Samsung Acquires HARMAN, Including AMX, JBL, Crown and AKG

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Click here to see Gary Kayye’s thoughts about this acquisition. Samsung Electronics and Harman International today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Samsung will acquire HARMAN for $112.00 per share in cash, or total equity value of approximately $8.0 billion.  Upon closing, the transaction will immediately give Samsung a significant […]

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Is the Smart Home Smart Enough?

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A recent Deloitte Consumer Review survey in the UK found that there was nearly zero growth between 2014 and 2015 in consumer purchasing of connected home products. The finding cited that, “UK consumers are aware of the potential benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT) but perceived high prices and skepticism about the technology are […]

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Digital Menus Boost Burger Chain Store Sales by 50 Percent

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Eclipse Digital Media provides cloud based Digital Menu Board solution to premium burger chain, Prime Burger resulting in an increase in like-for-like sales of 50 percent. The solution provided includes a variety of Samsung Smart Signage Platform displays together with the cloud based digital signage software, embed signage. Prime Burger, which has outlets in St. […]

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Premier Mounts Releases Mounting Solutions for Samsung OH-D Displays

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Premier Mounts has released new weather-resistant mounting solutions for Samsung 46” and 55” OH-D displays. The P-Series display mounts are now available with the industry’s-first dedicated adapters for the Samsung OH-D series of displays. Premier says that this new display mount allows for safe outdoor installation while protecting the display and its external power supply […]

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Captured at #ISE2016 Part 2: The Show

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In Part 1 I explained that I’ve previously written blogs capturing Twitter and Facebook moments at InfoComm 2015, InfoComm Connections in NYC and other trade shows. This time I decided to do a “4000 mile” social media view of Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) in Amsterdam – the AV industry’s largest trade show event which takes place […]

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Convergent TechWeek 10/23

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Cloud Video Service Provider Takes Videoconferencing to the Next Level in China Videxio, a leading cloud video service provider, has reaffirmed its commitment to operations in China with the launch of an expanded Chinese service platform, simplified Chinese user interface and cooperation with Huawei to support a fully automated service for Huawei video systems. These enhancements make […]

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embed signage Adds Support for Samsung Smart Signage Platform

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embed signage just announce the launch of support for the Samsung Smart Signage Platform. The new features include: Landscape, portrait, reverse portrait, reverse landscape video playback Playback two videos simultaneously in landscape Source input switching Touch device including gesture improvements Remote Firmware updating for all firmware versions (main, sub, sub2, mystique) Status reporting including device […]

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Is TV Dying?

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It’s no secret that there’s a generation of kids that aren’t watching TV on the giant enchanted box that fills the living room of most homes around the world. In fact, most of the Millenials and all of Generation X (nearly everyone below the age of 30, basically) have an obsession with watching TV programs […]

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Hypersign Integrates Google and Samsung to Create Digital Signage Offering for Education

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Hypersign today announced the availability of a new digital signage solution for K-12 in collaboration with Google and Samsung Electronics America. The bundled offering enables students and staff to receive a wide range of content on digital signage and desktop PCs such as standard school broadcasts to timely alerts for emergency preparedness. With the combination […]

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Samsung Unveils WAM7500/6500 Round Speakers as well as New Curved Soundbars

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Samsung’s new WAM7500/6500 use something it’s calling a proprietary ‘Ring Radiator’ technology that allows sound to flow in a 360-degree radius. The company claims it has the perfect balance between treble and bass. WAM7500/6500 was in part developed at Samsung’s new audio lab in Valencia, California and is available in two models: stand-type (WAM7500) and […]

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Samsung, Oculus and the Other “Rift”

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Oculus (the Facebook-owned virtual reality company) has teamed up with Samsung to create the Gear VR Innovator Edition, a development kit for mobile virtual reality. Leveraging only the Samsung GALAXY Note 4 (Samsung will have to do additional engineering work to make the new Innovator Edition work with other phones), the Gear VR Innovator Edition […]

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Stop the Insanity

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Well, another round of trade shows is upon us and once again the marketing spinnerets are at work spinning nonsense into innovation and trying to capture the consumer in the web. We’ve seen it all year with the misuse of the term 4k and with the unnecessary curving of our LCD and OLED screens, and now […]

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Finally, the Right Digital Signage Solution for SMBs?

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By Todd Fender DisplaySearch On Tuesday, Samsung announced the launch and availability of Samsung SMART Signage TV (SSTV).  Targeted at small to medium businesses (SMBs) with one to nine employees, this turnkey, entry-level, digital signage solution combines the functionality of a traditional TV (with tuner) and built-in content management software including 200 customizable templates. The […]

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As TV Makers Exit Plasma, Can They Make Up For It With LCD?

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By Ken Park DisplaySearch The recent announcement by Samsung SDI that it will end plasma display panel (PDP) manufacturing this year also speculated that LG Electronics will shut its PDP business due to low demand, which would leave COC (Changhong) as the sole remaining plasma TV manufacturer. Earlier this year, NPD DisplaySearch predicted the demise […]

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Definition of UHD TV Becomes More Muddied

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Most manufacturers and consumers think a UHD TV should have 3860×2160 color pixels, which typically is understood to mean red, green and blue (RGB) subpixels make up one color pixel. That understanding is now being challenged as subpixel structures using red, green, blue and white (RGBW) and red, green, blue and yellow (RGBY) are increasingly […]

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Rocket Oil Uses Samsung Smart Signage Digital Menu Boards

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Established as a chain of full-service gas stations, Kentucky-based Rocket Oil sought to drive new growth through an increased focus on its convenience store brand Ideal Market. To support this, it began a brand transformation initiative that would include redesigned stores, enhanced food services and increased use of technology. In particular, the company wanted to […]

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Samsung Announces New Commercial Digital Signage Displays at DSE

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Samsung is showcasing its latest commercial display solutions here at the 2014 Digital Signage Expo (DSE), including an 85-inch UHD (4K resolution) display, ultra-narrow bezel video wall solutions and a new range featuring the next-generation Samsung Smart Signage platform. Samsung is also announcing the introduction of its new D Series commercial displays, featuring an enhanced […]

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The Backlight Behind Samsung’s Bendable LCD TV

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By Jimmy Kim DisplaySearch As we reported, Samsung Electronics introduced a bendable LCD TV at CES this month. Other curved LCD TVs were introduced last year, but it was thought that bendable displays could only be achieved using AMOLEDs. Therefore, Samsung’s bendable LCD TV was more of a surprise than the AMOLED bendable TVs exhibited […]

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Samsung, LG to Both Introduce Curved 105″ UHD TVs at CES

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At CES next month, both Samsung and LG will introduce 105″, curved displays featuring UHD resolution. The displays will offer a 21:9 CinemaScope resolution that’s 5120X2160 pixels — that’s 11 million pixels. Samsung’s new display offers what the company calls a “new proprietary picture quality algorithm” for delivering optimized color and depth. It also has […]

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Crestron Makes Smart TVs Smarter at CEDIA

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Crestron has announced at CEDIA today that it is building the Crestron control system interface into SmartTVs as an app – starting with Samsung and Sony – eliminating the need for a touch panel. Available soon, the Crestron App for Samsung Smart TV enables Crestron system owners to control AV, lighting, shades, climate and more […]

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Scala Now Integrates Into Samsung’s Smart Signage Platform

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Scala is releasing the latest version of Scala Enterprise, which includes extensive integration with Samsung’s Smart Signage Platform. Scala Enterprise now enables installation, display, dynamic playlists, expansive scheduling and player monitoring and maintenance options for Samsung’s Smart Signage Platform. Scala told rAVe it’s seen interest from multiple industries given the ease of set up, elimination […]

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