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Vegas, baby! Countless professional technophiles are heading down to Sin City this week, ready to spend a fortune on slot machines hotels and taxi cabs. Smart folks have come up with clever ways to hack CES in the past, saving some dough with off-strip lodging and […]

Vegas, baby! Countless professional technophiles are heading down to Sin City this week, ready to spend a fortune on slot machines hotels and taxi cabs. Smart folks have come up with clever ways to hack CES in the past, saving some dough with off-strip lodging and rental cars. Of course, just staying home and following CES from afar has always been the cheapest solution, and thanks to live video streams, it’s feeling more and more like you’re actually there.

Steve Ballmer is kicking off CES with his keynote tonight at 6.30pm Pacific, and people on the interwebs are already wondering whether he’s going to show an HP tablet PC running Windows 7, or just shout at the audience. Either way, it should definitely be entertaining. Microsoft has promised to put links to Ballmer’s performance up on its website in time.

Sony ( s SNY) will live stream today’s CES press conference on Ustream, with things kicking off at 4.15pm PST.

Intel CEO Paul Otellini’s keynote will be streamed live on Thursday at 4.30pm Pacific, and the company will also stream the launch of the Intel Core 2010 Processor launch straight from its CES booth on Facebook.

Stickam partnered up with CES this year to stream the UP NEXT at CES: Creativity, Content and Cash track, featuring amongst other things a keynote from Ben Silverman, former NBC exec and executive producer of The Office and Ugly Betty, who is going to reveal plans for his new company. Other highlights of this content track will include a panel with Funny Or Die CEO Dick Glover and NBCU Digital Entertainment President Vivi Zigler about strategies for content producers online and two sessions looking at the audience and revenue numbers of online video. The complete line-up can be found here, and Stickam will stream all the sessions on its CES page.

There are a number of media outlets streaming live from CES: Twit.tv’s Leo Laporte is reporting live and pretty much non-stop on Ustream. Crunchgear’s live stream will be available starting Thursday at 7am PST, and CNet will provide on-and-off live coverage via Ustream. In the mood for a more Blair Witch Project-like experience? Then turn to Gizmodo, which promises us “live roaming cameras” starting tomorrow. UPDATE: Venturebeat plans to stream a number of keynotes, including the ones from Intel and Microsoft.

We’ll update this post as soon as we get hold of links to other CES live streams, so check back frequently, and please add your own links in the comments!

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