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If the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is the premier forum to show off the latest and greatest that your company has to offer, then Verizon’s two high-profile public appearances today may have only partly delivered on that promise.
First up was Verizon’s CEO, Ivan Seidenberg, who delivered a morning keynote address on how advanced networks and innovative content are fuelling “one of the most innovative eras in the history of technology.” He brought on a number of guests to share the stage and expand on his point: Verizon’s COO Lowell McAdam, Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) CEO Jeff Bewkes, Motorola (NYSE: MOT) Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha, and Google’s chief architect behind Android, Mike Cleron.
But don’t think this assembled cast of stars was about to announce anything new, or engage in anything like insightful dialogue: it was more like a high-level love-in.
Bewkes brought up the “TV Everywhere” project that their two companies launched with in May 2010 to rebroadcast, free of charge, selected Time Warner television programming online to Verizon’s FiOS customers, as a model of what should be happening on a larger scale.
(And why wouldn’t he? If audiences are getting more fragmented, and you are basing your business model on advertising, then making sure you are on as many devices as possible is an obvious way of trying to capture that audience.)
Meanwhile, Sanjay Jha talked about Motorola’s devices for Verizon’s 4G network, the Droid Bionic and the Xoom tablet. He illustrated the latter with the same video that Motorola had used the day before in its own press conference.
Finally, more tablet demos from Mike Cleron, whose Android baby is probably the real star of CES, and of Verizon’s CES in particular: although there are a number of OSs in the market today, every single handset and tablet that Verizon will be launching initially on its LTE network will be running on Android.