MORE POWERFUL CHIPS
And every year at CES it's all about better, faster, stronger chips. This year the gadgets (laptops and the like) might not look all that different, but they will be fueled by more powerful underlying technology.
It's not just electronics makers and tech companies headed to the Las Vegas Convention Center meetings and demos on the crowded convention floor.
Netflix will be there, basking in the seemingly limitless platforms for streaming its content at the show. Netflix's ever-growing reach is putting pressure on the cable giants, who will also be there — Time Warner Cable and Comcast will be talking about how they'll make their content experience more high tech.
Media giants including Disney and Time Warner will be touring the floor, strategizing how to monetize their content on new devices. Venture Capitalists and Private Equity investors will check out the new technology and how it could disrupt their holdings. Analysts will be trolling the floor, issuing notes — and upgrades or downgrades — based on the wow factor of announcements. And many investment bankers won't even make it to the convention — they'll be meeting over steaks at restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip, discussing potential deal activity for the new year.
Jason Hirschhorn, the former CEO of MySpace and a digital media guru says this about returning from the holidays to launch right into CES: "Ah.... CES again, the time of year where I regret everything I just bought," that's what This is the week where I regret all the gadgets last year." We'll see which of the gadgets are impressive enough to elicit that kind of regret.
Look for CNBC's in-depth coverage of CES 2011 online and on-air. Julia Boorstin will report from the show beginning today and Maria Bartiromo will anchor "Closing Bell" from CES on Thursday and Friday, January 6 and 7, 3-5pm ET.
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