By Mike McKeown -- Director of Business Development for Service Provider Video at Cisco, EMEAR
It may be a month of bank holidays in Europe, but there’s no standing still for the video industry in May. We’re proud to say that it started with an announcement from Synergy Research (at the end of April) that we are the leading provider of video technology solutions to the industry.
How, you might ask, do you follow that?
With two of the industry’s most prominent events -- firstly NCTA’s the Cable Show in LA and now ANGACOM in Cologne.
As with every year, NCTA provided a platform for the US cable industry to demonstrate and discuss the latest trends affecting some of the world’s largest cable operators.
On May 20th through 22nd, we’ll undoubtedly be having similar discussions at ANGACOM, but with a specific focus on Read More »
Tags: ANGA 2014, cloud, cmts, docsis, hfc, qam, SDN, Service Provider, videoscape, virtualization
To keep their viewers happy, video broadcasters find themselves increasingly eager to offer the best possible deal. Crafting offers that win business has not always been easy. Traditionally, offers have been tied to a single device, such as a set-top box, and limited to rudimentary models such as subscribing to one or more channels or purchasing a single event. Even if one overcame that obstacle, supporting commercial offers on multiple devices – many of which employ different proprietary Digital Rights Management (DRM) standards – meant that it was difficult to ensure a seamless user experience.
In a competitive business environment, the ability of broadcasters to monetize their video services with creative and attractive offers should not be limited by Read More »
Tags: broadcaster, Conditional access, digital rights management, drm, Service Provider, videoscape, videoscape offer management
There are times where more is better; more sunshine, more vacation time, more cupcakes!
However, less is also good. Think of a round of golf, or perhaps root canals!
Or how about the quantity of customer premises equipment (CPE) you need to deliver a compelling video and data experience to your subscribers?
Imagine one box of tricks that does the lot… and more!
Well at Cisco, we just made one.
It’s called Read More »
Tags: broadband, Service Provider, unified gateways, video, video gateways, video wireless, videoscape, wifi
This past January proved to be somewhat of a milestone for Cisco as we surpassed 4 million shipments of our Video-Optimized Wireless Set-top Boxes (VoWs). The momentum clearly seems to be continuing for these flexible and versatile set-tops in the home as, come May, we will have shipped over 5.5 million units.
Hardly surprising really.
Untethered by chords, these boxes offer consumers some handy benefits that are sure to enhance the viewing experience.
Take flexibility for example. Your customers no longer need to place their TV on a wall with a coax outlet. They can put it wherever they like. Inside, outside, it really doesn’t matter. That way, they can move the set-top to Read More »
Tags: Service Provider, set top box, stb, video, video wifi, video wireless, videoscape
By now, those of us who attended this year’s National Association of Broadcasters convention are back home (or onto the next trip!) The last of the crates are packed out, we got the job done, and we’re ready to move on to NCTA or the Cable Show, then ANGA.
But before we file 2014 NAB along with other trade show memory, I wanted to take a moment to call out a few things high points. This NAB represents a milestone, even a leap forward in the broadcast industry’s slow-but-steady transition to all-IP technologies.
The question is not if, or how gradually, but when and how soon!
Cisco is a company that hails from the Internet. We make equipment and software that is seeping into other industries. This takes time. We know that, which is why we began developing tools and technologies for video broadcasters and service providers over two decades ago. (In Internet time, that’s a lot of cycles…!)
But this time, Read More »
Tags: 4k, anyres live, digital content management gateway, ip, nab 2014, Service Provider, video, videoscape