Planar Welcomes Adrian Bullock and Mike Beadenkopf as North American Regional Account Managers

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Planar’s North American sales force recently welcomed Adrian Bullock and Mike Beadenkopf as regional account managers. Adrian Bullock will manage the company’s sales efforts in Western Canada, including Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. He’ll also manage Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. He brings more than 20 years of progressive IT and AV experience. […]

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Planar Intros Luminate Pro Series and Venue Pro Series of LED Displays for Indoor and Outdoor Applications

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Planar has launched two new LED video wall display families in the form of the Planar Luminate Pro Series and Planar Venue Pro Series. The new displays feature mechanical elements that accelerate setup and takedown for temporary and mobile events, but also feature full front installation and serviceability, opening the door to more permanent wall-mounted […]

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Yep, The LEDs Used by NBC for the Olympics TV Studio Are Planar

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NBC Sports selected Planar to provide fine pitch LED video wall display technology for its production of the XXIV Olympic Winter Games, from Beijing, China, Feb. 2–20, 2022. The announcement was made today by Atila Ozkaplan, vice president of production operations, Olympics for NBC Sports Group and Adam Schmidt, executive vice president for Planar. NBCUniversal […]

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Kayye’s Krystal Ball: 2022 Edition

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Welcome to my 22nd annual Kayye’s Krystal Ball! I can’t believe I have written this article 22 times. I am beyond humbled by how many of you read this; last year, it was viewed by over 90,000 #AVtweeps. #LOVE ❣️ The bottom line is I love writing this article. It keeps me curious and humble. […]

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Planar and OptiTrack Join Advisory Board for On-Set Virtual Productions Initiative

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Planar and sister company OptiTrack have joined other industry leaders and SMPTE to form The Advisory Group of the On-Set Virtual Production (OSVP) Initiative. This initiative is the first project within the society’s new Rapid Industry Solution (RIS) program. Planar and OptiTrack both take part in SMPTE’s new initiative for the RIS program, focused on […]

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Planar Expands Government Sales and Support Team, Appoints New Members

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Planar announced an expansion to its U.S. Government team. The expansion comes with the addition of both Liza Strombergh and Javier Picard to the Government team. Liza brings more than 12 years of experience in state and local government-focused business and development management roles, most recently serving as a senior account executive in the public sector […]

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Planar Announces MicroPalooza 2021 Tour Dates and Featured Products

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Planar announced the MicroPalooza 2021 Tour, a six-city U.S. product tour presenting the company’s newest display solutions. Running November through mid-December, the showroom event series will highlight the company’s recently released LED and LCD display solutions, headlined by the premium Planar DirectLight Ultra Series with MicroLED technology. The tour will start in Denver and end in Los Angeles. […]

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Rants & rAVes — Episode 1069: Planar To Debut All Its New Displays at rAVe’s rePLAY and MicroPalooza

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Although Planar won’t be at InfoComm 2021, it will be participating in THE rAVe Agency’s rePLAY 2021 week (Nov. 2-4 2021), as well as holding its own six-city tour in November and December — (dubbed MicroPalooza) covering the entire U.S. Registration is free (but limited) and Gary was joined by Planar’s own Adam Schmidt and Steve Seminario to talk all about the tour (as […]

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Planar Partners with Azione Unlimited for Product Installation Services

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Planar announced a partnership with Azione Unlimited, The Smart Home Association for custom integrators and manufacturers in the U.S. and Canada. As a new vendor, Planar will provide products and installation services to enrich luxury environments and transform viewing experiences for Azione’s buying group of custom installers and technology professionals. Through the partnership, Azione members will […]

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Planar Announces Two Large-Scale LED Lifestyle Displays and Installation Lines For Luxury Space Enrichment

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Planar announced the release of Planar Lifestyle Displays, a combination of large-scale LED displays and installation services that claim to enrich luxury environments. The Planar Lifestyle Displays premieres with two lines, Planar Luxe MicroLED and Planar Luxe. Planar Lifestyle Displays will be showcased live at the virtual Planar Lifestyles Live Launch Event on Sept. 1-3. […]

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Planar Welcomes Naomi Rivas and Steve Fitch to California and New York Sales Teams

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Planar recently expanded the company’s U.S. sales force by welcoming Naomi Rivas and Steve Fitch to the company’s Northern California and New York sales teams. As a new regional account manager for Planar, Naomi Rivas will manage the company’s sales efforts in Northern California. Naomi is based out of the San Francisco Bay Area and […]

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Planar Studios Grows Offering with New AR and XR CarbonLight VX Series

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Planar introduced the Planar CarbonLight VX Series, a line of LED display solutions aimed at virtual production (VP) and extended reality (XR) markets. Featuring a lightweight, patented carbon fiber construction, the Planar CarbonLight VX Series supports indoor fine pitch LED video walls, ceiling and flooring installations. The Planar CarbonLight VX Series will begin shipping in July. […]

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Planar Launches Planar Studios Initiative for VP and XR Productions

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Planar announced the launch of Planar Studios, an initiative designed to revolutionize the virtual production (VP) and extended reality (XR) markets. Planar Studios combines the advanced technologies, industry partnerships and personnel that today’s customers require to create realistic on-screen content in the ever-expanding VP and XR industries. Through the Planar Studios initiative, Planar is empowering […]

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Planar Announces Release of DirectLight Ultra Series

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Planar today announced the release of the Planar DirectLight Ultra Series, a premium line of fine pitch LED video wall displays. The Planar DirectLight Ultra Series includes models with MicroLEDs, off-board power supply, proprietary alignment technology and built-in processing. Offering models in 0.6, 0.7, 0.9 and 1.2-millimeter pixel pitches, the Planar DirectLight Ultra Series is […]

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LAVNCH WEEK 4.0: The ProAV Day Roundup

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Thursday’s LAVNCH WEEK 4.0 experience, ProAV Day, included an impressive set of presenters and products — even following an amazing day one, UCC Day, and day two, Digital Signage Day. Our talented host, rAVe Managing Editor Steph Beckett, introduced the day. What were you most excited to see on Thursday? 11 a.m. EDT: Here’s How […]

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LAVNCH WEEK 4.0: Digital Signage Day Recap

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Happy LAVNCH WEEK 4.0, AV pros and fans! This is my first time writing (and experiencing) a LAVNCH WEEK, and it’s been exciting, informative and FUN! In Leah’s words, LAVNCH WEEK events are “part digital-event experience, part virtual product-launch stage and part networking hub,” where we take a deep dive into the now and next […]

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Planar Releases MGP Series Fine-Pitch LED Displays

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Planar expanded its fine pitch LED display solutions with the release of the Planar MGP Series. With the new Planar MGP Series, Planar is trying to make fine pitch LED a closer alternative (cost-wise) to projection or tiled LCD environments including retail settings, classrooms, lecture halls and houses of worship, as well as digital signage […]

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Planar To Unveil New Line of 4K Commercial LCD Displays at LAVNCH WEEK 3.0

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At LAVNCH WEEK 3.0 Thursday, Planar will unveil its Planar UltraRes X Series, a line of 4K resolution (3840×2160) commercial-grade LCD displays featuring 700-nit brightness and a wide color gamut perfect for High Dynamic Range (HDR) content. Available in 75-inch, 85-inch and 100-inch sizes, Planar UltraRes X Series includes a 24×7 design and, when paired […]

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Planar Enhances TVF Series — Now Offers Integration With WallDirector VC

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Planar announced the company is enhancing the Planar TVF Series family of fine pitch LED video wall displays by offering integration with the Planar WallDirector Video Controller (VC). The Planar WallDirector VC and Planar WallDirector Software add secure video processing capabilities to the product while simplifying video wall control and management. In addition, Planar WallDirector […]

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Kayye’s Krystal Ball: 2021 Edition

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Welcome to my 21st annual Kayye’s Krystal Ball! I love writing this annual predictions article — it’s both humbling and rewarding. It requires me to stop and research anything new, evaluate the potential impact it will have and then articulate it in a way that matters to readers. If you’re a regular reader of my […]

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Rants and rAVes — Episode 1028: Want to Know About Planar’s EverCare Lifetime Warranty Program? Watch This!

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Few companies ever offer a lifetime warranty. And fewer ever offer them on display products. But, Planar just one-upped the entire LED market with its EverCare program — offering a limited lifetime warranty on the entire TVF Series of LED wall displays! Yep, a LIFETIME warranty. Why and how can the company do this? Well, Gary Kayye was joined by Planar’s […]

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Planar Introduces New Lifetime Limited Warranty Program

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Planar introduced the Planar EverCare Lifetime Limited Warranty, a program designed to provide confidence in its LED video wall purchase while reducing their lifetime cost-of-ownership. Included with Planar TVF Series and Planar TVF Complete LED video walls deployed in North America, Planar EverCare is unique in terms of its comprehensiveness and duration of coverage. Planar […]

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Planar Offers HB Series Huddle Board

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Planar is now offering the Planar HB Series Huddle Board, a line of large-format LCD displays optimized for quick and efficient collaboration. Planar HB Series Huddle Board features a highly responsive touch performance to recognize up to 20 simultaneous touch points from multiple users and an included stylus to accurately capture even the smallest of […]

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Planar Announces HRO Series Outdoor, Residential LEDs

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Planar just announced outdoor, residential LEDs in the form of the Planar HRO Series. The Planar HRO Series expands the company’s portfolio of LED display solutions with a high brightness, fine pixel pitch LED offering that is built for close-up daylight video viewing. The Planar HRO Series delivers impactful visual experiences for audiences, even in […]

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Planar Announces Advancements to Planar TVF Series of Video Wall Displays

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Planar announced the latest advancements to the Planar TVF Series family of fine pitch LED video wall displays Tuesday. By introducing a new 0.9-millimeter pixel pitch model, improved power design and new models to Planar TVF Complete, the enhanced Planar TVF Series incorporates feedback from customers and preserves visual performance and simplified installation maintenance. The […]

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Hypersign, Crestron and Planar Partner for The Arena: a Pre-Packaged Virtual Live Events & HyFlex Delivery System

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The new “Arena” from Hypersign, a collaboration with Planar and Crestron, is a product that nearly every higher-education facility is literally looking for to install this summer for what’s well-documented as HyFlex teaching. And it has a lot of potential in delivering virtual live events, as well. Hypersign has provided a tool that gives individuals […]

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