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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by hdtvfan0001, Jul 15, 2011.
Best idea of the day. :lol::lol::lol:
Having just returned from 3 consecutive weeks of travel for work - including Las Vegas - I have some updated information:
1) I scouted 7 different recommended places that could be used as an onsite dinner meeting location for DBSTalkers attending CES 2012 in Las Vegas.
2) Based on logistics (distance from the Convention Center, travel time, etc.), I narrowed candidate locations to these 3 places -
----1) Maggiano's - this is where we've met together the past 2 years, and still seems to be a good mix of location, food, and facilities for a group of up to 18 people.
----2) Grand Lux Cafe - located in the Venetian Hotel, and has private areas in the back part of the place (its alot bigger than I realized from having been there in the past as well). The food is very good, reasonably priced, and there is room for a good-size group - it's pretty close to the Convention Center as well.
----3) Gilley's BBQ - located in front of Treasure Island Hotel. The food is good and reasonable. It appears to be busy most times, and has more limited seating room than the other 2 places, and also was noisier (limiting discussions).
If you want to provide post feedback here on any preferences for these 3, please feel free to do so. I'm inclined to perhaps try Grand Lux Cafe as a new place this year, followed by Maggiano's as a good and reliable 2nd choice.
Some time in late October I will be making the reservations.
For all those folks attending, I'd also recommend you firm up your air travel and hotel arrangements. The word on the street in Las Vegas is that attendance will be comparable to last year - which was a record 141,000 attendees.
As the event approaches, we'll fine tune and finalize things, but for now...one of these 3 places and a Thursday night (January 12th) date are firmed up - probably a 6:30pm or so time as well.
I'll go with your recommendation. I'm ready now.
What is on the Menu at the Lux???
The Internet and Google are your friends...
I was told they change it from time to time a bit...but that's a pretty good representation. I've eaten there maybe 8-9 times, and the food is very good.
What I also liked (by speaking to one of the main managers) is the back room area for groups.
Thanks for the extra scouting, too!
Thanks for the feedback so far.
We've learned in the past that that well-fed DBSTalkers are happy DBSTalkers... :lol:
The Lux is Owned by The Cheesecake Factory and the Menu is Very Similar so that is Fine with me!!!
I Love The Venetian, it is so Classy!!!
Can't wait to go back to Las Vegas.
Kauai, Hawaii has been Fabulous and the Weather is Perfect but we are now waiting to board Delta to fly back to Atlanta.
At least we have First Class Seats compliments of my wife's boss so that will make it a little easier to handle leaving Paradise!!!
P.S. I did a Google and found the Menu and it looks Great!!!
Well, I received my CES 2012 Badge today so I am Good To Go for the next CES Show!!!
Badge arrived here too.
Anyone who advance-registered already should get it this week some time.
Hmmmm. Looks like all y'all's mail service is bettah in Hotlanta than the now-drizzly West Coast. :eek2:
It would be interesting this year if at least one person goes to the show without any inside access (on purpose) and without any restrictions.
Enter, visit, see / dig for news, post to DBSTalk. Maybe even real-time.
There's always the fine line between hearing something at the show and then worrying about whether it's appropriate to post due to possibly inside access or sources to protect.
It would be cool to see someone with zero inside access and zero special treatment, who posts whatever they can find out. Real-time, without any need for any big production report or non-DirecTV stuff.
Thinking that much will be released prior to January but you never know, there's always the next great thing.
Not sure what exactly you're seeking.
The past 4 years, we've done onsite reports, lots of photos, etc.
There are over 3,000 exhibitors there to see within about 3 days - so 1,000 booths per day simply can't be seen - 100 would be alot - you simply have to pick target locations and vendor booths.
Real-time reporting is also a challenge, as 4G, 3G, and WIFI connectivity in the Convention Center area (and for that matter much of Las Vegas) are inconsistent and often unreliable. It is the greatest paradox of CES - its tough to get Internet Access unless you find the "right spot" there or else leave the building at the world's largest technology show.
These are things we've learned after years being there now...
If there is something in particular, I'm sure one of us can do our best to see what we can learn/find out and report on it.
Was referring to just DirecTV.
I remember anxiously waiting last year and wishing that I was there to only target DirecTV stuff ... go right to Entropic, Broadcom, Jethead ... only DirecTV-specific related attractions, with no other distractions.
Visit, gather, post ... just DirecTV ... and near real-time ... somewhat like the investor events ... from at least one person ... others can provide the full breath of CES for the masses ... was just a thought.
Obviously, the wrap-up daily reports are very beneficial as well.
My badge arrived too today. So I'm official again.
BTW, never voted on the restaurant.
Only problem with The Lux is noise. All tiled so if we get a large group, might be difficult to hear across the table. But the food is fine and dandy.
Maybe that Person will be ME!!!
Thanks for the clarification - it helps and is appreciated.
Your wish is (nearly) our command - as we typically have that specific plan for DirecTV-related locations at CES in play on the 1st or 2nd days there each year.
The challenge, of course, is that some of the information onsite is only shared with confidentiality required. It's a fine line that we honor out of respect, and have proven our trust-worthiness for several years this way. I have been personally very proud of our onsite DBSTalkers regarding their respecting confidentiality.
We will again make every attempt to get any DirecTV-related information in the CES reports.
As in past years, we are not anticipating a "booth" for DirecTV there at CES in January, but at the same time...there have been multiple DirecTV key resources onsite at "strategic" partner locations. having met with them a couple of years in a row now...I was impressed by their folks at CES, and also appreciative of the information they were willing to share.
One tidbit we did learn in past years - DirecTV folks visit DBSTalk with regularity, and read various sections and posted contents.
One possibility...we'll look to see how we can leverage real-time information resources to get information out sooner this year. It takes alot of work to assemble, review, and publish things (including photos) each year - but we'll see if we can be even more imaginative this year. I have a couple of ideas along those lines.
Sounds good, just thought it might be fun.
With all the stuff rumored for Q4, not sure they'll be much left in January at the show, but you never know, there's always the next big thing ... and some breaking news from the floor would be cool if there is any.
Have fun Rich!
Rest assured...there's always "yet another new thing" on the radar.