Update - The dropouts are mounting, with more news outlets deciding it's not worth the risk. And now, some companies are also making adjustments, for example, Hisense will only hold a virtual press conference, although it will still have a booth open on the show floor.
Some of the biggest names in tech news coverage have decided CES 2022 is too much of a risk to attend in person, and are switching to remote coverage or scaling back the in-person presence.
For what it's worth, that was the plan all along here at Home Theater Review. The question is if the exhibitors have enough time to adapt, or will they get caught flat-footed after having a whole year to prepare for this possibility? And, will this decision be followed by exhibitors withdrawing, as happened at CEDIA 2021, or will the show somehow go one?
Click here to read The Truth Hz: The Show Must Go On? for more of my thoughts on how CES could have already adapted, and some ideas of what could be done for the future. It is, after all, a tech show! So, why does it need to be a January, cigarette smoke-tinged, Vegas tourist trap peak pricing, impossible to get an Uber, global petri dish of a money-grab? Time for something new, truly global, and much more open to virtual attendees.