Televisions Are Getting Better – A CES 2019 Quick Look

Samsung Q900R
Samsung Q900R

At CES in 2019, the future of televisions is here.  A few highlights so far:

From the Window to the Wall

Samsung 8K QLED TVs,

Samsung is creating awesomely huge televisions. According to the company, the launch of Samsung’s 2018 QLED TVs has ushered in a new era of Intelligent Display. QLED TVs achieve crisp details, seamless connection to users’ favorite content via smart features, and a beautifully simplified design that harmoniously blends into any space or lifestyle. Samsung showcased the 2018 QLED TV lineup’s true-to-life picture quality, Ambient Mode, SmartThings integration with Bixby.

Samsung 8K QLED TVs, have stunning quality in awesomely larger sizes including a new 98-in version.

It connect through a single box called, One Connect, whic carries four HDMI 2.0 ports, three USBs,

‘Eden 2.0’ smart TV system has apps to support Amazon Prime, Netflix and YouTube with 4K HDR playback. However no apps yet support 8k.

Until 8k services arrive Samsung does a good job of upscaling current images. 4k regular or HDR images look stunning on these screens.  Even SD or HD scaled up can look great with the right settings. Though they don’t look quite like 8k, they look like pretty good 4k images.

Samsung is also showing some MicroLED TVs. It’s the new TV technology since OLED first appeared on the scene a decade ago. It’s can produce brighter images and some awesome HDR. This year, Samsung showed off a 75-inch 4K MicroLED display, although there’s no news on if/when this will be ready for consumer release.

LG Signature Series OLED TV R

LG Signature Series OLED TV R
LG Signature Series OLED TV R

LG now offers a TV that rolls up and down.  The R-Series has a base, which is basically a simple box housing a screen that can be unrolled into a full sized screen.  This is possible because of the flexibility that can come with OLED technology.  It includes HDMI 2.1 ports supporting 4K120.  It includes the new WebOS 4.5 smart platform including access to Amazon Alexa, as well as Google Assistant or LG’s own ThinQ smart and Apple Airplay 2. LG’s OLED Rollable TV is not on the market for consumers yet, but there are rumours it will be in the near future. In the meantime, LG’s 8K TV is also on show at CES 2019 alongside their 4K OLED range, so there’s a lot of great technology to keep you company while you wait.

Sony: Master Series Z9G

Sony is bringing 8k quality to the masses with it’s machine-learning algorithm for upscaling to 8K. This brings smarts to the task of making that 4k image look even better on an 8k screeen.

Panasonic GZ2000 OLED

Panasonic GZ2000 featuring a custom-made Professional Edition 4K OLED panel

Panasonic went to Hollywood to perfect it’s 8k offering.Stefan Sonnenfeld, a cinema colorist helped calibrated the GZ2000 OLED TV to provide the ultimate in color accuracy.  Available 65-inch and 55-inch screen sizes