During his traditional Consumer Electronics Show opening keynote, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates continued to push the Microsoft Media Center PC as the centerpiece for a digital lifestyle by unveiling a series of new content partnerships and a pact with TiVo. The software giant is working with TiVo to enable its customers to transfer content from their TiVos to any Media Center PC, including portable ones, using a remote. Microsoft also forged a deal with MTV Networks to work with MTV, VH1, Comedy Central and other MTV channels to create free, subscription or downloadable content for the Media Center PC.
CEA Projects 11 Percent Growth
CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro predicted the consumer electronics business will grow 11 percent this year to reach $125.7 billion. The industry grew 11 percent last year to $113.5 billion. The growth will be driven by what CEA industry analyst Sean Wargo predicted would be 50,000 new product launches during this year’s show. n