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Cisco's Video Blitz

8:40 AM -- You'll be sick of hearing about Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and video soon enough, if you aren't already. Video and the "medianet" (fancy term for the IP network) will take starring roles this week at C-Scape, Cisco's annual analyst conference. (See this morning's story: Cisco's Video Transformation .)

Of course, TelePresence isn't going to be left out in the cold.

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) will be offering multipoint, intercompany TelePresence as a managed service, according to a press release due out today. That's a pretty big step in terms of expanding the possible uses for the videoconferencing service.

Separately, TelePresence via satellite is becoming an official product. Cisco has already demonstarted the concept by using TelePresence to connect families with troops in the Middle East.

Finally, there's an interesting feature that Guido Jouret, Cisco's CTO in charge of emerging technologies, pointed out: Enterprises will soon have the ability to record a TelePresence session. Expect Cisco to sell this one hard once it's available, because it could help spur the volumes of enterprise-generated video that Cisco is hoping to shunt around the network. The feature itself came up in a discussion with Jouret about Cisco's new appliance for media, the MXE 3000.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

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