CES 2020: The 8K Hot Dog

CES® has always been synonymous with new TVs. While the show has expanded to cover every imaginable kind of consumer technology, everyone always asks me about TVs.

This year, the TV story is 8K (screens that are 7680 × 4320 pixels). There is no content available in 8K. That said, every major manufacturer is showing off 8K TVs that offer AI-assisted upconversion from lower resolutions. If that sounds too technical, let me simplify: if you need a new TV, and you want one that is bigger than 75″, AI-assisted 8K is the way to go.

Wait. What? There’s no content available in 8K.

True. But you won’t ever know that. Samsung is a sponsor of our Innovation Series, so I am more familiar with the AI-modeling and upconversion tools that they use than the ones used by Sony, LG, TCL, etc., but I can tell you — without hesitation — that every high-end AI-assisted 8K set I’ve seen at CES 2020 has been amazing.

If you want the very best home video experience possible, you need three things: a fast, reliable internet connection (300 Mbps or better), subscriptions to video streaming services that offer content in 4K, and a top-of-the-line 8K TV with AI-assisted upconversion (add a high-end sound system to complete the package).

If you are thinking about a set smaller than 75″, there is absolutely no reason to think about 8K, but if you’re thinking big… this is the year.

The 8K Hot Dog: Think About This Episode 10 drops today! Think about this… We are at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, learning all about what’s next in the world of consumer electronics. This got us thinking… what did people in the past think the future would look like? Strap yourselves into your (self-driving, of course) DeLorean as we go “back to the future” to review the craziest future tech ideas ever.

Author’s note: This is not a sponsored post. I am the author of this article and it expresses my own opinions. I am not, nor is my company, receiving compensation for it.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is a business advisor and technology consultant. He helps Fortune 500 companies with digital transformation, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn's Top Voice in Technology, he is the co-host of "Think About This with Shelly Palmer & Ross Martin" on the Westwood One Podcast Network. He covers tech and business for Good Day New York, writes a weekly column for Adweek, is a regular commentator on CNN and CNBC, and writes a popular daily business blog. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com

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