"Set-tops are clearly moving to the point where they are either a piece of software that lives in another device, or they're virtualized totally in the cloud," Ken Morse, CTO of Cisco's Service Provider Technology Group said, during his keynote address.
As consumers connect more and more devices to their networks, there will be opportunities for service providers to manage those devices, Morse said. "When it [the device] doesn't work, who are they going to call?"
But Morse, whose company is one of the largest U.S. set-top vendors, emphasized that legacy set-tops are still relevant, and can continue to deliver programming from servers on a cloud-based network. He cited the example of how a subscriber with an iPad could use the device to order video-on-demand (VoD) programming delivered through a 10-year-old set-top. (See Can Videoscape Save Cisco's Set-Top Business?)
Also worth noting from Morse's address:
— Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable