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  • Jan 12, 2019

    Television Innovations, DJI Drones and Cameras at CES 2019 | #189


    Every year hundreds of thousands of people and thousands of exhibitors gather to put the entire electronics industry on display across millions of square feet in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES 2019 is in full swing as we chat with our longtime buddy and Editor-at-large for the Wirecutter, Geoffrey Morrison, about the latest revelations in the television segment. There is a huge amount of news to cover, including LG’s roll-up OLED TVs, Samsung and Sony’s behemoth screens, the market confusion of microLED, quantum dot, OLED, QLED, and TCL’s dominance of the inexpensive television market and expansion into appliances. Next, DJI Senior Communications Manager, Patrick Santucci, explains how they came to dominate the consumer drone market, and what they’re bringing to the skies for casual fliers and cinematic professionals alike. If you thought that’s all there was to DJI, you’d be wrong. Find out how their line of cameras and gimbals can help you look like an action-shot professional!


    ·[00:00:00] Welcome to CES 2019 and Huge TVs!
    ·[00:06:50] LG Roll-Up TVs the Answer to Huge Sets?
    ·[00:12:30] TCL Makes Splash in Consumer Appliances
    ·[00:19:51] MicroLED, Quantum Dot, OLED Explained
    ·[00:27:46] DJI – Dominating the Drone Segment
    ·[00:35:52] More Than Just Drones, DJI Does Cameras



    [00:00:00] Welcome to CES 2019 and Huge TVs!
    We’ve set up shop in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center for CES 2019 to talk tech and bring you the latest in the world of consumer electronics. The Wirecutter’s Geoffrey Morrison can’t help but feel like he saw a lot of what is being displayed at the show the night before via press releases. Is it even relevant to come to CES anymore? One segment that shows no signs of reducing involvement with CES is televisions. In fact, the TV manufacturers have come bigger and badder than ever before – here’s looking at you, Sony Z9G 98-inch 8K TV. While this is the year of 8K, we wonder if most people will commit to the size of television required to notice the quality jump from 4K to 8K. Would you purchase a space-dominating 98-inch television?


    [00:06:50] LG Roll-Up TVs the Answer to Huge Sets?
    Remember when 55-inch TVs seemed like gigantic living room space-annihilators? Now they’re small frys. Writer for CNET, Geoffrey Morrison, recalls that when screens in the size range of 70-85 inches started coming out he believed they wouldn’t gain much traction; but now we’re having conversations about Sony’s Z9G 98-inch 8K TV and Samsung’s 219-inch “The Wall” TV. There’s just one problems with these devices – they’re gigantic, room-dominating monstrosities! That’s where LG comes in. Their latest innovation, the rollable OLED TV, is sure to be a hit with anyone who wants to hide their televisions when not in use. Screen sizes for this roll-up TV offering aren’t gigantic as of yet, but we feel pretty safe in assuming that’s where things are headed. On the other hand, how cool would it be to have a gigantic, in-wall television that turns into wall paper when it isn’t on? Which style of television do you think is the future?


    [00:12:30] TCL Makes Splash in Consumer Appliances
    TCL – the Wirecutter loves them, Mike loves them, and so should you! Where else can you get your hands on a great quality 55-inch television for $379? Writer for the Wirecutter and CNET, Geoffrey Morrison, reminisces about the transition from $15,000 plasma TVs to the inexpensive sets provided by companies like TCL today. TCL isn’t just about low-cost televisions, they’ve revealed microLED TV and appliance offerings in their booth at CES this year. Is TCL set to become the LG/Samsung of China?


    [00:19:51] MicroLED, Quantum Dot, OLED Explained
    We’ve all heard the terms microLED, quantum dot (or QLED in Samsung’s world), OLED, but what the heck does all of this gobbledygook mean? The Wirecutter’s Geoffrey Morrison demystifies these television technologies. Quantum dot uses a coating of tiny dots that light up green or red when blue LED light passes through them, giving extreme efficiency, allowing for brighter and higher quality pictures. In microLED TVs, every subpixel is an individual light emitting diode, which leads to incredible picture with amazing contrast ratio; but unfortunately manufacturers are having trouble miniaturizing the technology for smaller screens. OLED, or organic light emitting diode, has the ability to dim and brighten individual pixels, allowing for pictures with black levels that are actually zero-light. The downside of OLED is that it has been extremely difficult for any company that isn’t LG to produce panels on a large scale. Learn more about this fascinating technology.


    [00:27:46] DJI is Dominating the Drone Segment
    Drones have become increasingly popular in recent years. From movie makers to casual fliers, everybody wants a drone; but what if you’re apprehensive about giving these expensive gizmos a whirl through the air that could result in disaster? Luckily, DJI Senior Communications Manager, Patrick Santucci, has the perfect suggestion for you: the DJI Spark. This relatively inexpensive drone is rugged, comact, and contains a lot of the core technologies like GPS and hover control that make flying DJI drones so easy. Patrick then shares about DJI’s higher-end product offering, from the nimble and collapsable Mavic 2, to the Inspire 2, a videographers dream drone. DJI has grown rapidly since 2006 to become a world leader in consumer drone technologies, learn more at


    [00:35:52] More Than Just Drones, DJI Does Cameras
    While much of DJI’s focus is high in the sky, they’ve started taking a more grounded approach for a new line of products. Senior Communications Manager, Patrick Santucci, explains how they’ve adapted the gimbal technology they use in their drone camera stabilization and packaged it for handheld use. The Ronin 2 and Ronin-S offer a stable platform for high-end cinematic cameras and DSLRs, while the Osmo series provides stabilization for smartphone footage. The Osmo Pocket is a little 4K camera that is roughly the size of a candy bar with a three axis gimbal. Also, get some tips on making sure your drone activities are legal at


    Explore More with Helpful Links:

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

    ·Special Guest: Patrick Santucci | Senior Communications Manager, DJI

    ·Website: CES

    ·Website: LG

    ·Website: Samsung

    ·Website: Sony

    ·Website: TCL

    ·Product Mention: Sony BRAVIA Z9G/ZG9 MASTER Series 8K HDR TV

    ·Product Mention: LG SIGNATURE OLED TV R9 – 4K HDR Smart TV – 65″ Class

    ·Product Mention: Samsung Q900 QLED Smart 8K UHD TV

    ·Product Mention: TCL 55″ 4-Series 4K UHD HDR Roku Smart TV

    ·Product Mention: DJI Spark

    ·Product Mention: DJI Mavic 2

    ·Product Mention: DJI Inspire 2

    ·Product Mention: DJI Ronin 2

    ·Product Mention: DJI Ronin-S

    ·Product Mention: DJI Osmo Mobile 2

    ·Product Mention: DJI Osmo Pocket

    ·Product Mention: DJI Smart Controller



    This episode was produced by Entertainment Right Now (ERN). If you found value in this episode, and you’d like to hear more, please consider leaving us a review on iTunes and be sure to subscribe to our podcast so you don’t miss a beat. Your feedback helps us to reach more enthusiasts around the world! If you have a question you’d like us to answer, please leave a comment below or e-mail us at


    Host: Mike Etchart
    Producer: Cody Castleberry
    Production Asst.: Joanne Bolden
    Audio Engineer: Dave Milligan
    Copy Editor: Cody Castleberry
    Contributor: Geoffrey Morrison
    Special Guest: Patrick Santucci

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