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January 5, 2009 10:20 AM

CES: More predictions and a first wave of 'news'

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

A few more CES previews and predictions out today. "[D]efinitely underwhelming" is Kara Swisher's outlook on "the annual egregious gadgetfest in Las Vegas," as well as Macworld in San Francisco.

Mini-Microsoft turns attention away from the layoff scuttlebutt to note that the company has a heap of negatives piling up. "No where to go but up? Opportunity certainly abounds."

Reuters' preview suggests that from a gadget point of view, "[t]he focus is likely to be on smaller, more connected and greener devices that can help consumers save on bills. That is a change from years past, when companies trafficked in excess, offering items such as massive 150-inch TVs that were beyond the financial reach of most consumers."

But there will certainly be plenty of TV and video announcements. In fact, here's some now:

Adobe and Intel are teaming up to port Flash to Intel's new purpose-built chips for CE devices in a bid to provide "richer and more seamless Web-based and video viewing experiences through advanced Intel-based cable set-top boxes, Blu-ray Disc players, digital TVs and retail connected AV devices."

LG is announcing a line of "broadband-enabled HDTVs with Netflix streaming software embedded directly in the TV, requiring no external device."

On his CES wish list, Todd Bishop wants to see Microsoft improve the way people can access Netflix on their Xbox 360s. "Netflix and Microsoft should finish the job and let people browse the full Netflix on-demand catalog on their TVs."

The Wall Street Journal has the obligatory Internet-TV convergence story -- "After more than a decade of disappointment, the goal of marrying television and the Internet seems finally to be picking up steam." Here's my story updating the trend from CES in 2007.

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