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Cisco umi telepresence Now Available to Consumers at Best Buy/Magnolia Home Theater Stores

November 16, 2010 | Chris Payatagool
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Breakthrough Product Brings Family and Friends to the Living Room at the Touch of a Button

SAN JOSE, CA and MINNEAPOLIS, MN, Nov 15, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Cisco umi(TM) telepresence, a first-of-its-kind consumer product that brings family and friends together in high-definition video, whether they are around the corner or across the country, is now available at Magnolia Home Theater through Best Buy, www.bestbuy.com and www.cisco.com/umi. Cisco umi connects to an existing HD television and a broadband Internet connection to create a video calling experience that is so clear, natural and lifelike, that users will see and hear their loved ones, right down to the twinkle in their eyes and the tone of their voices, as if they were in the same room.

Once Cisco umi is connected to an HD television and a wired or wireless broadband connection, a remote control provides access to an on-screen user interface, through which users can make umi calls, access video messages, manage contacts, and customize their profile and settings. Users can also record their own umi videos that they can share on Facebook(TM), on YouTube(TM), or via email. Users can even keep in touch with people who don't have umi by placing and receiving video calls from any computer with a webcam and Google video chat. The suggested retail price for Cisco umi is $599, with a monthly fee of $24.99 for unlimited umi calls, video messaging and 100 minutes of video storage.

"We are thrilled to welcome consumers into our Best Buy/Magnolia Home Theater stores nationwide to experience umi firsthand, because seeing is truly believing," said Steve Delp, chief operating officer for Magnolia Home Theater. "With the holidays right around the corner, Cisco umi will be a great way for friends and family to connect with one another, even if they are miles apart."

"Cisco umi is making holiday get togethers easy this year," said Gina Clark, vice president and general manager of Cisco's TelePresence business unit. "With travel not always being an option for families, and other communication methods like phone calls and text messages not being satisfying, Cisco umi provides a simple and natural way for consumers to truly connect with family and friends and experience the joy of being together."

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About Magnolia: Magnolia has been in business for over 50 years, and is a premier retailer of high-performance audio, video and home automation systems. Today, there are over 380Magnolia Home Theater locations inside Best Buy across the nation, as well as 6 stand-alone Flagship locations in Washington and California operated under the Magnolia Audio Video name. These flagship locations provide end-to-end entertainment and engineering design solutions for their customers. From collaborative in-home consultations, to custom audio/video and control system design, to final installation and support -- Magnolia Audio Video is without peer. Magnolia also owns the distinction of having won 22 customer service awards in their storied history. Magnolia joined the Best Buy family of brands in 2000 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy. For more information about the Magnolia Audio Video experience, including the store's extensive selection and services, visit www.magnoliaav.com.

Cisco, the Cisco logo and Cisco Systems are registered trademarks of Cisco Systems, Inc. in the United States and certain other countries. A listing of Cisco's trademarks can be found at www.cisco.com/go/trademarks. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company. This document is Cisco Public Information.

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