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You’re Thinking About Earning RMR from Service Plans. Now What? By CE Pro Editors, December 06 2016 For many custom installation companies service has been a real headache. The concept of making money while meeting customer demands seems to be impossible.  With OneVision’s Instant Triage™ service however, you can do it all You see, a new revenue opportunity has emerged and now, premium, low-cost services can be offered for a reasonable monthly fee,...
HDR, Deep Color Demos of UHD Blu-ray Are MIA By Joe Perfito, December 06 2016 By now you’ve heard of HDR, High Dynamic Range. It is unquestionably the biggest improvement in video delivery since the change from 480i to 1080p. HDR is applied by providing an additional digital signal embedded in the HDMI data stream that increases the individual pixel’s dynamic range (blacker blacks to brighter colors) resulting in a picture...
How Third-Party Service Provider OneVision Resources Takes the Guesswork Out of RMR By Jason Knott, December 06 2016 This month CE Pro profiled Cantara, of Costa Mesa, Calif., which uses OneVision Resources to support its 24/7/365 service plans. Check out the full profile here. Cantara was able to expand its service offering to 24/7/365 using OneVision Resources in Boston to support its installations in the field. OneVision enables integrators to offer instant, 24/7 support to all their clients at an affordable...
Product Briefs: Sonos Plays Spotify Through App; VIZIO Adds XUMO; Almo to Distribute Vaddio By CE Pro Editors, December 06 2016 So many product news items come across the CE Pro desks, and we don't want to miss them. Neither do our readers. This is the place where we tell you what's now shipping, which reps and distributors picked up what new products, which products are newly compatible, how public companies are faring, and other briefs in custom electronics. ...
No More Excuses: How Cantara Offers 24/7/365 Service Without the Headache By Jason Knott, December 06 2016 Sometimes, a simple off-hand statement can become the genesis of a great idea. That moment of inspiration for Jim Bras and Jason Voorhees, principals at Cantara in Costa Mesa, Calif., came several years ago during a brief conversation with a client whose system needed service one evening. The customer observed: “You guys are great … you take care of...
Stream Hi-Res Audio over Ethernet By Advertorial, December 06 2016 Decentralize and streamline your audio installations with great flexibility and profitability with the new Mirage Audio System eSeries, introducing proprietary eAudioCast™ technology, starting with the MMS-1e single-source music streamer and the M-120e four-room digital amplifier.  eAudioCast enables complete decentralization of Mirage eSeries products. This significant development for integrators makes...
Checklist for Installers - Part 2: Handover By Advertorial, December 06 2016 “Installing an automation system is for adults the same as for children their toy train. There is no better feeling than pushing a button and let the magic happen” – Trainer at KNX Basic Course  Everyone, who has used the ETS, can confirm that putting an installation into practise is more fun than work. Like the artist,...
Leviton Acquires ConTech Lighting for Sustainability, High Performance By CE Pro Editors, December 05 2016 Leviton has been taking steps to grow its lighting, energy and smart home capabilities over the course of the last few years by announcing an energy management platform and partnering with Samsung SmartThings.  In its latest advance forward, Leviton has acquired ConTech Lighting, a Chicago-based manufacturer of sustainable and high-performance lighting. “As a leading lighting manufacturer in...
CE Pro People & Places: AVAD Names Broyles & Travis; Sapphire Appoints Pepe By CE Pro Editors, December 05 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.   December 5, 2016 AVAD LLC, a national distributor serving the residential and commercial custom installation markets, announced the appointment...
Zappiti NAS RIP Audio Video Edition Enables Multiroom A/V Content Distribution By Robert Archer, December 05 2016 As home networks continue to advance in complexity and the public's appetite for audio and video content accessibility increases, it is more important than ever to have devices capable of meeting these trends. Stepping up to meet this increasing demand is the French audio and video system management company Zappiti. The company's new Zappiti NAS RIP Audio...
Atlanta Integrator Uses ‘Doll House’ to Demo Home Controls By Jason Knott, December 05 2016 Not many macho custom integrators will admit they play with dolls, but the team at Home TheaterWorks in Alpharetta, Ga., is downright excited to talk about it. To be perfectly clear, it is not dolls, but a fully functional automated “doll house” they play with, and it has become an integral part of how Home TheaterWorks demos its...
Small Integrator Implements Profitable $150/Month Service Plan By Jason Knott, December 02 2016 Implementing recurring monthly revenue (RMR) is kind of like riding a bike: The hardest part is simply just getting started. But once you are onboard, you will never want to get off. Walt Reardon, president and founder of Gulf Coast Audio Video LLC in Biloxi, Miss., is a perfect example of that. He is also proof that you don&rsquo...
CES 2017: Voice Control for the Smart Home, and a Thread/Weave IoT Surprise? - UPDATE By Julie Jacobson, December 02 2016 UPDATE: We might have been very wrong on Thread/Weave in Google Home. See correction below. This year’s CES 2016 was the break-out show for voice control in the smart home. Amazon wasn’t officially represented but the Echo was everywhere with integration partners that could, for example, ask Alexa to “Tell Vivint I’m going...
James Loudspeaker’s Outdoor Omni Series Delivers 360-Degrees of Sound By Robert Archer, December 02 2016 Serving both the residential and commercial audio markets, the Napa, Calif.-based manufacturer James Loudspeaker has a long history of creating unique speaker solutions that meet a variety of needs.  Adding to its product line the West Coast company has introduced its new Omni Series Landscape Series of outdoor loudspeakers. James says its latest line of products include...
Thinking of Selling Your Business? Do These 5 Things to Increase Value By Chelsea Cafiero, December 01 2016 What is your company really worth? Perhaps you're thinking about selling your business in 2017. Maybe you're thinking it's a couple years away. Or maybe you just have an idea that one day, that's the route you'll likely take.  It's never too early to prepare, says David Stang, founder and president of Stang...
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