Planar Adds Luminate Fine-Pitch, High-Bright Outdoor LED Video Wall Series

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Planar just announced a new addition to the company’s portfolio of outdoor fine-pitch LED display solutions with the release of a fine-pitch, high-bright outdoor LED video wall designed for up-close viewing. The Planar Luminate Ultra Series LED video wall display features coated LEDs to deliver ruggedness and exceptional image detail for high-ambient light environments. The Planar […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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Planar Launches New Venue Pro VX Series for Virtual Production and XR

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Planar announced the launch of the Planar Venue Pro VX Series, a family of indoor fine-pixel-pitch LED video wall displays delivering in-camera visual performance for virtual production (VP) and extended reality (XR), as well as on-camera visual performance for broadcasters. The series combines high-performing scan and refresh rates with high brightness and narrow pixel pitches, […]

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Planar Dominated the XR Stage at InfoComm 2022

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST The LED-centered stage market isn’t just relegated to TV shows like “The Mandalorian,” “Obi-Wan Kenobi” and the new “Game of Thrones” spinoff, “House of the Dragon,” that all use virtual production to render fictional environments (without going on location or using green screen). LED stages can be used in much […]

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Everything Planar Is Doing at InfoComm 2022

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Planar is showcasing a selection of LED display solutions designed to deliver next-generation experiences in workplace settings at InfoComm 2022. From fine pitch LED solutions, including a new line of seamless, wide-view LED displays for modern-day hybrid meetings, to an LED volume for extended reality (XR) for corporate communications, Planar will showcase the company’s most […]

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Planar Expands CAD Group in North America

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Planar today announced an expansion of the company’s Consultant, Architect and Designer (CAD) Group in North America. The dedicated team helps AV technology consultants simplify the process of designing complex video walls and other display solutions into their customers’ most important and demanding projects. Planar’s CAD Group analyzes client project requirements and specifications, addresses design challenges and […]

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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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