CES 2015: Cisco partners with Kabel Deutschland for connected home hub

DetailsJoseph O'Halloran | 06 January 2015

As it advances the cloud functionality of its core Videoscape offering, Cisco has announced a deal with Kabel Deutschland to converge broadcast, IP and over-the-top (OTT) video.

Cisco's deal with the Vodafone-owned company and Germany's largest cable operator will integrate pay-TV content, including broadcast, on-demand, catch-up and time-shift TV with Internet video of all types.

To be market-ready in the 2016/17 fiscal year, Kabel Deutschland's next-generation video service will be based on a new cloud-powered TV platform that it is developing together with Cisco. This, claims Cisco, will create the industry's first comprehensive video hub for the home which will use cloud-based connected devices from Cisco, selected to offer the capacity, connectivity and features necessary to deliver on the open, integrated home-hub concept.

Subscribers can access all the video they consume through a single immersive user interface, which works across all their TVs and personal devices, and is their unified portal to all the forms of video they consume. The next-generation video service presents content choices personalised to the needs of each viewer and drawn both from TV and the Internet.

"Our video future lies in delivering converged, personalised, social, multiscreen video experiences, from a standardised, IP-based, cloud-powered platform," commented Kabel Deutschland CEO Manuel Cubero. "We have chosen Cisco as our partner for software and set-top boxes because Cisco shares these fundamental tenets, and their products and plans best realise them."