4 Takeaways From CES
THR sorts through the trends that could have the biggest impact on Hollywood.
This story first appeared in the Jan. 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
The noise from CES was deafening. But how much actually mattered? THR sorted through the smart refrigerators and connected dog collars for the trends that could have the biggest impact on Hollywood.
Those 360-degree video headsets are on the way. Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe says the company is taking preorders for its $599 Rift goggles, and rival HTC isn't far behind. Now, the focus is shifting to content. Fox's The Martian VR Experience demo made a galactic impression.
Ultra HD & High Dynamic Range
Major TV makers including LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and TCL unwrapped displays featuring 4K and HDR capabilities. 4K offers a resolution four times greater than HD, while HDR means a wider range between the blackest blacks and whitest whites. Just one problem: There's currently no system in place to broadcast 4K HDR to the home.
Newcomer Faraday Future unveiled a Batmobile-like concept built on a platform that will accommodate a range of autonomous vehicles; Ford said it will triple to 30 the number self-driving cars it's testing; Mercedes-Benz got the green light to test autonomous functions of its new E-Class on Nevada roads; and Toyota revealed a $1 billion program to develop robotic cars incapable of causing an accident.
The Netflix effect was apparent in Dish's HopperGo, which lets subscribers download 100 hours of TV. NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said his company "needs to get better at distributing our product on the Internet."