1. Roku TV: CES 2014 is all about TVs this year and Roku, the streaming media player wants in on the action. Roku will license its software to manufacturers to manufacture and distribute the first-ever Roku TV, the company announced yesterday right before the official start of CES 2014 in Las Vegas.
“Roku TV removes all of the complicated layers and menus, and unnecessary features and settings that plague smart TVs today, and instead provides a Roku home screen that brings together all content sources. Just like Roku streaming players, Roku TV will have full access to the Roku Channel Store filled with more than 31,000 movies and 1,200 channels that feature TV shows and live sports plus news, music, kids, food, science, tech, fitness, foreign language and other programming — more options than all the other Smart TVs in the market,” Roku said on its blog announcing the new TVs.
Look for Roku TVs this fall, in sizes ranging from 32 to 55 inches. But given that Apple has been rumored to be working on its own TV and other established television manufacturers such as Samsung, LG and Sony already have a foothold in the market, does Roku have a chance?
2. The Ultra HD TV Battle: Last week, we wrote about Samsung’s new 110-inch 4K TV, which was unveiled in South Korea at a reported price tag of $150,000. Now Vizio has upped the game by introducing a 120-inch Ultra HD TV (which is the same as 4K TV). Vizio’s new line of televisions come in two sizes, a 65-inch and a 120-inch, both featuring full 4K resolutions. Find out more about Vizio’s Smart TVs here. How big will these TVs go? And will audiences still go to the movies when they can watch a 120-inch Ultra HD TV screen at home?
3. LG TVs: Also challenging Samsung’s dominance is LG Electronics, which has 15 new TV product lines planned for 2014, the company announced this morning at CES — in addition to the three OLED series already announced last week. The company has a 105-inch curved UHD model in addition to the 77-inch 4K resolution OLED TV announced last week.
4. Glasses-Free 3D: We’ve been hearing promises of glasses-free 3D TV for years, but IZON says it’s the real deal. As expected, this morning at CES, the company unveiled its line of glasses-free 3D TVs with LED screens in 32-inch, 47-inch and 55-inch glasses-free models. They expect to launch them on the market by the second quarter of 2014. Find out more about their glasses-free 3D TVs here.
5. Final Draft: In a bit of non-CES news, Final Draft, Inc. has introduced Final Draft 9, the latest version of the top-selling screenplay software with over 30 new and improved features and a new look for both Mac and Windows. The Navigator
feature now offers story development tools for Scenes, ScriptNotes, and
Characters. Final Draft 9 also features watermarking,
improved spell checkers and Mac specific features like retina display
compatibility, dictation support and full screen mode. If you have the previous version, you can upgrade for $79.99 or buy Final Draft 9 for $199.99. Click here for more info.