05:01PM EST - We're here at Samsung's CES Press Conference. Josh is on photos and Billy is on text.

05:01PM EST - The stage props suggest a home automation theme

05:03PM EST - Intro video rolling. Refrigerator and curved monitors

05:03PM EST - Tim Baxter, President and COO of Samsung Electronics America

05:04PM EST - "This was a challenging year for Samsung"

05:04PM EST - "despite our setbacks, we have not stopped innovating"

05:05PM EST - more than 5M Gear VR devices

05:07PM EST - 3 key areas of focus

05:07PM EST - 1. build products that fit your life

05:07PM EST - appliances, lightweight mobile computers

05:07PM EST - 2. "elegant, thoughtful design"

05:08PM EST - "just as beautiful turned off as turned on"

05:08PM EST - 3. IoT: "not just a buzzword, it guides our strategy"

05:08PM EST - building a more expansive set of connected devices

05:09PM EST - "we have IoT products in every appliance category"

05:09PM EST - "because that's what consumers want"

05:09PM EST - every Samsung TV will be a smart TV

05:09PM EST - features/services like Samsung SmartThings and Samsung Pay

05:10PM EST - acquiring Harman for automotive technology

05:11PM EST - now playing a video about Samsung's TVs

05:12PM EST - customers listing what they want from their next TV: 4k, HDR, streaming

05:13PM EST - on stage: Joe Stinziano, Executive Vice President of Samsung Electronics America

05:13PM EST - UHD market grew 70% last year

05:13PM EST - Samsung has 46.4% TV market share in US

05:14PM EST - Quantum Dot technology: improved image quality

05:14PM EST - no degradation over time like with OLED

05:15PM EST - branded as Samsung QLED TV

05:15PM EST - being revealed on stage

05:16PM EST - supports "nearly all" of DCI P3 color space

05:17PM EST - 1500-2000 nits brightness

05:18PM EST - TV connects through one optical cable to a breakout box

05:18PM EST - no-gap wall mount

05:19PM EST - multiple options for stands

05:20PM EST - showing a TV with a wood bezel, mimicing a picture frame

05:21PM EST - now on stage: Won Jin Lee, Executive Vice President, Samsung Electronics

05:21PM EST - talking about TV as a hub for entertainment

05:23PM EST - virtual remote: Smart View app for Android and iOS

05:24PM EST - personalized discovery: unifying watching recommendations from multiple sources

05:25PM EST - including sports streaming from multiple partners

05:25PM EST - 4k and HDR streaming from Netflix and Amazon built-in

05:26PM EST - TV Plus for US market: find and buy 4k content

05:27PM EST - Joe Stinziano back on stage, talking about audio innovations

05:28PM EST - expanding line of sound bars with Samsung Sound+ soundbar

05:28PM EST - bass down to 35Hz, can attach directly to TV

05:29PM EST - upscaling to 32-bit audio (as if that matters)

05:30PM EST - second generation UHD blu-ray players

05:30PM EST - 31.5" WQHD curved monitor (1800R curvature) in early 2017

05:31PM EST - QLED TVs shipping February

05:31PM EST - now on stage: John Herrington to talk about appliances

05:32PM EST - recapping last year's new products

05:32PM EST - theme of more flexibility from appliances

05:33PM EST - laundry: washers and dryers with small top-loading compartment and larger front-loading compartment

05:33PM EST - FlexWash and FlexDry

05:35PM EST - FlexWash: 1 cu. ft. top, 5 cu. ft. front compartment

05:36PM EST - FlexDry: 7.5 cu. ft. main dryer

05:36PM EST - moving to kitchen appliances

05:36PM EST - more built-in appliances, all with IoT

05:38PM EST - expanding Family Hub line of refrigerators: all French Door models will have Family Hub 2.0 option

05:39PM EST - voice control, display shows what's inside fridge

05:39PM EST - everybody seems to be having the same ideas for smart appliances

05:41PM EST - Family Hub 2.0 features: order groceries online, leave notes on screen, music streaming from Spotify, Pandora

05:42PM EST - first generation Family Hub products will get an upgrade with most of the new features

05:42PM EST - done with appliances

05:43PM EST - now on stage: Alanna Cotton talking about wearables

05:45PM EST - new apps for Gear S3 smart watch

05:46PM EST - new notebook PCs

05:47PM EST - new Chromebook with support for Android apps

05:47PM EST - Samsung Chromebook Plus and Chromebook Pro

05:47PM EST - Chromebook Pro with Intel Core m3

05:48PM EST - Chromebook Plus with ARM processor

05:48PM EST - digitizer pen included

05:49PM EST - talking about new Notebook 9 with Kaby Lake, GeForce 940MX

05:50PM EST - new gaming laptop: Samsung Notebook Odyssey

05:51PM EST - dual fans, large vent on bottom

05:51PM EST - 2.5mm key travel, curved key caps

05:51PM EST - anti-glare screen

05:52PM EST - Kaby Lake Core i7

05:52PM EST - 17-inch has twice the RAM and SSD

05:52PM EST - black and red color scheme

05:53PM EST - wrapping up now

05:54PM EST - We'll be visiting Samsung's booth for a closer look at the new products. That's all for now.

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  • FMinus - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - link

    I miss the days on Pioneer Kuros, where the screen was just a screen, taking input of whatever you plug in.
  • fanofanand - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - link

    "05:09PM EST - every Samsung TV will be a smart TV"

    I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you. Looks like you will need to shop elsewhere as Samsung doesn't believe people like you exist.
  • philehidiot - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - link

    There is a market for people who want simple home appliances. For example I want a microwave with two knobs - power and time. The rest is meaningless crap that could do anything depending on their interpretation of my needs. Same with washer - just needs a temperature and a type of clothing (I. E. Standard, delicate, heavy soil, half load). The more complex an item of this kind, the less I find it meets my needs... That said, I shave with either a straight edge or a slant bar so I'm probably a little old fashioned.
  • Meteor2 - Friday, January 6, 2017 - link

    You can still buy simple appliances. You can also now buy more sophisticated stuff which some people find useful. I can't see the problem.
  • jm04sure - Friday, January 6, 2017 - link

    Just another easy way to spread Denial of Service via hacking your fridge.
  • fanofanand - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - link

    You have to wonder how much innovation is being stifled by Comcast and their data caps. I'd love to stream HDR 4K but unfortunately I'd only get a few dozen hours of that per month before my cap was exceeded. My adoption of 4K (or lack thereof) is in direct correlation to my ability to stream videos in 4K, which no person reasonably can with the limitations currently in place. The barriers from entry into the ISP space need to be reduced/eliminated so the US can catch up to the rest of the world.
  • FMinus - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - link

    True, if I had caps here in Europe, I'd be without internet by the 5th of each month, probably sooner.
  • philehidiot - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - link

    I have a 6gb cap purely for mobile data and I've exceeded that a few times. Bearing in mind morning and evening are served by WiFi, I dread to think of the impact of a broadband data cap. I'd probably implode.
  • Kepe - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - link

    Yeah, I have an LTE modem/router as my home internet connection (50/20 mbps, 20 €/mo). Last year I had multiple months with over 1 terabyte of data transferred per month. I have no idea how people in the US can manage with those miserable data caps on everything.
  • m2inor - Thursday, January 5, 2017 - link

    No data caps with my 30/30 Mbps Frontier FiOS connection.

    Frontier purchased the FiOS service from Verizon here in Oregon.

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