The Static Sign People Need Digital Signage Help!

The Static Sign People Need Digital Signage Help!

I just delivered my newest keynote here in Orlando at the ALMO Pro E4 AV Tour — being held in conjunction with the ISA’s International Sign Expo (the association for the sign people who’ve primarily made printed signs, banners and billboard for years) and I saw nothing but opportunity for the AV integrator world. Why? […]

Tightrope Media Systems and BrightSign Partnership Benefits TRMS the Most

Tightrope Media Systems and BrightSign Partnership Benefits TRMS the Most

Tightrope and BrightSign announced a partnership this week that will package its software and hardware, together, for turn-key digital signage systems — Tightrope’s Carousel system will be integrated with BrightSign players. Both companies’ dealer networks will have access to the combined products. Tightrope needs this alliance/partnership as the company has not done well in the […]

OK, Now Plasma Really Is Dead

OK, Now Plasma Really Is Dead

Panasonic will be announcing the death of plasma later this month as it plans to wind down its plasma panel production in March of 2014. Panasonic, the world’s largest manufacturer of plasma displays, will cease production because the consumer group just can’t sell enough plasma to make it price competitive (or profitable enough) against LCD-based […]

Is CEDIA Irrelevant?

Is CEDIA Irrelevant?

The annual CEDIA Expo is the industry’s premier HomeAV trade show, where every major manufacturer of home automation, whole-home audio and video distribution systems, HDMI gadgets, HDTVs, projectors and set-top boxes convene annually to show their new stuff. And, the 2013 edition opens this week in Denver, Colorado. We have a handful of reporters there […]

Is the Extron IN1608 the Perfect Classroom Box?

Is the Extron IN1608 the Perfect Classroom Box?

Without much fan fare, Extron just started shipping a product that may well be the best classroom system switcher ever. Yes, ever. Before you think this is a paid-for plug, read on (since it’s not): The IN1608 is an eight-input (plenty for ANY classroom application) HDCP-compliant switcher that includes: Four HDMI inputs Two DTP inputs […]

The Barco Acquisition of projectiondesign is Right on Time

The Barco Acquisition of projectiondesign is Right on Time

I caught up with Wim Buyens, Barco’s senior VP of projection, today at the projectiondesign booth at InfoComm in Orlando and I got the scoop on how the Barco acquisition of projectiondesign is progressing. You may recall, about six months ago, Barco announced they intended to acquire projectiondesign and integrate them into the Barco brand. […]

Audinate Goes Mainstream in Partnership with BOSE – So Much for Better Sound Through Marketing

Audinate Goes Mainstream in Partnership with BOSE – So Much for Better Sound Through Marketing

Everyone in ProAV generally makes fun of BOSE Corporation. For years, it’s sold products to consumers without any technical specs, performance details and without any information about how a product it makes is differentiated from another product of a different brand (e.g., Sony, Mitsubishi or Panasonic). But, there’s one thing we universally love with the […]

Why The Projection Summit Matters

Why The Projection Summit Matters

Insight Media will once again host the annual Projection Summit (PS 13) in Orlando, Fla. on June 10-11. The event will be held in conjunction with InfoComm 2013. And, you should seriously consider attending. For the past 20 years, projection has been the driver of our industry’s engine. And, the future of projection is bright — literally. Pico […]

Just Because Apple Did It, Doesn’t Mean It’ll Work for You

Just Because Apple Did It, Doesn’t Mean It’ll Work for You

I’ve seen a plethora of articles recently about how consumer electronics manufacturers have figured out what their problem is. After years of declining sales, laying off tens of thousands of people, reorganizing their corporate structurea and, in most cases, fired the president of the company, a handful of giant, Asian TV manufacturers and one giantU.S. software company […]

The Michael Blackman Blog

The Michael Blackman Blog

This blog is late. I don’t really have an excuse other than the fact that I’ve been traveling nearly continuously since leaving Amsterdam in early February. But, as the saying goes, better late then never. This year’s Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) Expo Jan. 29 – 31, was, in a word, AWESOME. And, kudos is in […]

BICSI Pulls Support for STEP — But, Does it Matter?

BICSI Pulls Support for STEP — But, Does it Matter?

Last month, BICSI pulled its support (via a letter, the text of which is below) of the InfoComm STEP program. STEP is an acronym for the Sustainable Technology Environments Program (STEP), a rating system and guide managed by the STEP Foundation, a nonprofit organization comprised of technology trade associations representatives, their members and STEP supporters. At its core, STEP […]

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