Most of you have probably already heard the story of the Jeff Bezos divorce from his wife of 25 years, MacKensie Bezos, due to Jeff having an affair with Lauren Sanchez. Jeff married MacKensie well before he founded Amazon and gained his current net worth of $140 billion. To top it off, there was no prenuptial agreement signed which means Bezos could stand to lose half of his fortune and assets.
As of now, Jeff Bezos is the Founder, CEO, Chairman, and majority shareholder of Amazon. If Bezos lost half of everything including half of his share of Amazon ownership, the ownership of the Amazon itself could shift. How this will affect Amazon employees and customers remains to be seen.
So last week was the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and there was a ton of 8K TVs being displayed. Samsung also showed off a new microLED 75″ TV with a price tag of $50,000! Short throw Projector TVs were also popular at CES. LG’s Optima is under $2,000.
On top of that, there were self driving cars using artificial intelliigence and LIDAR to drive without a pilot. An electric helicopter or self driving flying car. Amazon Dash Buttons, which are designed to instantly order a product at the touch of a button.
So let’s be honest. At one time, you’ve probably shared your Netflix password with someone. I know I have. Maybe your Hulu password? ,etc. A tech company in the U.K., Synamedia, unveiled a new technology that can track account sharing and put an end to it. If companies like Netflix or Hulu got a hold of this technology, they could use it to scan subscriber data and find anomalies in it. They can easily out where are you watching whether it’s at home or far away. If it thinks you are sharing, it will tell Netflix. Netflix might then prompt you and give you the option to upgrade your service or it might shut down your account. It’s no secret that services like Netflix lose a lot of revenue every year from rampant sharing. But this A.I. that can track you in this way comes off as a little creepy. Right now, there are companies testing it out. We just don’t know yet who those companies are yet.
2019 is expected to be a big this year in media streaming services. Big names like AT&T Warner Media, Disney, and Apple are expected to come out with their own streaming services and compete hard to get you as a customer. Even Roku is coming out with its own list of subscription services that includes up to two dozen more providers. They include services like Showtime. If you are following the cord cutting trend and looking for new services that offer the most for your money, Roku is one of the first to enter this market. Amazon started doing the same thing awhile back where you could ditch cable and pay Amazon for access to individual channels like Cinamax or Showtime. The idea of this according to Roku executives is to remove as many hurdles as possible and give the people more of what they want. It’s all about the customer or so that’s what they say.
The CES 2019 begins today. A lot of what I am hearing about CES is on the grape vine, so to speak. However, things such as voice operated toilet, Air Conditioning controlled by AI, and BLAZing fast mobile internet will most likely be the highlight of this year’s CES. There will also be a huge presence of 8K TVs even though there is no content for it. These TVs are going to cost somewhere between 5 to 6 figures. I don’t think most of us are going to buying one for awhile.