CES: Cisco unwraps Videoscape Unity

US firm Cisco has unveiled a new, expanded version of its Videoscape video services delivery platform, offering new features including a multiscreen cloud digital video recorder.

The new Videoscape Unity platform comprises a set of cloud, network and client-based components, all connected by open interfaces, and integrates a number of assets from UK firm NDS (which Cisco acquired last year for US$ 5bn) such as the Snowflake user interface design model and NDS Media Highway multiplatform clients.

The platform also broadens the TV Everywhere concept by offering unified search, discovery and viewing functions for linear and on-demand content on any connected device, with Cisco’s Connected Video Gateway serving as a single entertainment hub in the home, and also supports IP video over cable.

“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 customise and bring their brands to life,” said Jesper Andersen, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco’s Service Provider Video Technology Group.

“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 customised user experiences across many screens.”

Cisco recently posted a net profit of US$2.1bn for the third quarter of this year on sales of US$11.9bn, up 18% and 6% respectively on an annual basis, attributing its rude health to the ongoing shift to cloud, mobility and video services.

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