Travel Plaza Television Announces Nationwide 3D Digital Signage Program

Travel Plaza TV, LLC has launched the first nationwide 3D digital signage network accessible to more than 23 million travel plaza customers every month, according to company officials. "This 3D experience, without glasses, is revolutionary. Customers will be amazed at what they are seeing and advertisers will reap the benefits. 3D is the future, and of course our system will display 2D content as well," said Bill Botte, senior executive vice-president of Travel Plaza TV. Deployment of the specialized 3D screens at over 400 travel plazas across the U.S. will be completed by the end of June.  

Parks Associates reports over 50% of U.S. Households want to connect pay-TV services to YouTube

According to international research firm Parks Associates, 59% of U.S. broadband households want access to on-demand YouTube content through their pay-TV service, with the growing number of smart TVs and connected devices driving interest in online video options. Parks Associates will present new smart TV and connected consumer electronics research, with new content strategies to capture consumer interest and new revenues, at CONNECTIONS™ at TIA 2012, June 5-7 in Dallas, Texas. Parks Associates reports over 80% of viewers interested in YouTube opt for a free, advertising-based offering, leaving few willing to pay to view YouTube content. However, the research firm notes, YouTube is investing in more original and professional content, with a growing lineup of channels and new functions such as Channel Search. By creating a more TV-like experience, YouTube enhances its value proposition to viewers, advertisers, and pay-TV providers.

HomeOS: Microsoft Works on Bringing Smart Homes to the Masses

HomeOS aims to be a “PC-like abstraction,” where connecting a new light or ceiling fan to the system is as simple as plugging a new mouse into your computer. Users would have an app store for device controls and for finding new devices compatible with their set-ups. Microsoft Research isn’t the first group to focus on a centralized system for home controls. Standards groups such as Z-Wave and Zigbee Alliance already offer common systems for controlling lights, thermostats, security alarms and other devices. But as Microsoft argues, these systems still don’t allow enough communication between devices, so for instance, you might have a conflict where an energy management system wants to open your windows, while a security system wants to close them. The alternative is to buy a line of products from one company that are designed to work together, but then you’re locked into that company’s devices. Read more:

Demystifying Wi-Fi Roaming: What You Need to Know to Avoid Costly Mistakes

Building a Wi-Fi network that delivers uninterrupted coverage to mobile or "roaming" devices can be a significant challenge-especially as coverage requirements increase. This challenge becomes considerably more manageable when the issue and the deployment alternatives are well understood

When to Bring a Theater Designer on Board

All too often, the contractors leave and there's a "room" in the basement for the home theater. The drywall's, up; the floors are down; then you get stuck. All too often, this is the (too late) point the home theater designer gets the call. See how it should be done.

Choosing a Display for Digital Signage

This is Mark's second article in a series at AVSystemsMag about the Digital Signage process - a look at display technologies.

Smart Appliances - Have they come of age?

Many manufacturers are now producing Smart Appliances. Are they useful, or just gimmicks?

Digital Signage in a Manufacturing Environment

A manufacturing company was in search of a method for displaying shift assignment information (on multiple screens) for up to 300 temporary workers a day across 49 resources. After a rapid evaluation of several products, Noventri was chosen as the solution and it blew away many much more expensive solutions.

Are You Driving a Car or a Computer?

Cars are getting smarter by the year. Are we at the point where we're now driving computers?

STRATACACHE debuts translucent digital signage vending machine at vendors show

STRATACACHE, a provider of scalable, high-performance digital signage, content distribution and enterprise video acceleration technologies, today debuted its new translucent digital signage product — PrimaSee Vending. Making its first debut into the vending manufacturer marketplace at the National Automatic Merchandising Association's OneShow 2012, PrimaSee is a translucent digital display that showcases high-definition, dynamic video advertisements embedded within the glass panel of a vending machine. These see-through promotional videos correspond with products visible in the backdrop.

CEDIA Unveils Highlights and Changes for CEDIA EXPO 2012

The new offerings will provide electronic systems contractors (ESCs) with access to the information they need to remain relevant in the rapidly diversifying industry, with a strong focus on both business and technical education. CEDIA has added more opportunities for peer-to-peer business discussion with the introduction of two roundtable series. One roundtable series will be broken out into small and mid-size business owner discussions. These moderated sessions will give ESCs an opportunity to discuss common concerns in a non-competitive environment. The second roundtable series will offer six different topics that ESCs identified as "hot topics" such as HDMI, hiring sales staff, and retrofit technologies. Additional information about the roundtables can be found here. CEDIA has also expanded technical education offerings centered around IP and networking. Three new advanced IP and Networking courses have been added to the roster: EST353 Advanced Wireless Networking, EST423 Remote System Access; Methods, Security, and Best Practices, and EST443 Tailoring Network Performance with VLANS and QoS. Lab space has been expanded and a total of eight half-day courses will be available, each of which will be offered twice in addition to a full-day workshop.  

New Digital Product Gives Consumers the Opportunity to Build Their Own Billboard

Building your own billboard has never been easier or more affordable, thanks to an innovative new digital product from Lamar Advertising Company (Nasdaq: LAMR). Postr™ is a billboard with a digital component that allows consumers and businesses to post their message in minutes for $25 per day. Customers can post their message on a Postr™ billboard in Little Rock in three steps: first, visit lamar.com/postr; next, upload an image; finally, enter a message up to 60 characters. Each spot will be in a rotation and will play over 1,000 times per day. Users have the option to change their message up to two times per day, and they can reserve one of six Postr™ billboard locations up to two weeks in advance.  

CEDIA has unveiled the winners of its highly coveted CEDIA Awards

In a record-breaking year for entries, which saw over 100 projects from more than ten countries battling out for the top prizes, this year's Award winners included a series of remarkable installations across all Media Room, Home Cinema, Integrated Home, Marine and Property Developer categories. These stunning projects represent the crème de la crème of smart home installations from across CEDIA Region 1 which covers the UK and Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Africa, India and Pakistan. In Media Rooms the winners were London-based Olive AV for delivering an impressively modern twist on an 18th century period property renovation and Spanish installer, Smart Business for a stunning and multi-functional media room paradise, appropriately entitled All-in-One. Full Press Release:

Digital signage booming with social media opportunities looming

If you live in a major urban area, you’ve probably already seen digital signage start to trickle in and replace their dated paper counterparts at bus stops and other points of interest. It looks like the digital display and advertising markets are only going to get bigger and better over the next four years, according to a new report from IHS iSuppli . Specifically, IHS analysts expect digital and professional signage display shipments to reach 17.3 million units by the end of 2012 — up from 15.4 million units in 2011 and 13.5 million units in 2010. By 2016, analysts expect that figure to topple approximately 25.8 million units. Considering that digital signage is so much more expensive than traditional billboard and display advertising methods, it might come as a surprise that digital signage is going to be adopted so quickly.

Brightsign's New HD Media Players

Interview with Brightsign's Jeff Hastings about their new HD media players

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