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Still More CES: TiVo, Gracenote, SyncTV

Best summary of the news coming out of Las Vegas so far goes to Shake Well Before Use‘ Ariel Waldman: “CES effectively splooged all over my Google Reader.” In an effort to reduce the number of tabs open before Firefox crashes on me again, it’s time for another link dump. But first, the keynote sketch that proves even Bill Gates (and some handsomely paid Hollywood friends) can go viral.

This year it’s all about bringing the web to your TV and vice versa. In the PC-to-TV category, TiVo’s new desktop software will let you subscribe to RSS feeds of shows and beam them to your set. Engadget has a hands-on review.

Gracenote, the CD database company, wants to create a library of video fingerprints to keep track of infringement and partner with Phillips to catch even mashups. SyncTV, which wants to offer à la Carte channel subscriptions via IPTV, demoed their proof-of-concept chipset, which can be integrated into any device and play HD.

But what about the real point of CES — drool-worthy gadgets? Gizmodo offers a roundup of their display coverage, including a 150-inch plasma. Or maybe you’d prefer a tiny yet powerful projector? Sony demoed the interactive features of Blu-Ray, but SanDisk will fit more storage per cubic inch than a Blu-Ray disc into a 16GB MicroSD card by June.

On the producer side, new cameras include everything from HD-on-the-cheap from RCA to a tiny new Canon that records to flash memory and an upgrade to the popular HV20, the HV30. But it’s Casio’s EXILIM Pro EX-F1 DSLR camera that’s going to create many a viral video sensation this year — as it can shoot video up to 1,200 frames per second!

One Response to “Still More CES: TiVo, Gracenote, SyncTV”

  1. I just tried watching the video above but it says it is no longer available. That camera sounds interesting. Over 1,000 frames per second. You could do some real slow motion magic with that. I think there are loads of applications that would benefit from pc to tv senders these days. With the launch of the iplayer and a few tv channels jumping on the whole ‘watch their programmes on the internet’ thing, as well as watching live football games and movies on the internet. Who would want to sit hunched up in front of their pc rather than the comfort of their sofa watching them as intended. I know which I would prefer.