Hip, but no hypes: the CES.

Und da sind sie schon: die ersten Bilder aus Vegas von den schon vorab gestarteten Presse-Veranstaltungen der diesjährigen Consumer Electronics Show.

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Members of the media preview the Innovations products at the 2006 International CES Unveiled at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.

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Funny Man Dana Carvey entertains guests at CES Unveiled, the official press event of the 2006 International CES.

Nach der Spiele-Demo-Schlappe im letzten Jahr [1]hat sich Microsoft’s Bill Gates dieses Mal dazu entschlossen, die Dinge anders anzugehen: und die wirklichen Veränderungen in seinem Konzern jenseits von VISTA erst im März öffentlich zu vertreten, voraussichtlich anlässlich der Verleihung des CEA’s Industry Award beim "Digital Patriots Dinner" am 15. März 2006 in Washington, DC.

CEA, Consumer Electronics Association, Originalton:
March 15 and 16 will feature CEA’s Entertainment Technology Summit including conference programming on HDTV, Pipelines, Spectrum and the American Consumer, and a new day-long conference titled New Content, Delivery and Devices. Member meetings and other networking opportunities will round out the week.

Allerdings ist ebenso spannend - wie fraglich - ob es Google-Mitbegründer Larry Page gelingen wird, in diese Lücke zu springen und hieraus extra Kapital zu schlagen. [2]

Interessant wird es sein, nachzuverfolgen, ob und in welche Richtung die einst in Berlin gestarteten Versuche eines mobilen Fernsehempfangs nun auch in den USA Platz greifen werden. [3]

Wer sich einen guten akkustischen Überblick über den neuen Produkte und Trends verschaffen will, dem ist die dreiteilige Dave Graveline Show zu empfehlen.

Diese kann sowohl live als auch via MP3-Files empfangen werden.

Hier der Link zur ersten Stunde

[1Siehe den Beirag aus dem Jahr 2004: Good Show & the Deadly "BSoD"

[2Und wie Pressereaktioen zum Ende der Woche zeigen: wohl eher nicht. Als eine Stimme von vielen schreibt Kim Peterson in der Seattle Times vom 7. Januar 2006: Google co-founder's speech fails to match all the hype
"the 32-year-old Page stood on the rear bumper of a robotic car and was driven onto the stage. His first words: "Wow. I’ve never seen so many cameras in my life."
And for all the rumors that preceded Page’s speech, there were no blockbuster announcements."

[3Dazu wurde am 13. Januar ein um 17:52 GMT veröffentlichter Artikel vom BBC-Korrespondenten Ian Hardy gefunden, in dem es unter der Überschrift
Mobile TV finally gets moving unter anderem heisst:

They were everywhere at CES: devices to transport your favourite TV shows and video clips wherever you go.

The shrinking screen provides an expanding market, and the cell phone is at the centre of it.

Verizon Wireless, for example, plans to dramatically increase the number of downloadable video clips it offers its V Cast customers.

These customers are not always at home or at the office, as Patrick Kimball, from Verizon Wireless, says.

"But, wherever they are, they’re going to have their cell phone with them, and that gives them access to this kind of content.

"People really are willing to pay a slight premium for that kind of convenience and accessibility."

Changing TV

There are two versions of video by phone: downloadable clips and live streaming TV.

Clearly the iPod revolution has hit us, and it’s moving us forward into the video revolution
Douglas Maier, Archos Inc

Live TV often gets lost on a 1.5 inch screen, but programme makers are taking notice says Dave Whetstone of Mobi TV, which is already on 60 devices and now intends to launch on wi-fi enabled gadgets.
"More and more content providers are producing specific content for the mobile.

"The kind of things they’ll want to do are more close-in headshots, less wide-pan shots where you can’t really see the detail, and increasing the size of the graphics."

There are other alternatives, such as PocketDish, and many other major players are eyeing your handheld device: Google, Sony and Intel are a few.

Nonetheless, if you cannot find suitable sized material you can always record it yourself.

Creative’s Zencast software lets customers make and manage video blogs which can then be synched on its devices.

Product awareness

The device that has grabbed all the headlines in the past few months is, of course, Apple’s iPod video, which has pushed portable video players into the forefront of consumer electronics.

Other companies that have been in the portable video world for years do not seem upset by all the high profile publicity given to Apple. It helps attract attention to the entire product category.
Douglas Maier from Archos says: "Clearly the iPod revolution has hit us, and it’s moving us forward into the video revolution.

"We’ve got the technology that, quite honestly, they haven’t come to the market with yet. They’ve got a downloadable player; we’ve got something that records from live TV.

"Nobody else really has that category available, so it gives Archos a chance to be a market leader and expand our brand."

Slingbox Mobile is an upgrade to the already popular Slingbox, which is a device that sends video to your computer anywhere in the world via broadband.

Sling Media’s Blake Krikorian says: "For 2006 the new thing that we’re going to show is a software client that allows me to watch my living room TV from my mobile phone wherever I happen to be.

"So right now I’m actually watching the Rosebowl live. We’re in Las Vegas, the Rosebowl’s live in my house in San Matteo, California."

Slingbox is a non-subscription service, giving it a distinct advantage. Content providers are in a quandary, unsure whether to continue to sell small screen clips per play, or give them away to boost TV ratings and create a new stream of advertising revenue.

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