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AVI-SPL, Largest Commercial Integrator, Acquired by Private Equity Firm By D. Craig MacCormack, April 29 2016 Industry insiders have been buzzing about the flurry of transactions going on across the industry early this year, from Legrand's acquisition of Luxul Wireless to Control4's acquisition of Pakedge earlier this year. Today, the residential and commercial industries were both hit with big merger news. TiVo has been acquired by Rovi, a leader in media discovery...
CE Pro 100 Tackle Challenges Head On By Arlen Schweiger, April 29 2016 We're almost at the midpoint of 2016 … do you have a good idea how it is shaping up for your business? In compiling the annual CE Pro 100 rankings of top-revenue integration firms, we also asked respondents to give us their takes and projections for this year’s challenges and opportunities. The wide-ranging replies and topics addressed...
Shifting Part of Your Client’s Budget from Cable Company to You By Jason Knott, April 29 2016 For years, integrators and cable/satellite companies have had a frustrating, one-way relationship. Dealers spend countless hours designing and installing super-cool A/V systems and then present the customer on a proverbial silver platter to the cable/satellite company to connect their sometimes clunky set-top boxes. And while the cable company is sitting back collecting monthly subscription and component rental...
Video Weekly: Uber for Home Installation? CE Pro Readers React By Andrew Finkel, April 29 2016 Some business models may seem a little old school while some may be written off as "an absurd idea." That's what one commenter said about the potential of an on-demand installation and service model. You've heard of Uber for passengers and Airbnb for hospitality. What if we could Uberize home installations and, specifically, home automation? Julie Jacobson explores...

Rovi Buys TiVo for $1.1B By Jason Knott, April 29 2016 Rovi Corporation (ROVI) (NASDAQ (NBI): ROVI) and TiVo Inc. (TIVO) (NASDAQ: TIVO) announced that Rovi will acquire TiVo for $10.70 per share in cash and stock for total consideration of approximately $1.1 billion. The new company combines two companies with complementary products, services and intellectual property assets. TiVo is a leader in user experience and content discovery for traditional television, OTT...
Do You Know Where to Find Your Sounding Board? By Advertorial, April 29 2016 As most business owners can attest, being the boss is equal parts exhilarating and exhausting. It can be fun and refreshing to find new solutions and take on challenges. On the flip-side, there is a lot that rests on your shoulders as you look to establish, grow, and sustain your company. Getting plugged in with people who understand your special...
Presenting the CE Pro 100 of 2016 By CE Pro Editors, April 28 2016 If you squint while looking at this year’s CE Pro 100, you might think: 1) You are looking at a list of security companies or 2) you have been transported back to before the housing bubble burst. The reason for this misperception is the incredible volume of installations performed in 2015 by the largest integration companies in the custom electronics industry. Overall,...
Pacific Northwest Show to Feature 155 Vendors, 38 Training Sessions By CE Pro Editors, April 28 2016 Integrators based in the Northwest are clearing their schedules for the upcoming Pacific Northwest Consumer Electronics Expo (PNWCEE) on May 17.  While the name of the event doesn’t exactly roll easily off the tongue, it promises to provide vital training and exhibits for integrators. In its fourth year, the PNWCEE is being held at the SeaTac Doubletree Inn...
CE Pro People & Places: CTA Names Industry Leaders to the 2016 CT Hall of Fame By CE Pro Editors, April 28 2016 CE Pro People & Places is a daily feature on CEPro.com. If you are looking for a job, or an employer searching to fill a vacant position, in the custom electronics industry please visit the CE Pro Job Board. April 28, 2016 The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has named several industry leaders to the 2016 Consumer Technology Hall of Fame, which...
Sony Issues HDR Update for VW365ES Ultra HD 4K Projector By Robert Archer, April 28 2016 Clearly Sony is doing something right in the specialty and custom electronics markets with its line of projectors. With approximately 70 percent of the CE Pro Top 100 dealers using its projectors the company is aggressively ensuring its products remain an important piece of the home theater puzzle. The latest announcement from the popular electronics manufacturer expands its range of 4K HDR ...
Catalyst AV’s AHA Big Show Draws 500 Integrators By CE Pro Editors, April 28 2016 Who says things are laid back in the South? That certainly was not the case at the recent AHA Distributing Big Show in Atlanta where nearly 500 integrators gathered over two days for intensive training and products. The event, produced by Catalyst AV group member AHA, is the fourth annual event and was held at the Marriott Atlanta Northwest at Galleria...

ELAN Redefines the Intercom Experience By Advertorial, April 28 2016 ELAN Intercom – Software is the Solution As a software-based solution, ELAN Intercom delivers some robust benefits. We caught up with Core Brands’ Control Product Manager, Robert Ridenour, to learn why this is not your parents’ intercom. Can we start with some background?  ELAN pioneered front door communication and whole house paging in the 90’s. The...
Vivint Smart Home Gets $100M Investment By Jason Knott, April 27 2016 Vivint Smart Home, the No. 1 home automation installation company in North America based on soon-to-be-released 2016 CE Pro 100,  announced it has received a $100 million investment co-led by tech investor Peter Thiel and strategic investment firm Solamere Capital. The investment will help fuel Vivint’s rapid...
As Video Streaming Gains Popularity, Are People Really Cutting the (Cable) Cord? By Robert Archer, April 27 2016 If it seems like just about everyone streams some type of service like Netflix or Amazon, a recent survey from the magazine Consumer Reports (CR) just about validates that statement. After polling more than 1,000 U.S. adults this past February, and analyzing the responses from the questionnaire results from its 82,000-subscription base, CR discovered some interesting results. The data found...
Torus Power Transitioning Into Pro A/V Applications By Robert Archer, April 27 2016 Excuse the pun, but it could be said that Torus Power’s business has been surging in the custom installation market. Through its market education Torus has seen a growth in the installation of its products in the residential electronics industry through its products’ combination of isolation, surge protection and voltage regulation. Now having gained momentum in the...