CES '09: Complete Coverage from Broadcasting & Cable
Jan. 10, 2009
At 2009 CES, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin says postponement would create confusion, hurt government's credibility.
Comcast and Time Warner Cable executives said they’re on track to enable support for retail devices compatible with CableLabs' tru2way interactive TV specification across their footprints by July 1.>>
CNET, in cooperation with the Consumer Electronics Association, selected the EchoStar 922 SlingLoaded set-top box out of hundreds of entries from the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show during a live CNET announcement in Las Vegas.>>
Jan. 9, 2009
Alan Miles, Barclays Capital vice president of equity research for media, Internet and telecommunications, said, in a panel moderated by Broadcasting & Cable senior editor Glen Dickson, the digital TV transition will not be a significant business event for most pay-TV providers.
Las Vegas -- The 3D HD broadcast of the BCS college football championship game to VIP guests at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas Thursday night was a bit like the University of Florida’s performance in the game itself: a shaky start with a solid finish.
Jan. 8, 2009
Disney-ABC Television Group president Anne Sweeney says that new technology from Intel and Yahoo! that will bring Web-style widgets to television sets will be incorporated into programming on their networks.
As expected, Sony Electronics has taken the integration of Internet video technology into its high-definition TV sets one step further at this year’s CES, unveiling high-end Bravia LCD sets that can hook up to a broadband connection and deliver Internet content seamlessly without requiring a separate device.
Sony chairman and CEO Howard Stringer showed off big-screen 3-D video as part of his CES keynote address Thursday, and said the technology is “closer than you think” to becoming a standard feature of the entertainment industry.
Midway through the first day proper of CES (there were press events Wednesday), one thing has stood out so far: there are a lot less people here than I expected. Not just people in the TV business, I mean people in general.
While consumer electronics giant Sony has garnered much of the buzz over 3D HD production heading into CES, competitor Panasonic made 3D HD the centerpiece of its CES press event Wednesday in Las Vegas.
CBS Television Distribution’s Jeopardy! kicked off the New Year by taping 11 episodes this week on the floor of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Expected to outline plans for commercial rollout later this year.
Las Vegas -- Sling Media Thursday unveiled SlingGuide, a new Web-based way to easily find and record TV programming from anywhere, at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show.
In first CES keynote, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer sees connecting screens as growth opportunity in spite of recession.
Verizon's Ivan Seidenberg takes home lifetime achievement award.
Jan. 7, 2009
Toshiba announced at CES that it will be the first TV set manufacturer to employ “Dolby Volume,” a technology from Dolby Laboratories aimed at solving loudness problems when switching from one DTV channel to another.
Mobile TV service MediaFLO made good on its plans to expand its service beyond cellphones to new devices by announcing at CES a deal with Audiovox to create in-car video displays that receive the live MediaFLO broadcast service.
Consumer electronics giant LG Electronics focused on new ways to get pictures to HDTV sets in the living room and some breakthrough mobile technologies at its annual press conference at the CES show in Las Vegas. >>
Not surprisingly, it’s not looking like 2009 is going to be a banner year for consumer electronics. However, they say CE is still faring better than other industries during the current recession. >>
LG to Unveil Broadband-Capable TVs
LG Electronics announced that it will introduce this week at the CES show in Las Vegas new broadband-enabled HDTVs that have embedded software to support Netflix’s streaming service without requiring an additional set-top box.>>
While the annual Consumer Electronics Show has become more focused on content than electronics in recent years, understanding the latest ways for delivering video is still the primary reason broadcast and cable executives make the trek to Las Vegas each year. >>
Amid the gloomy economic picture, one bright spot is digital media and the opportunities that changing consumer use of video might open up for media companies. >>
Despite the economy looking bleak well into 2009, and layoffs and other forms of cost-slashing running rampant, NBCU and others will still be presenting at CES, though it remains to be seen how many television industry execs will be attending to see what is on display. >>