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Cable, TV, and Telecom at CES

It’s been three years since Comcast made a splash at CES with the unveiling of Tru2way, and since then, both cable and telco providers have kept a pretty low profile at the show. However, with the growth of mobile broadband, and broadband video, operators are likely re-evaluating how they should approach the annual Vegas shindig. Verizon is already set to deliver a keynote speech at CES 2011 with a big focus on LTE. Will there be room for FiOS discussion as well given the new features on the horizon?

Comcast, meanwhile, doesn’t have an official presence planned, but given the presumed-pending merger with NBCU, and the company’s recent iPad app frenzy, it seems quite likely that there will be Comcast folks around and about. NBCU always has a big production booth at CES, and tablet mania is sure to keep new TV apps front and center.

AT&T has exhibited at CES in previous years, and Clearwire made a big show with WiMAX at CES 2010. Will either company follow up in 2011?

As the worlds of cable, telecom, and CE collide, the make-up of CES is likely to change over the next several years. I suspect that shift will gain momentum in January.

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  1. [...] subject matter to note here. Not to mention, the worlds of mobility and the connected home are growing ever closer in the industry at large. Tablets and TV are suddenly close kin. Perhaps even closer after CES [...]

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