Monday, January 09, 2006

What's new at CES?

I'll leave the serious CES analysis to the experts (engadget is a good one), but two quick impressions from the conference as a whole:

1) It's VERY good for those of us that want to produce content for broadband and portable distribution that the overwhelming focus of the conference was on video and mobile technology. It's also very good for us that Google and Yahoo! are now firmly in the video selling game.

2) Overall, I didn't see much innovation in the highly billed offerings. Yahoo! and Google seemed to be coming out with "their version" of things already very much in the market (like the dashboard found on Mac OSX, software bundling, online address books and video stores). While the fact that these big players are in the market is very significant from an economic perspective, I was a little disappointed that they didn't do much to drive these markets forward with new ideas. One notable exception to this was Google's decision to make thier video store available to independent producers, and to integrate it with Google Search.

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