At International CES last week, outgoing FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said he had "no plans to announce" about his plans post-chairmanship. Now, he does.
By Gary Arlen President, Arlen Communications After the first dozen signs and flyers that shouted "Anywhere. Anytime," I lost track of how many CES exhibitors were making the same promise about their interoperable, interconnected, multi-format home-networking facilities. I couldn't even begin to try to confirm whether the wealth of devices or systems would actually serve me "anywhere" and "anytime." Even more significantly at CES last month, I heard countless warnings that these connections are still too difficult and too unreliable. To quote just a few cautionary remarks from prominent industry leaders: Consumer Electronics Association President Gary Shapiro in his welcoming remarks: "While
Digital Directions Beyond TV at Broadcasters' Show By Gary Arlen President Arlen Communications "A $100 digital television tuner, available in retail stores by September." It sounds like a promise that should bubble up from a consumer electronics maker's line presentations or pitches at CES. But Ken Plotkin, chairman/CEO of Hauppauge Digital Inc., casually mentioned the device and the timetable to me during the National Association of Broadcasters' (NAB) convention in Las Vegas last month. Hauppauge has been making video tuner cards for PCs for nearly a decade. The company sells a DTV tuner component that lets customers pick up digital TV broadcasting signals through