CES 2013: Cisco press conference live blog

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  • Casey Newton 1/7/2013 9:48:14 PM
    Welcome everyone to our Cisco CES 2013 liveblog!
  • Casey Newton 1/7/2013 9:48:24 PM
    They just let the press into the room here at Mandalay Bay.
  • David Hamilton 1/7/2013 9:49:17 PM
    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.
  • Casey Newton 1/7/2013 9:50:29 PM
    Sitar music is playing in the background.
  • Casey Newton 1/7/2013 9:50:52 PM
    We're expecting to hear a lot about software today. It's going to be a big focus for Cisco in 2013.
  • Casey Newton 1/7/2013 9:51:16 PM
    Major unanswered question at this press conference: Will Sisqo appear and sing his signature "Thong Song"? Suffice to say our fingers are crossed.
  • Casey Newton 1/7/2013 9:52:47 PM
    The event starts in eight minutes!
  • Casey Newton 1/7/2013 9:53:51 PM
    Cisco scheduled this presser at the same time as Samsung's. Gutsy move!
  • David Hamilton 1/7/2013 9:54:39 PM
    Can't imagine why anyone would be interested in what Samsung has to say.
  • Casey Newton 1/7/2013 9:54:53 PM
    To those of you in our audience -- what would you like to see today? What interests you about Cisco?
  • Casey Newton 1/7/2013 9:56:51 PM
    We'll have a post up right at 2 p.m. containing a big announcement from Cisco, courtesy star reporter Maggie Reardon.
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  • Casey Newton 1/7/2013 9:58:42 PM
    We're getting started now.
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  • Casey Newton 1/7/2013 10:00:36 PM
    We're starting with a video package about the future of TV.
  • Casey Newton 1/7/2013 10:00:51 PM
    First: connecting screens. Tablet to smartphone to TV.
  • Casey Newton 1/7/2013 10:01:22 PM
    Second: more flexibility, better choices. Personalized services with recommendations.
  • David Hamilton 1/7/2013 10:01:34 PM
    There have to be at least two dozen people in the room already! Casey and our photographer Sarah Tew included.
  • Casey Newton 1/7/2013 10:01:45 PM
    Third: social. Making it simpler to share.
  • Casey Newton 1/7/2013 10:02:05 PM
    There are more empty chairs in this press conference than there were in the last scene of Les Mis
  • sarahtew 1/7/2013 10:02:12 PM
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  • Casey Newton 1/7/2013 10:02:41 PM
    And now, Cisco senior VP for video and collaboration Marthin De Beer
  • Casey Newton 1/7/2013 10:03:13 PM
    Talking about a deal with AT&T: video and surveillance offering.
  • Casey Newton 1/7/2013 10:03:20 PM
    Smart Wi-Fi routers.
  • sarahtew 1/7/2013 10:03:45 PM
  • Casey Newton 1/7/2013 10:04:11 PM
    Talking about the "videoscape," which I guess is a thing now.
  • David Hamilton 1/7/2013 10:04:12 PM
    @Casey 'Tis a far, far better thing you do than any you have ever done.
  • sarahtew 1/7/2013 10:04:16 PM
  • Casey Newton 1/7/2013 10:04:27 PM
    +1 to David Hamilton
  • Casey Newton 1/7/2013 10:04:57 PM
    De Beer now talking about the acquisition of NDS, a software and services company.
  • Casey Newton 1/7/2013 10:05:10 PM
    They offer "middleware expertise," so.
  • Casey Newton 1/7/2013 10:05:33 PM
    Today: Videoscape Unity. The next major release in Videoscape offerings.
  • David Hamilton 1/7/2013 10:05:33 PM
    And I'd take the videoscape over the Dreamscape.
  • sarahtew 1/7/2013 10:05:46 PM
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  • Casey Newton 1/7/2013 10:06:01 PM
    Check out that link at the top for a good guide on what De Beer is announcing right now.
  • Casey Newton 1/7/2013 10:06:27 PM
    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.
  • Casey Newton 1/7/2013 10:06:42 PM
    Jesper Andersen, svp of the video technology group at Cisco, is now on stage.
  • sarahtew 1/7/2013 10:06:47 PM
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