Jan 01, 2021
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January is here, and for many of us tech journalists, that always meant packing up and getting ready to head off to Las Vegas for the annual CES show, the smorgasbord of new tech devices, gadgets and gizmos presented for the world to see,
We'll be going to CES, but things are going to be very different this year. Here's what the January tech calendar has in store.
The yearly consumer electronics trade show, which aims to show off the best of what's coming for the year. moves to a digital format due to the pandemic. Highlights include talks from the CEOs of Verizon, Best Buy, General Motors, Microsoft, Walmart and Warner Media and dozens of panels. CES says it expects to have 100 hours of programming and 1,000 virtual exhibitors, which include Samsung, LG, Hisense, Intel, Lenovo, Sony and TCL.
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Anchors have been hired to navigate users through the conference, as a sports style show. The anchors include KTLA-TV's Rich DeMuro, YouTuber's Justine Ezarik and Brian Tong, and Naomi Kyle, the host of Star Trek’s The Ready Room on CBS. Pop singer Billie Eilish is going to perform a set on the digital CES presentation.
Even with a digital presentation, attendance is limited this year to just the trade and media.
Samsung Unpacked 2021
The South Korean tech giant is expected to show off new Galaxy phones, according to CNET on January 14. The roster is expected to focus on less expensive foldable phones and a new lineup of the flagship Galaxy S line, expected to be called S21, as the successor to 2020's S20.
The latest new streaming service debuts Monday, offering programming from TV's HGTV, Food Network, TLC, ID, Animal Planet and Discovery Channel. Discovery says the service, which will cost $4.99 monthly, or $6.99 without ads, will feature over 50,000 episodes of 2,500 current and older season shows from the channels.
Also waiting in the wings is Paramount +, the new name for what's been known as CBS All Access. The rebranded streamer, debuting in early 2021, adds more movies from the Paramount Pictures library and TV series from the Viacom TV lineup, which includes the channels BET, MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon.
The popular NBC classic has moved to NBC's Peacock streaming service. Peacock promises all episodes of the show, but only the first two seasons are free and ad-supported to watch. Seasons 3-9 are available to fans who pay either $4.99 (with ads) or $9.99 monthly (ad-free.)
Peacock says viewers will get to see extended cuts, behind the scenes footage and playlists that "chronicle memorable pranks, relationships, teams and notable quotes."