1:21pm- 40GB and 80GB media centers flash on the screen. No deets, yuck. Philips wants your music to follow you from
room to room. Thanks, but we live in a studio.
1:23pm- Bartlett's-worthy quote from Provost: "This is
not only about being in the box business, this is about being out of the box."
1:24pm- Hmm, seems that
people prefer broadband to dial-up...Now we're hearing about a partnership with Skype...Some VoIP handsets flash on the
screen. Once again, no specifics.
1:25pm- Seems that Philips is partnering with Microsoft for some VoIP
dealie...guess we gotta wait for Bill G's keynote to learn more.
1:26pm- Some hard drive-based Go Gear DAPs
are being discussed. How one can talk so much and yet reveal so little info is beyond us.
partnerships (whatever happened to a little self-reliance?) discussed. Yahoo, more Yahoo! Some vague info about
V-tuner, a client for managing and listening to Internet media streams.
1:26pm- Philips likes HD.
1:26pm- Consumer Blu-ray player shown. Features sound awesome, but we don't feel like getting
into it. Just kidding, no real deets here either.
1:27pm- Provost does his best Joan Rivers and
mock-interviews Buena Vista president Bob Chapek...wonder if there will be any hard-hitting questions. Hmm, this
doesn't sound staged at all.
1:29pm- Chapek likes Blu-ray (big surprise) because of its capacity and
1:33pm- Here comes Philips' President of North American Consumer Electronics, Reinier Jens
(who looks somewhat like Reinier Wolfcastle, interestingly enough) to tell us that people recall Philips Ambilight ads
when Philips reps quiz them. People like Philips.
1:34pm- Now he's showing off the HTS98004 6.1 home theater
in a box that won a CES Best of Innovation award. We'd give it an award too, it looks pretty hot, plus it rocks wireless
1:36pm- Philips flat panel sales have doubled in the last year, sez Jens, due mostly to
Ambilight sets...mad heads are buying these pieces.
1:39pm- The models have made a reappearance. All is well
1:40pm- Now for the big news...are you ready
for this? Ambilight 3! That's right, ambient lighting from only 2 sides of the display is like so last year. And if 3
sides ain't enough, here's Ambilight Surround to totally blow our minds.
1:41pm- Loud music, movie trailer
being played to show off the new Ambilight models. We think they are trying to make them look cooler by flashing lights
all around the room like a rock concert. Hey guys, it's just a TV with a couple of lightbulbs.
over? Weak. Give us our jump drives so we can go cover some real news.