Rich Warren  |  Jan 05, 2006  |  0 comments

DirecTV's latest HD-compatible satellite receiver supports both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 video coding.

Rich Warren  |  Jan 05, 2006  |  0 comments

Dish ViP222 dual-tuner HD satellite receiver

Rich Warren  |  Jan 05, 2006  |  0 comments

Samsung's HL-S567W 56-inch DLP rear-projection HDTV with LED light source

Michael Antonoff  |  Jan 05, 2006  |  0 comments

SanDisk Sansa e-series flash-memory MP3 player

Michael Antonoff  |  Jan 05, 2006  |  0 comments
In his CES keynote address, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates announced that an external HD DVD drive will be offered as an accessory for the Xbox 360 later this year. The add-on will turn the game console into a high-definition movie player. He didn't announce its price.

Microsoft has sided with Toshiba and Intel in the next-generation-DVD format war.

 |  Jan 05, 2006  |  4 comments

Day 1 at CES is always press-event day. The show floor isn't formally open, and if you do manage to get in (which requires an exhibitor badge), the most exciting thing you'll see is a fork-lift barreling down on you. And while you wonder how they will ever have things ready for the next day, they always do.

Geoffrey Morrison  |  Jan 05, 2006  |  6 comments
We were just outside of Barstow, on the edge of the desert…
Fred Manteghian  |  Jan 04, 2006  |  First Published: Jan 05, 2006  |  1 comments

Running around like a chicken with its head cut off, going from one press event to another, oft times miles apart, is what the Consumer Electronics industry likes to do to the press on the day before CES officially begins. While I usually oblige, this year more urgent business meant leaving running the gauntlet to my more willing cohorts. So what have I missed? Hard to tell, I’m 30,000 feet in the air at the moment, somewhere between Connecticut and Las Vegas, without a Wi-Fi in sight, but I’m sure I’ll hear about Thursday morning at breakfast with the other writers.

Rich Warren  |  Jan 04, 2006  |  0 comments

Prototype Sony Blu-ray player

Originally, a big selling point for Blu-ray was that it would arrive as a complete system - that is, the first units would both record and play high-definition DVDs. Nervous Hollywood studios seem to have put the kibosh on that, at least for the moment, as no such combo devices were announced as standalone models.