,000 visitors and 1,700 participated in the Congress, listening to over 100 speakers – both areas attracting more people than last year – this is indeed a growing show!

Cisco was well represented in panels and speaking sessions throughout the event, with Alon Bernstein´s talk on virtual CMTS’, Yves Padrines’ panel on Connected & Smart Homes  - which was very well attended in spite of taking place on the last afternoon – we counted over 300 people!  And of course my own involvement on a panel to discuss how Cloud is key to keeping service provider’s competitive against new players such as the Over-The-Top (OTT) providers.

Cloud or Not to Cloud, That is the Question! from Cisco Service Provider

Above: Check out my presentation from ANGA -- ‘Cloud or not to Cloud, that is the question!’

The main Read More »

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Creating a Cloud Sandbox for Video to Bring More Innovation to TV

gtupyWritten By George Tupy, Marketing Manager, Cisco Service Provider Video

For TV service providers, one of the key promises of cloud architectures is the ability to innovate at Internet speeds. This enables a host of business outcomes, including new experiences which can be delivered and monetized more rapidly.

Beyond the speed of innovation, a key question – actually aspiration – that we often hear from our service provider customers is “how can I bring more innovation into my TV environment.” At Cisco Live in San Francisco this week, we have been able to share with our customers and partners how a transformation to cloud operating models, with Cisco’s Videoscape Cloud Services, can help increase the quantity of TV service innovation.

Two key obstacles to innovation are risk and uncertainty. You can never be certain that a new enhancement in feature/functionality will stick and be widely adopted by your subscribers. And you face the risk of lost investment in failed innovations. With Videoscape Cloud Services, Read More »

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