Publicity…Everything Changes But the Tool

There are people out there - lots of people - who want to do the lowly news release in once and for all. 

The End of Analog Video

The AACS (Advanced Access Content System), the licensing authority that defines the content protection scheme for Blu-ray, has established December 31st, 2010 as the beginning of the "Analog Sunset". The AACS Analog Sunset ensures that all new Blu-ray content is transmitted via HDMI with HDCP content protection between sources and displays.

The Role of the Set-Top Box

Parks Associates expects the role that a set-top box serves in the home to expand. Service providers, especially cable and telco/IPTV operators, will leverage this platform to support their multiplay strategies. Consequently, the set-top box will play a role as a home media server itself or as a network node, supporting multimedia functions and connecting multiple entertainment platforms while linking back to an RG to offer whole-home services.

Top 7 Things To Tell Your Customers About HDMI 1.4




TV Lift Furniture

My business partner and I founded this company in September of 2002 when the economy was still in the shadows of 911. We found a niche in the market that no one else had taped into since Plasma TV's where just hitting the market at over $10,000 each.

What the heck happened?

Please designers and marketers, don't focus on mobile devices and therefore limit our future to having fairly good products that do everything. We still want really good products that do specific tasks perfectly. Broadcasters (soon to be renamed Streamers) need to stay with the program too.

When Lightning Strikes

As the owner of Custom Connections, L.L.C. a Kansas City, Mo.-based custom home installer of A/V and home automation systems, Keith Stewart knows about the importance of power management.

Wireless Home Energy Control

Wireless automation provides the next of level of sophistication to HVAC zoning by increasing the number of controllable zones, automating energy efficient programming from a single location and providing connections through a secured wireless mesh to allow home owners to control the temperature in every room.

3D TV - A Few Facts

As many of you are aware, I try to be informative and break down the technology into a less technical fashion to help educate and inform those we've had contact with.

The 3D technology is definitely improved and the movie experience is very involving. If you decide to jump in and get the technology, you'll definitely wow family and friends.

Beyond the TV: Choosing the Right Mount, Accessories to Maximize the 3D Experience

While most shoppers focus their efforts on selecting precisely the right 3D TV to meet their needs and budget, too many overlook the importance of mounts and accessories in the 3D viewing experience. Without the right mount, viewing position, cabling and glasses, it's virtually impossible to achieve the authentic, immersive experience most 3D enthusiasts desire. Ultimately, the 3D experience is only as good as the weakest link.

Blu-Ray DVD: Part 3

On January 4, 2008, a day before CES 2008, Warner Bros. (the only major studio still releasing movies in both HD DVD and Blu-Ray Disc format) announced that it would release only in Blu-Ray Disc after May 2008. This included other studios that came under the Warner umbrella, such as New Line Cinema and HBO -though in Europe, HBO distribution partner, the BBC, announced it would continue to release in both formats while keeping an eye on the market.

Content Insider #142 - Whither Broadcast Storage

This year's NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) show had written/unwritten themes:

  • bigger, faster, cheaper.
  • close enough is good enough.
  • what happens when the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) "steals" the broadcasters' spectrum

Content Insider #143 - Clash of the Titans II

Maybe people like Jobs and Schmidt aren't omnipotent gods, but don't tick them off.

Adobe insulted Steve back in '96 when they helped Gates first and wouldn't do a special version of software for the lowly Mac.

Now Jobs looked down to the apps developers and said, "They need to be reminded of the order of things…"

BAM!!!  he eliminated Flash from their iPhone connection and wouldn't let it on his tablet.

Crestron Mobile Pro G iPad App

With the iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad™, Apple® has flung open the door to interacting with touchscreens and having fun doing it. This has created a whole new market for programmers and integrators, with Crestron leading the way. Crestron released the industry's first fully functioning iPad app before the iPad was even available.

Digital Signs Don't Sell, Don't Inform When They Display the Blues

By the time PC-based digital signage users realized that the February 2010 Microsoft security updates were causing their PCs to crash, it was already too late. Their PCs were plagued with the dreaded "blue screen of death" and rolling reboots, causing the digital signs they were using to deliver targeted messages to completely shut down.

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