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March 16, 2021 | Volume: 15 | Issue: 5
We talk a lot about what will be next in our industry. In a year that was — let’s get all the cliches out of the way now — unprecedented, abnormal and unlike anything most of us can remember, we struggle to predict what the future will hold.
You may remember that Gary Kayye predicted live events would start to trickle back slowly this summer, picking up in the fall and that they’d be returning fully by 2022. But until then, it’s virtual-event city.
I feel like we are on the cusp of an architectural renaissance with audiovisual and low-voltage technologies as the medium. This renaissance, I think, is partially due to the rise of creative technology advances and innovations in our AV sector and, more so, the potential of its harmony within the context of the built environment.
AV designers and solution providers enter into contracts with the customer to deliver a needed AV solution. The contract specifies what is needed and how much it will cost. No customer wants to pay more than they agreed to. The only thing worse than paying more than agreed is not getting exactly what they wanted. However, it is very common for the desired scope to evolve from what is written in the original contract. That’s what the change order is for.
The broadcast and video content industries have experienced significant changes over the past 12 months. The outbreak of COVID-19 has come as a substantial external shock, hindering the creation and supply of premium content. At the same time, demand for video content in the home has hit record levels, with homebound consumers looking to substitute normal activities following stay at home advice. These factors have impacted the entire supply chain for the video content industry, including the professional audio equipment that supports it.