Streaming Video Cannibalizing DVD Rentals

Netflix seems to be one of the few technology companies booming in this recession with profit up 45% in Q4 from last year, and nearly 10 million total subscribers. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings noted that there were millions of subscribers using the Watch Instantly feature, and that Netflix had seen a "substitution effect" among subscribers who do so. "We are seeing early signs of less DVD usage with some subscribers who are also watching instantly as compared to subscribers who only receive DVDs," said Hastings. This could be more bad news for physical media companies like Sony because it shows that people are willing to compromise quality for the convenience of streaming video.

Minicom Unveils Fully -Digital AV Extender at Integrated Systems Europe

Minicom Digital Signage will be displaying for the first time in Europe, its new, fully-digital DS Vision® HHDMI, at the upcoming Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in Amsterdam, taking place at the RAI Centre on 3 - 5 February, 2009.

CASATOOLS INTRODUCES MULTI -ROOM MUSIC SERVER

The CasaTunes XL Music Server comes pre-loaded with CasaTunes Software, a 250GB hard drive supporting over 1600 albums, touch screen control and up to nine sources of music.

Pantel Launches Weatherproof Digital Signage -Specific LCD Monitors

The New Vertical and Horizontal Configured 42- and 52-Inch Models are Designed for Use in Either Commercial Indoor or Outdoor Applications; Also Available with Optional Computer and Heating Packages

Crestron MLX -2 Remote Now Available

The first Crestron infiNET EX™ 2-Way RF Remote with LCD Display

Panamax Announces New MB850 Compact, Lightweight UPS Battery Back -Up for Home Theater Systems

Weighing Only 16 Pounds, Battery Back-Up is Ideal for Remotely Located A/V Equipment; Saves Money on Projector Bulb Replacement

BITWISE CONTROLS SAYS 'YES WE CAN!' WITH 2009 COMMUNITY PROGRAM; INSTALLERS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY

BitWise Controls will give $12,000 worth of products FREE to installers working on projects for charities, schools or military personnel in 2009

Animated Tokyo Diorama Speaker

Japanese toy company Bandai has released a limited edition speaker with a diorama of Tokyo's Ginza district in all its modernist, 1950s glory. For a little over $2000 (198,000 yen) you get a cabinet with two 1 Watt speakers with the detailed diorama on top. The diorama uses LEDs to mimic what the famous street looked liked with all its signs and storefronts lit up at night.

Centronics' 50th Anniversary '09 Catalog Now Available

Accessible Online as well as Print with 12 Additional Pages of New Products, the '09 Catalog Offers Reduced Pricing for Many Products Across A/V, DBS, Off-Air, High Definition, Home Theater, and Satellite and Antenna Categories

Crestron Introduces New Occupancy Sensors

Crestron Green Light™ Expands its Energy Saving Product Line

NuVo Technologies' Wireless Control Pad is Now Shipping

New handheld device offers dealers increased installation flexibility, as well as a compelling reason to revisit existing clients. Users enjoy unprecedented control over NuVo's Grand Concerto and Essentia E6G multi-room audio systems.

Parks Associates finds monitoring revenues keeping home security industry afloat during recession

New report reveals monitoring makes up 75% of home security revenues

XANTECH WELCOMES JOE YERARDI

- Industry veteran joins Xantech family -

MSI WindBOX

MSI's WindBOX could be the future form factor for desktop PCs. The small fanless design mounts onto the back of any VESA compatible monitor and contains a 1.6GHz Atom CPU, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, Intel's GMA 950 graphics set, 802.11b/g WiFi, audio in / out, three USB 2.0 sockets, a VGA port and a 3-in-1 multicard. With the upcoming Nvidia ION platform's small size and 1080p capability we could be seeing HTPCs in similar invisible mounting form factors.

Unique Automation brings more innovation to the bathroom

Unique Automation, the London-based high-tech bathroom electronics company, will be demonstrating its expertise in bringing automation to the bathroom in a host of different ways. Innovations include bath management, television and lighting.

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Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Smart Bulbs are out there and they can do far more then just provide light. Speakers, projectors, wi-fi extenders and more. The standard light socket that is wired up and ready to go in nearly every home in North America is now providing an easy and affordable option for home owners and renters alike to enter into the world of the "Smart Home". Here is a look at some of the Smart Bulbs and Smart Lighting options out there, and this list is just the beginning. In this ongoing article we hope to continue to add to and grow this list, so stay tuned!