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CES 2018 Day 1 Recap – Roku, Channel Master, Android TV, & More

Day one of CES 2018 is Media Day. It was full of big name companies announcing a wide range of products and ended with Pepcom’s hands-on look at many new products.

With so many announcements, we wanted to recap everything we learned.

TCL & Roku Connect

During TCL’s press conference they had two big announcements: A new line of Roku TVs and a line of Roku Connect speakers.

Let’s look first at the new Roku TVs.

TCL 6-Series

The TCL 6-Series includes a 4K high dynamic range picture. The set will support Dolby Vision HDR and now boasts HDR Performance Package Pro to further elevate the experience. The HDR Performance Package Pro includes Contrast Control Zone Technology, a new iPQ Engine, and a versatile HDR Pro Gamma control.

TCL 5-Series

TCL also announced a new 5-Series with 4K UHD picture quality that also includes Dolby Vision HDR for a stellar imaging experience. The 5-Series includes TCL’s HDR Performance Package, which features HDR Dynamic Contrast™.

TCL says the 6- and the 5-Series Roku TVs will be released in spring 2018.

Roku Connect Smart Speakers

The TCL Alto smart speaker will take advantage of the Roku OS to deliver a superb entertainment experience. It will offer premium sound, while taking advantage of Roku Connect to connect to other AV devices, and it will use new voice controls accessible through the Roku Entertainment Assistant.

Channel Master SMARTenna+

Today Channel Master, the company best known for their line of OTA DVRs, announced a new smart antenna called SMARTenna+.

This 60-mile indoor antenna uses new Active Steering technology from Ethertronics. With this Active Steering feature, the antenna will automatically maximize TV channel reception.

Android TV

Google needs a big 2018 for Android TV, and they are off to a great start with new Android TVs coming from Haier and Westinghouse.

There you go. The biggest cord cutting news from Day 1 at CES 2018.

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10 Responses to CES 2018 Day 1 Recap – Roku, Channel Master, Android TV, & More

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    Cooper McChester January 9, 2018 at 10:06 am #

    Are there 2 HDR versions? If so, I will not buy a TV until they decide which one wins. Remember HD DVDs vs Bluray?

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      Sam Iamee January 9, 2018 at 10:36 am #

      Many sets support both standards, so it isn’t as bad as the HD DVD/Bluray thing.

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        Cooper McChester January 9, 2018 at 11:28 am #

        Thank you. When I go to buy a TV, I will make sure it does both:)

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      GersonT1000 January 9, 2018 at 10:42 am #

      There is HDR10 and the more advanced DolbyVision. There are some TVs that can play both, like some TCL Roku TVs. My TV died last month and I had to quickly research and make a decision and I got a 55P605 from TCL. That is one of the best deals on any TV right now, it has a great image and features you’ll only find on TVs double the price. The only thing I don’t like is the remote, but you can also use the Roku app as a remote.

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        Cooper McChester January 9, 2018 at 11:32 am #

        Thanks, I never thought of buying a TCL before but I will check them out when it comes time. I wonder if I can find a better remote to use on the TV. I am legally blind and can’t use a smart phone. I love the regular Roku remote because of it’s simplicity

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          Jeck January 9, 2018 at 1:10 pm #

          You should be able to get a Logitech Harmony remote. Their remote ties the whole entertainment center together nicely.

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            Cooper McChester January 9, 2018 at 1:14 pm #

            Thanks Jack! I will look into one

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    Kawshik Ahmed January 9, 2018 at 12:17 pm #

    Android TV were announced from Haier,Westinghouse,Hisense,HP (SHIELD Built-in),Acer (SHIELD Built-in),Asus (SHIELD Built-in) in CES 2018.

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      SS January 9, 2018 at 12:32 pm #

      Android TV gets one short incorrect line; Roku gets 9 paragraphs.