CES 2015 day one: top five TV innovations

As CES 2015 kicks off in Las Vegas, the DTG looks at five exciting developments in TV technology to be showcased at the event, with LG leading the charge.

1. Quantum dot technology

The innovative backlighting technology is set to be a hot topic of the event, with several leading brands unveiling its integration with 4K Ultra HD smart TVs.

Quantum dot technology is displacing current LED displays by offering a much wider colour gamut, making it ideal for 4K content. The technology works by harnessing nano crystals that range in size from two to 10 nanometres. Each dot emits a different colour depending on its size. By adding a film of quantum dots in front of the LCD backlight, picture colour reproduction rate and overall brightness are significantly improved.

LG is at the forefront in this development having confirmed a line-up of quantum dot TVs to be unveiled during the event.

2. OLED technology

While quantum dot technology is in the limelight of CES 2015, developments in OLED technology will be a popular attraction.

OLED TV has a technological advantage over any type of LCD TV—it needs no backlight, can refresh far more quickly, and can be made thinner, lighter, and more flexible. However, OLED has been at a commercial disadvantage due to its great production costs and so at present has been unable to penetrate the mass consumer market. There are also long-term reliability concerns over OLED panels.

Advances in the past year hope to make OLED TVs more of a commercial reality. Here also, LG again looks to be leading developments and has confirmed a line-up of less expensive OLED panels to be showcased at the event.

3. LG webOS 2.0 smart TVs

LG will unveil its new smart TV platform WebOS 2.0 at CES 2015, which will build on the key features found on current generation smart TVs.

LG's previous smart TV operating system WebOS was designed to provide a simple and intuitive user interface, distinct from what LG believed was an 'overly complex' smart TV marketplace. WebOS 2.0 follows on from this, with developments that LG says will create an even simpler and more seamless user experience.

Some of the improvements for WebOS 2.0 include a reduction in boot time, faster performance when navigating the user interface and a My Channels feature that will allow users to customize their favourite live TV channels on the launcher bar.

4. Samsung Tizen OS smart TVs

Samsung is also getting ready to showcase its new smart TV platform Tizen OS at this year’s event.

Tizen will enable flexibility with even more content and devices, allowing developers to easily create compatible content, while connecting users to a plethora of entertainment possibilities.

“Building our Smart Platform around Tizen is a groundbreaking step towards a much more intelligent and integrated system,” said Won Jin Lee, EVP of the Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics.

Samsung’s platform, powered by Tizen, allows Samsung Smart TVs to become part of a much larger content ecosystem, and allows collaboration with diverse partners for flexibility and access.

5. Playstation Now streaming to Samsung smart TVs

Samsung and Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) have announced their new Playstation Now streaming service on select Samsung smart TVs, to be showcased at CES 2015.

Samsung smart TV consumers are to be given easy access to hundreds of PlayStation 3 games streamed from the cloud – no consoles, downloads, or trips to the store needed.

"PlayStation Now provides a new dimension to Samsung smart TVs that consumers have been looking for – blockbuster PS3 games accessed through an intuitive interface that makes it easy to discover and play great gaming experiences," said Youngchan Kim, Vice President at Samsung Electronics.

Playstation Now streaming is set to be a popular attraction at CES 2015. Attendees will able to visit the Samsung booth to have a hands-on experience through new Samsung smart TVs.

DTG Staff  |  05.01.2015

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