There were a ton of TV related hardware and content announcements at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held this week in Las Vegas. Here's a round-up of what you may have missed.CONTENT, SOCIAL TELEVISION & TV WIDGETS
- Electus and Yahoo! Announce Original Content Partnership: Electus is a next-generation studio that connects content creators with advertisers and technology providers at the start of the creative process so they can produce content for global and multi-platform distribution.
- As the world's largest online media company, Yahoo! maintains the largest news, sports, finance, and entertainment websites, offering significant scale that will allow Electus to take its content to audiences everywhere.
- Future of TV? Content Everywhere: In the not-too-distant future, at least the one Microsoft subscribes to, TV consumption will be more portable than ever before as consumers see fewer and fewer differences between the screens belonging to their TV, the ones on their laptops and the ones on their mobile devices. [AdAge]
- Panasonic announced that its VieraCast service will also get Netflix streaming, the capability to place and receive video phone calls via Skype along with access to Pandora, Twitter, and Fox Sports news.
- At CES the Yahoo! Connected TV team announced new content partnerships with CNBC, NBC.com, Napster, DailyMotion.com as well as the release of the Yahoo! Connected TV Widget Development Kit (WDK) to the public. Yahoo! Connected TV Widgets are available for services like Amazon Video On Demand, Pandora and CBS, plus social sites like Facebook and Twitter.
THE RISE OF 3D TV
- There were lots of big announcements on the 3D TV content and hardware fronts at CES. As I blogged earlier in the week Discovery, IMAX and Sony have struck a partnership to develop 3D programming.
- Also jumping into the 3D content pool is ESPN who announced their plans to launch a 3D network in June.
- RealD, a company who makes 3D eye wear, announced at CES that it has enlisted a raft of prominent partners in the TV including, Panasonic, Sony, Toshiba, JVC, Samsung, and DirecTV.
- Is 3D TV going to save the fledgling TV industry? Some think so.
MOBILE DIGITAL TV (DTV)
- Mobile TV Multiplies: This year at CES, early mobile-TV announcements included a USB dongle that plugs into computers and pulls down a signal; a portable DVD player by LG; and a Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbook with Mobile DTV. [Wall Street Journal]
- The Tivit, also launched at CES, is a new device that lets you watch broadcast TV on your smartphone, including the iPhone and Blackberry devices.