Cisco: TV, weather and Facebook could take over one of your walls

Cisco's new Videoscape Unity back-end platform is designed to help pay-TV carriers expand their offerings

By , IDG News Service |  Mobile & Wireless

Offering that personalization on tablets as well as TVs is a good move and probably a first in the cable industry, said IDC video analyst Greg Ireland. Pay TV has been a slow-moving industry even as consumers have been distracted by mobile apps and online sources of content, Ireland said. But operators that can smoothly combine their distinctive live TV offerings with other types of video could capture viewers who would otherwise look to "cut the cord" and seek other sources such as Netflix or Apple's iTunes store, he said.

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage and networking technologies for The IDG News Service. Follow Stephen on Twitter at @sdlawsonmedia. Stephen's e-mail address is stephen_lawson@idg.com

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