Welcome everyone to our Cisco CES 2013 liveblog!
They just let the press into the room here at Mandalay Bay.
Thanks, Casey. Folks, I'll be your moderator today. Comments are open, though we'll likely scale them back during the presentation itself. All comments are moderated.
Sitar music is playing in the background.
We're expecting to hear a lot about software today. It's going to be a big focus for Cisco in 2013.
Major unanswered question at this press conference: Will Sisqo appear and sing his signature "Thong Song"? Suffice to say our fingers are crossed.
The event starts in eight minutes!
Cisco scheduled this presser at the same time as Samsung's. Gutsy move!
Can't imagine why anyone would be interested in what Samsung has to say.
To those of you in our audience -- what would you like to see today? What interests you about Cisco?
We'll have a post up right at 2 p.m. containing a big announcement from Cisco, courtesy star reporter Maggie Reardon.
We're getting started now.
We're starting with a video package about the future of TV.
First: connecting screens. Tablet to smartphone to TV.
Second: more flexibility, better choices. Personalized services with recommendations.
There have to be at least two dozen people in the room already! Casey and our photographer Sarah Tew included.
Third: social. Making it simpler to share.
There are more empty chairs in this press conference than there were in the last scene of Les Mis
And now, Cisco senior VP for video and collaboration Marthin De Beer
Talking about a deal with AT&T: video and surveillance offering.
Talking about the "videoscape," which I guess is a thing now.
@Casey 'Tis a far, far better thing you do than any you have ever done.
De Beer now talking about the acquisition of NDS, a software and services company.
They offer "middleware expertise," so.
Today: Videoscape Unity. The next major release in Videoscape offerings.
Check out that link at the top for a good guide on what De Beer is announcing right now.
The gist: a DVR service that moves with you, allowing you to record and watch stuff no matter where you are or what device you're on.
Jesper Andersen, svp of the video technology group at Cisco, is now on stage.