Gary’s Rants & rAVes

Listen to Gary Kayye’s exclusive podcast – Rants & rAVes. Every episode, Gary talks with some of the biggest names in the AV industry and covers all the latest trends. Tune in, #AVTweeps!

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1188: How Should AV Integrators Sell Services?

If you’re an AV Integrator and at least 20% of your total annual sales aren’t coming from services, you’re in trouble. Seriously. If you rely totally on hardware sales, you’re unlikely to survive the next ProAV price squeeze that will occur by the end of 2023. What services should you be selling — besides system […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1188: How Should AV Integrators Sell Services?

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1187: PPDS (Philips Digital Signage) has a Globally Based North American Strategy! Huh? Watch!

PPDS is the technical name for what is commonly referred to (by us industry insiders) as Philips Digital Signage. And, for the last six years, the company has been building a global strategy for becoming a top-three display company; the plan was accelerated last month with the appointment of 20+ year industry veteran Nick Begleries […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1187: PPDS (Philips Digital Signage) has a Globally Based North American Strategy! Huh? Watch!

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1186: Why Exertis Almo Acquired Caddrillion, an AV Systems Design Firm

Exertis Almo Executive VP Sam Taylor joined me on my latest videocast to talk about the company’s acquisition announcement — it has acquired Caddrillion. Caddrillion is an AV systems design firm that was started by Justin Gregory, and it’s clear that Exertis Almo sees its future in offering more and more services. Watch Sam give […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1186: Why Exertis Almo Acquired Caddrillion, an AV Systems Design Firm

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1185: What’s Up With Sharp NEC Display Systems and MS Teams Rooms?

Although you can use LED walls and projection to build Microsoft Teams Rooms — and the new Front Row feature that leverages 21:9 and 32:9 aspect ratios — Sharp NEC hasn’t introduced a dedicated solution for it … yet. However, Sharp NEC solution architect, George Borden, hints at what is coming and when we might […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1185: What’s Up With Sharp NEC Display Systems and MS Teams Rooms?

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1184: ProAV Has a Wage Gap Problem. Here’s What We Know.

When it comes to both race and gender, it’s no secret that the AV industry has a few gaps. But thanks to a couple of recent reports by AVIXA, we know more about these gaps — and we can start to change them. On the latest Steph takeover episode of Rants & rAVes, Peter Hansen […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1184: ProAV Has a Wage Gap Problem. Here’s What We Know.

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1183: MAXHUB Will Launch This at Zoomtopia

Want to know what “this” is? Watch my latest videocast with MAXHUB’s director of sales & marketing for UC, Charlie Montoya, and you’ll get a sneak peek — literally — of its newest Zoom-based IFP. MAXHUB will be at Zoomtopia next week in booth #43 or you can check out the company here: maxhub.com.  […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1182: Everything You Need to Know About dvLED — Find Out at DSE!

dvLED, LCD, LED, there are reasons that all exist and there are use cases for all! In Steph Beckett’s latest Rants & rAVes takeover, she and AVI-SPL’s Brad Sager chat all about dvLED. Brad’s session at DSE 2022, titled “dvLED: What You Need to Know,” will answer questions like: What are the pros and cons […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1182: Everything You Need to Know About dvLED — Find Out at DSE!

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1181: Food, Networking and a Great Panel? What More Can You Ask For! Attend the Women of Digital Signage Luncheon at DSE 2022

In another Rants & rAVes takeover episode with Steph Beckett, she chats with Megan A. Dutta, co-founder of the Women of Digital Signage group. Megan wants everyone attending DSE to check out the Women of Digital Signage Luncheon, Nov. 18 at 12 p.m. PST. Featuring an expert panel, great food and opportunities to meet others […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1181: Food, Networking and a Great Panel? What More Can You Ask For! Attend the Women of Digital Signage Luncheon at DSE 2022

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1180: Learn How to Effectively Recruit Talent at DSE 2022!

In her latest Rants & rAVes takeover, Steph Beckett chatted with NSCA’s Tom LeBlanc about his panel session at the upcoming DSE show. The panel, titled “Transform Your Talent Pipeline,” will focus on the integration “bubble” and how to break out of it. If you’re having trouble finding ways to bring new talent into the […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1180: Learn How to Effectively Recruit Talent at DSE 2022!

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1179: Watch This to Learn the Value of Digital Menu Boards

In the quick-service restaurant (QSR) world, digital menu boards are quickly becoming THE WAY to order food and complete a transaction. But if you’re looking to follow the likes of McDonald’s and Starbucks, where do you start? Jackie Walker, retail experience strategy lead, Publicis Sapient, will speak about this at DSE 2022, but she also […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1179: Watch This to Learn the Value of Digital Menu Boards

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1178: If You Missed the TD SYNNEX Inspire Conference, Watch This Videocast With Sandi Stambaugh

Earlier this month, TD SYNNEX held its annual Inspire Conference in Greenville, South Carolina. It included over 3,000 AV and tech pros who provided a plethora of insights into where the market is today and where it’s heading. TD SYNNEX’s own senior vice president, product management, Sandi Stambaugh, details this as well as how it […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1178: If You Missed the TD SYNNEX Inspire Conference, Watch This Videocast With Sandi Stambaugh

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1177: Learn How to Leverage the Power of Digital Signage at DSE 2022

Steph Beckett takes over this episode of Rants & rAVes to talk a little about DSE (coming up very soon — Nov. 17-19). Brandy Alvarado-Miranda (BAM! Marketing and PR Agency), David Defelici (Telecine) and Justin Lachovsky (Telecine) joined to discuss their session at the show: “Respecting the 5 Cs for Great Enterprise Digital Signage.” Check […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1177: Learn How to Leverage the Power of Digital Signage at DSE 2022

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1176: Every Tech Who Crimps Cat Cable Will Love Untwisted Tech’s Tool

Gary was joined by the co-founder of Twisted Tech, the runner-up award winner for the “most innovative new product at CEDIA Expo 2022. Boris Braun became inspired to start the company by doing what every tech does — terminating Cat cable. And, he’s patented a way to make it faster, as you’ll see from this […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1176: Every Tech Who Crimps Cat Cable Will Love Untwisted Tech’s Tool

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1175: Lumens Could be the Secret PTZ Powerhouse; Here’s Why

Auto-tracking, voice-tracking, NDI, frame-tracking and TAA compliance are just a few of the reasons Lumens Integration Inc. wants you to consider it as a PTZ supplier. Oh, did we mention the company is one of the largest PTZ camera manufacturers in the world? I spoke with Lumens’ zone manager, Eddy Boyette, on my latest Rants […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1175: Lumens Could be the Secret PTZ Powerhouse; Here’s Why

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1174: The ScreenBeam Update: The Switch and 1100+ Are the BYOM Solution

I was joined by ScreenBeam’s sr. director – technical marketing, Jay Taylor, to talk about how its unique approach to BYOM includes the ability to build a Zoom Room or MS Teams room but still allow users to simply, with one connection point, still use their laptops as UCC devices and run a meeting using […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1174: The ScreenBeam Update: The Switch and 1100+ Are the BYOM Solution

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1173: The LG Update: What’s the Latest with OLED, LED and dvLED

In the latest episode of Rants & rAVes, Exertis Almo business development manager, Jennifer Fisher, joins me to talk everything LG. The company has a plethora of OLED and LCD options, but keep an eye out for the big growth area for LG — LED and dvLED. Watch to learn more!  Podcast: Play in […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1173: The LG Update: What’s the Latest with OLED, LED and dvLED

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1172: Sharp NEC Display Leverages the Legacy of the AQUOS Line for Its Future in Collaboration

One could argue that Sharp Corporation invented the interactive display with its first AQUOS commercial display some 21 years ago. Now, Sharp NEC Display has an entire line of AQUOS displays aimed at collaboration, with a plethora of options thanks to either an OPS or an SDM slot. Gary was joined by Sharp NEC’s George […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1172: Sharp NEC Display Leverages the Legacy of the AQUOS Line for Its Future in Collaboration

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1171: The Runner-Up for the CEDIA Expo 2022 Innovation Award Makes a 180-Degree Security Camera

At the CEDIA Expo 2022 show, there was an all-new Innovation Hub — limited to all-new companies with all-new tech. The winner uses AI and it, literally, life-saving tech; Gary will interview that company in an upcoming show but, today, here’s one of two runner-ups: IDView. IDView makes the smallest outdoor 180-degree cameras for commercial […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1171: The Runner-Up for the CEDIA Expo 2022 Innovation Award Makes a 180-Degree Security Camera

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1170: Only 140 Days Until ISE 2023 — Here’s What You Need to Know

I caught up with ISE Managing Director Mike Blackman while at CEDIA Expo last week; we couldn’t wait to talk everything ISE. ISE 2023, the AV megashow from AVIXA and CEDIA, is less than four months away and it’s likely to be the biggest event in four years for the global AV industry. Here’s everything […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1170: Only 140 Days Until ISE 2023 — Here’s What You Need to Know

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1169: Clive Davis Has What Everyone Wants — a MicroLED Theater

Clive Davis is in the LED club, thanks to the most recent The Wall install from Samsung, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer now has one of only a handful of home cinemas driven by a microLED. This interview with Samsung’s business development sr. manager, Mike Bennett, and the integrator for the entire project, […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1169: Clive Davis Has What Everyone Wants — a MicroLED Theater

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1167: Use an Actual Networking Company to Network Homes — NETGEAR To Enter CEDIA Expo Seeking Dealers

NETGEAR only does networking. And, whether you’re just connecting everything to the network, in a home or actually driving all your content across a network using AV-over-IP, NETGEAR has solutions to do it all. And, the company only does networking, so it does it well. NETGEAR’s own director of product marketing, John Henkel, joined me […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1167: Use an Actual Networking Company to Network Homes — NETGEAR To Enter CEDIA Expo Seeking Dealers

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1166: Do You Know DoorBird? If Not, You Should Visit Its Booth at CEDIA Expo

DoorBird is most known for its creative door-entry systems. Did you know it not only creates a secure entry system but can also be used as an intercom? It can also record any activity to the cloud without any fees and can integrate your whole home into one entry system controlled via any third-party control […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1166: Do You Know DoorBird? If Not, You Should Visit Its Booth at CEDIA Expo

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1165: Planar Will Debut an Outdoor LED and New MicroLEDs at CEDIA Expo

Adding a lifetime warranty for all customers, LED powerhouse Planar will be at CEDIA Expo in booth 15003 next week in Dallas for the annual high-end residential show. In the latest episode of Rants & rAVes, Gary was joined by Planar’s product manager, Jeremy Sternhagen, to talk about using CEDIA Expo as a launching platform […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1165: Planar Will Debut an Outdoor LED and New MicroLEDs at CEDIA Expo

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1164: It’s CEDIA Expo Time! Have You Registered?

CEDIA Expo happens to be next week (Sept. 29-Oct. 1) in Dallas, and most of the manufacturer training sessions have already been filled because show management is expecting 15,000 attendees! Jason McGraw, group VP of CEDIA Expo, joined Gary on his videocast today to detail more of what’s expected! Watch!  Podcast: Play in new […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1164: It’s CEDIA Expo Time! Have You Registered?

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1163: Liberty Will Debut 10G AV-over-IP at CEDIA Expo 2022

Gary got a scoop from Liberty AV’s own Kevin Peterman, director of product management, who explains that at CEDIA Expo next week, Liberty AV will introduce its SDVoE-based AV-over-IP lineup, dubbed the DigitalinxIP 6000 Series. However, the magic is in the software solution paired with it — watch this videocast and make sure you stop […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1163: Liberty Will Debut 10G AV-over-IP at CEDIA Expo 2022

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1162: While Inflation Goes Up, MicroLED Prices Are Going Down (at Planar)

Adam Schmidt, Planar’s executive vice president; sales, marketing & service, and Steve Seminario, vice president product marketing, joined my latest episode of Rants & rAVes today. We talk about how, in today’s world, there are supply chain issues and inflation, yet, Planar lowered the price of its microLED lineup. Yep, as of Sept. 1, Planar […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1162: While Inflation Goes Up, MicroLED Prices Are Going Down (at Planar)

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1161: Avocor Conquers Teams, Zoom and Even Google Meet

Avocor’s senior VP and general manager, Dana Corey, joined me on my latest videocast to talk all about the company. Avocor recently signed an exclusive deal with Google that will allow the AV integrator community to service the Meet video platform as well as MS Teams and Zoom. In fact, Avocor is doing it creatively […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1161: Avocor Conquers Teams, Zoom and Even Google Meet

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1160: How Sony Is Approaching Digital Signage

Gary invited Sony’s VP of B2B, Rich Ventura, on his latest Rants & rAVes videocast to talk all about digital signage. Sony’s approach is unique as the company simultaneously supports both SoC (system on a chip) and external media players. Thus, its solutions, highlighting the BRAVIA displays, include everything from retail to transportation and corporate […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1160: How Sony Is Approaching Digital Signage

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1159: Digital Signage Trends for 2023 Include the Metaverse, NFC and AI; Are You Ready?

Michelle Montazeri, Legrand AV’s manager of digital signage, joins me on my latest Rants and rAVes videocast today. This is an interesting one, #AVtweeps — Legrand sits in an interesting place in the world of digital signage. (The company works with everyone: Media player companies, signage companies, display companies, content producers, etc.) With 2023 just […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1159: Digital Signage Trends for 2023 Include the Metaverse, NFC and AI; Are You Ready?

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1158: If You’re in HomeAV, You Should Be a Member of HTSN

HTSN (Home Technology Specialists Nationwide) just announced that all its members get every bit of CEDIA’s online education for free. But, that’s not the only reason to join the organization. HTSN’s Director, Hank Alexander, joined Gary Kayye on the latest episode of Rants & rAVes to talk about this benefit, why HTSN pays each of […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1158: If You’re in HomeAV, You Should Be a Member of HTSN

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1157: The E4 Experience is Headed to Washington, DC and Boston This Fall!

Exertis Almo’s VP of marketing, Melody Craigmyle, joined Gary Kayye on his latest videocast to talk about what you can expect from the company’s E4 Experience this fall — and what you should bring your customers! Gary will attend both cities as the keynote speaker again, and he’ll also do a live group tour of […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1157: The E4 Experience is Headed to Washington, DC and Boston This Fall!

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1156: Meet Listen Tech’s President and CEO, Maile Keone

Listen Tech’s president and CEO, Maile Keone, is a role model for all women in AV. Mentored by two AV hall-of-famer’s Russ Gentner and Cory Schaeffer, Maile is helping to build Listen Tech into an audio company that has some of the most unique solutions in our industry. Her experiences, her expertise and her empathy […]

Rants & rAVes — Episode 1156: Meet Listen Tech’s President and CEO, Maile Keone