Crestron Launches DigitalMedia NVX Series UHD Network Solution

Crestron's new DM-NVX-350 angleOne of the themes that appears to be emerging from the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show taking place in Amsterdam right now is several new competing solutions designed to distribute 4K Ultra HD over IP. We told you yesterday about Savant’s prototype solution and now we have Crestron with their DigitalMedia NVX Series, which it says transmits 4K60 4:4:4 HDR video over standard 1GB Ethernet “with no latency – an industry first.”

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Dramatic LG OLED & LCD Digital Signage Solutions at ISE 2017

New Technologies Offer ‘Visual Options’ in Digital Signage

LGs logoAn interesting aspect of the Integrated Systems Europe Show (ISE) show is that it addresses both the residential and the commercial integration segments, making it a powerful draw for both types of integrators – although in Europe, it can often be one integration company that services both markets. Addressing the commercial side, LG Electronics took new digital signage solutions to Amsterdam – and with both LCD and OLED solutions, they caught our attention.

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Savant Previews 4K Video over IP Switching at ISE 2017

Photo of Savant "stand" at ISE 2017Savant has launched a new 4K Ultra HD video over IP switching solution at ISE 2017 taking place now in Amsterdam, NL. This is its first major product launch since Robert Madonna returned as CEO replacing outgoing CEO William Lynch in September 2016. The company says this system will give their dealers an “advantage in delivering premium distributed A/V content to their residential and commercial clients.”

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Sharp Plans Major Investment in U.S., Paying Fealty to Trump

Sharp investing in U.S.Sharp Corp., a subsidiary of Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. which is better known as Foxconn, has said in Japan that it plans to make a major investment in the United States. This announcement precedes by just two days a summit meeting between Japanese and U.S. leaders and is seen as a political move to buy favor with both the Japanese and U.S. governments.

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Is CEDIA’s Show For Sale…Again?

Photo of CEDIA16 show floorReuters is reporting that Emerald Expositions LLC, the major trade show exposition company that bought the CEDIA show last week, is considering putting itself up for sale. This report became public on Wednesday, January 25th…the day before CEDIA announced it has sold its trademark show to Emerald. All of which leads to the distinct possibility of the show changing hands again, in just a matter of weeks.

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Just Add Power Launches New HDIP Models

Just Add Power announced yesterday that they are launching new 2GΩ Transmitters and Receivers at the upcoming 2017 ISE Show in Amsterdam next week. Celebrating 25 years of design and manufacturing, the company says these new models are consistent with their theory of evolutionary design.

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Film Flops Force Sony to Take $1Billion Writedown

Sony's Movie Business is in TroubleSony Corps’ struggling film division, which hasn’t seen a major hit movie in a long while, has finally forced the company to take a writedown against third quarter earnings of a substantial $1 billion. The difficult decision was necessary to adjust or right-size the value of their operations and will mostly be booked against goodwill – to reset the value of the various film-related divisions.

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Control4 Beefs Up Routers with Built-In Cloud Monitoring Solution

Pakedge RK-1 RouterControl4 Corporation announced today that it has launched a line of routers that are upgraded with their BakPak cloud-based remote monitoring and performance assessment capability built-in. The company says this is a “first for the industry.”

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CEDIA Sells Off Their Show to Emerald Expositions


CEDIA sells off showThe Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) announced today that it has sold off their annual show – previously called the Expo, now known simply as CEDIA2017 – to Emerald Expositions, a company that they say is the largest trade show operator in the United States. The news, likely to be a surprise to many in the industry, is effective immediately, although CEDIA will continue to have a prominent role in the 2017 edition, with Emerald taking full control in 2018.

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Why Consumers Don’t Like to Shop at Retail Anymore

eMarketer logoNew research into what frustrates consumers when shopping in a retail store may give us a clue as to why brick-and-mortar retail is struggling – while online retailers are growing. Market research firm Capgemini asked consumers what they thought was a simple question that would elicit a simple answer. Little did they know that shoppers were only too happy to list the multiple reasons why they are frustrated with the retail shopping experience today.

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