First, Cisco hears calls for it to divest its Scientific-Atlanta cable set-top box business, which it acquired for $7 billion in 2005. Then, Cisco sells a set-top box plant in Mexico, and with it 5,000 jobs.
Now, word comes that the leader of Cisco's Videoscape strategy, a key initiative in the company's overall video push, has resigned after only a year on the job. Enrique Rodriguez, who came to Cisco from Microsoft to head the Service Provider Video Technology Group, left the company this week according to reports in LightReading, CRN and Multichannel News.
Rodriguez was spearheading Cisco's Videoscape initiative, an Internet TV strategy unveiled early this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Videoscape utilizes cloud computing, IP networking and client devices and software to deliver Internet-based video services. In the home, Videoscape includes a media gateway to integrate voice, video, high-speed data, Wi-Fi and network traffic routing; an IP set-top box to support all forms of video delivered to a TV, including pay TV, broadcast channels, premium channels, video-on-demand and Web; and client software for home and mobile devices, including TVs, tablets and smartphones.