Trends with Benefits: Behind the scenes at CES, VR porn, Comcast’s covert ads


The DT gang is finally back from Las Vegas, and ready to digest some more of what went on at CES 2016, including our Top Tech of CES 2016 award winner and the emergence of VR porn. Oh, CES 2016 definitely had that.

Cars took over CES 2016 was unique this year, and they conquered our awards, too. Digital Trends’ Top Tech of CES 2016 award went to Chevy’s affordable new EV, the Bolt. It’s both a great technological achievement, and a potential market changer. At $30,000 after rebates, this is car normal people can finally afford, and are definitely going to want.

Virtual reality was also well represented at CES this year, and the same brands we saw last year now produce headsets that look better than ever. Unsurprisingly, the adult industry is at the forefront of content development for this platform. Brad attended a cocktail party that showcased this and gave us a behind-the-scenes account of how it all went down.

Not surprisingly, Comcast is once again in the news, and not in a good way. If you use your own modem, instead of renting one, Comcast is now inserting ads into your browser. Boo! Hiss! Our unanimous opinions on this are probably pretty similar to yours.

For streaming content, The CW Network is following suit with many content providers and considering launching a standalone app. It’s somewhat forward thinking, but does CW have the audience to pull it off?

Finally, Caleb gives everyone a valuable tip on where to find the best “people watching” in Las Vegas. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Today’s episode features Jeffrey Van Camp, Nick Mokey, Caleb Denison, Brad Bourque and Greg Nibler. Please subscribe and share Trends with Benefits, and send in your questions to podcast@digitaltrends.com. We also broadcast the show live on Periscope.

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