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Onsite ces report - day one

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by hdtvfan0001, Jan 7, 2011.

  1. Jan 7, 2011 #1 of 27
    hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    CES 2011 Roundup – Thursday January 6, 2011

    While the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) technically started yesterday… several of us flew in early this morning for our first day. It’s always fun to come into Las Vegas and drive down the Las Vegas Strip on the way to the Convention Center (see photo 1 on the left below).

    Day 1 at CES – The sheer size of the event is staggering (it attracts over 120,000 people each year), even for those of us who have been here before. It takes up the entire North, Central, and South Las Vegas Convention Center halls…plus…the Hilton and Venetian Convention Centers (neighboring facilities) as well. The terms CES and HUGE should always be near each other. (See photos 2 & 3).

    After showing our ID’s and getting our badge-holders, we entered CES and proceeded to visit a number of booths…lots of “attendee traffic” at the show.

    What was obvious early on is that 3D is anything but “dead”. In fact, there was more signage promoting 3D products this year than last year. Even more interesting was that Toshiba was showing a glasses-free 3D HD demo on multiple size displays at CES this year – from 12” up to 65”. They were real, worked, and actually pretty impressive.

    The concept of the glasses- free 3D HD from Toshiba is to have multiple view angles and eliminate distortion at those designated angles. So…defined seating locations (or standing as well) provides clear 3D HD viewing. If you view it from areas between those angles, some distortion remains. (see photos 4 & 5).

    In addition to being dazzled by all the new “toys” and events at this mammoth tech show…there was a late afternoon “DirecTV onsite meeting” for a number of DBSTalkers there, including Doug Brott (DBSTalk Moderator), HDTVFAN0001, RichieRich, Draconis, David Ortiz, NR4P, HDhead, The Moose, mattgwyther, and VLaslow. While DirecTV did not formally have a booth at CES, this was a very enjoyable and informative time. Thanks to Doug for coordinating this gathering.
     

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  2. Jan 7, 2011 #2 of 27
    Sgt. Slaughter

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    Nice!
    Who all did you guys get to meet with from DirecTV and what all was discussed if thats allowed to share?

    looking forward to more from you guys.
     
  3. Jan 7, 2011 #3 of 27
    Sixto

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    Any publicly viewable non-confidential DirecTV related stuff in the ...

    Samsung area (#12006, N116, N117, N118, N119, N213, N214, N215, N216, N217, N219, N220, N221, N222, N223, N224, N225, N226, N227, N228)?

    Entropic area (#36212)?

    TiVo area (#N201, N202, N203, N204)?

    Morega area (#MP25358)?

    Doesn't look like Jethead has their own booth.
     
  4. Jan 7, 2011 #4 of 27
    Hutchinshouse

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    Glasses-free 3D 56"

    Nice!

    Wish I was there!
     
  5. Jan 7, 2011 #5 of 27
    Draconis

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    Here is the handout they were distributing at the Entropic booth about RVU.
     

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    Sixto

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    Any DirecTV product(s) viewable in any publicly available booth demonstrating RVU?

    Expecting photos of any DirecTV technology in public view anywhere on the show floor. Enter, walk, snap, post. :)
     
  7. Jan 7, 2011 #7 of 27
    cypherx

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    That RVU stuff is interesting. Think it can transport HD guides with transition effects, alpha blending, anti-aliasing and effects (like blurring, glass-look, scaling, interpolation, etc). ?

    That OnLive streaming video game service proves that it's possible to stream full 3D graphics and interact with it realtime as if it were a fully featured gaming console.

    Also could receivers like the HR24 theoretically be loaded with an RVU server, or older receivers loaded with an RVU client (if they don't have the horsepower to generate advanced graphics by themselves). After all it's software and as long as there's some kind of network connection ie) DECA, it should be theoretically possible.
     
  8. Jan 7, 2011 #8 of 27
    itzme

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    I saw the Samsung/DirecTV release and it mentioned specific Samsung models. My 2010 Samsung c8000 has full networking and DLNA features, and I'm wondering why RVU couldn't be used on it. Are the current models missing certain hardware?
     
  9. Jan 7, 2011 #9 of 27
    LameLefty

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    The 2011 D series, available in March, seem to be the first ones compatible, per Samsung's press release.
     
  10. itzme

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    Sadly, that's how I read it, too. I was just wondering what piece of hardware or what software might prevent the feature from working on 2010 models.
     
  11. cypherx

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    Moca/DECA? But I don't see why you couldn't just use a media converter or set back box connected to Ethernet on those TV's. A little firmware update and bam, good to go! However I take it Samsung wants to sell new TV's. They will make more money that way.
     
  12. Sixto

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    Man, Verizon is announcing all kinds of cool stuff.

    Wonder when/if they'll ever implement all this. :)
     
  13. BobaBird

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    Dish doesn't have much in the way of new product this year unless you count the Google TV box that can be connected to their HD DVRs. Their big news is mainly in apps that have been added (see Android PR thread) and updated and the availability of 3D on the top 922 receiver. TV Everywhere via Sling gets heavy promotion. The long-awaited Sling 300 receiver that pairs with the Sling Adapter should be available in a few months.

    Pictures and more at http://www.dishuser.org/ces2011.php

    I was also impressed with the Toshiba glasses-free 3D. The viewing angle for the demo is quite tight, you can stand next to the person in the middle and get the effect but moving farther to the side causes the image to look like glasses are needed. The prime viewing angles will be widened before it hits the streets at the end of the year.
     
  14. Nick

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    What's that vapor rising from the CES circus tent? :eek2:
     
  15. Alan Gordon

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    Though I'm one of those people who would miss the extra hard drive space and tuners, I actually really like the idea of RVU... and is so far one of the few things I've seen remotely interesting (to me) come out of CES (even though we all knew it was coming).

    As someone who may soon be in the market for a new HDTV (if I can scrounge up the money), I find the idea intriguing, BUT sadly, none of these TVs appear to be 3D... a must for me. :(

    ~Alan
     
  16. Doug Brott

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    All the cool DIRECTV people ..

    except Earl and satelliteracer
     
  17. Doug Brott

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    :scratchin .. I'm not exactly sure what you mean. RVU basically means a server does all of the work and the client is the display. It's almost like casting the display signal to another room like you may cast your voice to another person (if you were a ventriloquist).
     
  18. Lord Vader

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    You mean like Achmed the dead terrorist???

    :D
     
  19. DJPellegrino

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    ...are you scared? :grin:
     
  20. cypherx

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    Well I attribute RVU like VNC or Terminal Services on a PC. The higher resolution and color depth, the slower the interaction is. Now if bandwidth is controlled on a closed network, maybe it won't have an issue. I'm just curious if the RVU server can push a 720p or 1080i HDUI to the clients, with transition effects, alpha blending and full 32-bit graphics. Or will RVU servers and clients be limited to a 480p, 64 color UI...
     

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