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Last week, CES attendees overrun Las Vegas. The annual trade show is a spectacle at which companies introduce exciting television technology, debut new streaming devices, and launch new content services. Almost 200,000 attendees are expected this year to get the latest information on all facets of tech, including robots, vehicles, virtual reality, drones, gaming, music, and of course, streaming.
All of the biggest manufacturers showcased their up and coming TV models. Samsung trotted out a 292-inch television that stunned onlookers. LG featured a new line of ultrathin GX Gallery TVs that flush mount, so they look like a piece of art on your wall. Samsung demonstrated a 4K TV called The Sero that can rotate from horizontal to vertical so you can keep up with quick bite-format videos. Vizio announced the first OLED TV in their lineup, which is great news for consumers because the manufacturer delivers affordable technology.
Straight from Kickstarter, the new streaming device Dabby aims to integrate all of your subscription streaming services into a single portal. Consumers can use Dabby to watch any video content from any source without switching between apps. Convenience comes at a steep price of $399 for the new device, expected to be available in April.
Sony introduced its first NextGen TV compatible model at CES; the X900H 4K LED TV. Broadcasters are excited about the announcements of televisions and adapters that receive the high-resolution over-the-air signal. The new broadcast standard supports interactive features like video-on-demand and advanced emergency alerts. There’s no rush to move to the new standard, as broadcasters are required by the FCC to offer current digital TV standards for at least the next five years, but consumers can now purchase readymade televisions and converters to participate in the tests running in more than 50 cities.
CES is the event of the year for consumer technology launches. The conference is full of new ideas and concepts, but the big announcements and hype often overshadow the products available to consumers. Look for more information on the launch of a new streaming service, Quibi as well as other announcements from TiVo and others streaming companies. Expect a lot of change as the world continues to cut the cable cord, and technology transforms entertainment.
Megan Southard is a writer, mom, technology enthusiast, and movie junkie. She dreads the day her kids have to explain gadgets to her and is old enough to say, "I was the remote for our TV growing up."
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