T.H.E. SHOW (The Home Entertainment Show) BRINGS AUDIO BACK TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA!

The Show Newport will be held at the Newport Beach, CA Hilton hotel (Irvine) on June 3,4,5; Friday, Saturday and Sunday: conveniently located across the street from John Wayne/Orange County (SNA) Airport near Freeways 405 & 55.

Powerline Control Systems Announces Upcoming Training Schedule

Lighting control manufacturer offers PulseWorx certification courses for installing ultra-reliable lighting solutions in retrofit and new construction

Lenbrook To Go Factory Direct For NAD, PSB, Tivoli

Lenbrook America will begin on June 1 to sell its NAD and PSB home audio brands through in-house regional sales managers for the first time after having sold exclusively through independent reps since the company's founding 20 years ago. The company will drop all or almost all of its independent reps in the U.S. and will decide on Tuesday whether to keep one or two, said Dean Miller, who earlier this year was appointed president/CEO of the U.S.-based subsidiary of Canada's Lenbrook Group. Lenbrook will hire three to four regional sales managers, each responsible for sales of the NAD, PSB, and Tivoli brands. They will report to Miller. Miller told TWICE that the decision to go direct was difficult, given Lenbrook's long relationship with U.S. rep firms. "We're grateful to these companies," he said. Multiple factors, however, forced the company's hand, including retail consolidation in the specialty-A/V channel, a flat audio specialty market, and continued rising business costs.

TV Everywhere to reach over 80% of North American Pay -TV Subscribers in 2011

North America and Western Europe showing significant growth over Eastern Europe and Asia in multiscreen services

NEWCOMERS ENSURE AN EXPO SELL OUT, CONFIRMS CEDIA ASIA PACIFIC

With just under two weeks to go until doors open, this year's CEDIA Asia Pacific Expo in Sydney (11-13 May, Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre) is now officially a sell-out.

HomeGrid Forum Endorses Draft ITU -T MIMO Specification for Extending G.hn

Specification sets clear direction and timeline for evolution of G.hn technology with MIMO enhancements

Accell to Launch Enhanced PowerSquid® with Surge Protection

PowerSquid with Surge Protection and Power Conditioning to be Unveiled at 2011 National Hardware Show

IOGEAR Adapter Adds HD Display with Audio through USB 2.0 Port, No Technical Degree Needed

New USB to HD adapter replaces the need to install video cards, a complicated, costly and often impossible task with many computers.

TiVo, EchoStar case ends with $500 million payout

After several years of litigation, the patent-infringement case that TiVo launched against Dish Network and EchoStar has come to an end. Dish Network and EchoStar have agreed to pay TiVo $500 million to settle the case, including an upfront payment of $290 million from Dish and $10 million from EchoStar. Between 2012 and 2017, the companies will pay TiVo the remaining $200 million in equal installments. The parties also agreed to eliminate all pending litigation between them. The battle between the companies started in 2004 when TiVo claimed EchoStar, which was Dish Network's parent company before the satellite provider was spun off in 2007, violated its "multimedia time warping system patent." That patent covers how DVR users can watch one program while another is recorded. For its part, TiVo felt vindicated. The company said last month that after a long wait, it finally had the ruling it needed to ensure it could receive the damages it has been seeking for years.

Kramer Helps Midwestern Community Rebuild

Kramer Electronics, a worldwide supplier of innovative switching products, put its technology to work helping Kiowa County, KS, rebuild after a devastating tornado that took 12 lives and left 1,200 townspeople homeless and without any communication.

Panamax/Furman Names Home Theater Design Group as Winner of 'How Do You BlueBOLT(R)?' Contest

Panamax/Furman today announced that Texas-based A/V integrator Home Theater Design Group has won the company's "How do you BlueBOLT(R)?" contest. Home Theater Design Group's prize is a trip for two to the wine country of Sonoma County, Calif.

Glasses-free 3D TVs may be coming to airlines

You'll soon be able to watch 3D movies from 30,000 feet in the air. A start-up company called MasterImage 3D is reportedly very close to signing a deal with multiple airlines to bring its display technology to TV monitors across entire fleets of aircraft. Hollywood Reporter notes that the company just received $15 million in funding from Samsung, which is sure to start pouncing on the emerging glasses-free 3D market.

Logitech makes just $5m from Google TV, hints future models

Logitech was herald of wider problems with Google TV on Thursday after its winter fiscal results (PDF) revealed very low numbers. The peripheral maker made just $5 million in sales from the Revue and all its accessories. At $300 per device, the figure would have seen it ship fewer than 16,700 of the Android-based media hubs. The sales were a steep drop from the $22 million in the fall, the Revue's first full quarter in shops. It also fell well below its official estimates of $18 million. Logitech chief executive Gerald Quindlen justified the plunge by claiming that his firm had reduced the amount of marketing, but the claim was contradicted by a 19 percent increase in marketing costs that had been focused heavily on Google TV. Some anticipation has circulated around a reboot of Google TV at the upcoming Google I/O conference in May. While never confirmed by Google, rumors have persisted that it forced a last-minute delay in many companies' Google TV plans that pushed their launches from the CES expo in January to the fall to give time for a theoretically much improved version of the platform.

Industry's Leading Lights Guide the Way to 3D Nirvana: SIM2 Teams with Stewart Filmscreen

SIM2 USA is pleased to report that its new product tour, featuring the LUMIS 3D SOLO, 3-chip 3D projector and CRYSTAL single-chip projector, is in full swing. May 12th, the tour will stop at Stewart Filmscreen for a 3D partner event.

CEA Finds Faith in Tech and Overall Economy

Consumer confidence in technology and the overall economy both increased in April, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. The lobby's Index of Consumer Technology Expectations--it's ice tea--increased four points this month to 82.4. The ICTE measures consumer expectations about technology spending. It rose for the second consecutive month and is 10 points higher than this time last year. "New model and product launches making headlines this month are likely driving consumer interest in spending on consumer tech," said Shawn DuBravac, CEA's chief economist and director of research. "New models for traditional categories, together with tablets, smartphones and gaming devices, have raised consumer sentiment heading into the second quarter of the year." Consumers are also feeling more confident about the overall direction of the economy. The CEA's Index of Consumer Expectations--just plain "ice"--rose five points in April to 166.2. The ICE measures consumer expectations about the broader economy, is up for the first time since January and is more than two points higher than this time last year. It plunged in March on concerns of geopolitical instability and the natural disasters in Japan. "Consumer sentiment improved this month despite continued concerns and uncertainty over the stability of U.S. credit quality," DuBravac said. "But Americans are feeling more confident about the job market as companies indicate an increasing willingness to hire, easing concerns and leading to greater confidence in the economy."

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