After a crazy week of meetings and press events we wanted to quickly look back at some of the lasting impressions from the week. So here are a few things that stood out.
Smart TV Manufacturers Give In
For years TV manufacturers have worked hard to have their own proprietary OS. Now in 2016 most of them have given in and are buying into Roku, Android TV, and even the Firefox OS TV, with Sony going all in for Android TV, TCL all in for Roku, and Panasonic doubling down on Firefox OS TV. This leaves only Web OS as the outsider, and even Web OS didn’t start as a TV operating system.
Android TV Is Not Dead
A lot of people have been wondering what the future of Android TV will be as Google seems to be focusing more on Chromecast recently. CES 2016 was heavy on Android TV and at least the manufacturers that make the Android TV boxes sound very confident for the future of Android TV. Whereas Google has been quiet, we have everything from a new version of Android TV to Sony dumping their TV OS in favor of Android TV. So 2016 looks bright for Android TV.
Streaming Is Huge!
There seemed to be some kind of streaming device at every turn—from better ways to compress 4K to new HDR standards—everyone is putting their name on streaming. Although a lot of people talked about new standards and better ways to do stuff few boxes were shown running these new, better streaming protocols.
Cord cutting was huge at CES—not only from the big names but also from a ton of smaller cord cutting-related companies—and should make 2016 the year cord cutting becomes even easier.