2004 International CES Bodes Well For Industry Growth
Jan 12, 2004
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With thousands of new products and technologies announced at the 2004 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV, U.S., held Jan. 8-11, the future of the digital lifestyle looks bright as global technology executives, buyers and media from around the world networked at the show.

The 2004 International CES set records across the board with 129,328 technology executives visiting 2,491 companies in 1.38 million net sq ft of exhibit space. Final attendance numbers will be posted this spring after review by a third-party auditor, according to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the trade show’s producer.

Some show statistics include the following:

  • International attendance grew to 18,050 industry professionals compared to 16,606 in 2003.
  • Executives from more than 110 countries attended.
  • More than 130 leaders from the federal and foreign governments attended the International CES. Officials from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and both the Senate and House of Representatives joined government technology officials from other countries including Germany, Korea, and Japan at the CES.

    Other highlights include the following:

  • Every keynote—Microsoft, Panasonic, Hewlett-Packard (H-P), and Sprint—enjoyed standing-room only crowds.
  • CEA President Gary Shapiro says U.S. consumer technology sales should top $100 billion this year.
  • Real Networks' CEO Rob Glaser launches Real Audio 10 player at CES.
  • Retail execs predict flat panel displays, DLP, LCD, plasmas, wireless PDAs, smart phones, and digital radio will be high-demand products in 2004.
  • FCC Chairman Michael Powell talks about regulatory issues related to unlicensed spectrum and voice over Internet protocol (VOIP) and says, "Government has to prove that regulation is necessary rather than making innovators prove that it isn't."
  • The CES Congressional Panel urges the consumer electronics (CE) industry and the content community to engage in dialog to ensure a vibrant entertainment industry and a dynamic technology sector.
  • ESPN President George Bodenheimer says as high-definition television (HDTV) fan base increases, so does the need for original HDTV programming.

    The 2005 International CES is slated for Jan. 6-9, 2005 in Las Vegas, NV, U.S.

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