Sports Geek: This week in consumer electronics

Developments in the consumer electronics sector continue to bubble up in new and interesting places. How will they impact sports content creators? A new weekly SVG feature provided by leading consumer electronics gurus Jonathan Blum and Seth Elkin called Sports Geek gives you a roundup of some of the stories that might not make the New York Times but are still worth tracking. Click below for this weeks highlights.

Bluetooth networks for the car are blowing up. As more people are using their iPods, cell phones and satellite radios on the go and spending more time in their cars, producers should be mindful of how their content plays in a vehicle.

The Nintendo Wii, with its motion-sensitive control system, is changing the way people play video games, especially sports games. There are already peripherals starting to creep to the market, but there should be plenty of sports-themed add-ons for throwing, catching or playing golf that play off of the motion-sensing capabilities.

Any leagues, teams or networks that don’t have an HD strategy need to get one. There are more companies than ever making quality flat-panel HD sets and the prices are dropping. When a company that most people haven’t heard of, like Broksonic, makes a TV worth owning, you know HD is in high gear.

Media PCs aren’t just big desktops anymore. Alienware has a line of fantastic “gaming” laptops. And aside from playing games, these units are great for watching video. So if you’re on the go and you’ve got a Slingbox at home, you’re all set.

Web-TV convergence will start becoming real as people are able to move broadband signals around their homes via their existing electrical wiring. Eventually, when you plug your TV into the wall, you’ll get electrical power and a connection to the Internet all in one.

You can get movie tickets via your cell phone now. How long until you can get sports tickets that way, too?

The CableCARD initiative comes into effect this year, and that means consumers will be able to buy their own cable boxes. It’ll change the way folks consume content.

And finally, check out this ad from Axe Feather. We don’t know what they’re trying to sell here, but does it matter? How dead is the 30-second spot when there is interactive advertising like this?

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