Table of Contents For This Issue
News about People and Companies influencing The Broadband Home
Each month, we collect miscellaneous happenings, studies, trends or observations you might have missed. This month's briefs focus on a wide range of subjects, including DTV growth in the US, George Bush's broadband promise, digital set top sales and my favorite quote of the month.
At the start of the "next digital decade," the worlds of personal computers, consumer electronics, home networking, and broadband and video services all overlap in many ways. All the industry players are jockeying for position. Nobody knows how the game will play out, so each player is leveraging their strengths and introducing products they hope will keep them in the game.
CES 2008 was Bill Gates's swan song as Chairman of Microsoft. Aside from the customary humorous film segment with its celebrity parade, his speech was focused on a future world which will be more user and media centric and in which services save the user from having to manually bridge between individual devices.
The last few years have seen a remarkable change in the involvement of the cable industry with consumer electronics companies. 2008 was noteworthy as the first time a cable CEO delivered a CES keynote. The messages from Comcast CEO Brian Roberts focused on this convergence and what it will mean for consumers and CE manufacturers. The messages were simple: more openness and more choice.
With the video entertainment world in flux, many industries are vying to play a role in the delivery of consumer entertainment experiences. The delivery of online video content to the TV screen can take many routes and all could be seen at this year's CES.
Wireless home control is the secret sauce that enables you to automatically change your thermostat setting, turn on your plant lights or water your lawn when you are thousands of miles from home. Last year we left CES without a clear vision of how the market might play out. This year, we've decided on which systems we're going to test in our own home.
The Broadband Properties Summit 08 is coming up at the end of April.