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CES 2007 Summary

My notes from CES are so long that it just doesn’t make sense to put them into a single blog post. Here is a quick snapshot summary.

  1. LCD has won, Plasma Displays are dead.
  2. LCD Supply Chain gaining importance as product is commoditized.
  3. HDMI is everywhere but a war may be brewing.
  4. 802.11n is now prime time.
  5. Consumer VoIP is everywhere.
  6. Mobile Phone User Interfaces Suck Courtesy of the iPhone
  7. Carriers are taking control of the networking hardware in the home.
  8. Home networks are becoming complex and difficult to manage.
  9. Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVD is Stalemated (nothing to write here, what an idiotic battle. Downloading is the ultimate winner anyway)
  10. Sony OLED Technology is Incredible
  11. IPTV Choices are Proliferating
  12. The Bloghaus re-invented the concept of Press Room


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  1. Love your list,

    the only challenge I see is that quite a few of the above have lost on of the main participant, the consumer;

    While Joe Sixpack might still be able to mount his 46″ LCD panel to his wall he is going to get lost connecting it to his ancient DVD player and his TiVo box.

    To get VoIP, configure his home network or understand just the basics of ipTV he will either have to wait for the carrier to take control of his living room (as described in 7.) or call the Geek Squad (see…


    Posted by Jan | January 12, 2007, 8:27 PM
  2. “802.11n is now prime time”… do you believe .11n will eventually be used for in home video distribution or do you see PLC, HPNA, or MoCA sticking. EU Telcos are probably a bit more advanced in their thinking regarding .11n video distribution – your thoughts?

    Posted by synergysense | January 13, 2007, 4:03 PM
  3. I think the telcos/cablecos will go with Moca/HPNA because it is more deterministic than wifi. The fact is, anywhere there is a TV today there is coax.

    Posted by Andrew Schmitt | January 13, 2007, 5:23 PM
  4. I agree and this is certainly the US telcos thinking for the near term. With HDTV being a market driver, can you imagine a coax feeding your nice new big LCD flat screen hung up on the wall?

    I wonder if the story around 5GHz for video and 2.4GHz for voice+data will do anything to 11n’s resilience.

    Posted by synergysense | January 14, 2007, 3:24 AM
  5. My nice new flatscreen is fed by HDMI from a cable box, as will most peoples. Wireless is pointless, as you will always need a power cord.

    5Ghz must have a hard time penetrating walls…

    Posted by Andrew Schmitt | January 14, 2007, 8:56 AM
  6. I do not agree with the statement earlier that “anywhere there is a TV today there is coax. ” That is more likely to be the case in the States but is certainly not the case in Europe or Asia. Plus, the coax in many existing homes in the States is not in the “right” place — people used to have console TVs and the coax was positioned low on the bottom of a living room wall. Now TVs are going high up on the wall so the coax needs to move — break / drill the wall etc…

    So, PLC, HPNA, and potentially wireless have application for the future media distribution in the home.

    Posted by Nikolay | January 14, 2007, 9:52 PM
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