Cisco Systems at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show unveiled a suite of hardware and software to blend TV and Web content. Videoscape will compete with Google TV and other solutions.
is building digital television components it hopes to sell to service providers
who want to rival Google TV and other systems aiming for the convergence of Web
and TV content.
Cisco CEO John
Chambers showed off Videoscape
which helps consumers search for, access and manage Internet video, cable
television, video conferencing and other features, on Jan. 5 at the 2011
Consumer Electronics Show in La Vegas.
Videoscape would help consumers watch any of their subscribed TV content from
any device, including TVs, tablet computers and smartphones.
He said the
service is designed to answer the question: "As video really starts to
explode, how in the world are we going to share it in a convenient and simple
way, much like the Internet."
comprises a media gateway, IP set-top box and software components.
demonstration of the product, Chambers revealed an interface that looked very
much like Google
Android-based user interface, with options to access recorded and
on-demand video on the left.
application tabs live on the right. Users may also tweet on Twitter or share
information on Facebook about content they are watching.
a short video with a Cisco Flip video recorder and played it back on a TV via
the Videoscape media gateway, which processes voice, data and video content.
placed a video call to his cousin in West Virgina, and was able to port content
from Videoscape to watch on a smartphone via the IP set-top box.
the future is going to be about reinventing the TV," Chambers said,
emphasizing consistency of service quality across any device.
TV, Roku, Boxee and others of its ilk, Videoscape won't be sold directly to
solution will be sold to cable operators to distribute to their consumers. In
the U.S., this could give service providers a measure of control over the
content they serve to customers. So far, Cisco has only confirmed that
Australia's Telstra is on board for the product.
announced pricing or an availability date, but when the product is completed,
it will work with the company's Umi consumer-teleconferencing product.