The Most Exciting Thing I Saw at CES

Tech expert Shelly Palmer shares his insights

Las Vegas went full tech this past week for CES, the annual consumer electronics show. I was there — and so was Shelly Palmer, tech expert and founder of The Palmer Group. Here’s what he was most excited about at CES.

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.

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