December 31, 2008

Cisco Getting into the Home-Networking Business

cisco_logo.jpgIf you've ever been in the corporate IT realm, you know Cisco is the standard for routers and networking hardware. Now Cisco wants to be known as the home-networking brand also. At CES in January, Cisco will show a digital stereo system designed to play music throughout your house. The bigger picture though is mentioned at

And it wants to develop technology with which Internet providers and media companies can sell new Internet-based services for a monthly fee. One example would let people store music and video on the Internet, rather than on discs or their own hard drives, so they could get access to it anywhere.

Of course there's a big roadblock for storing music and video on the net, which the article points out:

Sounds a bit like Cablevision System's network-DVR technology, in which programming designated by the user is recorded and stored elsewhere and then streamed back on demand. The only problem is, programmers hate the idea, and sued Cablevision to stop it. After winning at the district court level, the studios and TV networks were stunned back in August, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York overturned that ruling, finding that such remote storage and streaming does not violate U.S. copyright law.

If Cisco can figure out the hardware and storage issues, they can probably be a big player in the home-networking business. The question is will consumers pay for the Cisco name or will they look for cheaper options? Only time will tell.


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Posted by William Hungerford at December 31, 2008 12:26 PM

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