CES digest


Portable DirecTV

LAS VEGAS ? DirecTV introduced a portable satellite service that allows subscribers to set up remote viewing from a suitcase-sized device. Known as SatGo, the unit was introduced as "DirecTV anywhere, anytime, anyplace" by DirecTV executive vp entertainment Eric Shanks.

No box plasma

LAS VEGAS ? Comcast Corp. and Panasonic said that they have begun testing a high-definition plasma television that does not require a digital set-top box. The set has middleware installed that would enable all the functions a set-top traditionally provides, including video-on-demand, gaming, e-commerce and programming guides.

AT&T triple play

LAS VEGAS ? AT&T announced its first three-screen content deal, signing exclusive rights to the Swampstock 2006 music festival for broadcast on television, Internet and wireless. Chase Card Services has been brought in as sponsor for the event, which will be available only to users of Cingular Wireless, AT&T U-Verse, Homezone and AT&T's Blue Room.

Yahoo! on the move LAS VEGAS ? Yahoo! is supercharging its efforts in the mobile space with Yahoo! Go for Mobile 2.0, which it aims to put it on more than 400 different devices by the end of the year. Samsung, Research in Motion, 3 Group and Opera Software announced partnerships with GFM2.0.

MobiTV in charge LAS VEGAS ? The joint venture between Sprint and a consortium of cable operators including Comcast Corp. have selected MobiTV to provide its mobile-video capabilities. The deal will allow the venture to introduce live and on-demand programming over mobile handsets.