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Control4’s Intercom Anywhere Service Delivers Mobile Peace Of Mind

Control4’s Intercom Anywhere Service Delivers Mobile Peace Of Mind

The new Intercom Anywhere service from Control4 lets you use your mobile device to see and interact with visitors at your front door. But unlike other video doorbell solutions, Intercom Anywhere also allows you to control your home’s lights, locks, and other automation systems from anywhere in the world. Is peace of mind the next must-have smart home feature? Read on to learn more.

The new Intercom Anywhere service from Control4 lets you use your mobile device to see and interact with visitors at your front door. But, it's functionality goes beyond that. Read on to find out.

— August 15, 2018 22:00 in AV News

AT&T Launches New 'WatchTV' Streaming Service

AT&T Launches New 'WatchTV' Streaming Service

WatchTV is a new live television streaming service from AT&T. Free to subscribers of the company’s newest unlimited wireless plans, WatchTV is also available as a stand-alone subscription for $15 per month. Will the low price make WatchTV a hit, or will the limited channel lineup cause customers to look elsewhere for their streaming television needs?

WatchTV is a new live television streaming service from AT&T; free to subscribers of their unlimited wireless data plans or only $15/mo as a standalone subscription plan. But, there's a catch. Read on.

— August 04, 2018 00:15 in AV News

Sonos Goes Public With $100 Million IPO

Sonos Goes Public With $100 Million IPO

Sonos has filed a $100 million initial public offering, and will join the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol SONO. The company has seen growth since incorporating Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant into its newest products, but the risks of doing so may eventually outweigh the benefits. Will Sonos be a stock market success, or has it made too many compromises in order to stay relevant?

Sonos has filed a $100 million initial public offering, and will join the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol SONO. Will Sonos be a stock market success, or has it made too many compromises in order to stay relevant?

— August 01, 2018 09:00 in AV News

HDR10+ Technologies Announces Program For Licensing and Logo Certification

HDR10+ Technologies Announces Program For Licensing and Logo Certification

The makers of the free, open-source HDR10+ format for high dynamic range video have begun a licensing and logo-certification program for the technology. Like Dolby Vision, HDR10+ uses dynamic metadata to optimize the brightness, contrast, and color of every scene. Unlike Dolby Vision, HDR10+ is free to use — no royalty fees required. Will the free licensing incentive of HDR10+ ultimately be the demise of Dolby Vision or will they still peacefully coexist?

The makers of the free, open-source HDR10+ format for high dynamic range video have begun a licensing and logo-certification program for the technology. Will its free licensing displace Dolby Vision?

— July 28, 2018 00:30 in AV News

Bowers & Wilkins Philips Develop High Performance TVs

Bowers & Wilkins Philips Develop High Performance TVs

Bowers & Wilkins has announced a partnership with the maker of Philips televisions to develop new TV products with industry-leading audio and video performance. The first products to result from the multi-year agreement will make their debut on August 31st at the IFA consumer electronics and appliance showcase in Berlin. The Partnership marks a new direction for Bowers & Wilkins, which was purchased by a small California startup in 2016. Is B&W making the right move?

Bowers & Wilkins has announced a partnership with the maker of Philips televisions to develop new high definition TV products with industry-leading audio and video performance. See what they offer.

— July 20, 2018 00:00 in AV News

New Smartphone TV Company ‘Dreams’ Believes The Future Is Vertical

New Smartphone TV Company ‘Dreams’ Believes The Future Is Vertical

Two former Google and Instagram engineers have started a new company that reformats TV content to be watched on smartphones in portrait mode. The founders of “Dreams” believe that mobile devices are the future of television, and that video content must be changed to better fit the physical realities presented by small, handheld screens. If people prefer holding their phones vertically, then it’s the content — not the viewers and their devices — that must conform.

Two former Google and Instagram engineers have started a new company that reformats TV content to be watched on smartphones in portrait mode. They believe the future is vertical for mobile. Agree?

— July 18, 2018 00:00 in AV News

Updated Apple TV 4K Delivers Dolby Atmos Sound

Updated Apple TV 4K Delivers Dolby Atmos Sound

When the Apple TV 4K streaming media player receives a software update this fall, it will become the first device of its kind to be certified to deliver both Dolby Vision HDR video and Dolby Atmos immersive sound. Apple promises that the iTunes Store will become “the largest collection of Dolby Atmos supported movies” available on any streaming platform. Will Apple’s increasingly popular streamer overtake its rivals from Roku and Amazon?

When the Apple TV 4K streaming media player receives a software update this fall, it will become the first device of its kind to deliver both Dolby Vision HDR video and Dolby Atmos surround and more.

— July 03, 2018 00:00 in AV News

DTS Play-Fi Headphones App Brings Personal Connectivity to Home Systems

DTS Play-Fi Headphones App Brings Personal Connectivity to Home Systems

DTS announce the new DTS® Play-Fi® Headphones app as a companion app to select DTS Play-Fi audio products. The free app enables users to stream content over Wi-Fi that is playing on any DTS Play-Fi-supported product to any pair of headphones connected to a phone or tablet for a private listening experience. With DTS Play-Fi’s A/V synchronization technology, audio stays in line with the video content being played on the TV. Users are said to enjoy the benefits of full Wi-Fi range within their home, eliminating the in-room limitations of Bluetooth solutions.

DTS announce the new DTS® Play-Fi® Headphones app as a companion app to select DTS Play-Fi audio products. Users can stream from any Play-Fi device to their headphones synchronized to their TV video.

— June 22, 2018 18:00 in AV News

Apple’s AirPlay 2 Wireless Streaming Protocol Has Finally Arrived

Apple’s AirPlay 2 Wireless Streaming Protocol Has Finally Arrived

A year after it was first announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in June of 2017, the AirPlay 2 wireless streaming protocol is finally here. AirPlay 2 brings multi-room audio to Apple’s HomePod smart speaker, and promises a huge new ecosystem of compatible devices from a wide range of manufacturers. Will AirPlay 2 bring multi-room audio into your home? Read on to find out.

A year after it was first announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in June of 2017, the AirPlay 2 wireless streaming protocol is finally here. See what it offers over Airplay.

— June 19, 2018 00:00 in AV News

Control4 Smart Home Automation Unveils 140 Certified Showrooms Worldwide

Control4 Smart Home Automation Unveils 140 Certified Showrooms Worldwide

Smart home automation has come a long way from programming macros to execute simple commands to your home theater and associated lighting. With big players like Google and Amazon getting into the smart home game it's good to see Control4 showcasing what the professionals at home automation can do that goes beyond consumer based DIY solutions. To see for yourself register for a tour of one of their 140 Control4 Certified Showrooms around the world. Read on to find out more of what Control4 has to offer for your new smart home.

Looking to add the best smarthome automation to your house? Check out one of Control4's 140 Certified Showrooms around the world to see what the professionals at home automation can do for you.

— June 15, 2018 08:00 in AV News

Spotify Rethinks Its Anti-Hate Policy

Spotify Rethinks Its Anti-Hate Policy

After a tumultuous three-week trial, Spotify has changed its controversial anti-hate policy. The new policy still bans “hateful content” from the streaming service, but no longer penalizes artists who demonstrate “hateful conduct” in their personal and professional lives. The controversial R&B artist R. Kelly was the first to see his music suppressed — but not removed — as a result of his alleged history of sexual misconduct. Was Spotify’s anti-hate policy just a bad execution of a good idea, or is censorship a slippery slope?

After a tumultuous 3-week trial, Spotify has changed its controversial anti-hate policy. The new policy still bans “hateful content” from their streaming service, but not "Hateful" conduct by artists.

— June 13, 2018 00:00 in AV News

Monster Cable Aims To Raise $300 Million Selling Its Own Cryptocurrency

Monster Cable Aims To Raise $300 Million Selling Its Own Cryptocurrency

The AV Cable manufacturer Monster is selling its own Bitcoin-like cryptocurrency called Monster Money Tokens. Monster hopes to use the funds to develop a new e-commerce platform powered by blockchain technology. Cryptocurrencies can be big money-makers, but are the potential rewards worth the big risks for investors?

The AV Cable manufacturer Monster is selling its own Bitcoin-like cryptocurrency called Monster Money Tokens. Will this be a big win for Monster or a risk for its investors?

— June 09, 2018 19:00 in AV News

The Dangers Of Crowdfunding: 3D Headphone Startup Ossic Calls It Quits

The Dangers Of Crowdfunding: 3D Headphone Startup Ossic Calls It Quits

Another one bites the dust. Crowdfunded headphone startup Ossic closes its doors after raising $3.2 million from pre-orders that will never be fulfilled. Over 22,000 customers pre-paid for the Ossic X headphone, which promised 3D audio with built-in head-tracking and custom-tailored sound. Unfortunately, this kind of crowdfunding flop is more common than many people realize.

Crowdfunded headphone startup Ossic closes its doors after raising $3.2 million from pre-orders for the Ossic X 3D headphones that will never be fulfilled. Another one bites the dust.

— June 05, 2018 21:00 in AV News

Google Smart Displays To Launch This July Offering Live TV

Google Smart Displays To Launch This July Offering Live TV

Google gains new ground on Alexa. These smart displays, which were first teased at CES in January, will not be Google-branded, but instead will be built by hardware partners including Lenovo, JBL, LG, and Sony. They will feature Google Assistant and YouTube TV. Will they offer real competition to Alexa? Read on to find out.

Google gains new ground on Alexa. New Smart Displays From Lenovo, JBL, LG, and Sony will feature Google Assistant and YouTube TV. Will they offer real competition to Alexa? Read on.

— June 01, 2018 11:00 in AV News