This is a guest post by FT Media Editor Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson
It is two years to the CES since Warner Bros came off the fence in the battle over the future of the DVD market, backing Blu-Ray, the format championed by Sony.
The studio’s move, joining Disney, Fox, and Sony’s own Columbia Pictures, effectively killed off the cheaper but lower-capacity HD-DVD format.
As he prepared to board a flight to Las Vegas for this year’s CES, Sony chairman Sir Howard Stringer recalled that he was initially given a rough ride for his stance in the rehash of the VHS-Betamax video format wars.
“Blu-Ray for us was an exhausting process, and didn’t pay off initially, but it’s finally paying off in a different way,” he told the FT.
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With its promise of a major mobile announcement set for today, Google has managed to upstage most of the announcements expected out of the annual Consumer Electronics Show before the extravaganza even starts later this week.
Will it be the much-discussed “Google Phone”? And can the internet company steal any of the thunder from Apple’s own heavily-trailed – though still unconfirmed – unveiling of a touch-screen tablet device later this month?
Find out what Google has up its sleeve. Join us here for live coverage, beginning at 10am California time, Tues Jan 5th.
Lenovo has officially unveiled the most impressive entrant to date in the nascent smartbook category .
The Lenovo Skylight is a small clamshell device with a 10.1-inch high-resolution screen, flash storage, 1.3 megapixel camera and an integrated 3G modem. In a brief hands-on with the device, I was impressed with the design and build quality.
Skype has announced some major advances for the consumer in video calling – with high-definition pictures enabled and integration with TV sets.
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, it isunveiling partnerships with LG and Panasonic to offer Skype–enabled HDTVs from the middle of this year. Their 720P HD webcams with built-in microphones are specially designed to pick up video and sound from couch distances.