We know something is afoot between Panasonic and Comcast. We've shoved our way to the front of the crowd
in the Las Vegas Convention Center's hangar-sized Central Hall to find out what.
3:00 pm - There are 300 chairs for what looks like 600 people at Panasonic's booth. The place is decked out with Comcast logos and execs.
3:05 Yamada: "Like you I'm not an engineer. I want it to be easy to watch a first run movie without having to use three or four different remotes. For this reason, Panasonic went to Comcast."
3:09 Comcast Chairman/CEO Brian Roberts takes the stage. "Everybody here is invited to my home in Philadelphia to watch _Rocky_ on my 103-inch Panasonic."
3:12 They're announcing an initiative to create a single-remote standardized system. Panasonic will provide Comcast with 250,000 set-top boxes. You'll take the set out of the box, plug it in, and the Comcast guide will come up.
3:15 Yamada is back, explaining all the things you'll be able to see: Video, photos, cameras placed around the house (who's at the door?), Blu-ray, etc etc. The OCAP middleware standard is what they're using to tie things together.
3:22 They've brought Olympic skier Picabo Street up, wearing her gold medal. She says she didn't have TV growing up, "so I didn't have all this in-your-face marketing to tell you what to buy." Ixnay, Picabo, ixnay!