TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Annual Gadget Show Is Biggest Ever

Annual Gadget Show Is Biggest Ever

Monty Solomon (
Mon, 2 Jan 2006 15:16:47 -0500

- Jan 1, 2006 08:36 PM (AP Online)

By MAY WONG AP Technology Writer

Do you want to catch "Saturday Night Live" on Sunday, or "Nightline"
in the morning? Would you like to watch the football game in a
doctor's waiting room or 2,000 miles from home?

Or, what if you're suddenly in the mood for an old episode of
"Dragnet" or one of last year's hit films?

Technology makes all this "time-shifting" possible now, usually with a
few button clicks. There's just a question of who will prevail in
delivering the products and services that will win over consumers and
their changing couch-potato propensities with new standards of
convenience and mobility.

That battle for consumer dollars and eyeballs will hit a feverish
pitch at the International Consumer Electronics Show, which kicks off

The five-day annual event in Las Vegas, the mother of all tech trade
shows, is bigger than ever before. It will consume 28 football fields
of space as 2,500 exhibitors ranging from Internet powerhouses like
Yahoo Inc. to little-known gizmo makers cast their bets on what they
hope will be the next big trends in electronics.

Judging from the latest jockeying, video is one of them.

Yahoo and rival Google Inc. will make their CES debuts with keynote
speeches, muscling their way into the high-stakes battle already begun
by computing stalwarts, consumer electronics giants and telecommuni-
cations companies to push digital media deeper into homes.


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