CES 2019 TVs on the Horizon

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in Las Vegas every year is always heavy on television technology. While this year was no exception, the quality and excitability of TV technology unveiled at this year’s CES has us suitably geeking out. If you aren’t as obsessive as we are over the latest and greatest in televisions but still want to know how to impress your neighbors, we’ve got you covered! Let’s look at the latest television trends on the horizon for 2019.

Rollable LG TV and other TV News from CES 2019

CES 2019 TVs on the Horizon

Keep on Rolling (your TV)

LG basically showed up just to show off. Literally and figuratively, they were showing off their innovation skills with their OLED R. The ‘R’ stands for roll-able. Yep. ROLLABLE. As in, the screen rolls-up for easy and jaw-dropping storage.

At the touch of a button, the screen unrolls into 65 inches of high caliber picture quality. There is not much else to say accept, holy moly the future is here.

Did you hear that?

Not as jaw dropping as the OLED R but still swoon-worthy is the Panasonic GZ2000. An OLED set with Dolby Atmos integration with its speakers gives you a TV that sounds just as good as it looks, and maybe even better than that. 

While at a glance the Panasonic GZ2000 OLED might not look as cool as some of the other CES TV unveilings, keep in mind that love isn’t just about looks. 

MicroLED Technology

MicroLED technology continues to ramp up in major ways. If you are unfamiliar with MicroLED, it is basically the next big thing expected to dominate the television market and ultimately replace OLED technology as the gold standard. 

Samsung wowed the crowds with a 219-inch Micro LED television, outdoing its current 146-inch set. We will admit 214- and 146-inch televisions are not practical for the everyday consumer. Don’t worry, Samsung is not new at this and has unveiled a prototype of a 75-inch display that will hopefully be on the market by the end of year.

4K & 8K TV Models

The unveilings that have everyone confused and excited all at once are the debuts and announcements of 8K TV models. That’s twice the resolution of 4K, right? Wrong! It’s actually 16 times the resolution of 4K resolution (something about 2-dimensional math). The point is, the resolution is the best in quality that we have seen to date, and that’s exciting.

So why are so many confused about the push for 8K technology? Well, if you own a 4K television or keep a close pulse on tech trends, you know that content providers are barely keeping up with producing in 4K. While we wait for 4K content to catch-up, you might be wondering why 8K TVs are even available. And the truth is, you have every right to wonder. It is going to take some time, likely several years at least, for 8K to become the new norm. On that note, if you just bought yourself a gorgeous 4K set, not to worry. You’ll be fine for quite some time.

We be keeping our eyes peeled on all the great TV technologies unveiled at CES 2019.  You can be sure for more content from us covering the trends.

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Apple’s Introduction at CES 2019

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is held every January in Las Vegas and is arguably the most important and anticipated electronics show globally each year. This year was no exception. In fact, this year’s CES was one of the most exciting electronics events we’ve seen in recent years. 

If you are not familiar with CES or aren’t a tech and electronics aficionado, you are probably wondering what could have happened this year that left such an impression on the electronic world. 

Well, Apple. 

Apple's Introduction at CES 2019

Apple happened to CES 2019. And Apple didn’t just happen, but the behemoth-multinational technology company joined CES for the first time EVER in 2019. That is big when you consider that giants like Samsung, Google, IBM and Microsoft have long attended the conference to unveil new products and boast their trendsetting technologies. When Apple, for the first time ever, threw their name into the CES ring, the tech world started to buzz.

Apple has historically and quite famously unveiled new products on their own via independent and dramatic pageantry. Their exclusive events draw attention worldwide as their latest cutting-edge technology is showcased by the current Apple CEO in front of thousands of eager tech journalists and experts. We’d be lying if we said we didn’t love it. On that note, we’d also be lying if we said we didn’t love the mystery of Apple joining CES.

At CES 2019, Apple made a joint announcement with Samsung that iTunes would be available on all Samsung TVs without the need for added cables or contraptions. This announcement may seem underwhelming to the untrained eye, but as we dig deeper into the current state of the industry, we see what this partnership might mean for Apple’s long-term strategy. 

The 2018 sales of the latest iPhone models were unimpressive. The company’s stock price dove 9% in recent weeks. And the company’s hiring trends has all but halted as a result. As companies like Google and Amazon have started to squeeze Apple’s market share, they have also made strategic alliances with other powerhouse companies (think Amazon + Sonos). Which is something Apple has yet to do – until now that is. 

The integration of iTunes on Samsung televisions is the first time Apple has ever allowed third-party devices to access its video library (outside of Windows PCs). Such a long-awaited move from Apple gives us good reason to anticipate forthcoming, larger than life announcements from Apple as they attempt to make a name for themselves in the world of streaming services. 

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5 TV Buying Tips

So, you watched the big game at your neighbor’s house, who just so happened to have bought a brand-new flat screen. The colors, response time and majesty of the television has you itching to up your viewing game as well, but you’re not sure where to start. 4K, high-res, LED, smart TVs, HDR…all the television tech terms can be overwhelming. What are the important things to consider when shopping for a new television? We have great news; it is not that complicated.

5 TV Buying Tips

5 TV Buying Tips

TV Size Matters

The first thing you need to determine is what size television you need and want. Determining the size of television that makes sense in your room doesn’t have to be a guessing game. In fact, there is a simple formula to help you figure it out. Start by measuring the distance from your favorite seat to the wall (in inches). Then divide by 3 and boom: you have the recommended size of television that will fit best in your room.

Example: Lazy Boy to wall = 150 inches. 150 inches/ 3 = 50-inch television

4K is The Way

We are not saying that 4K is the latest and greatest, but what we are saying is that 4K technology is becoming the standard across all brands and price ranges. If you are investing in a new television, at the bare minimum make sure it is 4K.

4K for Beginners: 4K televisions offer a clearer picture than standard 1080p HD televisions, meaning better picture quality, definition and clarity.

Get Personal

You’re starting in the right place with researching online about the features to look for and consider when buying a TV, but don’t let an anonymous online review alone sell you on a television. We strongly suggest speaking with a home theater pro to help you understand what features benefit your space and needs the best. You might find that some of the features you thought you’d love aren’t for you.

Consider the Viewer

That’s you! What are you planning to use the television for? Gaming? Sports? Binging Game of Thrones? Will your television be in a dark room or a bright room with a lot of natural light? These are important things to consider since not all televisions are created equally or for the same purpose.

If you’re unsure where the answers to these questions leads you in terms of television set, we can help you sort that out. That’s exactly what we do.

Take Advantage of February TV Prices

February is an insanely good month to purchase a television for two factors. First, the deep discounts for those big-game shoppers but possibly more influential is that the new TVs typically hit market in March or April. This means amazing deals on last year’s models.

Ready to buy? Please let us know if you need some help!

 

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Beer, Wings, Football, and TV

The big game is just around the corner, and for us that means, TV TIME! Did you know that more Americans buy televisions this time of year than any other? Even more than during Black Friday. That’s right, Americans love beer, pizza, wings and FOOTBALL. If you are gearing up for the ultimate party for the big game, you need to make sure your television is the star of the show.

Unfortunately, just like pizzas, not all televisions are created the same, and not all of us have champagne budgets. You might be wondering what the top three televisions are at the low, mid and high range tiers? Well, we’ve got out picks outlined for you below.

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Stocking Stuffers for Tech Lovers

We look forward to this post every year. Is it our love of tech gadgets? Is it the joy of stuffing the stockings of the ones we love? Or is it that these delightful, albeit sometimes quirky, gadgets are wallet friendly? We are happy to state that it is truly a mix of all those things.

If you don’t have stockings to stuff, or you prefer not to hang your socks near an open flame, the good news continue to get better. This post is still for you and your stocking-less chimney! Maybe that is why it is one of our favorite posts of the year; it can be enjoyed with or without socks. That’s right, we have scoured the internet for a list of tech gadgets that will bring a smile to anyone’s face and a sigh of relief to your budget.

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Why Black Friday Isn’t a “Good Deal”

It’s November and two things come to mind: Turkey and Black Friday shopping. A lot of folks head out Thanksgiving night and/or early Friday morning to scoop up some great deals and cross a bunch of things off their holiday shopping lists. And while we love a great deal as much as the next person, we know how important it is for electronics and smart home devices to be shopped for with a well-thought strategy.

Why Black Friday Isn't a "Good Deal"

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Intercom Anywhere Smart Doorbell

We are proud providers of Control4 Home Automation systems. Not just because of their top-tier technology, but because their top-tier technology offers solutions that make sense. Just like you, we believe that technology is a wonderful tool, but only when it’s working for us in a way that is convenient and smart. That’s why we we’re delighted to see the innovative team at Control4 up the ante of what a smart doorbell should be by unveiling the Intercom Anywhere system.

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Best Flat Screen TVs for Football Season

It’s September, and if you are a sports fan, that means one thing: FOOTBALL. And if you are a true football fan that means a second thing: FLATSCREEN TVS. If you are standing by your sports fanatic reputation and are in the market for a new flat screen TV in order to have the best possible football watching experience, we have some top-notch recommendations for you.

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Do you know Sonos?

High-resolution, wireless and seamless music streaming is the dream of most any homeowner. In today’s broadband driven world of wireless revolutions, many large and small brands have sound systems and single system units that promise that very dream. But if you have any experience with building a sound system or even just investment into a single unit such as a soundbar or standard Bluetooth speaker, you know that not all speakers are created equally.

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3 Steps to Protect the Security of your Network & Devices

Over 50% of homes in the United States are expected to fall under the umbrella of being a “smart home” by the year 2021. The smart home industry is moving at a rapid fire pace, and in turn, so are hackers. So, while homeowners are making their own lives easier with more connected devices, they are also making the lives of insidious hackers easier as well.

Thieves are no longer looking to break into your home via a smashed window. And they are no longer watching houses from unmarked vans to determine the best time for a break-in. No. Now they use inconspicuous phishing scams to steal usernames and passwords from unprepared homeowners. And the worst part is that this new kind of break-in can go undetected until severe damage has been done. Residents are no longer at risk for just losing valuable material goods; they are also at risk of losing everything. Even their identity. Continue reading

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