From the 2009 CES


The Consumer Electronics Show is a HUGE event, with typically more than 100,000 attendees. I have attended in the past as Press and as an “industry affiliate.” It is not a public convention, and is intended for people tied to the CE industry in some way beyond being a consumer.

Two years ago, the number of attendees went up dramatically, with a concern that a lot of “fans” were getting registered. Last year, the requirements to register were tightened up substantially and the crowds were still massive but more manageable (at an estimated 140,000).

This year, the economy has done what tighter rules could not. I have no idea what the attendance is, and the preshow estimate is for a decline of anywhere from 8 to 20%

This doesn’t mean this is a failed show at all. It is interesting that the percentage of people wearing suits to those in T shirts is much higher. A lot of meetings are being held formally and informally. You can get around the exhibit hall with much less hassle.

I’ve been in meetings and events but have managed to see the exhibits, too. I’ll be posting more, later.

There are a lot of international visitors, as usual. Many buyers, distributors, manufacturers, big firms, tiny companies. The mix is engaging and interesting.

But it is just not as crowded as it used to be.

With the TV Zombies roaming around, to give us “awareness” about the switchover to all digital TV in the US in February 2009, the smaller crowds are probably a good thing.


Zombies move slow.

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About sehanley

Musician, journalist, teacher, technologist, consultant & former NPR station manager. A media and entertainment professional, journalist, entrepreneur, technology advocate, educator, student, mentor, manager, and media, musical and theatrical performer. Voice talent and coach for music and spoken word. I also act and sing (mostly jazz, but a lot of experience with choral, classical and musical theater, too). Brass instruments, too, but my AF ofM card lapsed years ago. Heard on the national jazz service, PubJazz, and in the Pittsburgh market on WZUM/Pittsburgh Jazz Channel. I also teach college level courses in media and journalism. I managed the leading NPR/public radio station in Pittsburgh, PA for 16 years, a few years later was GM of the NPR station WBHM in Birmingham, AL. I served for six very busy years on the NPR Board of Directors and have done much volunteer service for national and local organizations in the communities I have been privileged to live and work in. Former NPR Board Member, former President of the Pittsburgh Radio Organization, sometime musician, relentless technology advocate. Opinions expressed are not the viewpoints of any employer or affiliation past or present.
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