SIM2 USA Appoints Two New Rep Firms

SIM2 USA announces the appointment of two new rep firms on the West Coast. Steven Lester Company will handle Northern California and Northern Nevada, while Morris-Tait Associates will cover Southern California.

Netflix, Hulu Drive Big Jump in Over-the-top Media Server Market

Market research firm Infonetics Research earlier this month released its fourth quarter 2010 (4Q10) Cable, Satellite, IPTV, and OTT Set-Top Boxes and Subscribers market share and forecast report, now led by analyst Teresa Mastrangelo. ALYST NOTE "In the fourth quarter of 2010, we witnessed the dramatic growth of over-the-top services, as service providers and equipment vendors hit the 'sweet spot' for pricing. However, these services continue to complement pay TV rather than replace it. On a global basis, demand for set-top boxes continues to increase as more countries transition from analog to digital and more operators offer enhanced services such as high definition and DVR. We also are seeing increasing demand for hybrid set-top boxes, which leverage the existing broadcast infrastructure, but utilize the broadband connection to incorporate OTT content and increase interactivity and on-demand services," notes Teresa Mastrangelo, directing analyst for video (cable, satellite, IPTV video) at Infonetics Research.

ihiji Takes Remote Monitoring and Support To The Next Level With Control4 Home Automation Systems and ZigBee Device Monitoring Capability; Easy Integration, Offers Extended Visibility into Home Networks

Represents a great opportunity for all Control4 and ihiji dealers to approach clients with a proactive and lucrative remote monitoring and support solution.

Parks Associates forecasts number of consumer and home network devices to exceed seven billion worldwide by 2015

CONNECTIONS™ pre-event Webcast analyzes consumer cloud solutions

RedEye Controls Go Pro

ThinkFlood releases the second generation of their award-winning RedEye control systems, including a professional-grade home automation processor

Wirelessly Manage Input for Six Mobile Devices with Iogear Multi -Link Bluetooth Keyboard

IOGEAR's Multi-link Bluetooth Keyboard with Touchpad wirelessly switches between six Bluetooth enabled devices, providing convenient management of smart phones, tablets, HTPCs, gaming consoles, and more.

HTSA Donates to Support Relief Efforts in Japan

HTSA members and vendors come together to donate $19,000 to American Red Cross and the Japan Society

Best Buy Beefing Up Web, Downsizing Stores

Best Buy is rebalancing its channel strategy to address market share gains by online retailers, including Amazon.com. In the process, the company is dramatically expanding its online-only assortment, is promising to price those products aggressively, and has begun shrinking the footprint of some of its big-box stores as they come off lease. The chain has also not ruled out the possibility of closing some of its larger locations outright. In a fourth-quarter earnings call last month, co-Americas president Mike Vitelli said Best Buy will offer "very aggressive" pricing on a much broader online-only assortment to improve its price perception with customers. The move is designed to help counter mobile price-comparison technologies, which can put in-store stock at a disadvantage because price checks don't reflect value-added promotions like extended financing, loyalty program discounts and bundled offers, he said. The low web pricing will be achieved through a combination of supplier fulfillment, two-step distribution and Best Buy-owned inventory, he said. Still, CEO Brian Dunn stressed the importance of maintaining a brick-and-mortar presence to differentiate Best Buy from online-only competitors. Stores allow in-person consultations, provide a convenient pickup option for ecommerce orders, and will give the company a competitive advantage should tax policy favoring e-tail-only merchants change.

Chyron Names Peter Morrone Senior Vice President, Engineering and Product Management

Chyron today announced that Peter Morrone has been appointed to the new role of senior vice president for engineering and product management.

CRESTRON'S ROOMVIEW EXPRESS 6.3 ENHANCES EMERGENCY PREPERATION PROCEDURES AND SIMPLIFIES BUILDING MANAGEMENT

e new RoomView Express 6.3 remote helpdesk and resource management software now includes provision to streamline preparation for emergency situation procedures.

Auburn Hills Michigan. FortrezZ, LLC. releases for production a second generation of water and freeze detection sensors, wireless. This is a first of such sensors for the European market.

The new water and freeze detection sensor, WWA-02 certified for both USA and European markets, comes with new software features required by the customers, option for two different color enclosures and is using ½ AA Lithium or standard AA batteries.

RTI's XP -6 Central Control Processor Now Shipping

Latest XP Processor Offers Variety of Control Options, Astronomical Clock for Time-Based Events, and Two-Way Communications, All at an Amazing Value

RTI Honored With CE Pro Quest for Quality Award for Best Dealer Programs and Incentives

Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) today announced that CE Pro magazine readers have selected the company as a Quest for Quality Award recipient.

The ultimate Vantage mobile access solution: create your own Vantage touchscreen on your iPad®

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new Vantage iPad® app. Now you can control your Vantage audio, lighting, climate and camera systems with your iPad®. The app is designed to provide homeowners with simple, intuitive control of their homes

Vantage Extends Home Automation Control to iPhone®

Vantage, one of the leaders in home automation solutions for luxury homes, announces the release of the new Vantage iPhone® and iPad® application. The new app enables homeowners to control lighting, audio, cameras, and home climate remotely.

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