Wednesday, December 22, 2004

CES previews next year's hot items

[Karen] Chupka [vice president for events and conferences for the Consumer Electronics Association] said that the advances on display at CES will continue to allow consumers to connect more and more of the products they own in an effort to create a "digital home." That effort is being bolstered by the rapid proliferation of high-speed Internet access, according to a study by the analyst group Parks Associates.

Parks [Associates] estimates that by the end of 2004, 33 million U.S. homes will have broadband Internet access, and 17 million have a home data network used to manage multimedia applications, such as music, photographs and video content.

"The integration between content services -- voice, video, data and value-added applications -- and digital products will be a significant theme at (CES) and will generate substantial momentum for these markets in the next year," Kurt Scherf, vice president and principal analyst for Parks, said in a statement.

From the article, "CES previews next year's hot items," by Kevin Rademacher.

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