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CES: 5 Hot TV Tech Trends

What TV technologies will shine at this year's Consumer Electronics Show? Take a sneak peek.

The annual Consumer Electronics Show starts January 7, and we already have plenty of hints about what TV technologies are likely to make an appearance.

Here's a list of five tech trends to watch for at CES 2014.

1. HDMI streaming sticks. Google gave everyone the proverbial swift kick in the pants when it launched its Chromecast streaming stick. Now copycat products are on their way. We know that Alticast plans to demo an HDMI dongle, while Arris Group has hinted at a similar product in the works. LG Electronics announced a deal with Azuki Systems last summer to bring a collaborative HDMI adapter product to market. Get ready for dongles on parade! (See Arris RDK Boxes Coming Soon and Azuki, LG Counter Google Chromecast.)

2. 4K TV everywhere. It's not just the TV display companies that will be showing off their ultra-high-definition wares at CES. Chip companies are pitching their new products for enabling HEVC encoding and 4K-resolution TV in the runup to the show, with big names such as Broadcom and Advanced Micro Devices set to feature strongly. If email noise is any indication, 4K promises to be everywhere in Las Vegas next week.

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moonwatcher
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moonwatcher,
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1/4/2014 | 2:08:20 PM
4K, really?
OK, so most of us now have Blu-ray players and HDTV, and now they want us to throw it all away and upgrade AGAIN to 4K? I don't think so, not anytime soon. And I don't care, I'm not going to run out and buy all new versions of Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Blade Runner, Star Wars, etc., just because they come out again in a 4K version. The dirty secret is that for most people with 20/20 vision a regular HDTV viewed from about 8 to 10 feet away provides all the detail your eye is capable of seeing. The only way 4K makes sense is if you sit closer or get a much larger TV. Guys, is your wife really going to let you put a 84" TV in your small den? Then probably after five years of 4K being out, and the prices coming down to the point the great unwashed public can actually afford it, the manufacturers will start pushing 8K...Give us a break...I don't plan on watcjhing my TV with binoculars...
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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1/3/2014 | 2:02:12 PM
Re: Motion-controlled UIs
The new super-high-def TVs out now almost look 3D, assuming you can get content that makes full use of the definition. That's the rub: Most people want to stream, not purchase Blu-Ray movies.
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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1/3/2014 | 11:31:41 AM
Re: Motion-controlled UIs
I agree. Using motion-control to change channels or adjust volume is awkward and not much different or better than using a remote control device. Voice-control seems to be the future. "Volume up ... Stop" "Change to channel 68" But often I'm just navigating for something to watch. How do you channel surf via voice?
Whoopty
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Whoopty,
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1/3/2014 | 8:47:51 AM
Steam Box
Steam Box machines could be interesting too, further disintegrating the traditional desktop marketplace. Gaming PCs are one of the last reasons to have a big tower in your house. The SteamBox could dent that even further. 
SaneIT
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1/3/2014 | 7:42:47 AM
Re: Motion-controlled UIs
I think voice controlled UIs for TVs will be bigger than motion controlled UIs.  My kids are much more interested in being able to speak commands to the TV than to wave their hands around.  Every time an Xbox commercial comes on one of them comments on how cool it would be to tell the TV to turn on and search for a show by telling it what to do.  Remote controls will eventually be phased out but I don't think it will be motion UI that does it.
Brian.Dean
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1/2/2014 | 6:04:40 PM
Re: Motion-controlled UIs
I think that video gamers would like the idea of a mainstream TV that has 3D capability and without the glasses. From there it depends on the level of depth that can be created as it will determine whether it could be of use elsewhere for example, in CAD and demos.
Laurianne
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1/2/2014 | 5:20:54 PM
Re: Motion-controlled UIs
I think more people have complaints about the TV content than the actual TV these days. Are you really dying for 3D glasses for your TVs at home, readers?
Lorna Garey
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1/2/2014 | 4:23:02 PM
Re: Motion-controlled UIs
Not to mention the problem of accidentally changing channels when you reach for another bag of cheeze doodles.

Seriously, we use our Xbox with Kinect to watch Hulu, and quite often talking or hand movements will make the system pause. It can be annoying.
Kristin Burnham
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1/2/2014 | 4:19:02 PM
Motion-controlled UIs
I think motion-controlled UIs have a ways to go before people take them seriously. Are remotes that cumbersome to use? (I know some people may say yes, in which case perhaps it's time to make a simpler universal remote.) All the waving and jumping around to control channels, etc., just seem silly.
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