San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Las Vegas – Products and promotions were the key themes for Alpine at International CES.
Alpine announced that is teaming up with hip-hop/dance-music group Far East Movement to promote a line of Bass Line subwoofers targeted to the youth market.
Las Vegas —The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) reported that the 2013 International CES was the largest in the show’s 45-year history, with 1.92 million net square feet of exhibit space.
The previous record was 1.86 million net square feet of space at the 2012 International CES. More than 3,250 exhibitors unveiled some 20,000 new products at the 2013 CES, drawing more than 150,000 attendees, including more than 35,000 from more than 170 countries outside the United States.
LAS VEGAS — International CES is usually a venue for plenty of product awards, generating a lot of positive press, but CNET, owned by CBS Corp., disqualified Dish’s Hopper with Sling due to “active litigation involving our parent company.”
CNET said on its site: “We will no longer be reviewing products manufactured by companies with which we are in litigation with respect to such product.”
Dish and CBS is in litigation regarding Hopper’s Prime Time Any Time and the AutoHop commercial-skipping features.
LAS VEGAS — Beats Electronics named Ian Rogers CEO and announced a new music service known as Project Daisy.
Rogers will report to Beats CEO and co-founder Jimmy Iovine and president/COO Luke Wood. Rogers will also step into the leadership position at MOG, the streaming music service Beats acquired in 2012.
Project Daisy is set to launch in late 2013 as a stand-alone company under the Beats Electronics umbrella.
LAS VEGAS — The annual Monster Retailer Awards drew an overflow crowd to the Ballroom of the Paris Hotel, where Grammy-winning artist Alicia Keys wowed it with a, well, monster live performance.
Before the concert kicked off, head monster Noel Lee presented the company's Most Monstrous Awards to its best-performing retail partners of the previous year, with the top honor, the Gold Award, going to Australian CE chain Harvey Norman.
This year’s winners, by category, were as follows:
LAS VEGAS — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to open up additional wireless spectrum for unlicensed use to avoid the risk of running headlong into a “Wi-Fi wall,” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said Wednesday.
During a One On One session with CEA president Gary Shapiro, Genachowski said the commission plans to launch proceedings next month to set aside an additional 195MHz of bandwidth in the 5GHz band for Wi-Fi use, expanding the 5GHz Wi-Fi band by 35 percent.
LAS VEGAS — Soul Electronics, the headphones manufacturer helmed by rapper Ludacris, used International CES to launch its Tim Tebow line and had Tebow himself unveil the line at a press conference on Thursday at the Venetian.
Tebow skillfully side-stepped questions about his current NFL status — one of the models is named the Jet, which, as Tebow pointed out, really refers to its designated audience, the business traveler.
LAS VEGAS – In a frank, passionate and unscripted keynote address, Pandora co-founder/chief strategy officer Tim Westergren recounted the iffy start and meteoric rise of his wildly popular streaming music service at the CEA’s annual Leaders in Technology Dinner (LIT) Wednesday night at the Wynn.
LAS VEGAS – Sakar International celebrated here Wednesday the 75th Anniversary of its Vivitar brand, which Sakar founder Charles Sakar rescued from oblivion after the previous owner, Syntax-Brillian collapsed in 2008.
Since that time, Sakar International has reinvented the brand with an expanding portfolio of products for the mass market, including the new Vivitar Action camcorder (DVR785HD), designed as a high value alternative to Go-Pro HD models.
LAS VEGAS – ProSource, the BrandSource buying group’s specialty A/V and custom install division, held its annual CES eve reception here at Bally’s Monday night.
The umbrella group for independent CE dealers is comprised of the Progressive Retailers Organization (PRO Group) and Home Entertainment Source (HES).
In brief remarks, PRO and ProSource president/COO Dave Workman said the group was happy to put 2012 behind it, and eBay VP Michael Jones reminded members of the online opportunities his company offers through its cyber storefronts.