Consumer Electronics Show 07

 

High Deff and Internet TV were big themes at CES, content,

content, content, mobile, wireless, video on the Internet,

and the convergence of entertainment with technology,

were big themes at the CES 2007 in Las Vegas this year.

 

 

Sony takes TV from Internet to your home TV

 

Comcast, Sony and Lionsgate launch FEARnet

 

 

The day when consumers can download content from the Internet directly to their TV may not be that far off. Last night, Sony announced a plan to sell a module that, when connected to their next generation of flat panel TVs, will allow customers to watch music, short videos, and other high-def content thatís streaming off the Internet.

 

Sony is certainly not the only company thatís testing the Internet waters. Netflix has long talked about

its interest in having customers download movies rather than sending out physical DVDs.  Sonyís free programming will be streamed, available to viewers soon after itís requested. Sony has struck

deals with AOL, Grouper and Yahoo for the material. To insure program integrity, the data will be buffered, which means that long-form programming like movies wonít be available in this first version of the rollout.

 

The module, which company officials said privately would cost in the $300 range, may eventually be superseded by a model that includes a hard drive.  At that point, downloading feature films from the

Internet could become a realityĖassuming that the Hollywood studios agree.

 

"Sony Electronics today announced the first of its kind TV feature called "BRAVIA Internet Video Link"

that will allow most of its new televisions to access free Internet video content, including high-definition,

from providers including AOL, Yahoo! and Grouper, as well as Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony

BMG Music

 

 

Take a little walk through the Sony booth with us...

 

Riding the wave of popularity of user-created content posted on Web

sites, such as Sony's Grouper, Haber introduced five new hard-disc drive
camcorders starting at $600, with recording capacities ranging from 30
 to 60GB, as well as advanced data protection systems.

Sony today announced a device to bring free Internet video content to

televisions. The news comes as other companies such as Apple, Microsoft,

and Sling Media are rolling out devices with similar capabilities.

 

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today, Sony Electronics said

its new line of Internet-ready televisions has been designed to receive

Internet video content from providers including AOL, Grouper (recently

acquired by Sony), Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony BMG Music, and Yahoo.

 

To watch Internet video on TV, owners of compatible Sony televisions --

initially Sony's Bravia S-series flat-panel LCD high-definition models -- will

 have to purchase the Bravia Internet Video Link module. The module

connects and streams video from the owner's broadband modem over an

Ethernet connection to the TV, without requiring a PC.

 

Moving from the enjoyment to the creation of high-quality content,
Steve Haber, senior vice president for Sony Electronics' Personal Mobile
and Imaging Division, focused on digital imaging technology. He began by
unveiling 16 new Handycam(R) camcorders -- several in high definition --
using three different media formats: hard disc drive, DVD and DV tape.

 

 

The day when consumers can download content from the Internet directly to their TV may not be that far off. Last night, Sony announced a plan to sell a module that, when connected to their next generation of flat panel TVs, will allow customers to watch music, short videos, and other high-def content thatís streaming off the Internet.

Sony is certainly not the only company thatís testing the Internet waters. Netflix has long talked about its interest in having customers download movies rather than sending

out physical DVDs.  Sonyís free programming will be streamed, available to viewers soon after itís requested. Sony has struck deals with AOL, Grouper and Yahoo for the

material. To insure program integrity, the data will be buffered, which means that long-form programming like movies wonít be available in this first version of the rollout.

At the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today, Warner introduced its Total Hi Def disc, which plays the HD-DVD format on one side and the Blu-ray Disc format on the other.

The HD format battle, reminiscent of the battle between VHS and Betamax, has made many consumers wary of buying HD players.  Sony leads a consortium of consumer electronics companies and Hollywood studios that support the Blu-ray format. The consortium includes Dell and Philips, as well as Walt Disney and Twentieth Century Fox.

In the HD-DVD corner is Toshiba, with backing from HP, Microsoft and Paramount.   Warner, which has its foot in both camps, expects Total Hi Def discs to be available in the second half of 2007.

Home Theater had a huge presence at CES...

with the HD TVs and state of the art

audio systems.

 Dell Home Systems

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CEA: 19 million HD sets will be shipped in 2007
The number of flat-screen HDTV sets shipped this year will reach 19 million,

with display technologies representing $22 billion of the projected $155

billion in sales from consumer electronics, according to the Consumer

Electronics Association.

 

Many companies had innovations, software, players all

taking TV mobile and the Internet to your TV.  What

we saw happening to the music industry the past 3

years has hit the TV and video biz with full force...

 

Verizon launches MediaFlo-powered mobile-TV service
At a press event prior to the International CES kick-off, Verizon Wireless officially announced its live broadcast TV service for mobile phones, with a service rollout

planned for within three months. Verizon also revealed plans to upgrade its Fios

TV service, in part to make conducting a content search easier.

 

 

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