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  • Dec 22, 2018

    New Television Technology and Rivian at Upcoming CES 2019 | #188


    CES 2019 is on the horizon and we take look ahead at what is perhaps the most pervasive category at the show: TVs. Freelance writer for Wirecutter and CNET, Geoff Morrison, gives us a reality check on Samsung’s latest advancement in TV technology, 8K resolution. While this could be useful for virtual reality or very large screens, most people will never be able to distinguish the quality improvement from 4K to 8K on their television sets, so don’t waste your money. Then, we learn the differences between QLED and OLED, and discover why OLED rollable and transparent TVs will likely be novelty items for the foreseeable future. We close out the show with THE DRIVE with Alan Taylor host and Entertainment Radio Network CEO, Alan Taylor, as he fills us in on an up-and-coming electric vehicle company: Rivian. Are you ready for a cascade of tech news from the Consumer Electronics Show?


    ·[00:00:00] Are Smaller Players Still Attending CES?
    ·[00:00:00] Don’t Waste Your Money on 8K TVs
    ·[00:00:00] QLED vs OLED
    ·[00:00:00] OLED Rollable TVs Coming in 2019?
    ·[00:00:00] Transparent TV and Resolution Escalation
    ·[00:00:00] Watch Out for Rivian at CES 2019!


    [00:00:00] Are Smaller Players Still Attending CES?
    For the past few years, CES attendance has been booming, but smaller players in the tech industry are finding the price of entry harder and harder to justify. Of course, if you’re a major company, it’s much easier to be heard of the din, but small to medium size companies can get lost in the background noise. Freelance writer for Wirecutter and CNET, Geoffrey Morrison, explains that the tech world isn’t the same as it used to be. Now its a year round business, and certain companies are having better results with smaller, more focused, regional events. Are you going to CES in 2019?


    [00:06:44] Don’t Waste Your Money on 8K TVs
    8K resolution televisions are already being made and marketed for the masses, but is there even a point to buying one? Writer of the infamous CNET article “4K TVs are Stupid”, Geoffrey Morrison, says that the extra resolution on a 50”-55” set is indiscernible to the human eye. On top of that, the hardware for HDMI 2.1 (the only HDMI standard that can transfer 8K resolution sized packages) does not even exist yet. The positive side to this is that, following 4K trends, eventually 8K will be seamlessly integrated into all televisions at a price that does not affect us. Just be sure you don’t pay any extra for an 8K television – it is not worth it! Learn more about 8K resolution here.


    [00:12:30] QLED vs OLED
    While 8K may not be making any significant, noticeable upgrades to our picture qualities anytime soon, OLED technology absolutely is. Freelance writer for Wirecutter and CNET, Geoffrey Morrison, has been a huge fan of OLED since he first saw it in the early 2000’s due to it’s amazing contrast ratio, which makes darks darker, and brights brighter. The challenge for OLED has been manufacturing, and so far only LG has mastered it. After failing to get their own screens manufactured, Samsung decided to go a different route – QLED. What is QLED? Well, according to Geoff, it’s mostly marketing, but QLED uses quantum dot technology to create a fantastic picture that is brighter than OLED screens. While OLED is likely still the better picture in terms of quality, it would be hard to notice unless you had them set side-by-side. In the end, Geoff would suggest QLED for daytime viewing, and OLED for nighttime viewing. Listen in to find out why!


    [00:19:51] OLED Rollable TVs Coming in 2019?
    Sometimes when new technology comes out, we wonder why it even exists, and in most cases the answer is “because they can”. That seems to be the case with LG’s rumored rollable OLED TVs. Freelance writer for Wirecutter and CNET, Geoffrey Morrison, admits that there may be a market for this TV. As an avid projector user, the idea of an unsightly, massive TV on his wall makes him cringe, even though the picture quality would be better. A rollable screen that could be hidden away when not in use would be the perfect solution to his problem. Find out more about LG’s latest innovation, here.


    [00:28:08] Transparent TV and Resolution Escalation
    Have you ever wanted to walk up to your window and have information displayed to you while keeping your view unobstructed? Well, this sci-fi dream is likely soon to be a reality, as Samsung is set to show off more of their transparent television technology at CES 2019. From windshield navigation data to advertisement billboards, Freelance writer for Wirecutter and CNET, Geoffrey Morrison, describes why television sets could end up being the worst use for this technology. Then, we discuss the problem of resolution escalation as a marketing tool for television companies like Samsung to make it seem like their television picture quality has gone up. Geoff would not be surprised to see announcements for 10K resolution screens from some of the top TV manufacturers within a few years. Listen in for more details on the latest in television tech.


    [00:35:51] Watch Out for Rivian at CES 2019!
    The automotive and consumer electronics industries have been becoming increasingly intertwined, and every year their convergence is on full display at the Consumer Electronics Show. Host of THE DRIVE with Alan Taylor and CEO of Entertainment Radio Network, Alan Taylor, tells us to keep our eye out for a little-known company that made a big splash at the LA Auto Show in late November/ early December – Rivian. They’ve got a 400 mile range, 700 HP, all-electric luxury truck, and it’s here to take the electric vehicle off-road. Get more details on Rivian’s line of skateboard platform vehicles.


    Explore More with Helpful Links:

    ·Contributor: Geoffrey Morrison | Freelance writer, Wirecutter/ CNET

    ·Contributor: Alan Taylor | Host/ CEO, THE DRIVE with Alan Taylor/ Entertainment Radio Network

    ·Website: CES 2019

    ·Website: Samsung

    ·Website: LG

    ·Website: Rivian

    ·Product Mentioned: Samsung 85″ Class Q900 QLED Smart 8K TV

    ·Vehicle Mention: Rivian R1T


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    Host: Mike Etchart
    Producer: Cody Castleberry
    Production Asst.: Joanne Bolden
    Audio Engineer: Cody Castleberry
    Copy Editor: Cody Castleberry
    Contributor: Geoffrey Morrison
    Contributor: Alan Taylor

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