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AVWeek 610: Open To AV

A Monopoly On AV

How is it May already? That means that We’re less than fifty days to InfoComm. Instead of worrying about that, why don’t we look at the latest news coming out of the commercial side of the AV industry? Joining us this week is Learning Environments Support Analyst for USC Adaline Tatum, Executive Vice President of Global Sales for Mersive Joel Carroll and Technical Director for LCD Control Systems Neil Silver.

After a difficult first quarter, CDW is reported to be laying off employees. These numbers reflect an economic uncertainty within all verticals and was the cause of “cautious IT spending” for the start of the fiscal year. Since IT and AV are so intrinsically put together, where should we expect slowdowns in our own industry?

DTEN has completed their certification process for Microsoft Teams. Part of the interesting twist around this news is DTEN’s longstanding relationship with Zoom, and how they started as a Zoom device. What does it mean for a solution like this to get certification for Teams? Looking at where this belongs in different facets of AV.

Slightly out of our wheelhouse (but well enough that the editor will have too much to say) is a current acquisition settlement between two large video game publishers. The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is blocking Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The deal is being blocked on grounds of a potential monolith in cloud gaming. When we look at this from an AV perspective, what’s the risk of any one company becoming THE BIG ONE? Looking at monopolization in AV and potential regulations down the line.

  • Adaline Tatum – USC
  • Joel Carroll – Mersive
  • Neil Silver – LCD
Links to sources: Notes:
  • AVNation studios production equipment provided by Shure and Vaddio.
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