The newly-named Videoscape Unity platform offers service providers the ability to give subscribers a cloud-based DVR that can play back content anywhere
By: Howard Solomon Computing Canada (08 Jan 2013)
Cisco Systems Inc. has expanded and re-branded its Videoscape video services delivery platform for service providers and media companies.
Called Videoscape Unity, it integrates the Videoscape products with the assets and business model of NDS, the video software and content security provider bought by Cisco last year.
The new platform comprises a set of cloud, network and client based components, connected by open interfaces, the company said in a release.
(A subscriber's TV screen could look like this if the operator has Videoscape)
As a result, Cisco said, service providers and media company customers will be able to deliver new “intuitive and synchronized multiscreen video experiences” to subscriber via a cloud digital video recorder. Because programs are stored in the cloud it will let subscribers restart shows, catch up on past programs, and play back DVR-captured content from anywhere, on any screen.
Subscribers can watch premium live and on-demand content on any (service provider managed or unmanaged) connected device regardless of location.
Cisco’s Connected Video Gateway would serve as a single entertainment hub, the company said, distributing video content and metadata to any IP-connected device in the home.
Operators can use what Cisco [Nasdaq: CSCO] calls its Snowflake interface design to create tailored clients for their companies, which can be viewed through set-top boxes or mobile devices.
Videoscape Unity can be bought and deployed in a pretested configuration honed to each operator's service plan, Cisco said, or the operator can buy individual components. Videoscape Unity has open interfaces so third-party components can be added.
Videoscape can also be bought as a service hosted by Cisco.