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Will TV and Internet work together better at CES 2009?

Posted: 05 Jan 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Internet? TV? 2009 CES? broadcast digital?

By Ken Kaplan
The Inside Scoop:Intel Consumer Blog

After meeting Intel Insider JD Lasica a few weeks ago in San Francisco, I asked him what he was most interested in seeing happen at the Consumer Electronics Show 2009 in Las Vegas.

In his post Behold the Coming Cinematic Internet, Lasica shared a healthy perspective on the past and present challenges of getting television and Internet to move beyond the dating stage and into a deep, loving relationship inside our living rooms.

That post was inspired by what he saw during the first public demonstrations of the Widget Channel beta created by Intel and Yahoo!.

Lasica, along with Intel Insiders Tom Foremski and Cathy Brooks, got to tour the Internet TV booth at the Intel Developer Forum this past August. That's when Intel's Digital Home Group maestro Eric Kim showed them how Intel's Media Processor CE 3100 can help bring together HD television with the Internet.

I've survived six consecutive CES shows, and I'm gearing up for number seven.

I've seen flat screen TVs grow from 50 to over 100-inches, and I've heard about the digital home every year. There has been great progress, but not always as much as I hope for or believe is possibleespecially when you see cutting edge technologies demonstrated on the CES show floor!

And like every year at CES, this year is similar but different that the previous year. Similar because the Internet is becoming ever more important in our livesmy wife uses it more, and my kids turn to it for fun and information. The Internet is more useful, fun and accessible. Many of spend and share (too) much of our lives there!

Here's what's different. TV is as important to our lives as ever, too, and we're about to enter a new era of TV. When they flick the switch in February to digital broadcast in the U.S, the potential for connecting our TV and Internet lives to collaborate seems more feasible than ever before.

I certainly love shiny, new Internet gadgets, but I strongly agree with JD. It will be interesting to see the progress of television coming to the Internet for a unifying, lasting and progressive marriage.

- Ken Kaplan is one of the bloggers featured at The Inside Scoop: Intel Consumer Blog

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