CES 2006: Highlights of Thursday's coverage from TG Daily

Las Vegas (NV) - The first official day of this year's Consumer Electronics Show - which we who keep count call "Day 2" - brought the two competing high- definition videodisc formats back into the spotlight. Proponents of Blu- ray thought they had the day sewn up, when Sony led with a pre-emptive strike, announcing a multitude of new movie titles for near-term release on Blu-ray Disc. But HD DVD struck back, not with the counter-punch of more movies (though Warner did have that in mind), but with a below-the- belt jab: Toshiba's first HD DVD players, long delayed but still anticipated, will likely sell for less than half the price of Blu-ray's consoles. Blu-ray tried to counter-attack, but the notion of preceding the official "full profile" launch of Blu-ray consoles with lesser models without the Blu-ray Java - although pulling back to within Toshiba's price point - may not have gone over so well.

Another Samsung prototype Blu-ray player consoleMeanwhile, a legendary consumer electronics company and the world's premiere microprocessor manufacturer, both took steps in parallel directions. Everybody's going Hollywood, it seems, as Sony made forward steps toward its content delivery platform, while Intel extended its new Viiv umbrella brand to encompass existing PCs, media center PCs, and the back-end service that feeds them with downloadable streaming videos and tunes. In a way, Apple was conspicuous by its absence here on Thursday, as it would appear the entire electronics world started following up on Apple's act, like it was 1984 all over again. Here now are the stories that made news from CES on Thursday, 5 January 2006:

Highlights From Day Two Of CES 2006
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