CES 2011 Roundup – Friday January 7, 2011 Day 2 at CES – A busy day – a lot of booths visited and gadgets seen. What’s already clear is that while 2010 was the “year of 3D”, this year….2011…seems to be the “Year of Mobile Technology and Apps”. In addition, there were literally hundreds of network based (wired and wireless) products, services, and integration solutions displayed. CES attendee traffic was very busy, with noticeably more folks than 2010. A number of very nice DirecTV staff were onsite at multiple locations for various partner discussions. Since we have a number of DBSTalkers on the ground, I will defer to other team-mates regarding information on several other topics, and focus on a couple which involved onsite presentations and discussions. Upon visiting the Samsung booth today, we learned that the HMC30 name from last year’s Whole Home Server prototype device is basically gone. We were shown a nice product presentation of the replacement device version that will be likely introduced some time in 2011. Enter in the HR34 RVU Server DVR. [That final name may still be tweaked yet again, but the HR34 name seems to be getting close to becoming final] HR34 looks very similar on the outside to last year’s HMC30 prototype. (See photos below) That’s where the similarity ends - the HR34 has evolved since 2010, to now support a pure RVU server/network architecture. Rather than require a set top box at each location, connected to the HR34, this unit now can support RVU-enabled HDTV units. Samsung demonstrated this functionality with one of their HDTV’s connected as a client unit, along with another HDTV connected at the main room location (where the HR34 would be positioned. Very impressive. Later in the day, we stopped by one of DirecTV’s key technology partners – Entropic. This was a favorite place to visit again like it was last year, since they have been key to the successful launch of SWiM and DECA components. This partnership has also led to the popular Whole Home DVR (MRV) deployments at DirecTV. In the evening, we had our “traditional” on-site DBSTalk dinner at Maggiano’s Italian restaurant, located at the north end of Fashion Show Mall on the Vegas strip…something we actually started there 3 years ago. This gathering is always a lot of fun, and this year didn’t disappoint – great food, some laughs, and great discussions about CES, DBSTalk, and each other.