At last year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, most of the 140,000 attendees were buzzing about the future of the cell phone—and how Apple Inc. (AAPL) had stolen the spotlight by announcing the iPhone at its own Macworld conference. But this year, the hot topic at CES is the future of video entertainment, and there’s a lot less fear in the air about what Steve Jobs may have planned. “I have great admiration for Steve,” says Comcast (CMCSA) CEO Brian Roberts. “But I also like cable’s position as the video leader. We offer more movies, TV shows, and video content than anyone else—and we intend to expand our position.”
It’s a sign of the challenges ahead for Jobs & Co.