360, VR Everywhere: The Virtual Buzz at IBC Starts to Look Real

All of the major studios - Fox, Turner, Disney, ILM, and others are figuring out how to tell narrative stories like Martian VR, Star Wars VR, Jungle Book VR and Jurassic World: Apatosaurus while wrapping the content in a secure envelope.

Here's Why You're Paying $200 to Rent a Clunky TV Set-Top Box

Todd Shields for Bloomberg:  Imagine watching TV without paying the cable company for the blinking set-top box, using a gadget of your choice that makes it easy to switch between cable channels, streaming programs and online shows. The idea, simple in concept, is proving difficult in execution. U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is pushing a plan to force cable companies to give up their control over set-top boxes, "unlocking" the marketplace as he puts it. But he’s drawn opposition from lawmakers in both parties, not to mention some of the most active corporate lobbyists in Washington. Comcast Corp. and the cable industry -- which stands to lose $20 billion a year in box rentals -- say it’s unnecessary and are fighting it. So are Hollywood studios, DirecTV owner AT&T Inc., and CBS Corp. Even a fellow commission Democrat said Wheeler’s plan set for a Sept. 29 vote is flawed.   Cont'd...

Home Tech Kickstarter Projects

Here are a few current projects that may be of interest.

Special News Report for CEDIA 2016

Miss the show? New product announcements and news from CEDIA 2016.

The new Echo Dot gives Amazon the top spot in the smart home market

BI Intelligence:  Amazon announced the upcoming release of the second-generation Echo Dot, the smaller version of its popular Echo voice controlled speaker. The new device will be available starting on October 20and can currently be pre-ordered. The company also announced it would be lowering the price, selling Dots in packages of six or 12, expanding into new markets, and will be offering a white version. These four announcements will help Amazon drastically increase its total addressable market for the Echo line of products:   Click here for more...

The Growth of Online Video-Based Learning

The use of written material in education has become boring to today's digital users. Neurological studies have proven that memories are reinforced when an emotion was attached to memory.

5 Ways to Improve Your Room Sound

Every room has its own sound and every surface in your room will reflect, diffuse or absorb sound to some degree. The combination of these interactions is what creates your "room sound."

Visual Resolution of Display Screens

The paper explains and illustrates the meaning of luminance modulation of visual display screens as basis for the perception of presented visual information and as basis for objective visual performance evaluation and rating of display screens.

Sonos Is Adding Third-Party App Support

Janko Roettgers for Variety:  Sonos is finally going beyond its own app: Spotify users will soon be able to control their Sonos speakers straight from the Spotify app, the company announced at an event in New York Tuesday. Support for Spotify Connect will be added “in the coming weeks,” said Sonos head of Software development Antoine LeBlond. Previously, Sonos owners had to access Spotify’s service through the Sonos app, which essentially meant that they had to switch between two apps for listening to music at home and on the go. With the new third-party app integration, Spotify’s app is also getting the ability to manage zones, meaning that consumers will be able to decide which speakers the music will play on.   Cont'd... Read Sonos Press Release here:

Millennial Priorities: Influencing Gen Yers Requires Different Channels, Different Messages

It is estimated that there are roughly 1.8 billion Millennials on the globe today; and while you may look down on them right now, by 2025 they'll comprise 75 percent of the workforce.

Best Buy Finally Figures Out the Internet

Shelly Banjo & Shira Ovide for BloombergGadfly:  Best Buy's quarterly financial results on Tuesday were downright Amazon-like: Consecutive quarters of double-digit online sales growth. Hot new products including virtual-reality headsets and techy watches. Words like "exploration" and "experimentation." Gone were the store-closing announcements of quarters past, along with talk of bad weather or other tired excuses for why consumers aren't shopping (many of which we've heard from Target, Macy's and other retailers in recent weeks). Shares surged 19 percent on the news, marking Best Buy's biggest one-day stock gain since 2001.   Cont'd...

Not Really: The Olympics Streams Aren't VR, But They Are Paving The Way

Yes, despite sucking up batteries and data plans, all that Rio Olympics stuff you streamed to your TV, computer, tablet and smartphone wasn't really VR.

CEDIA 2016 - Interview with Sanjay Patel, TiO

We want to build a strong, reputable relationship with CI professionals, which is why we continue to attend the annual event.

HomeToys.com - Special Tradeshow Coverage of CEDIA 2016.

CEDIA 2016 will be held from September 13th - 17th in Dallas, Texas . This HomeToys.com Special Tradeshow report aims to bring you news, articles and products from this years event.

CEDIA 2016 - Interview with Lee Marc of MantelMount

Like many of the exhibitors at CEDIA, dealers are the lifeblood of our business.

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