The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) takes place at the beginning of each new year, and gives industry insiders an idea of what trends we can expect from electronics for the remainder of the year. Televisions receive the biggest amount of buzz at CES, and with good reason. How many average American homes are without a TV? Not many. And while some folks are perfectly content with their old tube from the 90’s or early 2000’s, many consumers want the latest and greatest in television and technology. Here are some of the TV trends you can expect to see going strong in 2017.
Not really a “new” trend, as 4K technology had a lot of buzz last year, but you can expect the hype to continue for 2017. At the CES this year, non-4K TVs were a rare find. Almost every television out for display was of the 4K variety, which has four times as many pixels as the standard 1080p TVs. What does this mean for consumers? Non-4K TVs won’t be going away anytime soon, but the abundance of 4K TVs means this technology will soon become more affordable for the average consumer. Expect the Joneses to have a 4K TV soon, if they don’t already.
High dynamic range debuted at CES last year, and this year expect to see this term thrown around as often as 4K. HDR technology can be confusing, because there are multiple formats to consider including HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma), and Technicolor Advanced HDR. Most consumers have no idea what level of HDR experience their TV will deliver until they get it home.
Boasting the highest rated picture quality in the television world, OLED TVs are currently mass-produced by only one manufacturer—LG. Lack of brand options makes OLEDs a little pricier than other television options, but we can suspect competing companies won’t be far behind in implementing this technology (Sony is set to release a 4K OLED sometime this spring). More options for consumers will hopefully drive down the steep price on OLED.
All of this exciting new technology can be overwhelming to most consumers. That’s why it’s so important to have a reputable and knowledgeable electronics store whose staff will take the time to explain all the options available to you, and help you make the best purchase for your wants and needs. Stop in to Davis TV and we’ll be happy to help you with your new television purchase!