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Why Crestron Withdrew from CEDIA Expo 2016, Plus Photos from CEDIAs Past

Crestron isn’t exhibiting at CEDIA 2016, but the high-end home automation giant swears it is still committed to residential. Has CEDIA strayed from the luxury market?

Why Crestron Withdrew from CEDIA Expo 2016, Plus Photos from CEDIAs Past
Crestron, which has anchored CEDIA Expo for 25 years, won't be exhibiting at the 2016 show.
Credit: Crestron

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Julie Jacobson · February 3, 2016

A few weeks ago I heard that home automation giant Crestron was pulling out of CEDIA 2016, the show formerly known as Expo and, for a very brief time, Future Home Experience.

My source told me, “They don’t think CEDIA is doing enough in the luxury market.”

This week, a consumer addressed me on Twitter: “My integrator just told me that @CrestronHQ is getting out of the residential market. Is it true?”

Someone else sent me a map of the CEDIA showfloor with the note, “Maybe you have noticed there is a big booth missing from this map. Would love to see a story on that.”

So here’s the story.

Crestron has indeed bowed out of CEDIA this year, after 25 years of anchoring the event. They won’t be greeting us with their behemoth booth as we enter the exhibit hall. You won’t see spokesman Jeff Singer dazzling crowds with product presentations on the half hour. You won’t find new devices to attach to Pyng and Digital Media. There will be no little round mints in a fish bowl. No CTO Fred Bargetzi dripping with adoring fans.

Crestron is skipping CEDIA “because our strategies are not the same as those exhibited by the association today,” says Linda Rigano, Crestron’s newly appointed director of corporate communications, in an email exchange with CE Pro.

Crestron doesn’t come right out and say it, but the suggestion is that CEDIA may not be as squarely focused on the luxury market as Crestron would like. 

As to whether or not Crestron is exiting the residential market, Rigano replies, “Not at all. We are increasing our investments while becoming more precise with our target market focused on the luxury space.”

javascript:void(0)What year is this? Crestron DigitalMedia is born. View the gallery Crestron at CEDIA.

True, that message sounds a lot like AMX’s long goodbye to the consumer market, but I’ll take it at face value: Crestron is not abandoning residential.

Today, Crestron’s business is overwhelmingly commercial – something like 80 or 85 percent of it. We know too that a substantial majority of service calls comes from residential dealers, even though consumers represent less than 20 percent of Crestron’s business.

So it wouldn’t be a terrible idea to abandon residential; however, unlike AMX back in the day, Crestron shows no signs of letting up. The company continues to develop around the Pyng platform, which is heavily in the resi camp.

They’re also breathing new life into the user environment now known as Crestron Home Elements, which provides pre-written, pre-tested control modules to incorporate into a system -- Pyng or otherwise. Dealers need not start from scratch to create user interfaces and common, yet complicated, integrations.

“Crestron continues to be a technology leader through further development of innovations like Pyng and Home Elements, and coming soon, 8K DM,” Rigano tells us. “All this enables our valuable partners to take their businesses to the next level.”

So, no, Crestron isn’t leaving the residential market. And I say this not because Crestron says so, but because it wouldn’t make sense given Crestron’s continued investment in the category and their long-time leadership in the market.

Crestron Hires Ami Wright, Opens Florida Showroom

Rigano tells CE Pro that Crestron may be skipping CEDIA, but it is supporting the channel in new ways.

For starters, the company has hired Ami Wright, a longtime marketing exec in the home technology channel. She was a Lutron sales rep for four years, national sales director of Universal Electronics for six years, and spent two years at Crestron as residential marketing director. Most recently, Wright was director of sales and marketing for the industry marketing firm One Firefly.

Wright was just named director of residential programs for Crestron, and the company will shortly announce a new VP of residential systems.


PHOTO GALLERY: Crestron at CEDIA, from 2000 to 2015


Second, Crestron has opened another multimillion-dollar showroom in the Design Center of the Americas in Dania Beach, Fla. – its ninth such facility.

At the same time, Crestron is “increasing the number of marketing and other events in North America, as well as around the globe,” Rigano says. “Additionally, we will be extensively expanding our sales and marketing tools for dealers, interior designers, architects and luxury home builders.”

Is this the end of the 25-year Crestron + CEDIA lovefest?

Rigano says, “We’re proud to be a CEDIA member and continue to support the organization’s activities around industry education and certification. Exhibiting at the association’s annual event may fit into our plans sometime in the future.”

What CEDIA Says

CEDIA declined to comment specifically about Crestron’s decision to not exhibit this year, but the association does “thank them for their support of both the organization and the show,” says Bruno in a statement for CE Pro.

When pressed about the idea that CEDIA might be straying from its high-end heritage, Bruno responds:

CEDIA is an inclusive body for installers, distributors and manufacturers, operating at all levels of the market. Whenever and wherever home technology is professionally installed, be it in fully integrated homes, super-yachts and premium-end luxury cinemas or multiple developments, mid-market apartments and family media rooms, CEDIA is there to offer the resources for growth for both manufacturers and home technology professionals.  

[Note: update coming shortly]

While CEDIA regrets Crestron’s absence this year, Bruno notes that the organization, the industry and the 2016 show are solid.

“There are a significant number of new players entering our growing market as evidenced by the 2015 show’s 24-percent increase of first-time exhibitors and the overall 6-percent increase in the number of exhibitors who participated,” he says.

Exhibitor re-book for CEDIA 2016 “went extremely well,” at the 2015 event, according to Bruno.

The big winners in all of this?

Core Brands (SpeakerCraft, Elan, Niles Audio, Panamax and the gang) occupies the dream location in a 6,300-square-foot space at the front of the hall. Epson moves to the front, as does Lutron.

Planar, RTI, Sony, ADI, Dish, Artison, Elk Products, Russound and Atlantic Technology all inch a little bit closer to the main entrance. And little 10x10 Worthington Distribution is right up there in the big leagues.

Just a glance at the expo floor tells us we have some big companies coming back to the show. DM Group (Denon, Marantz, et al) is there. LG is back. The Finest Brands returns in a 60 x 80 booth after a few years’ absence. We hear B&W might be back, too, but no sign of them so far. (UPDATE: Nope, they're out.)

We’ll miss you Crestron.

CEDIA 2016: Sept. 14-17, Dallas


Slideshow: Crestron at CEDIA, from 2000 to 2015




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Posted by sterryo on February 13, 2016

I understand Crestron wishing to keep their high-end offerings in the high-end arena, and I too see CEDIA turning more into a “CES” every year.  I attended my first CES in 1979. (yikes)  Back in that day and for years to come, it was the ONLY show, but now has become so convoluted that I haven’t been for years.  I also agree that CEDIA has opened up the floodgates to a lot of stuff that’s better suited to the CES consumer & DIY crowd and the lines are getting blurred for pros and end users alike
That said, Crestron is also maneuvering into the lower end of automation, a contradiction that makes me also agree with Josh that this decision likely has something to do with Bruno taking over CEDIA, a move that was sure to cause controversy.  But, a smite on CEDIA is a smite on all of us, because for better or worse, Expo is where we go to see luxury products, and we’re able to sort the wheat from the chaff.  This would be like going to a Navy Air show, except the Blue Angels decided they aren’t going to show up.
As a Crestron dealer, unless Crestron is planning to downsize, I see this is a harbinger of not-good things to come.  We used to be AMX dealers before they put us through a decade of BS with Panja, Phast, etc.  A veritable train wreck of bad company decisions and behavior.  Crestron needs to be always mindful that many of their dealers, reps, etc are people who came over to the blue side, after the AMX debacle.
CEDIA is the only trade show I know of in the US where we can see all the residential products geared towards the luxury market.  Recently I was able to simultaneously schedule two sets of family members, both with 6 figure estate home projects to the Crestron Experience Center in our area, and it was a huge disappointment.
With plenty of advance notice on what we wanted to show, we all arrived to a showroom where half of what we wanted to see was functional and the salesperson was undermining the direction I was trying to go, and I finally asked him to let me take over the tour.  I seriously doubt that I would take customers there again, and IMO we would have had a better Crestron experience by attending the trade show booth at Expo.
Mr. Feldstein seemingly loved being at the CEDIA booths and hearing from those of us in the trenches.  I can’t help but think this announcement would have him rolling in his grave, rather than resting peacefully after a lifetime of building an amazing company. 
My message to the new Crestron is: We’re only a few years out of a crushing recession. Don’t forget your roots, the recent past and don’t lose sight of the fact that CEDIA attendees sell and support your product, and many of us were moths drawn to the flame of Crestron because the company was vigorously embracing our CEDIA channel, when others weren’t.  Mega-Egos aside, Bruno aside, Trade Associations aside.  The future of the luxury market, more than ever, will be reliant on the work force that can make it ‘work’.

Posted by sfmcclintock yahoo.com on February 11, 2016

Crestron has field offices, experience centers and/or sales teams in every market that matters as well as processes to educate and alert dealers to new products, revisions and updates. What can they gain by continuing to exhibit at Expo and at what cost? “Because we’ve always done it” is not reason enough. Could the hundreds of thousands spent on Expo deliver a bigger bang elsewhere? Perhaps. Seems to me that this is a good call for them. If not, they’ll one day exhibit again. CEDIA Expo is not going anywhere, it’s a great showcase and will continue to be whether Crestron participates or not.

Posted by Scott Fuelling on February 9, 2016

Tom,

This is very well said.  I became very frustrated with this exact issue during my board term.  It seemed the lavish resorts, dinners, wine, etc. were focused on because “the board deserved it for donating their time”.  I wanted to give back to the industry and was not asking for anything in return.  My question was always how is this helping the member paying their annual $500 dues? 

I often commented that we had a perfectly good facility in Indianapolis where we could hold the meetings and focus on the work for the membership. While being centrally located and easy access for most of the board, it was also cheaper to travel to and stay, plus the staff didn’t need to travel.  Not even a flinch by anyone. I was told this was not going to happen.

Another example leading to my frustration with the situation was during one board meeting I was at the airport and CEDIA had a car waiting for me, as they do for all of the board and executive members when they travel.  I saw one of the staffers in the cab line and offered a ride with me to save time and to save the organization money.  I certainly did not feel I needed this type of treatment and was more than willing to share.  That individual ended up being reprimanded as the car was for board use only, and the staffers should take a cab.  Really, we were going to the exact same place at the exact same time. 

I could go on, but I sincerely hope CEDIA finds its way again. I met Vin at Expo this year at the advisory luncheon.  He has a huge task ahead of him, not only facing internally towards the industry, but also facing outwardly towards the public, educating them on why they should work with the many professionals within our industry.

Scott Fuelling—Phoenix Unequaled Home Entertainment

Posted by jrbishop on February 9, 2016

Holy crap batman! 

Tom, that’s a revelation and the mentor who suggested such outcomes to you 25 years ago is a great reminder of that sage advice given by Chet Atkins to Mark Knopfler….Respect for your Elders!  Now we’re the elders, how’d that happen?

As to your sign off note; I care, and have since 1990.

I missed Amelia Island, but attended San Francisco in my position then as EVP a/d/s/, one of the classic New England loudspeaker companies. CEDIA was new, and a/ds/ at that time was already nearly 20 years old. I convinced the a/d/s/ founder and my mentor, Dr. Godehard Guenther (RIP), that this new breed of dealer was good for our business and industry as they were selling upscale clients upscale products. We were a PARA member and there was more than a little suspicion that CEDIA might upset the market for premium limited distribution products like ours. Our go to market path was the high end specialty retailer, small to midsize regional only.  But we had been selling real high fidelity in-walls for years, before anybody else that I recall, and I wanted to launch the most expensive custom speakers seen in the market to that point.  I developed a little multizone electronics system (patterned after my 12Volt days) to go with them as well, and we took it all to SF to set it up in our 10x10 table top booth. We sold a bunch, and you know me, I walked the floor with my camera and checked it all out. The entertainment category was healthy, and the integration and automation products were serving them well. Not visa versa.

My observations today are simple and my bias is transparent. The entertainment category is where we can surely lead, and the higher the performance, the more we differentiate from competing markets. And the cool factor is beyond compare. But we always need to be conscious of price and value and as an organization we need to defend truth and not allow the cost of sophisticated high end systems to be mocked by an ignorant mass media, or a biased internal vendor group with undue influence on the organization for that matter. The automotive market has figured this out, so supercars are justified by those closest to them, the automotive press and experts within that community.

When CEDIA releases a position paper that could have been written by a vendor, there are unintended consequences…or intended perhaps. There’s little question that the 4K/UHD story damaged the market for DLP projection, ushered out plasma, and slowed the arrival of OLED, and it did so with an image quality that isn’t the equal of any of those when displaying blu ray content….the best we have today for the cinema art.

CEA/CTA/CES exists to promote all of the above in consumer technology. CEDIA was, and should be more focused. We are those crazy folks that do those coolest systems. It’s easier to be a higher end specialty association than to try and be CES light. It’s easy to make a video doorbell, it’s hard to make a residential cinema that’s superior to AMC Prime or Cinepolis. But we can and sometimes do, and when we do it is really cool, fun, profitable, and a client’s favorite room again.

Twenty five years ago I could have helped pen a CEDIA white paper that suggested silk dome tweeters, butyl rubber surrounds, and aluminum baffles were the only way to get high resolution audio in a room. If I had, a/d/s/ might still be around today…but would it be right to block those other fine brands that came after?

Again, this topic runs deep and I certainly appreciate your added insights Tom. Perhaps Vin can manage whatever course corrections are needed to sustain progress and move the ship in a productive direction.

John Bishop – Personal Cinema Architect & CinemAvangelist

Posted by Tom Doherty on February 9, 2016

Thank you John Bishop for the acknowledgment.  I especially appreciate your thoughtful views on our industry and the challenges and thus the opportunities they present.  Very well said.

In a nutshell Franklin’s quote encapsulates the disease that has harmed the organization…

“Joining the Board of Directors of company or a not for profit is a sacred responsibility, it cannot be treated like joining a country club where one can justify the dues by the potential connections and deals to be made from rubbing elbows with like minded members.”

Not all but many a BOD member past and present have “served” themselves and their own interests.  CEDIA became lost when “CEDIA” became just the BOD and its Staff, not the totality of its stake holders and their best interests.  It seems that the budget and revenue plans are built around those two groups…the tail is wagging the dog.

A primary role of this and any board is one of fiduciary responsibility, its the memberships money after all. CEDIA has had an historic poor record of respecting the member derived revenue.  It is akin to how a second generation trust fund baby spends cash. Lavishly planned executive retreats, incredible amounts of travel, and a substantial ($$$$$$) contract extension that the Board at large learned 7 months after a VERY SMALL group of executive directors inked a deal.  (those members of that VERY SMALL group should resign) Essentially a culture of non-transparency became the norm.

One good indicator of losing its way: CEDIA was founded not as a trade association of manufactures (CTA) or reps (IPRO) interests centrally, but rather was founded by Integrators or as we used to call ourselves Custom Installers.  The needs and opportunities of integrators were the driving force.  We did have manufactures and a rep on our board as it was recognized that the success of CEDIA would be best achieved when both dealer and manufacturer succeeded.  I always felt the manufacturer should have great influence on the direction of our organization, however never should CEDIA have its Board lead by anyone other than a strong, successful and industry wide respected integrator.  Currently integrators total only 1 of the 5 executive committee members!!! WTFFFFF!!!  The board itself is made up of the fewest integrator members ever in its history.

As the recognized co-founder, first president, yada yada yada…I guess I am just disappointed. After 25 years (and nearly $250,000,000 of revenue going through this org) I just thought we would be just better than this by now.  Instead it has (thus far…I am holding out hope) turned out like I was told it would 25 years ago….see, as a 30 year old in Indianapolis I really leaned on my clients as mentors.  After all I was a young entrepreneur and my clients were uber successful and smart. I shared with a client of mine, David Klapper, who was a founder of the Finish Line, an athletic shoe chain that my peers and I were aiming to start a trade association so we could be taken seriously by the major manufactures, etc.  To make the story short…he said…“we did the same thing in the 70s when we were one of a few athletic shoe only stores….in the beginning it was really useful…soon you are going to find that you will need a professional trade association management company and after awhile the staff will get bigger and bigger and pretty soon the association is all about feeding it”....wagging the dog.  I will never forget that. FYI CEDIA Staff is over 50 people, Gary Shapiro has only 172…thats quite the ratio….

I do want to make clear that all that has happened prior to October of this year and NOT on Vin Bruno’s watch.  I have gotten to know Vin and I am supporting him.  I am hopeful that through his leadership CEDIA can become again a relevant organization that invested integrators will support. I am expecting that he will bring transparency back to the organization. I expect that he will lead the organization and that he will get this board to act and perform like a board.

The real question is this:  Does anyone care?

Tom Doherty tom.doherty@dohertydesigngroup.com

Posted by jrbishop on February 8, 2016

When Tom speaks about CEDIA, I listen. And the fact that folks like he, Bob, & Franklin take the time shows this is not a trivial topic. They all have the ‘long view’ on this industry.

I wish Vin Bruno the best at turning CEDIA around, and if the official statement by Crestron is to be taken seriously, then success will be when Crestron decides to come back to the EXPO because they feel the high end is being addressed properly once again.

I commented earlier in this string suggesting that entertainment systems might be an area to explore for moving up-market as the trend in recent years has been quite the opposite. Tom suggested CEDIA lost its way years ago, and Franklin points out the intrigue of two board member exits just a short time ago. I can’t know exactly what they’re suggesting, but I do see an unhealthy migration down market in entertainment systems; perhaps this is an area CEDIA might address.

It isn’t great to watch average project values plunge and the margins thin out at the same time. Video, once the business anchor for dedicated theaters, media rooms, and distributed entertainment has been fraught with peril over the last 10 years. Even the major TV brands who brought us the 3D debacle laugh it off today, while pitching UHD/4K as the next big thing. In 2012 we had the first projectors with 2160p imagers, but no content, then came the fake 4K stuff to add confusion, then we got 4K/60fps, but with limited bit and color depth. So up to that point none of these ‘4K’ displays were as good as a 1080p projection system at playing a brd!

The marketing obscured that detail, and CEDIA didn’t help. In a consumer document produced by CEDIA, the message that UHD was better than HD was made clear without qualification, and 8K was mentioned to boot! Could we be more sales preventative?  Recently, after years of the UHD/4K market push, we learned that content is finally coming…100 titles for 2016? But now there’s new copy protection that requires a new chip set; HDCP 2.2. So no display sold in the first years of the UHD phenomenon will play that new UHD brd or any other modern UHD content. Brilliant!

So now comes High Dynamic Range, and Wide Color Gamut; something end users can actually see according to the pundits. But you need an 18gb/s infra structure to get the signal to travel from source to display, and don’t ask for all the benefits at once; bit depth, color compression, frame rate, and HDR/WCG together need more than any HDMI connection can deliver. So do we run dual cables? Maybe, it works in commercial installations. But really, should CEDIA be the last to know, or the first? And how should we protect our design integrity and give clients a better experience in light of these many issues? Should we do our analysis and then act on our findings despite it contradicting popular opinion & marketing rhetoric, and maybe even CEDIA training?

Jeff Boccaccio of DPL Labs, a staunch believer in HDMI, said in his CEPro article (Feb 2016 issue); ‘Problems are opportunities in disguise’ and he noted how every HDMI revision over the last decade has presented us with quite a few ‘opportunities’. The implication for existing systems and new design projects that upgrade to UHD and all of the new features is….expect plenty of opportunity!

I spoke with Mr. Bruno after he addressed the IPRO conference at CEDIA in Dallas and expressed my concern over the state of high end within CEDIA as illustrated somewhat by the Lifestyle Awards entries I had participated in judging. His response was positive and without hesitation. He said it would be a priority to address that very thing and I wasn’t the first to mention it.

CEDIA has been a clearing house for opportunity, innovation, networking, education and periodic self examination as an industry. It’s nice to see new board members who have a real passion for high end entertainment systems. I know CEDIA has made every effort in the past to read the tea leaves of the future and new technology, the IoT, home health, energy, security, and automation are all intriguing. I’m fine with addressing those opportunities too; as long as we insure that our core competencies in premium entertainment systems are sharpened to a fine edge first. There should always be an indisputable distinction between what we do in high end entertainment systems and whatever it is that Best Buy does by whatever name they give it. That’s good for business, our clients, and our creative juices.

This topic runs deep, and I took some time to give it a tink. I hope many of us do.

John Bishop – Personal Cinema Architect & CinemAvengelist

Posted by Fins on February 8, 2016

As long as there’s enough other manufacturers showing up to buy my bourbon, I don’t care.

Posted by Telestial on February 7, 2016

Crestron have clearly made a business decision that the $ spent on supporting the Cedia show aren’t producing a competitive return. ISE is a huge success and growing because it serves the Pro and Resi markets. Infocomm and Cedia co-joined. If they can do it in Europe why don’t they do it in the US. As to the argument that the venues aren’t big enough that’s clearly ridiculous. Look at the size of CES. Cedia US has become less and less relevant, larger installers who do both Pro and AV work would obviously send their staff to a single show but two? The common sense move is to merge the shows or Cedia just buries their head in the sand and pretends they are perfect. Maybe spend some more of the members money on a new logo and explain how that drives new business to us.

Posted by smarthousecontrol gmail.com on February 7, 2016

Just read all the previous comments….but no one really mentioned it…..with the exception of Josh hinting at it…..maybe Control4/Savant business has finally pushed out the old lion from the head of the pride…..with much easier to deploy solutions?  We all expect easy to use app’s that are quick to deploy.  When you have an integrator client base in which each dealer deploys a different UI that is a one off custom tailored creation with custom code…..the concept of an easy to use app interface premise goes out the window.  Custom everything means complicated and time consuming.  Yes, crestron recently has made an attempt to start selling a quick to deploy solution….but it takes many years for such a software platform to mature enough to be an expandable framework solution.  As an industry of integrators, we all are going to sell/install/maintain a solution that easy to deploy and makes a client happy.  If you are not deploying crestron, you are also not going to sell crestron lighting, shades, crestron signal distribution….and what was once a large revenue pathway sort of drys up.  Deploying a full whole home control system and all the subsystems that go along with it…. is getting easier and easier.  With Control4 and Savant and other control players maturing and evolving….....control systems are getting better and better in their software tools that they provide us.  These companies, with their expansion growth will simply replace the industry position that crestron has lost.

-Mike

Posted by Eyal Kattan on February 7, 2016

I think CEDIA’s relevancy has been on the decline since 2009 and is continuing to decline as the organization failed to curb the construction industry and create unique opportunities for its members.

Crestron’s departure from CEDIA and continued investment in residential demonstrates exactly this.

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Posted by jwhitaker on February 3, 2016

I have been a CEDIA member and volunteer for many years. Over these years I have seen and experienced volumes. With Crestron officially not attending for 2016 I would like to look back to many years. We as members have seen many Manufactures come and go, and COME BACK! Markets and Manufacturers direction can change at the drop of the hat. Having said this I would like to reach out and speak to all CEDIA members. This association belongs to the members. This association is all about the members. If i were to hear that 5000 HTP’s were not attending I would be very concerned. Having a manufacturer take a year off to focus on other profitable markets with the hint of a return is just another day at the office for them. Manufacturers have their focus on profits and CEDIA has it’s focus on it’s members. As a Board Member I can say that our focus to expand the offerings and direction for our members is at an all time high. Paying attention to all aspects of our industry is our primary focus.”

Posted by Telestial on February 3, 2016

Which ever way you look at it this is going to seriously damage the show. It’s taking a back seat to ISE in Amsterdam every year shrinking whilst ISR which serves both pro and trade thrives. It’s time Infocomm and Cedia bit the bullet and joined up in the US before the Cedia show disappears altogether. Once one major exhibitor goes the others have an excuse to spend the dollar elsewhere.

Posted by Josh Willits on February 3, 2016

Seems to me there is more to this story. I don’t see how CEDIA doesn’t represent the luxury markets, there is certainly no alternative organization that does. The Marketing Director for Crestron leaves Crestron for CEDIA, and a few months later Crestron, the largest exhibitor at CEDIA every year, pulls out of the Expo? I’d be surprised if “shifting focus of the organization” is the sole reason behind this move.

Posted by Julie Jacobson on February 3, 2016

Ya think, Josh?

Posted by Josh Willits on February 3, 2016

lol, I can’t believe I’m the first to say it.

Posted by dkippy on February 3, 2016

Bold move. But many wondered when this would happen. They’ve invested millions into local offices, showrooms and training. Many saw this coming but now we will have to see how Cedia responds and what changes come about with the show. No matter the spin this is a major loss for the show and loss of revenue for the host city.

Posted by kipoca on February 3, 2016

FYI: you can use Crestron Home Elements without Pyng. They have separate modules and separate manuals.

Posted by Julie Jacobson on February 3, 2016

Yeah, thanks kipoca. I kind of meant “must” like “why wouldn’t you?” but will delete it. thanks again.

Posted by HAVEAV on February 3, 2016

I had the same exact thought as you Josh. Interesting to see where this goes.

Posted by Paul Self on February 3, 2016

Extron pulled out of Infocomm. Apple doesn’t exhibit at MacWorld.  All are doing quite well.

Maybe this says something about the evolution of controls for the consumer. AMX has a small presence. Crestron is out (for now), The control companies reflect a different product with companies like: Control4, URC, RTI, and Savant. (Sorry if I left someone out). Controls seem to be evolving. I do wonder how IoT is going to further impact this market segment.

While I do like the idea of consolidating Infocomm and CEDIA, the US doesn’t have fairgrounds like Cologne and Hanover in Germany. We think CES is big, but CEBIT was hitting almost 900k attendees by combining multiple computer segments into a massive fair ground over one week. In Europe, they would combine CES, NAB, Infocomm, and CEDIA along with a few smaller shows and do them every other year. The US could not handle such an event. And, I don’t want to wade through a show that big or be a lost exhibitor at the show. My vote is to keep the shows separate.

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