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Video Adventures in Vegas

LAS VEGAS – From 3D to 4K to VR, CES 2016 was awash in glitzy video tech, some of which will even make it to consumer homes. Here we show you some of the highlights including new tech from pay-TV providers, a sampling of virtual reality demos and some of the best schwag of the show.

SyFy Shows Why Content Is Still King
VR is only as good as the content that shapes it.
VR is only as good as the content that shapes it.

Can't get enough of CES? Here's more coverage from the show:

— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading

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kq4ym 2/5/2016 | 3:31:27 PM
Re: 4K3D I've been watching 360 VR on Vrideo the last few weeks and although the novelty of the technology is interesting, I'm not yet convinced it's going to be a money maker anytime soon. There's still a limited audience and the need for VR headgear and the extra expense may cut off demand except for gamers at this point.
kq4ym 1/28/2016 | 5:56:47 PM
Re: Engagement I've been using Roku for several years and it seems to suit my needs for inexpensive and free entertainment. It's easy to use and new channels constantly  added. If Apple or Google can gain as much in users it will seem to be a more competitive market for the devices. Google has sold boat loads of its but last time I read, Roku was still the leader.
Mitch Wagner 1/21/2016 | 3:39:48 PM
Re: Engagement The current iteration of Apple TV brings it to competitive parity with Roku and Amazon Fire. But it's not better. 
Susan Fourtané 1/20/2016 | 3:02:00 PM
Re: 4K3D How long while are you guessing, Mari? Probably you saw Nokia Technologies' VR-360 camera as well at CES, I tried it in Novemeber and I was fascinated.

Things like these are going to change video as we know it when they come mainstream. So far, they are starting to change industries like film, marketing, and others. Super fascinating. 

-Susan 
msilbey 1/20/2016 | 2:49:15 PM
Re: 4K3D I did actually! I think I did nothing but grin at the planets shooting out in my direction. I imagine it will take a while for that quality level to filter down into mainstream VR/360-degree/3D entertainment. But once people get hooked on the low-end experience, which will be cheap or free via Google Cardboard, the upgrade will be natural. THat's my guess.
Susan Fourtané 1/20/2016 | 2:41:17 PM
4K3D Immersive 4K3D seems to be the most exciting. Did you have the chance to try it? 

-Susan
MikeP688 1/19/2016 | 12:55:59 AM
Re: Engagement So far, I understand Apple TV is "not there" by any stretch--and with the evolution we're witness to with Amazon Fire, Roku (both of which I have and use) it will be interesting to see how Apple will adapt and improvise--something that they're quite good at.

 
MikeP688 1/19/2016 | 12:54:31 AM
Re: Engagement @Mitch:  You sure do have an eclectic sense of what to watch.   It will be interesting to see how the current powerhouse (or fad depending on how one deems it), Netflix, will potentially figure out a way to really create what you've envisioned.   
danielcawrey 1/18/2016 | 5:34:17 PM
Re: Engagement I think an algorithmically generated list of TV recommendations was the concept behind Google TV, but it never took off because the product was way to hard to use. 

There's still hope for Apple TV someday I think. Apple won't be able to get every content provider on board for its platform (which is what I think it is trying to do) but it will still be a compelling product someday if it ever comes out. 
Mitch Wagner 1/15/2016 | 5:13:17 PM
Re: Engagement Go figure. People are different. 

I have a list of shows I watch -- a literal list on the Notes app of my iPhone -- only a half-dozen or so but there are too many for me to remember. These shows are spread out over the DVR, Netflix, and Amazon Prime.

There are about a dozen more shows I'd probably enjoy, but don't have time to watch now. I don't expect I ever will have time to watch them. 

I need an algorithmically generated list of TV recommendations about as much as I need an extra belly button. 
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