CEDIA EXPO 2006: The Buzz Wasn’t the Products
On the matter of Blu-ray and HD DVD, we agreed that consumers aren’t going to accept both formats, and no real resolution to this issue is in sight. The stark reality for these formats, however, is that customers aren’t complaining about the DVD performance they currently get with their high-end home theaters.
My cab-mate felt customers are skeptical of some of the new technologies, and that we aren’t giving customers who bought plasmas and front projectors a few years ago enough reasons to buy more stuff.
Arriving at the airport, we concluded that the market is maturing and that more mass merchants will offer some of the services that custom installers today are offering exclusively. The neat and cool aspects of flat-panel displays are becoming mainstream.
Maybe we need to find some legal LSD-like substance to inject the market with some new product excitement.
In the meantime, these were the CEDIA 2006 Top Three: Business, Maturity, Education.
Product was a distant fourth.
Welcome to our new world. CR
Robert Ain (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a consultant with over 30 years of CE experience in almost all areas of distribution, manufacturing and marketing.