This is our CEDIA 2007 Issue with lots of news and product announcements plus some great articles to enjoy.

Editorial Comments

Bob Hetherington | HomeToys


I still find the Media Center world a little cloudy but I think with the introduction of cable cards this fall, and hopefully a resolution of the Blue Ray / HD-DVD battle we should see some really exciting competition unfold. In my opinion, Media Centers still have the potential to take over as the black box of choice for home entertainment and connectivity.

Bob Hetherington


This is our CEDIA 2007 Issue with lots of news and product announcements plus some great articles to enjoy. This year we spent a little over 2 days at the show in Denver and we still didn't see everything we wanted to. This has grown into the premiere event for this industry and CEDIA is doing an impressive job of organization and presentation.

Did I see any really new stuff to report on. Well, yes and no.

  • Yes ... almost every booth I visited was showing off new product lines crammed with new features and technology.
  • No ... I didn't really see anything really new in the way of a product breakthroughs or new product categories.

But I think that's to be expected in a maturing industry such as ours. What I'm seeing is more choices and more stability in product selections ... and that's a good thing. To see a few hundred of these new product announcements have a look at the CEDIA 2007 Special News Report.

So ... who had the biggest booth and the most publicity? Life|Ware for sure. And shortly after the show they announced a new Media Center with Quad Cable Cards. I still find the Media Center world a little cloudy but I think with the introduction of cable cards this fall, and hopefully a resolution of the Blue Ray / HD-DVD battle we should see some really exciting competition unfold. In my opinion, Media Centers still have the potential to take over as the black box of choice for home entertainment and connectivity.

That said, let's have a look at some of the articles in this issue. Needless to say there are a few about the Media Center

  • In an interview with Scott Evans, Microsoft he discussed the latest developments including the latest - WebGuide and Internet TV.
  • In another interview Marc Diana, Alienware explains why this high power gaming system manufacturer is entering the Media Center space.
  • In Home Media Servers: Savior of HD Audio?, Mark Waldrep talks about getting past the DVD format wars by downloading HD music directly and playing it with a Media Server.

Another thing I did notice at CEDIA this year was the re-emergence of Home Controls. Several new companies as well as all of the main players were there. In Home Controls: Trends and Opportunities, Bill Ablondi talks about how to entice consumers to bring controls into their homes by control systems manufacturers partnering with firms providing other systems and services such as entertainment, security etc. We also have an interview with Mike Buckingham, SmartHomePro discussing the Insteon home control technology and of course Eugene Kowch contibuted a piece about Programmable Logic Controllers entitled When Do You Need A PLC?

For audio and video buffs there are a few choices too:

Some regular contributors add spice and nostalgia to the mix:

And for those interested in other shows and business tips we have:

That's the bulk of it this month. As usual, thanks to those who contributed these and the other fine articles in this issue. If you would like to participate by contributing an article for the next one please don't hesitate to let me know (news@hometoys.com). If you are not ready yet but want to be reminded of future opportunities then sign up for our Author List.

Bob Hetherington


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