In the United States, more and more television programming has become available for streaming online thanks to names like Hulu, Amazon and many of the TV networks themselves, but being able to watch live television and events like sports and live news online has remained elusive for cord cutters. Dish took a big move towards changing that here at CES 2015
, announcing the launch of Sling TV to deliver live channels to connected devices like Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Xbox and others.
OLED TVs have been capturing eyeballs at CES for a few years now with their vibrant colors and deep blacks, and despite new competition from LCDs with quantum dot technology
, the trend continues in 2015. LG's lineup at this year's show boasts no less than seven new 4K OLED TVs in flat, curved or flexible flavors with screen sizes ranging from 55 to 77 inches.
Samsung is expanding the already acronym-heavy TV arena at CES 2015 with its new SUHD TVs. Although the electronics giant hasn't revealed exactly what, if anything, the "S" stands for, the new line of LCD TVs pack a proprietary, eco-friendly nano-crystal technology that Samsung claims improves the color gamut, contrast and brightness to provide image quality comparable to the much more expensive OLED sets.
If you’re a fan of top media streaming services like Netflix and Hulu Plus, then you’re also likely aware of Roku
, a company that specializes in low-cost streaming boxes that let you throw that content up onto the big screen. The company has announced partnerships with TV manufacturers Hisense and TCL to produce Roku TV, a range of smart TVs that make media streaming more convenient without breaking the bank.
Following LG and Samsung both unveiling their contenders for the world's largest curved Ultra HD TV
at CES earlier this year, the game of one-upmanship between the Korean electronics giants continues. Samsung announced last week that it was starting to take pre-orders for its model, and LG has quickly followed suit.
Following its planned move into the smartphone arena
, Mozilla has teamed up with Panasonic to bring the Firefox OS to next-generation smart TVs. The companies say that the open platform, which is based on HTML5 and other web technologies, will give TV viewers more personalized and optimized access to web and broadcasting content and services through the internet.
One of the most popular television add-ons of the past decade, Roku, now has a TV of its own, thanks to a pair of Chinese television makers. This week at CES 2014
in Las Vegas, TCL introduced the first-ever TV with Roku built in. I spent a little hands-on time with the 55-inch version, which simply goes by the model number 55E4610R.
It seems not even the impending holiday is stopping some of the tech industry's heavy hitters from teasing their standout products for the 2014 CES. First LG
unveiled separate 105-inch curved UHD TVs on the same day, and now Samsung is dropping some details on its Smart TVs for next year. In addition to less complicated voice commands, the company's 2014 Smart TV line will allow the use of "finger gestures" for basic controls like changing the channel, adjusting the volume, or rewinding video.
LG is making it easier for people to part with their cash from the comfort of their couches with the integration of PayPal into its Smart TV
platform. The move is a first for a TV manufacturer and will allow viewers to purchase products, apps and games directly through the TV using the popular digital payment system.
Nuance Communications has been spreading the wings of its Dragon line
of speech recognition software beyond the desktop with products like the Dragon Drive!
platform designed for in car use. Now it’s making its way into the living room with its Dragon TV platform giving Panasonic’s 2013 Smart TV line
the ability to listen and talk.