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Cisco Introduces 'Videoscape Unity' TV Platform to Enable

Cisco Introduces 'Videoscape Unity' TV Platform to Enable Advanced
Multiscreen Video and TV Services 
Videoscape Unity, Integrating Cisco and NDS Video Portfolio, Empowers
Service and Content Providers to Deliver Unified and Unique Video
Experiences Across All Screens 
LAS VEGAS, NV -- (Marketwire) -- 01/07/13 --  CES 2013 -- Today in a
press conference at CES 2013, Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) will unveil
Videoscape Unity, its new and expanded Videoscape video services
delivery platform. This new platform empowers service providers and
media companies to deliver new intuitive and synchronized multiscreen
video experiences. These include a multiscreen cloud digital video
recorder (DVR), which enables consumers to restart shows, catch up on
past programs, and play back DVR-captured content from anywhere, on
any screen.  
For the first time, video operators will have an agile, open software
platform that goes above and beyond "TV Everywhere" services,
empowering operators to speed the delivery of immersive multi-screen
video experiences that advance their unique service and brand
visions.  
During Cisco's press conference (streamed live online at 2 p.m. PST
with a replay available at 3 pm PST), Marthin De Beer, senior vice
president of Cisco's Video and Collaboration Group, will host a panel
of leading service and content providers for a discussion titled,
"The Future of TV: Above and Beyond TV Everywhere," during which they
will share their visions for delivering personalized video
experiences. Panelists include 


 
--  Len Barlik, EVP, chief product officer, Cox Communications
--  Bill Bradford, senior vice president, Digital Media, Fox Broadcasting
--  Joe Inzerillo, senior vice president, Multimedia and Distribution,
    Major League Baseball Advanced Media
--  Balan Nair, chief technology officer, Liberty Global
--  Andrew Olson, director of product planning and design, BSkyB

  
New Preintegrated Offers Enabled by Videoscape Unity Include 


 
--  Multiscreen Cloud DVR: Offers cloud-driven video recording with
    capture and storage in the cloud instead of the end device. Consumers
    can restart shows, catch up on past programs, and play back
    DVR-captured content from anywhere, on any screen.
--  Video Everywhere: Broadens the TV Everywhere proposition with unified
    search, discovery, and viewing functions to allow consumers to watch
    premium live and on-demand content on any (service provider managed or
    unmanaged) connected device regardless of location.
--  Connected Video to Any Device in the Home: Cisco's Connected Video
    Gateway serves as a single entertainment hub, with back-end management
    of IP and QAM video, for distributing video content and metadata to
    any IP-connected device in the home, while providing a unified user
    experience.
--  IP Video over Cable: Gives consumers expanded choice of content and IP
    video services, with faster delivery of on-demand and interactive
    offerings, across a wider range of service provider managed devices --
    with the flexibility to add unmanaged devices.

  
About Videoscape Unity
 Cisco announced its Videoscape TV services
delivery platform at CES in 2011. Videoscape Unity was created by
integrating Cisco Videoscape with the assets and business model of
NDS, the leading video software and content security and experience
provider acquired by Cisco in 2012. The new platform comprises a set
of cloud, network and client based components, connected by open
interfaces.  


 
--  The cloud and network components power new, personalized video
    services and enable multiple screens to be synchronized to create a
    single unified experience for the subscriber, so things look and feel
    the same no matter what device they use.
--  Client components use the Cisco Snowflake interface design model and
    NDS Media Highway multiplatform clients. This approach enables network
    operators to design exciting user experiences, engineer them into
    clients for connected devices and set-top boxes, and quickly deploy
    them across multiple screens and throughout large service footprints.

  
Flexible Deployment Options 


 
--  Videoscape Unity can be deployed in one of many end-to-end pretested
    configurations, which can be tailored to each operator's service plan.
--  Operators can also opt to select individual components and tailor them
    into their operations via open interfaces.
--  For the first time, Cisco is offering Videoscape "as a service,"
    allowing operators to have Cisco build, monitor, operate and even host
    their video infrastructures.

  
Advantages for Operators 


 
--  Compelling multiscreen experiences delivered from the leading video
    experience platform and continuously refreshed by Cisco's 7,500+ video
    engineers.
--  A modular open platform, which operators can enhance with third-party
    components using open interfaces built into the Videoscape Unity
    platform.
--  For operators that deploy Videoscape Unity for one service can easily
    enhance and add to the modules they initially deploy to bring other
    services to market quickly.
--  Reduced operations costs by the elimination of single-service,
    "siloed" platforms, and the need for constant in-house engineering to
    keep platforms current.

  
Supporting Quotes 


 
--  Balan Nair, executive vice president and chief technology officer,
    Liberty Global
     "The entertainment landscape is continually evolving.
    Consumers are interacting and discovering content in new ways. Liberty
    Global strives to provide our customers with as much flexibility as
    possible, and a wide variety of methods to consume content. Our
    partners, NDS and Cisco, are providing us the technology to deliver on
    this promise. Service providers like LGI are in a prime position to
    address changes in both technology and consumer behavior, enabling an
    unparalleled entertainment experience. The Horizon platform, and our
    work with Cisco/NDS, positions us with a next-generation video service
    that will take us to the next level and provides both the
    infrastructure and innovation that we need to continually surpass our
    customers' expectations."
--  Len Barlik, executive vice president, chief product officer, Cox
    Communications
     "Consumers expect more choice, freedom and flexibility
    in what they watch, and when, where, and how they watch it. They want
    to shape and socialize what is displayed on their own screens. Working
    with both Cisco and NDS has helped us to evolve our video services
    platform beyond TV Everywhere to more 'TV your way,' personalized
    video experiences, giving our subscribers more of what they enjoy. We
    are excited about the combination of Cisco and NDS, and the
    possibilities the new Videoscape Unity portfolio has to offer."
--  Gunnar Evensen, CEO, Get AS
     "The marriage of Cisco and NDS presents
    unique opportunities for service providers looking to evolve their
    video platforms and offer consumers better experiences. Our
    partnership with both companies provides us with the sophisticated
    architecture, software, and services that we need to deliver an
    exceptional experience to our subscribers."
--  Itzhak Elyakim, vice president of Engineering and CTO, YES
     "Cisco and
    NDS together presents a host of new opportunities for us to further
    advance the TV experience for our subscribers. The new Videoscape
    Unity 
platform offers a strong combination of innovative cloud
    technology, network hardware and software to help us as we evolve our
    video infrastructure to manage interactive, multiscreen experiences."
--  Jesper Andersen, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco
    Service Provider Video Technology Group
     "When implementing next-gen
    video, service providers and media companies previously had to choose
    between custom integrated solutions that stranded them in a point
    solution, or standard product-based solutions that had limited
    opportunities to customize and bring their brands to life. Videoscape
    Unity combines the advantages of these approaches -- offering a set of
    standard service-powering cloud, and network components with the
    ability to design and deploy customized user experiences across many
    screens."

  
Supporting Resources  


 
--  Tune in to watch Cisco's CES press conference streamed live online at
    2 p.m. PT (replay available at 3 p.m. PT).
--  Cisco Videoscape Unity:http://www.cisco.com/go/videoscape
--  Cisco IBSG Supporting Research:
    --  Study:"It Came to Me in a Stream..." The Upward Arc of Online
        Video, Driven by Consumers
    --  Infographic: It Came to Me in a Stream
    --  White Paper:Streaming Under the Clouds: Solutions for Multiscreen
        Video Delivery
    --  Video: Streaming Media Hits the Mainstream
--  Cisco Service Provider blog: SP360:http://blogs.cisco.com/sp
--  Follow Cisco Service Provider news and activities at CES on Twitter
    #VideoscapeUnity, #PersonalTV

  
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