Maybe some shows would be content resting on their laurels after hitting 300 episodes, but for us the news never stops. Because of this, we have no choice but to continue to look at the latest news coming out of the residential side of the AV industry. Joining us this week is Executive Director of the Z-Wave Alliance Mitchell Klein and Founder & CEO of LiveWire Henry Clifford.
According to the 28th Annual Consumer Technology Holiday Purchase Patterns report, the 2021 holiday season is poised to increase from last year. While this is only a 0.5% increase, we’ll take the win for what it is. The most sought out gifts for adults in the US include smartphones, laptops, wearable devices and more. Technology is a hot topic in holiday spending. Will that spending affect the CI channel in any way? How is something like the recent supply chain issues going to throw a potential wrench into all of this? Looking at how technology demand will be heating up as the holidays cool everything else down.
Next we look at the debate between centralized and local AV systems. Should a solution have one central rack providing all the distribution of video and audio, or should each room get their own local equipment? With some solutions like smart TVs taking up the mantle for all-in-one solutions, is it a debate we’re only having with our own integrators? We discuss the merits of each solution and what works better for the project integrators are working on.
CEDIA has announced the hiring of Amanda Beckner as new Vice President of Education and Training for the organization. She has over two decades of experience with the industry and in learning program development. She led the digital transformation of AVIXA’s curriculum. With their recent new CEO, CEDIA organization is looking at a new chapter for the whole organization. What will these new additions mean for CEDIA and the industry as a whole moving forward?
- Mitchell Klein – Z-Wave Alliance
- Henry Clifford – LiveWire
- CE Pro – Holiday tech spending projected to increase from 2020
- Residential Systems – Centralized or Localized AV Systems?
- Residential Tech Today – CEDIA hires Amanda Beckner for VP of Education & Training
- AVNation studios production equipment provided by Shure and Vaddio.
- Henry’s article about fighting the “Battle of Next Week” can be found here.