CES 2018 officially gets kicked off in a few days, but the unofficial start is tonight with the kickoff of the first CES press event. Cord Cutters News is already at CES meeting people, companies, and looking at the newest products hitting the market.
Before everything gets crazy busy, I wanted to list a few of the hottest cord cutting trends we expect to be big in 2018.
#1 3.0 OTA
Look for a flood of new over-the-air (OTA) TV devices. We already know the company that is making the new 3.0 standard will announce all the production details this week. From there watch for a host of companies to make announcements around the new 4K OTA standard.
Keep an eye on Roku at CES 2018. While Roku themselves may not be making many announcements, watch for their smart TV partners to launch new TVs and, more important, to take advantage of their new Roku Connect smart speaker technology.
Roku typically uses CES to make announcements about their smart TVs. News about players typically comes later in the year.
Your current antenna will work just fine with the new 3.0 OTA standard. With that said the antenna market is one of the fastest-growing markets in the United States. Look for old companies to announce new products and new companies to try and get in on the growing demand for antennas.
#4 Streaming Services
Watch out for new streaming services and, more importantly, streaming services to partner with device and smart TV manufacturers. Look for new partnerships to be announced between streaming services and especially smart TVs to expand their lineup.
#5 Android TV
2018 is an important year for Android TV. If they want to catch Roku, Apple TV, and the Fire TV, they need to have a big 2018 or they may fall so far behind that it may be too difficult for them to catch up.
Keep an eye on Android TV to add one more device especially smart TVs. Also, watch for possible new streaming services to join Android TV including one from AT&T.
There you go. Five cord cutting trends to keep an eye on at CES 2018.
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