CES 2016 vs. Today

Drew-KempenAuthored by Drew Kempen, Cable Architecture & Strategy CSE

Another year has passed and CES 2017 has arrived! As the show floor opens today, we are looking forward to what might surprise us or wow us. More importantly, we want to understand how the technologies available today and soon to be released are going to impact our service-provider networks.

2016 Recap:

In 2016, the theme of the show seemed to be “all things IP”. Everything was becoming connected and the age of the connected ‘man’ has arrived. The future ramifications that the Internet of Things (IoT) will have on our networks cannot be understated. It signaled the beginning of the end of the old guard of broadcast video delivery. It would probably be safe to assume the nearly 100% of most service providers growth last year was focused around growing IP service delivery capabilities.

For topics relative to video impact: We saw a focus on Streaming Devices; and the first year of aggressive promotion of ‘Skinny Bundles’, Ultra Def (4K+) video and Virtual Reality (VR). Throughout the year, the market saw tremendous growth in the adaptation of skinny bundles and a large increase in OTT streaming devices in homes. 4K still hasn’t made any significant impact and is still TBD on when, if and how hard it will hit.

VR is scary. If you haven’t tried VR, go buy a Samsung S7 version phone and the Gear VR and put it on. Call it a business research expense. Within 10 minutes, it should be apparent the potential this has to take over the world. Or at least our ability to socialize in a traditional face-to-face manner.

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