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DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and CEA Launch Year-Long Collaboration to Promote Latest and Greatest In Home Entertainment

New York, NY – November 11, 2014 – 
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® and DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group today announced a new partnership to promote the latest Blu-ray Disc™ releases and emerging home entertainment technologies to consumers. The two organizations are collaborating to develop “The DEN (Digital Entertainment News) Presents Ben Lyons”, a year-long series of satellite media tours highlighting the most recent movie and television releases for home viewing and the best ways to purchase and watch them – physically through Blu-ray Disc and digitally through advanced Smart TVs and portable devices such as tablets, smartphones and computers. The tours will be hosted by renowned technophile and entertainment personality Ben Lyons.
Each month, Lyons will spotlight what’s new in consumer electronics home entertainment technologies while highlighting new Blu-ray titles from major Hollywood studios. As part of the series, Lyons will discuss the hottest Blu-ray Disc Combo Packs being released. Blu-ray Combo Packs provide consumers with a Blu-ray version of the movie or TV program and a Digital-HD version for a laptop, tablet, phone or other mobile device. At the same time, Lyons will showcase the latest in immersive mobile and home entertainment technologies including 4K Ultra HD, the next generation of home display technology. 4K Ultra HD display products feature more than eight million pixels – four times the resolution of Full HD – and other possible future technical improvements designed to result in greater color depth and an overall unparalleled home entertainment experience for consumers.
“Everyone loves movies and television shows and with all of today’s great technology it is easier than ever before to enjoy your favorite video content whenever and wherever you want to watch it,” said DEG President Amy Jo Smith. “With thousands of movies and TV shows to choose from and so many options to watch them on, there are almost unlimited choices for consumers. That is where pop culture expert Ben Lyons comes in – to help consumers navigate this exciting new landscape.”
“We are extremely excited to partner with the DEG on this video series as we both seek to help our members promote the latest and greatest in home entertainment – movies, TV programs and playback and display technologies,” said CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro. “The intersection of content and technology continues to expand. This collaboration will help demystify this exciting and rapidly evolving landscape for consumers and grow the home entertainment market.”
Lyons’ first monthly segment will be December 16, 2014. In his inaugural show, he will highlight the hottest movies and television shows available for the holidays, with options for everyone on the gift list. Lyons also will show the best ways to enjoy these movies on a variety of devices.
Ben Lyons is a television, radio, and online host and producer who covers pop culture like nobody else. Lyons is a special correspondent on EXTRA and regular contributor for ESPN LA radio. He is also the host of The Sidebar on Yahoo, an in-depth interview series featuring the biggest names in movies, TV, music, and fashion. Lyons also is the lead host on Yahoo's LIVE movie premiere and awards show coverage, and hosted ON THE ROAD for Yahoo, a nationwide series of concerts and events. He reviews movies on Mario Lopez’s national radio show every week, and recently has been seen and heard on a wide variety of nationally broadcast television and radio programs. Previously he appeared on the E! Network and E! News as their lead film correspondent and movie critic covering major awards shows and interviewing the biggest stars in the world. The Lyons family has been covering pop culture in American media for more than 80 years. Born and raised in New York City, Ben Lyons is the grandson of legendary New York Post columnist Leonard Lyons and the son of acclaimed film and theater critic Jeffrey Lyons.
About DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group is an industry association that advocates and promotes entertainment platforms, products and distribution channels on behalf of the motion picture, music, consumer electronics and technology companies.
DEG membership is comprised of: Akamai, Alliance Entertainment, Anchor Bay Entertainment, BBC Worldwide America, bitMAX, BluFocus, Cinedigm, Cinram, Content Bridge, Cryptography Research, DTS Entertainment,   Deloitte, Deluxe Digital, Directv, Dolby Laboratories, Entertainment One, Film Track, GfK Entertainment, Gibson, Google Play, HBO Home Entertainment, Intel, Kaleidescape, LG Electronics USA, Lionsgate, Mediamorph, MGM Entertainment, Microsoft, MovieLabs, NPD Group, Neustar Media, Nielsen Entertainment, Panasonic, Paramount Home Media Distribution, Philips Electronics, PricewaterhouseCoopers, RLJ Entertainment, Random Media, Redbox, Rentrak, Rovi, Samsung Electronics, ScreenPlay, Sony DADC, Sony Electronics, Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Technicolor, Toshiba America Consumer Products, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Universal Operations Group, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Vubiquity, Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Western Digital.
About the Consumer Technology Assocation

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $211 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at, and through social media.