CES is primarily a gadget and media show these days, but it's the Web that ties everything together, especially all the new video concepts. There's a lot happening at the show that illustrates this:
Gates: IPTV this year; and a server in every home. Microsoft CEO Bill Gates demonstrated HD television content that hits your living room's big-screen plasma via your Net-connected XBox, as well as an HP server for storing all your digital entertainment assets. Gates also showed how Vista users can join the XBox game community (but only for boring games like Uno, not franchise leaders like Halo). (News.com)
Netgear brings YouTube to your tube. Related to the above--who needs network TV at all, anyway? It won't be long before YouTube is as important a video pipeline in our living rooms as, say, Comcast. (Crave)
Bravia Internet Video Link brings online video to Sony TVs. A new gizmo that snaps onto the back of Bravia TVs can pull video from AOL, Yahoo, and Grouper. See our video demonstration. Hey Sony, ever hear of YouTube?
Sling it in reverse. The new SlingCatcher will display Internet TV on your real TV. (CNET.com)
SlingPlayer coming to PalmOS. This probably doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things since even Palm's future is written with Windows, but if you have a Palm Treo and want to get your SlingBox vids, now you can. (Crave)
More on Verizon's V Cast mobile TV. Full-length TV shows are coming to your cell phone.
Upcoming: At 4:30PM Pacific time, Disney is announcing a new video site and social network. We'll post our report immediately afterward.