G4’s 'Best of Best’ a CES Fest


G4’s “CES: Best of the Best” presentation has become a meeting ground and schmooze-fest, for cable-industry executives attending the International Consumer Electronics Show each year. This year, the event’s seventh, was no exception.

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, Time Warner Cable president Glenn Britt and Cox Communications president Pat Esser were among the notables attending G4’s event Thursday night at the Wynn hotel.

The trio of cable bigwigs together got a private rundown on the products that G4 deemed the best of the CES this year, before the full-blown presentation to the assembled crowd.

Ironically, among the items they saw demonstrated, given the G4 nod, were from their rival, Dish Network CEO Charlie Ergen (see story on page 3). That was EchoStar’s ViP 922 SlingLoaded HD DVR and the SlingPlayer Mobile, products with place-shifting capabilities.

In fact, two of G4’s judging panelists, Attack of the Show host Kevin Pereira and Wired’s Chris Hardwick both picked EchoStar’s Sling products as their very favorites out of the entire 2009 CES.

G4 president Neal Tiles led off the presentation. As the network is part of the Comcast Entertainment Group, it’s no surprise that the president of that unit, Ted Harbert, and his boss, Comcast Programming Group president Jeff Shell, were also at the Best of the Best event, as was affiliate sales chief Brad Fox. Cox’s chief marketing officer, Joe Rooney, was also in the house.

Some of G4’s other 15 Best of the Best CES picks included the Sanyo Internet Radio, the Nextar GPS, the LG LHX 55-inch TV, the Neo Freerunner Android phone, the Sony Walkman X series, Checkolite Lamp Speakers and the Samsung foldable OLED.

G4 streamed its Best of the Best event live Thursday night on the Web.