Greetings, and welcome to CNET's live blog of Samsung's CES press conference!
We're 30 minutes from the start of what should be one of the biggest press events of CES. Samsung typically goes big with high production values and lots of new products.
Hey guys! Thanks for joining us. CNET has a big team here, and we're all getting settled. David Katzmaier, Jessica Dolcourt, and I will be blogging, while James Martin and Josh Miller will be taking photos. We've also got a full CNET TV crew and CNET Español writers here.
If you remember Samsung's famous "wolf boy" press conference from a few years ago, you'll know what I mean.
This is the first presser any of us have been to today that actually offers Wi-Fi. The others, we've had to rely on our own hot spots, just like it was 2007 again.
Shara Tibken has already joined us from the room. What does everyone want to see from Samsung?
It was a MADHOUSE outside the Samsung presser, which has become common for its events. We luckily had VIP early access passes and got in with no problem.
People stand in line almost all day to get in to Samsung's CES press conference. Just for the VIP line, people got there a couple hours early.
Like our dedicated line slaves, without whom we would never have our cushy fourth-row seats.
After Panasonic, Samsung has a tough act to follow.
Just so you know, as always we've been prebriefed by the manufacturer. At this point, I can reveal that the TV news at this conference won't fall flat.
In fact, the company might throw even seasoned observers a curve or two.
We can reveal all the details at 2 p.m. PT, right at the beginning of the press conference. In the meantime, lemme know what YOU want to see.
Samsung definitely is the most anticipated presser at CES. We know quite a few things they will show, but they also could have some surprises for us.
If you have questions for our intrepid live blogging team, just ask. Shara has been to Samsung's HQ in Korea and knows the company inside and out. David is our star TV reviewer at CNET and Jessica masters our smartphone coverage.
Samsung co-CEO Boo-Keun Yoon just sat down in the front row. He oversees TVs, appliances, and basically everything that's not chips or phones. He'll likely kick this shindig off.
@tnert2 We will have a live stream once the event begins (2 p.m.). For now, you can watch our CNET preshow. Refresh your browser if you don't see the player.
To set the scene, we're listening to some nice smooth jazz to keep calm, a departure from Samsung's usual dance-party tunes to set the mood.