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From Best Buy to VIA: How AudioVisions JV with D-Tools Went Down

In a tale worthy of Six Degrees of Separation, the principals at AudioVisions and D-Tools have intertwined experiences ranging from Best Buy to VIA International that eventually led to new joint venture software development agreement.

Jason Knott · January 28, 2016

CEDIA Partners on Education, Marketing for CE Pro Summit

As part of a broader deal with exhibition planner AE Ventures, CEDIA will partner with CE Pro on the education and marketing for the CE Pro Summit upcoming Nov. 2-4 in Atlanta.

CE Pro Editors · January 27, 2016

CE Pro Weekly Video News: Q&A with CTA Integrator of the Year

Consumer Technology Association Integrator of the Year award winner Gerry Lynch of System 7 in Boston says taking risks in his business has paid off.

CE Pro Editors · January 13, 2016

2015 CE Stocks Fall Double Digits

Cumulative stock prices for 46 publicly traded companies involved in custom electronics fell by 11.8% in 2015. Google/Alphabet, Broadcom, Home Depot among biggest gainers; Ascent Capital, Sharp, Control4, HHGregg biggest losers.

Jason Knott · January 04, 2016

South African Integrator Tackles Growing Wealthy Class

Integrator BNC Technology in Johannesburg handles rapidly growing wealthy class in South Africa with fiber optic deployments pushing the market forward. What can U.S. integrators learn from this?

Jason Knott · December 30, 2015

CEDIA’s Ambitious 2016 Goals: Consumer Events, 5K Members, New HQ?

CEDIA lays out its 2016 plans for members, including consumer-facing events, bundled education for newly hired technicians, global certification, plans to reach 5,000 members, potential partnership with Coldwell Banker, and possibly a new headquarters.

Jason Knott · December 22, 2015

Control4 Offers Smart-Home Financing through Home Tech Integrators

Home automation leader Control4 has teamed with GreenSky to provide consumer financing for smart-home products and installation, including Control4’s own products and services, as well as third-party solutions.

Julie Jacobson · December 22, 2015

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Explaining Liens vs. Lawsuits for Non-Payment by General Contractor

Integrators who sign a contract with a general contractor and not directly with the client cannot sue the homeowner if you are not paid, but you may be able to file a mechanics lien against the property.

Jason Knott · December 22, 2015

CE Pro People & Places: SureCall Names Moser; Platinum Appoints Strikwerda; Atlona Names new Reps

The latest in hirings and other notable movement within the custom electronics industry. Check back daily for updated news.

CE Pro Editors · December 15, 2015

2016 Might Be Best Year to Sell Your Business

Historically low interest rates that feed private equity investment and serious amounts of money sitting on the sidelines make 2016 a potentially good year for integrators and manufacturers to sell. What 3 steps should you be taking now?

David Rodarte · December 13, 2015