Welcome to Gary Kayye’s 2019 Krystal Ball – What Will Happen in AV in 2019

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I love writing this annual predictions article. If you’re a regular reader, you already know this but for those that don’t, my Kayye’s Krystal Ball piece is an annual article where I not only tell you what I think is going to happen in the AV market for the upcoming year, but I also go […]

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Our ISE Show Coverage Is More Than Every Other AV Publications’ in the World Combined

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rAVe [PUBS] and rAVe [NOW] just returned from the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show last week in Amsterdam and we covered the show floor with nearly 20 reporters. You want proof? Well here you go: We shot over 1,500 new product videos on the show floor — yes, 1,500 We wrote up over 350 new […]

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Visix Introduces Ultra-Small Nano Digital Signage Player

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Visix has added a new Nano player to its digital signage hardware offering. The ultra-small form factor appliance is purpose-built to provide reliable 1080p playback for digital signs in the smallest package available, measuring just 2.75”w x 2.75”d x 1.25”h. The Nano player is Visix’s smallest and most affordable media player and it includes 64GB […]

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Key Digital’s KD-VW4x4Pro Video Wall Processor Finally Ships

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The Key Digital KD-VW4x4Pro video wall processor is specified for collaboration and corporate applications. The KD-VW4x4Pro is designed to create video walls featuring eight different user-selectable video wall modes with numerous horizontal and vertical layouts. These modes include: four horizontal: 1×4 rotated, 1×4, 1×3,and two sets of 1×2 and three vertical: 4×1, 3×1, two sets […]

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Samsung Intros 8K Digital Signage, New Version of The Wall and Multi-Link LED HDR at ISE 2019

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Samsung Electronics just added 8K to the digital signage market by launching the first signage products featuring 8K QLED 8K at ISE 2019. In addition to the QLED 8K Signage, Samsung also showed The Wall 2019 and Multi-Link LED HDR technology for signage. Samsung will present the new 82” QLED 8K Signage, which combines extremely […]

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Crestron Expands Room Scheduling Platform at ISE

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At ISE 2019, Crestron debuted its latest hardware and software additions to its room scheduling platform. Two new scheduling panels — 5″ portrait and 5″ landscape — are now available, along with an optional room availability light bar. Like all Crestron scheduling panels, they connect directly to a Microsoft Exchange Server, Office 365 and G […]

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MuxLab Integrates Scheduling with New DigiSign Software

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MuxLab’s on-board CMS system, DigiSign, works with the company’s Digital Signage Media Player (model 500769) to manage and control AV content from a variety of sources. It fully supports streaming content via the H.264/H.265 codec over a local Ethernet or the Internet as well as content loaded onto its internal memory drive and via external […]

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Crestron Expands AV-over-IP Product Line at ISE 2019

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Crestron has debuted new additions to the DigitalMedia product family at ISE 2019 this month. The new products include a DM NVX encoder and decoder with PoE+ support and DM NVX encoders/decoders with Dante audio networking. The DM-NVX-E30(C) and DM-NVX-D30(C) are encode- or decode-only units that support HDMI connectivity and analog audio. Compatible with all […]

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ZyPer4K Silent Decoder Makes ISE Debut in Amsterdam

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The newest addition to the ZeeVee product family of ZyPer4K AVoIP decoders and encoders – the ZyPer4K Silent Decoder – makes its ISE debut in Amsterdam this year. The ZyPer4K Silent decoder has an innovative fanless design that reduces noise in locations where the hum of a fan is problematic. In addition, it eliminates a […]

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BrightSign Media Players Now Integrate with Adomni’s Digital Out-of-Home Selling Platform

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BrightSign today announced that its media players are now fully supported by Adomni, an open online platform to find and buy digital out-of-home (DOOH) advertising. BrightSign operators can also choose how much of the share-of-voice can be opened up to purchase by outside advertisers, from as little as 10 percent to as much as 100 […]

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BrightSign Announces Partnership with AdMobilize

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BrightSign announces a partnership with AdMobilize, an audience intelligence company that focuses on powering DOOH and retail networks with real-time, fully anonymous audience intelligence. The partnership comes after more than a year of collaboration in an effort to bring this industry-evolving solution to market. BrightSign Series 3 and 4 XT, XD and HD expanded I/O […]

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Jupiter by InFocus Intros Catalyst XL Display Wall Processor

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Jupiter by InFocus just debuted a new flagship Catalyst XL display wall processor featuring a 4K and 8K capture board technology and real-time document and video annotation capability. Catalyst XL is designed for 24/7 control operations. The processor can power up to 48 displays and a maximum of 156 4K IP and direct inputs. The […]

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Aurora Multimedia Debuts 4K Two-Input, Eight-Output HDMI and PoE Splitter & Scaler

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Aurora Multimedia announced the DXE-218, an eight-port 4K60 4:4:4 HDMI PoE Splitter with downscaling per individual output. The unit delivers individual port-level CEC control, EDID management, Hot-Plug Detection and EDID reporting per output. This is all done through the LAN port for full control and statistics of all ports. The downscaling per output allows 1080p […]

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Philips Enters the LED Market, Adds Android 7 to the D-Line and Intros New Interactive Touch Models

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Philips Professional Display Solutions (Philips PDS) will unveil a host of new display models at ISE 2019. In addition to new LCD displays launched at ISE 2019 in stand 10-K170, Philips will officially enter the LED market. Following the debut of a 110″ prototype LED display at ISE 2018, Philips PDS is launching six new […]

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Christie Debuts New MicroTiles LED

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Nearly a decade after the launch of the original Christie MicroTiles (rear-screen DLP cubes), Christie has launched a new LED version called, appropriately, the MicroTiles LED. Marketed to be smaller, brighter and more flexible than the first-generation, Christie MicroTiles LED makes its global debut at ISE 2019 this week in Amsterdam. Delivering P3 color space […]

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Matrox Expands Video Wall Portfolio, Adds New SDI and DisplayPort Capture Card Options

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Matrox Graphics announces an expansion to its capture card and video wall portfolio. The Matrox Mura IPX 12G-SDI capture and IP encode/decode cards are the product range’s set of SDI cards, while the Matrox Mura IPX 4K DisplayPort capture and IP decode cards extend the DisplayPort-based offering. The new Mura IPX capture cards now allow […]

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The Golden Year

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Although you are reading this in February 2019, it was written in December of 2018 due to the weird schedules needed for online publishing. December of 2018 was a personally momentous month because it represented a major milestone — my 50th year as a member of the Audio Engineering Society and the professional audio community […]

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Userful Accelerates Channel Focus through Launch of Visual Network Platform Architecture

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Userful Corporation announced today that it has expanded its channel program to take advantage of the opportunity with enterprise customers to provide innovative visual communications solutions, which can improve operating efficiency up to 80 percent and reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) up to 40 percent. A cornerstone of this initiative is the naming of […]

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SpinetiX Announces Cloud-Based Solution Called ARYA, Seems More Like DIY Signage to Us

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SpinetiX announces the release of an end-to-end, cloud-based digital signage solution called SpinetiX ARYA. SpinetiX ARYA is marketed as an easy-to-use visual communication solution that combines professional grade cloud- and hardware-based technologies. SpinetiX ARYA features a guided user experience and enables creation of visual content with a personalized color code and logo, as well as […]

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The AV Industry and the Power of Social Media

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Customer acquisition is time-consuming and expensive, so it makes sense to treat prospects and customers as valued people when they’re looking for your brand on social media. As a person who has a great deal of understanding about the time, effort, and costs of new prospects earned through marketing, I am acutely aware of the […]

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AV Stumpfl to Debut New Version of PIXERA Version and New Projection Screen Systems at ISE 2019

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AV Stumpfl will show its latest projection screen products and version 1.0 of the company’s next-generation media server system PIXERA at ISE 2019 in Amsterdam. PIXERA is a 64-bit system for real-time media processing, compositing and management, built around the key theme of usability. Users can gradually discover the options and features and can smoothly […]

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Absen to Debut Fine Pixel Generation of Solutions at ISE 2019

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As part of its Fine Pixel Generation solution campaign, Absen will showcase three new narrow pixel pitch (NPP) product series at next week’s ISE (Amsterdam RAI, 5-8 February 2019) on booth 12-C60. Featuring the company’s Integrated Matrix Device (IMD) and Common Cathode (CC) technologies, the new Aries Series (AX 1.5mm) and CR Series (CR 0.9mm) […]

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Almo’s E4 Experience Sets New Bar for Regional Events; Chicago Is March 12, California Is April 5

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Almo Professional A/V, the Pro AV industry’s Favorite Distributor, today introduced the 2019 E4 Experience, a rebranded, expanded version of the award-winning E4 AV Tour. Almo is continuing its education partnership with AVIXA by offering high quality courses worth CTS Renewal Units (RUs), while bringing new certification opportunities with the SDVoE Alliance and the Digital […]

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BrightSign Announces BSN.cloud; Cloud Management Platform for Digital Signage Networks

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BrightSign just announced the new BSN.cloud, a player-management platform driven by BrightSign OS 8.0, the commercial-grade operating system purpose-built for digital signage. BSN.cloud really consists of three clouds. At the base level, the Control Cloud subscription is included with every player. It offers BrightSign customers simple provisioning and setup options and real-time data about player […]

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Digital Projection’s ISE 2019 Plans Include a 35K Lumen 8K Projector and More LEDs

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At ISE 2019 in Amsterdam, Digital Projection says it will have an even brighter 8K (7680×4320) resolution projector than last year’s — in fact, in 2018, they were the only company with an 8K native projector in their booth. In addition, DPI will demo what they are calling the world’s first native 4K Ultra High […]

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Aurora Will Debut a Two-Input, Eight-Output HDMI Splitter at ISE 2019

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Aurora Multimedia will use ISE 2019 to debut an eight-port 4K60 4:4:4 HDMI PoE splitter with downscaling per individual output. Dubbed the DXE-218, it takes two HDMI inputs and splits it into eight HDMI ports all with CEC control, EDID management, Hot Plug Detection and PoE (power over Ethernet). This can all be managed and […]

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Updated: R.I.P. Christie MicroTiles — True Innovation is Laid to Rest

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Update: We just heard from Christie, who told us that although it’s true the original Christie MicroTiles are being retired, an all-new version that’s “smaller, brighter and faster to install” will be announced at ISE next week in Amsterdam. Stay tuned for more information! I just received an official notice from Christie Digital, today, that […]

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Listen Technologies Launches Listen EVERYWHERE at ISE 2019

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Listen Technologies is launching Listen EVERYWHERE, its new Wi-Fi product, at ISE 2019. Listen EVERYWHERE is the latest in the evolution of Listen Technologies Wi-Fi products. It replaces Audio Everywhere and features upgraded hardware and a new server with professional audio outputs. Listen EVERYWHERE is a professional-grade system with and can accommodate thousands of users […]

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New Userful Solution Is Cloud-Based AV Management and Content Distribution System for AV Gear

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Userful Corporation announced today the launch of a new communications concept, the visual networking platform, an architecture that centrally manages all video and visual communication throughout an entire organization. As part of this launch, Userful also announced the first three products that will comprise the platform: Userful Enterprise, Userful Cloud and the uClient. Integrated with […]

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Navori Will Show Mobile Interaction Capabilities for QL Manager at ISE 2019

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Navori will streamline digital signage content management for businesses and organizations with a new QL Manager update at ISE 2019 that allows roaming employees to publish updates on the network with ease. The new enhancement, part of Navori’s QL 2.1 software update scheduled for March release, frees employees from the desktop as they attempt to […]

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Christie Adds to LCD Panel Lineup with Secure Series

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The new Christie Secure Series of flat panels are designed for secure facilities including government, corporate and military environments and other facilities that require top security at all times. Trade Agreement Act (TAA) compliant without RF functionality, the first two models available are the Christie SUHD551-L and Christie SUHD651-L. Both monitors have two HDMI inputs, […]

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ISE 2019 Simplifies Show with Six Tech Zones — You NEED to Read This Before Going

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There are 15 halls at ISE 2019 in Amsterdam 5-8 February and show management has worked year after year to try to find a way to help visitors, well, visit. It’s LITERALLY impossible to go to the show and stay all four days and see the entire show floor — impossible In fact, that’s why […]

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