CES 2015: 4 Video Trends to Watch

/ Jan 2, 2015

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As soon as New Year’s is over, it’s time to talk about the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which is set to begin on January 6.

What has traditionally been a massive expo for the latest gadgets and gizmos has in recent years also become a “media mecca” of sorts — it’s an excuse for media and entertainment people to show up, meet, and party with seemingly everyone else in the industry. Many don’t even go to the Las Vegas Convention Center, instead opting for engagements at one of the hotels on The Strip.

But that doesn’t mean CES won’t have anything to offer for those interested in the latest video tech. Before you hop on the plane and gamble away all that Christmas money, here are a few things to keep an eye on from the bright lights of Sin City:

4K TVs

What? Just because 4K technology, which plays video at four times the quality of normal HD video, was the big trend of CES last year, doesn’t mean it can be again. More 4K TV sets and cameras with 4K shooting capabilities are expected to litter the show floor in 2015. The hope is that with one more year in the books, some of the newer products will come with price tags that won’t require someone to sell their house and their kids in order to afford them.

Most of web video has not caught up to 4K just yet — Netflix has streamed a couple of series in the format, and YouTube and Vimeo have announced support for the technology in the past year. But as 4K is indeed where the industry headed (when is a picture too clear and crisp, is what I’d like to ask), then you might be well-served to preview all of the TVs, and cameras, and devices that support it.

Dish Network’s Attempt to Go Over the Top

Dish Network is one of several pay-TV distributors that has been working on a TV service that’s delivered via the internet, instead of a cable cord or satellite dish. We have yet to see what the service, which will offer a skinnier package of channels at a lower price, looks like.

That could change in Las Vegas, where Dish has previously showcased new and upcoming products, including its celebrated Virtual Joey app, which won the Best of CES 2014 award in the Best Video Product category.

Drones!

That’s right, drones are not only for international espionage and murder; regular people can use them, too! We’ve already seen some video creators use drones to capture incredible footage, and that should only increase as more and more of these aerial devices become available for purchase.

What will be interesting is if GoPro unveils its own drone product, which it’s expected to. GoPro cameras are already used by existing drone operators; so it’s a natural extension for a company that’s become the default supplier of cameras for action-sports junkies and aerial photographers.

Virtual Reality

Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus Rift kick-started a lot of serious interest in virtual reality. Since then, entertainment companies from Fox to Vevo have experimented with the technology. That should only increase as virtual reality becomes less and less of a fringe idea in the coming year.

But it begins, again, with CES, and Oculus, which is expected to show off its latest technology in Las Vegas. To be fair, so is anyone else that’s developing a virtual-reality headset.

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