Attitudes from the Publisher
Now, it wasn't all that bad. On the slopes or off, the people at CEA's Winter Summit weren't ready to end it all after they listened to Wade Fenn.
Wade had agreed to give one of the main talks at the Vail, Colo., summit before he opted to leave Best Buy after 21 years, and he showed up ready to make good on his obligations—happy to tell people what he knew, not necessarily what they wanted to hear.
Wade's message was pretty simple: Digital technology is changing the traditional notion of value. What's valuable to consumers is no longer that black box in the home theater setup, but the content that's coming out of it. The consumer technology retailer's competition is no longer other retailers, but potentially could be anybody associated with the development and delivery of that content: the Microsofts, the Vivendis, the Comcasts, the Ticketmasters, for example.