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CES 2011 Press Conference Wrapup Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 January 2011
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CES 2011 Press Conference Wrapup
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The bad is that Panasonic focused a fairly long segment on their relationship with Gameloft, who specializes in cell phone games.  The company will be turning to the TV and making games specifically for connected Panasonic TVs.  They showed off ‘Asphalt 5,’ an apparent port of an iPhone racing game that looked decent at best. It wouldn’t be a big deal if it were just a throwaway segment, but the amount of time spend on it – five or ten minutes of a 45 minute conference about all of Panasonics 2011 products – makes it seem like a pretty strong focus for the company.

The surprise press conference today actually came from a company that you wouldn’t think is making a leap into the home theater space in a big way, Netgear.  We were really surprised to see Netgear rolling out a HD media player (similar to Western Digital’s HD Live) as well as a media server to store and stream your digital media to televisions or mobile devices with Orb technology.   In addition to those players, they released a dual band gigabit router that has a capability to stream up to four 1080p HD streams at the same time.  They pitched this as a solution for families that are all watching something different most of the time.  Finally, they expanded their powerline and range extender products so you can be better fit to stream content into your media rooms if it lacks a hard wired Ethernet jack and has a poor signal strength.
The biggest event of the night was held by Sony, who brought drinks and entertainment with them which was a welcome change.  Things kicked off with a 3D video on the massive screen they had set up, but this wasn’t the last 3D video shown at the event. To introduce Seth Rogen and Jay Chou from ‘The Green Hornet’ Sony showed a lengthy 3D trailer.  They did the same for ‘Uncharted 3’ for the PlayStation 3 and showed off videos and pictures from their 3D cameras.

Seth Rogan

There’s one thing that’s clear from the press conference.  Sony loves 3D.  They’re banking on it in every aspect of their business and it’s a move that just might pay off. Sony has a 3D channel called 3D Net launching in the next few month that you’ll be able to watch on any of the new 3D capable TVs that Sony’s bringing to the table.  High-end models get a special bonus in Corning Gorilla Glass, which should help prevent injuries from Wii and Move controllers.

It doesn’t stop with TVs.  Sony is introducing a 3D Handicam with a glasses-free display for recording and playback, new 3D digital cameras and most interesting of all – a 3D Bloggie.  Confused?  It’s alright, we didn’t remember what the Bloggie was either. The Bloggie is a small camcorder much like the Flip and made for the same casual audience.  The 3D capable Bloggie will introduce plenty of people to 3D recording at the surprisingly low price of $220.  It won’t get you 1080p in 3D, but it’ll do 720 and it comes equipped with a glasses-free 3D display.

Of course, Sony hasn’t forgotten those that aren’t necessarily into the whole 3D thing.  They introduced the new flagship KDL-55HX929 LCD television and it looked incredibly impressive.  It’s not equipped with Google TV, but boasts Qriocity connectivity.  They also brought a pair of prototypes that seem very interesting indeed.  The first is a portable 3D Blu-ray player that lets you watch 3D without the need for glasses.  Pretty slick, but the Headman Personal 3D viewer seems so much cooler, and the design makes you look a bit like an old-school Cylon.

That wraps it up for the CES press conferences.  We will be roaming the show floor tomorrow as well as the suites up in the Venetian for all you audiophiles.  Keep checking back throughout the weekend for more CES coverage from us here at AVRev.  You can also see real-time updates (including pictures) of our coverage on Twitter.  

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