Cisco draws a bead on CES
Some of the demonstrations take aim at “visual networking experiences that combine streaming digital video technology and social networking applications,” according to the press release. Cisco cited the popularity of YouTube , which receives more than 65,000 new videos each day, as one of the reasons for the popularity of Internet videos. The company said Internet videos account for 40 percent of Internet traffic.
"Video is the next wave of Internet disruption," said John Chambers, chairman and CEO of Cisco. "Cisco is at the forefront of this market transition, providing consumers with more choice, better navigation of content, higher quality video and faster, more personalized interaction."
Cisco will be showing its next-generation cable set-top boxes (STBs) and OpenCable Platform applications at the show. The STBs were designed to stream digital video content throughout a customer’s home, and they have more storage for music, movies, programs and photos than previous models. The new boxes also include new interactive guide capabilities and search functions.
Cisco’s IPTV STBs can deliver voice, video and data services to screens that include TVs, PCs, gaming consoles and mobile phones. Over on the home networking side, the Linksys  Media Center Extenders work with PCs from most major manufacturers to stream video – including home video, live TV and movies, as well as music and photos – to other devices in the home.
On the wireless side, the company’s Wireless-N Dual Band Home Networking technology from Linksys offers video-grade wireless networking that allows consumers to stream high-quality premium video content on media devices throughout the home.
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