[opendtv] Another CES report

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: OpenDTV Mail List <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2008 10:01:42 -0500

Got a call yesterday from a friend who was just leaving Las Vegas after CES.

He had several highlights to report:

1. The OLED screens are incredible!

2. TV manufacturers are beginning to make significant moves to make sure that they are not relegated to selling dumb monitors.

Both of these highlights are echoed in the TV Technology story written by Gary Arlen that I posted this morning, and in other reports about the show.

It is somewhat ironic that what were once pure technology/product shows - namely NAB and CES - are now becoming content shows. Perhaps the technology companies are learning something from Apple - the ability to use content is the driving force behind the sales of the devices that present the content.

Almost all of the TV manufacturers are now offering models that connect to the Internet, include PVR features, and allow the viewer to surf the web and download content without the need to use a PC.

No doubt the media conglomerates will survive this transition in some diminished form, but the future for local broadcasters and what Bert calls the umbillcal services is not looking so bright.


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