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President-elect Barack Obama has joined the Consumers Union in asking congress to delay the digital television transition. Obama noted “inadequate funding” for the program as a prime reason to delay the transition, which is scheduled to happen 28 days after he steps into office. In addition, the big four networks (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC) support a move to delay the transition.

In a speech yesterday at George Mason University, Barack Obama noted broadband expansion as a key part of his economic recovery plan. Obama is quoted as saying there is a need to expand “broadband across America, so that a small business in a rural town can connect and compete with their counterparts anywhere in the world.” The President-elect is also confident that despite the fact that 2 milion Americans lost their job in 2008, we will be able to create 3 million new jobs during his term in office.

Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer told a crowd at CES that 90% of Sony products will be able to connect to the Internet by 2011. Sony is moving quickly on its initiative, with a CyberShot camera capable of sending pictures online already on the market. The move is a logical step in preparing Sony for a networked world where all devices are connected to the web.

Digital Entertainment Group is reporting that DVD sales fell 9% in 2008, while the entire home video market decreased 5.5% over 2007, with total sales at $22.4 billion. The decline is the largest the group has ever recorded. However, while dvd sales fell, Blu-ray spending increased threefold to roughly $750 million.

Plus, today’s consulting question, “Is a Microsoft, Yahoo deal back on?” Shelly has the answer on today’s MediaBytes.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.



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