Latest headlines: Scott Tiner on remote support in schools during COVID-19, plus news from Vivitek, Renkus-Heinz, Marantz, LG and more
August 4, 2020 | Volume: 13 | Issue: 15
Hey, rAVe ED folks — not sure if I’ve ever written to you. If I have, it’s been a while. Except I think I’m right. I think it’s mostly been Steph Beckett who’s graced your inbox, week after week, in this lovely newsletter these past few months. Isn’t she the best?We’ve had a busy few weeks. In addition to hosting the SYNNEX LAVNCH Days, rAVe is at work with Futuresource organizing LAVNCH EMEA, just on the horizon — starting less than a month from today. Woohoo!Topics of discussion for this week:
Remote tech support. (Read Scott Tiner’s column on it.)
AV-over-IP. (Eric Olson from Also offers his take — story below.)
ProAV market movements. (Futuresource is at it again with a thorough breakdown on ProAV’s status.)
Products. (We’re talking esports, lecterns, speakers, production switchers, emergency phones, multi-gig switches, PTZ cameras, power amplifiers, regular amplifiers, 4K projectors and LED displays with some preeeetty small pixel pitches, I’d say.)
Though it’s only Tuesday, I hope you have a great rest of your week and weekend, since I won’t get to talk to you again before the week is up.
Hasta la vista!
Back in the late fall of 2019, I first heard of Teleportivity. It was in a demo video that Gary Kayye posted right here on rAVe [PUBS]. My initial thought was that the idea was great, but I wondered about the product’s efficacy at smaller institutions like mine, or even mid-size colleges and universities. We are now in August 2020, and in the middle of a pandemic, that is — literally — raging across the country. We are all thinking of serving our faculty and staff in the short term and long. In a few weeks, many of us will welcome some or all of our students and faculty back.
AV-over-IP continues to pick up traction among integrators in the ProAV industry, but there are still quite a few that find themselves questioning if they should start implementing this technology. In fact, 45% of respondents in a 2019 industry survey revealed that they either do not embrace, or are on the fence with adopting AV-over-IP as a viable AV distribution solution – nearly half. So why all the hesitation, and furthermore, why is now the right time for using AV-over-IP?
There is no doubt that COVID-19 is having a sustained impact on a wide range of markets, from videoconferencing and video content production, to installation verticals, touring and rental. Additionally, as the world starts to ease lockdown restrictions, and return to a “new normal,” discussions turn to the effects felt by the various industry sectors and focuses in on what the AV industry might look like once the pandemic moves into the rear-view mirror.