TV Loves TelePresence

4:05 PM -- To paraphrase Monty Python, even the TV media have begun to sit up and take notice.

The ability of Cisco TelePresence to cut travel costs -- $180 million at Cisco alone, they're claiming -- has caught the eye of CNBC. Jim Goldman filed a report you can see here.

Of course, TelePresence has gotten its TV shout-outs before. It's just amusing to see the travel-saving factor become such a hot topic.

By the way, Goldman refers to a $200,000 price for TelePresence and like systems -- a savings on the original $300,000 quoted by Cisco. (See Cisco Dials Up Videoconferencing.)

Other telecom suppliers are beginning to play up the oil-prices factor. Phil Harvey mentioned it here, or you can conserve clicks and just watch the video below.

By the way, CNBC seems to be using the term "teleconference" to refer to telepresence in the generic sense. I can live with that.

One last video plug: For some non-Cisco impressions about TelePresence, click "play" below.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

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