Monday, January 07, 2008

CES Vegas

CES , the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, opened today. It was almost anticlimactic, as BluRay had already announced three days earlier that Warner Brothers had decided to release all future DVDs in their format. This is an essential death announcement for HD DVD. It's odd to drive around Las Vegas and see all the advertisements for HD DVD knowing that they are all but dead. Which is just fine anyway; the only major difference between the two formats is the amount of storage space on the disc, which is significantly higher on BluRay. That allows BluRay to either include more content, or to use less of a video compression on their content, which will allow it to look better. In either case, it's a win for consumers.

Panasonic also introduced a 12' flat screen TV, but it's outside the cost range of consumers. Otherwise, there was not a lot new at the show. Next week I'll be at MacWorld, so we'll see what Apple has coming.

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