How come you need an engineering degree to set up a 5.1 surround sound system to work with your flat-screen TV? That's what the consumer electronics industry should be asking itself of the eve of the 2013 International CES show.
Streaming video may be the opiate of the masses, but there's a point — five remote controls? — beyond which complexity will cause people to rethink their burgeoning home-theater addictions.
I think this is already happening, and it'll be much to the detriment of consumer-electronics vendors who are pinning their economic hopes on gadgets that promise more than they deliver.
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