The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week was an unabashed display of high-technology gadgetry. Televisions, enormously wide and remarkably thin, were front and center, and overhead, and in the faces of all the visitors to the expansive show, which ends Thursday. Some advertised other new products, but most were there just to display images that were slightly crisper than those seen years before.
They also displayed the hope of the industry: televisions connected to the Internet and ready to receive new forms of entertainment on demand. The show has always been the display place for hardware, but this year software, information and entertainment content edged toward center stage. Three reporters at the show got three views of how the industry's emphasis on content will affect the future of home electronics.
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