Jan. 10, 2012, 12:01 a.m. EST
Apple threat looms over TV at CES
Commentary: Innovation in TV will come from Apple, Google
By Therese Poletti, MarketWatch
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — In the last couple of years, recent product introductions by Apple Inc. have managed to dominate — or even set the tone for — much of the industry at the Consumer Electronics Show, even though Apple never exhibits at the show.
The last two Consumer Electronics Shows were overshadowed by Apple AAPL -0.16% — first in 2010 by rumors of a tablet and then in 2011 by the iPad’s stunning success. Indeed January 2011 brought a slew of iPad wanna-bes, many of which have become road kill, as we predicted. The CES shows in 2008 and 2009 were impacted by the 2007 launch of Apple’s first iPhone.
This year, as the sprawling show floor officially opens in Las Vegas today, should be no different. Except that this time around, the specter of Apple and its rumored plans will torment the core of CES: the television business, ripe for the picking with a growing number of customers fed up with costly cable service and the lack of innovation in TVs...