Cisco Videoscape: Going Beyond the Television + $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

In this week’s edition of “LittleTechGirl Teaches Us about Cisco Videoscape” we are thinking outside the box. Isn’t that what we used to call the television? The box or the tube. Televisions used to be small, hard to use and they had no color! Then they got bigger. I mean, some were big enough to be their own piece of furniture and require several musclebound men to move them. And I don’t mean the nice lovely fancy DLP projection TVs. I mean those HUGE console things built into wooden cabinets. And, those seems to break down quite a bit. But did the owner get rid of them? Nope! they would sit there as a piece of furniture and sit a new TV right on top. LOL!!!! I bet someone you know still has one of those sitting in their family room. Fess up!

Anyway, we have come a LONG way. Now we are not tied to our televisions stuck watching whatever is on when we want to watch shows or movies. We can watch on our desktop computers, laptops, iPads, iPhones, Android phones, and more! But, how do you take the content with you? There are several services out there to help.  But Cisco Videoscape is taking a new approach to this.

At CES this past January, Cisco introduced Videoscape. Videoscape is an architecture, or a comprehensive TV platform for service providers that bring together online, TV, social media, and communications applications to create a complete viewing experience for mobile and home. So, you can start watching content at home on TV, then move to your laptop, and when it’s time to hop on the train, take it with you on your Android phone or iPad.

Just imagine… you have your Media box hooked up to your TV. You can plug in your Flip, upload a video, and instantly view it on your TV, share it to your personal network of family and friends, grab your iPhone,open your Videoscape app and view it on the go. And this is true whether you have an iPhone, iPad, Android phone, or several others devices that they plan to provide clients for. And it’s not only your own content that is available for viewing. Videoscape promises to bring together content from all over in one place. No additional pieces or software or accounts required.

I personally cannot wait to try out this technology.  I watched the full press conference from CES and I was very impressed. Have a look for yourself:

Video streaming by Ustream

Some things that really caught my attention were:

  1. The Media box: This lets you connect your portable devices to share content (more on that later).
  2. Shopping: During the demo, he watches a basketball clip. The client shows that basketball jerseys are available for purchase. He clicks purchase and it is charged to his content provider account.
  3. The Cloud: When opening Videoscape on the Android and iPad, it instantly syncs to your Cloud and provides all available content in your account.
  4. Instant Notfications: In the demo above, when his ‘cousin’ uploads a new video and tweets it, he gets a notification and it is instantly available on his mobile device and his television.

This is just a handful of the things that Cisco Videoscape has in store for providing content easily across all platforms.

Now, just for checking out this info, we have a prize for you!! See below for how to win a $100 Amazon gift card!

How to Win (Required)

1. After you check out the info above on Videoscape, leave a comment telling me which feature sounds most exciting so far.

Additional Entries (Optional)

2. LIKE LittleTechGirl on Facebook

3. LIKE Cisco on Facebook

PLEASE LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH ACTION TAKEN. EACH COMMENTS COUNTS AS A SEPARATE ENTRY, SO DON’T SHORT YOURSELF!


The giveaway will run until Monday, May 23, 2011. Good luck!

 

 

 

Kris McDonald is Chicago mom to 2 sets of twins, photography nut, gadget addict, travel addict, and tech blogger who has worked in IT for over 16 years. Kris figured out a while ago that she was destined to be really busy (hence the 2 sets of twins), and she has found peace with that. Read More
  •  I “like” LittleTechGirl on FB!

  •  I would have gone broke if the shopping feature was available during the run of “Pushing Daisies”! I think that would be the most fun.

  • Raj

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  • Raj

     Nice review and giveaway, thanks for it. I like the cloud feature. Its one great feature.

  • Andrew

    I “liked” Cisco on Facebook.

  • Andrew

    I already “liked” you on Facebook.

  • Andrew

    I like the Media box and being able to watch your videos on just about anything you have that can show videos.  I don’t know about uploading videos from a Flip, seeing how Cisco is discontinuing it.

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  • Mari

    I like the shopping feature the best. I LOVE shopping!

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  • Ballita

    Cloud is one of my favorite. Thanks for this giveaway.

  • Gary

     I liked you on Facebook already! 😀

  • Gary

     I like The Cloud. Simply revolutionary.

  • Kshitij

    My favorite is media box and cloud. both are hard to beat and everyone need down the line

  • Pratyush

    I liked Cloud features most.

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  • Deanna G.

    The shopping feature sounds most exciting to me! 🙂

  • Najumddin

    Cloud for me..

  • Vandana

    I liked Cloud features.

  • Anonymous

     I like the shopping features

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  • I like the media box the best.  It’s such a pragmatic idea.
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  • I like the media box the best.  It’s such a pragmatic idea.
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  • Ramasamy

    I like the Media box and it looks very promising and helping in our daily to daily activity.

  • Anash

     Mandatory Entry: my fav feature is The Media box. Thanks for the chance to win!! What a lovely giveaway
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  • Vandana

     Thanks for this wonderful giveaway..
    My favorite part of cisco videoscape is The Media box. 

  • Rajesh

     Cloud features has definitely long way to go. Thanks for giveaway. 

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  • I love that it integrates shopping! How fun. Thanks for the chance to win!
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  • Chirag

     The media box is really awesome and i will use it probably maximum

  • Samir

    For me media box looks more exciting so i can share contents from portable device.

  • Ashley S.

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  • Ashley S.

     I like that it syncs all your devices and I love the cloud

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  • Tabathia B

     I like that its more mobile and consumers can take their tv experience on the go and view it on multiple screens
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  • Tabathia B

     I like that its more mobile and consumers can take their tv experience on the go and view it on multiple screens
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  • LindaKish

    I like the media box idea best.  The shopping thing could be dangerous for people who can’t control their spending.

  • Kelster

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  • Kelster

    Being able to take my TV on the go. Content on any device, anywhere in the world.

  • Archana

    Well i am big fan of cisco product since i brought cisco E3000 router and 
    WET610N. This is definitely another good invention from them. Altough all features are good and equally appealing but i think cloud feature is the one which has long way to go and i liked it most. Since lot of industry are going for cloud then its definitely worth  putting effort on cloud.

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  • bunnyb

     The best feature for me would be the media box

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  • Heartnsoulcooking

    I LIKE that the devices talk to one another, GREAT!!! feature!

  • Valerie

     I now like Cisco on Facebook too.
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  • Valerie

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  • Valerie

     I love the fact that it instantly syncs to my Cloud. This really is exciting! Thanks.

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  • Deb Anderson

    I think the Media Box is the feature I’m most intrigued by. Just having the ability to connect almost any portable device to it for sharing makes it unique.

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  • Humanecats

     I like how you can move your content onto your portable devices the best.

  •  I like that this seems easy to use and makes connections efficiently.

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  • Anonymous

     I love this feature – uploading a video and instantly watching it on my TV!
    Thank you.
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  • Small Footprints

    It all sounds exciting but I’m particularly interested in the Cloud.  Thanks for this opportunity!
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  • It’s interesting how Cisco has gone from the corporate market to the personal market over the last few years. ANYTHING that would help me get my devices connected is a good thing!  Good stuff! Liked them on FB …

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  • Anonymous

     I like the shopping feature.

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  • Susan

    The ability for all these devices to talk to one another is fantastic but user friendliness is the key (that and simplicity!)

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    I also like Cisco on FB.

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    I already like you on FB. My name is Serenity Altanna Edward there.

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  • Geek.Girl. Wife

    I like the clod and shopping features

  • Anonymous

     I like Cisco, too.

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  • Anonymous

     LOVE the Cloud!

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  • Ape2016

     I like the media box  and think it would be my favorite.