Insider #145 - Content Overload

EMC and IDC recently validated what we all already knew. 

We've streaked right past Moore's chip law and entered the brave new world of always on…always in touch…always creating…always accessing…always sharing.

Outdoor Speaker Installation and Performance

The demand for outdoor entertaining has become increasingly popular, and justifiably so because who doesn't want to enjoy their favorite music poolside on a hot summer day? But to truly get the same experience you get in the living room outdoors, it takes a bit more than toting a battery-powered iPod accessory out to the patio for your next cookout. To help you get a better understanding of outdoor audio, we turned to Stephanie Scola, marketing manager at KEF America, for a few tips.

Partnerships Provide Power!

Most audio/video integrators run very lean and have limited bandwidth in which to effectively manage their business… or in the very least, run their business as effectively as they'd like. Partnerships offer many ways to enhance your limited capabilities. This does not mean you have to share ownership and split equity. You can easily benefit from a partnership by simply tag teaming with another business. Learn 10 unique types of partnerships and how each one will help your business grow.

Pre-Wire Your New Home: Chapter 7: Proper Terminations

This is the sixth installment of a multi-part series covering all aspects of low voltage wiring in the home: entertainment, security, automation, and future planning.

Pre-Wire Your New Home: Chapter 8: Things To Avoid

This is the eighth chapter of a multi-part series covering all aspects of low voltage wiring in the home: entertainment, security, automation, and future planning.

Project Showcase - San Mateo County Community College District Cosmetology Senior Lab Source Center

The Cosmetology Senior Lab source center caters to students. The project focused on setting up a complicated video distribution system involving several inputs of all sorts and outputting those in HD to 10 different displays. 

Project Showcase - The Penthouse Apartment

Project location:
Towering over Sydney's busy Darling Harbour is a state-of-the-art twostorey penthouse apartment with floor-to-ceiling glass windows which provide uninterrupted 360 degree views of the city and its environs.

Project Showcase:Atlona Technologies / Department of Neurological Surgery at UCSF

Reliable conference rooms in companies are a crucial part of business. The importance of an elegant, classy, and innovated conference room can enhance presentations and meetings. This is a rapidly growing trend among all the top business all over the world. With the right advancement in technology these conference rooms are used to hold worldwide company meetings via videoconference.

You may ask yourself at this moment; Why not just connect one VGA cable to a display or projector? It is simple, cost effective, and very easy to install. This method is highly popular in the past years. As technology has advanced and the popularity of implementing an AV system has increased, more companies are implementing AV solutions in there conference rooms.

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

1. HDMI 1.4 ALLOWS WEB SUPPORT FOR CAPABLE DEVICES

2. HDMI 1.4 FEATURES CONNECTIONS FOR MOBILE AND AUTOMOTIVE DEVICES

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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.

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