"Call it the Consumer Entertainment Show," says Mike Fasulo, Sony
Electronics' chief marketing officer. Sony,
Hewlett-Packard, Yahoo, DirecTV, cable box manufacturer Digeo and Apple (at its own Macworld in San Francisco)
will all be
showing off ways to watch Internet content on big-screen TVs.
Kodak Wins 3 CES
Innovations Awards and Receives Prestigious Honors from Popular
Science and PC Magazine
Honors Include “Best
Award for the KODAK EASYSHARE V610 Dual Lens Digital Camera
LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Eastman Kodak Company’s
(NYSE:EK) innovation was highlighted at the International
Show Press Preview on November 8th,
where the company’s products and
services won three prestigious Innovations 2007 Design and
Engineering Awards. The KODAK EASYSHARE V610 Dual Lens
Digital Camera was named “Best of
Innovations 2007” award winner in
the Digital Imaging category, while the KODAK EASYSHARE V570
Dual Lens Digital Camera and the KODAK Digital Picture
System 900 (DPS 900) garnered
Innovations 2006 Design and
Engineering honors in the Digital Imaging (V570) and in the
Eco-Design (DPS 900) categories respectively.
Three Doors Down at the ESPN/CES booth
3 Doors Down knows
great music. The band has had six No. 1 singles:
"Duck & Run,"
"Loser," "Be Like That," "When I'm Gone" and "Here
making them one of
the most popular and consistently successful rock bands
recent history. They
also know great audio, and have joined with the Consumer
Association (CEA) to promote the virtues of quality
DELPHI LAUNCHES A
PREMIUM SOUND SYSTEM DESIGNED TO WORK
SATELLITE RADIO RECEIVERS
The Delphi Premium
Sound System’s crystal-clear sound and convenient
portability will appeal toa broad
range of XM® Radio listeners
LAS VEGAS –
Corp. announced today the introduction of a premium sound system
designed to work with multiple satellite radio receivers.
Delphi Premium Sound System will be featured at the 2007
International Consumer Electronics Show.
With the Premium Sound System, consumers can enjoy crystal clear
XM® Satellite Radio sound transmitted seamlessly through the
Roady XT®, MyFi™ and Audiovox® Xpress™ XM
receivers. The Delphi Premium Sound System is the easiest, most
elegant way to listen to XM
Satellite Radio at home, at the
office, or even outdoors with its battery feature.
“The Delphi Premium Sound System’s sleek design makes it an
excellent choice for use in the corporate office, and its
premium sound allows listeners
to enjoy digital audio throughout
their day – even when away from their car,” said Max Rogers,
general director of consumer electronics, Delphi Product
Service Solutions. “This system will appeal to a wide range of XM Satellite Radio listeners.”
Overwhelmingly Choose “Blu”
Over One Million Blu-ray Players
Shipped in the U.S. in 2006; Blu-ray Becomes the Clear Leader in
LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Blu-ray Disc Association
today declared its victory as the premiere high definition
DVD format of choice. Debuted to the U.S. market in June
2006, over 25 companies have released Blu-ray Disc products
to date, including players, recorders, high-
computer drives, recordable media, PC applications, and
announced almost 170 movie and music titles.
Driving demand for high definition content, more than one
million Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) units, each featuring a Blu-ray
Disc drive, were shipped
to the United States in 2006, from
launch through the end of the year, as reported by Sony Computer
Entertainment America (SCEA). Demand for
PS3 has been extremely
high, and according to a recent SCEA survey of over 10,000 PS3
owners, 80 percent indicated they will buy Blu-ray
movies and 75
percent said they use the PS3 as a primary device for viewing
The uneasy partnership between entertainment and electronics
companies is expected to continue, says electronics analyst Ross
Rubin at researcher
NPD. After all, the two industries need each
other to thrive, he says. Electronic gadgets aren't much fun if
there's nothing to play on them, and
entertainment is no good if
nobody's watching, he says.
Daren Lynn Bousman, director of Saw II
creator Anthony Zuiker
And the industry is expected to continue to grow, thanks to
innovative devices that can communicate with each other. Among
cased this week, there will be an MP3 player that
connects wirelessly to headphones. DVD recorders that can play both
of next-generation DVD discs.
And most of all: TVs
that show video from the Internet.
Verizon is riding the video wave on the tiniest of screens: It
announced on Sunday a major plan to bring multichannel,
broadcast-quality TV to
cellphones, beginning in the next few
Competitors Sprint and Cingular currently offer television
viewing for cellphones, but mostly news and sports. Verizon has
prime-time hits from
CBS, NBC and Fox. "This is unlike anything
anyone's ever seen on a phone," says John Harrobin, Verizon's vice
president of digital media and
marketing. What's clear: Video is leading the parade. "The days of old media and new media are over," says Moonves, who
will be addressing
CES attendees Tuesday. "Now, it's just media."
Hopping among devices...
Connectivity — long the holy grail of the electronics industry —
liberates movies, music and other content. No longer must a movie be
only on a TV set, or a song played on a stereo. Now,
programming can easily hop from device to device to be enjoyed in
countless new ways.
For electronics makers, that's a huge opportunity to sell new
products and revitalize old brands. Industry luminaries such as Dell
Michael Dell and Motorola CEO Ed Zander are giving keynote
speeches at the show.
It's also an opportunity for content makers, who have new markets
to sell programming. For the first time, Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger
CBS' Moonves (who made a brief appearance at the 2006 show) will
also take the podium.
"It's a stampede," says Josh Bernoff, an analyst at Forrester
Research. "I've never seen so many companies chasing an idea. This
is the story of CES."
In many ways, the stampede began with the blockbuster success of
video-sharing site YouTube — a year ago just a Silicon Valley dream
three former PayPal employees in offices above a pizzeria. By
fall, so many millions had fallen in love with watching video online
bought the company for $1.7 billion.
"You sell a company for over $1 billion, and folks tend to take
notice," says independent analyst Rob Enderle. "They realized
there was a real
market here, and
maybe it was much bigger than they initially thought."
GIZMOS AND GADGETS
108 inch Giant TVs,
bloggable cellphones, Kodac goes
less with digital
photo frames, navigation
systems, old media
meets new, compact
storage, eBooks take
huge leap forward...
Sony on Sunday was set to offer its new line of Internet TVs — Bravia Internet Video sets — with built-in Internet capabilities.
also buy a set-top box to connect the TV to the
Internet. The new TVs will offer "channels" provided by AOL, music
videos and movie trailers
from Sony, and Internet videos from Sony's
Grouper, a YouTube competitor.
HP will show a new line of TVs with wireless Internet
connectivity. "Last year, HP had one model," says Enderle. "This
year, it's an entire line.
That shows just how strong HP thinks the
market is going to be."
Watching Internet on TV presents a series of challenges. Video
must be viewed in small windows, due to the general substandard
and connections often drop off. But industry
analysts expect that to change quickly.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, whose Digeo makes
state-of-the-art set-top boxes for cable TV customers, vows to ride
revolution by going direct to the entire country.
Digeo's Moxi box — nominated for TV's Emmy Award three times in
the technology and engineering category — is a TiVo-like digital
recorder that connects with PCs and the Internet to bring all
home media under one box. Moxi is offered by eight cable companies. But Digeo
expand, since the Federal Communications Commission passed a law
that goes into effect on July 1 allowing consumers to choose
Bernoff says Digeo has challenges trying to catch up to TiVo. He
says companies with the best chance of success are those with
in millions of homes, such as DirecTV and
Microsoft's Xbox video game system. (Microsoft in 2006 began selling
downloads of movies and
TV shows for the Xbox.)
NEW CONVERGENCE" REIGNS SUPREME AS 2007
CES PROCLAIMS LARGEST SHOW FLOOR IN CES HISTORY
With 1.8 million
net square feet of exhibit space — the largest show floor in its
history — and over 140,000 attendees from across the
experiencing the latest consumer technology products from 2,700
exhibitors, the 2007 International CES reinforced its status as
the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow. Produced by
the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA®) and celebrating its
40th anniversary, the 2007 International CES ran January 8-11 in
Las Vegas, Nevada.
“The 2007 International CES succeeded beyond our expectations,”
said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA. “It had buzz and
and attracted the world leaders of the content,
technology and services, communications and automobile
The first CES took place in New York City, June 25-28, 1967, at
the Americana and the New York Hilton hotels. Touting 110 exhibitors
in 150,000 square feet, CES attracted 17,500 attendees and featured
a government-industry symposium, merchandising seminars, an
industry" banquet (all inclusive price $10 per person) and an
industrial historical display. The first solid-state television was
the 1967 show, and exhibitors showed the latest in
transistor radios, stereos and small-screen black-and-white TVs. In
1967 only 16% of
U.S. households had a color TV, but by 1972, 49%
owned one. Touch-tone phones began to replace rotary dials and
not sure what Yahoo was
pushing...seemed not to have much going on
of US Households Have High Def Capable Set - Mainly Upscale
New consumer research from Leichtman
Research Group found that the one in six households in the
United States now have at least
one high definition-capable TV
(HDTV), an increase from about one out of every fourteen
households just two years ago.