Parent Company of Magenta Research and tvONE Buys Media Server Company Green Hippo

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Spitfire Creative Technologies, the parent company of Magenta Research and tvONE, has purchased Green Hippo, a developer and manufacturer of media servers and digital display products with offices in the UK and the U.S. Spitfire also owns tvONE and Magenta Research, manufacturers of video processing and signal distribution products. “Green Hippo and tvONE each have […]

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Good Competition, The CEDIA Conundrum and Julie

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Every business owner in every company hopes, especially when they invent or pioneer something unique, that their competition will be good. Bad competition tends to shred an industry and can lead to its eventual demise. For example, I have many friends that own AV integration firms — they love the good competition and loathe the […]

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Almo Will Dominate Digital Signage Content Creation with Acquisition of Insteo, Inc.

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Almo Professional AV announced it has acquired certain assets of Insteo, Inc., a specialized digital signage content and creative company that programs and designs content for digital signage, then provides tools to manage the day-to-day changes in the cloud. As part of the acquisition, the Almo content creation team is being led by Jim Nista,  […]

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DCC Tech Acquires Stampede – Mark Wilkins Retires a Rich Man

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Stampede today announced that it has been acquired by the technology division of DCC plc, a £14.3 billion revenue, London Stock Exchange listed (LSE) international sales, marketing and support services group that employs 11,000 people in four divisions operating in 17 countries. Who the heck is DCC? DCC is a leading international sales, marketing and support services group that operates through four divisions: […]

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Diversified Buys UK-Based Digitavia

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Diversified has announced the acquisition of UK-based Digitavia. Diversified Founder and CEO Fred D’Alessandro said, “In today’s global economy, overseas expansion is a necessary step in continuing our strategic plan and success. Having successfully partnered with the Digitavia team on multiple projects in the past, the decision to combine our companies and bring them into […]

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Vogel’s Buys SmartMetals

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Vogel’s just announced its intention to take a majority ownership stake in SmartMetals Mounting Solutions. SmartMetals is a well-known European-based manufacturer of floor, wall and ceiling mounting solutions for projectors, displays and whiteboards. With this majority interest, Vogel’s wants to position itself even more as a specialist in AV product solutions. It is strengthening its […]

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Leyard and Planar Complete Acquisition of eyevis

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Today Leyard and Planar announced that they have completed the acquisition of eyevis, which includes the company Teracue. In line with the announcement earlier in April, Leyard and Planar have completed the acquisition process. Through this geographic expansion, the companies will better serve customers in EMEA with combined marketing, sales, installation support and customer service. “We are pleased to welcome eyevis and Teracue […]

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Leon Speakers Buys Outdoor Speaker Specialist Terra Speakers

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Today Leon Speakers announced that it has acquired Terra Speakers, Maine-based manufacturer of rugged, all-weather speakers. Leon and Terra have a long history of working together. Terra’s All Climate FIVE line of all-weather loudspeakers was designed in partnership with Kaplan, and Leon’s Boundary Series outdoor speakers are made with drivers manufactured by Terra at its […]

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Lutron Electronics Acquires Ketra, Smart Lighting and Controls

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Lutron Electronics has signed an agreement to acquire Ketra, whose Natural Light solutions provide the highest-quality light — light that seamlessly emulates daylight in interior spaces. Founded in 2009 in Austin, Texas, Ketra offers lighting and control solutions that deliver beautiful, customizable light in residential and commercial environments. Ketra’s selection of light sources creates high-quality white, pastels and saturated colors, which enhance the look of […]

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Leyard and Planar Acquire eyevis

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Today Leyard and Planar announced the intent to acquire eyevis, a manufacturer of visual display solutions. Through this geographic expansion, the companies will better serve customers in EMEA with combined marketing, sales, installation support and customer service. eyevis, a German manufacturer of large screen systems, is a provider and integrator of visualization systems for professional applications in control rooms, broadcast, virtual reality […]

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Did Plantronics Bail Out Polycom or Is This Perfect Timing?

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As the rest of the advertiser-supported AV press just reprints the Polycom or Plantronics press releases, we’re going to call it how we see it — with the truth about this “acquisition.” Yes, Plantronics is taking control of Polycom — a history-making videoconferencing company that all but invented the space — for what amounts to $2.0 billion in enterprise […]

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STRATACACHE Buys X2O Media From Barco

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Barco announced the sale of Montréal-based X2O Media to STRATACACHE. STRATACACHE will offer an enhanced focus and new growth opportunities for X2O. After its acquisition in 2014, X2O became part of Barco’s Enterprise division, which focuses on solutions for meeting and control rooms. Over the years, X2O secured top tier customers including John Deere, Verizon, FoxNews and Accenture. All customer agreements will […]

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Why AVI Systems Purchased Magenium Solutions

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AVI Systems announced today that it has acquired Magenium Solutions, a Chicago-based technology services provider that brings vast expertise in Microsoft competencies to hundreds of companies nationwide. Magenium Solutions: Now “Powered By AVI” Commenting on Magenium’s future as a company “Powered By AVI,” Tim Traxinger, managing director and co-founder of Magenium Solutions, said, “This is a union of kindred companies. As a 100 percent ESOP organization, AVI […]

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BlueDog Data Services Merges with Audio Design, Inc.

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BlueDog Data Services, a provider of data management services supporting the tools, processes and standards necessary for integrators to compete, grow and remain profitable, announces a merger with Audio Design, Inc., a provider of outsourced system design and documentation, to form the BlueDog Group. The companies combine to offer a more comprehensive suite of design (proposals), project documentation (drawings), […]

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Unified AV Systems Acquires Xzact Technologies

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Unified AV Systems announced today the completion of the acquisition of Xzact Technologies and plans to merge the operations of Xzact Technologies into the company effective Jan. 1, 2018. Unified AV Systems (UAVS) is an Atlanta, GA-based company providing design, engineering, installation, and maintenance services for Audio Visual & Video communication systems to corporate, education, […]

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Williams Sound Buys Pointmaker

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Williams Sound today announced that it has acquired Pointmaker, part of a new strategy to expand the Williams Sound product footprint beyond its traditional audio end markets. Pointmaker is a leading provider of hardware and software for video annotation technology and will serve as a platform through which Williams Sound will develop new products to […]

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Canadian AV Integration Company Genesis Integration Buys Audability

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Canadian AV and collaboration company Genesis Integration Inc. has acquired Audability Inc., including its Sono Video offices in Quebec, as of Oct. 16, 2017. This gives Genesis Integration 10 location across Canada. “This is all about synergy, with both Genesis and Audability bringing different skillsets and experiences. This will propel us forward to become a much […]

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AVI Systems Acquires Dascom Systems Group

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AVI Systems announced its plans to acquire Dascom Systems Group, a full-service integrator of IPTV services, including IP networking, video, applications and integration. AVI Systems will operate the company as Dascom Systems Group from its Saint Paul, Minnesota location, and will retain all employees. “We have been interested in Dascom for many years,” says AVI […]

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Coretronic Acquires British Image Processing Company Calibre

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Coretronic of Taiwan, one of the largest projector manufacturers in the world, has completed the acquisition of Calibre, a privately held British image processing technology manufacturer based in Bradford, Yorkshire, UK. The acquisition of Calibre expands Coretronic’s technology capability by the addition of Calibre’s range of HQUltra image processing technology and in-house R&D capabilities. Coretronic […]

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Savant Acquires Artison

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Savant has announced today the acquisition of Artison, an audio products manufacturer based in Minden, Nev. that builds whole-house audio and home theater solutions. The acquisition enables Savant to leverage Artison’s key patents and audio engineering expertise toward future entertainment technologies. Artison was founded by acclaimed engineer Cary Christie in 2003 and has focused in the architectural loudspeaker and subwoofer categories. Artison […]

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AptoVision Acquired by Semtech Corporation

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Semtech Corporation, a supplier of analog, mixed-signal semiconductors and algorithms, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire AptoVision Technologies Inc., a privately-held provider of uncompressed, zero-frame latency, Video over IP solutions addressing the exciting Pro AV market. The acquisition is expected to add over 30 employees based in Montreal. AptoVision CEO Kamran Ahmed will join Semtech reporting to Gary […]

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Legrand Buys Milestone AV

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Legrand (parent company for Middle Atlantic, Luxul, ON-Q and Vantage) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Milestone AV Technologies, the parent company of AV brands including Da-Lite, Vaddio, Sanus, Projecta and Chief, which makes projector mounts, projection screens, PTZ cameras, equipment racks and AV furniture for both the HomeAV and […]

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Prysm Announces Kaybus Acquisition to Strengthen Enterprise Offering

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Prysm today announced it has completed the acquisition of Kaybus, Inc, a creator of secure, cloud-based knowledge automation software, adding more enterprise-grade enhancements for Prysm Application Suite. Integration of the Kaybus development team and technology into Prysm Application Suite is already underway. A wide range of mission-critical enhancements from the acquisition are expected to benefit end users and application administrators across four key […]

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Samsung Electronics Completes Acquisition of HARMAN — And Now, Even Harman President Only References the Automotive Connection

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Samsung Electronics Friday announced it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Harman International. Under the terms of the merger agreement, HARMAN stockholders will receive $112.00 per share in cash. The completion follows the satisfaction of all conditions to the closing of the transaction, including approval of the transaction by HARMAN stockholders and receipt of […]

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Control4 Buys Triad Speakers for $9.6 Million

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Control4 announced today that it has acquired Triad Speakers, a manufacturer of advanced audio technology with customizable speaker-solutions. Triad, a 30-year old company, manufactures high-quality, built-to-order premium audio speakers to meet the discerning demands of homeowners – for home theaters, family rooms, whole-home or multi-room audio, as well as for outdoor environments. The acquisition of […]

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Kramer Buys iRule and ON Controls

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Kramer has announced this week the acquisition of iRule, a cloud-based control and automation software for commercial and residential markets. In 2014, Kramer announced a partnership with iRule to deliver “the ultimate control and automation technology” — Kramer Control. The Kramer Control platform enables integrators to deliver control of lighting, HVAC, communications, A/V and more […]

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Footprint

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All the biggest stories of 2016 in the AV integration space had to do with acquisition.  The latest round of which relayed that Samsung bought Harman Group, AVI-SPL bought Anderson AV, and Compass Group bought Waveguide. Well the AV prognosticators are already out in force predicting the future and they see more of this consolidation […]

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SnapAV Acquires Music Streaming and Audio Distribution Company Autonomic

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SnapAV announced this week that it has purchased Autonomic, a manufacturer of music streaming and multi-room audio distribution solutions for the custom install market. Autonomic “makes the consumption of digital media easier” for customers by offering a distributed audio system that’s controllable with iOS and Android devices or via a control system. SnapAV distributes audiovisual […]

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