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The Friday Five: July 17, 2015

Comcast’s Google Fiber Rival Will Be Laughably Expensive
In addition to their already incredibly poor product offerings and support strategy, Comcast is set to disappoint their customers in another category: pricing. Comcast will soon be offering an internet connection “twice as fast as Google Fiber” at approximately four times the cost. Just crunching the basic numbers, but seems like a 50% loss to me.-* I’m not entirely certain why the average internet customer might need 2-*gbps speed instead of the 1 gbp speeds offered by Google, or even if that extra gigabit would be worth about $180/month, but we’ll see. I’m sure it will be bundled with some triple play from hell where all three services are terrible and still relatively expensive. At least Google’s Fiber push is forcing Comcast to suck a little less (a little).
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What is in the VALUE SWEET SPOT in converged AV and IT
Lots of industry talk, for what seems like forever, on AV and IT converging, but why? What is the return when you combine AV and IT? Sure, it’s pretty apparent that “using HDBaseT as the last mile of extension,” can have it’s benefits. Max Kopsho talks in depth about how to get more from AV and IT convergence in integrated system design to maximize the return on investment. Kopsho notes, “The results of completely converged AV and IT systems address the pains that every customer has.” A good look at the why-*of convergence since the industry, at times, seems solely focused on the how.
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Target Opens Dedicated Store for Smart Home Gadgets
Minneapolis based retail giant, Target, announced last week they will unveil what it calls the Target Open House. This 3500 square foot retail space in San Francisco will feature a house inside the store packed full of smart home gadgets including the Nest thermostat and Sonos wireless speakers. Following a rough few months, in which the retailer laid off or eliminated more than 1800 positions, this could be a real boon. With buyers increasingly turning towards consumer IoT smart home devices, from light bulbs to thermostats, Target is positioning itself to become a key provider. I’m not sure what, if any, affect this will have on the residential-*market in the AV Industry. As the old adage goes, only time will tell.
Read More at Forbes
Commodore is Back, Baby, With a… Smartphone?
Commodore 64, the single best selling computer ever (17 million) according to Guinness, is back;-*sort of. The company who launched the desktop computing craze is back at it this time with a phone. The Pet, an odd name for a smartphone, boasts impressive specifications including a 5.5″ IPS screen with a respectable 1920 x 1080 resolution. It’ll have a 1.7 GHz processor, 3000 mAh battery and a 13 MP camera that has a f/2.0 aperture capable of creating images up to 4096 x 2304 pixels. The custom Android build will also have two emulators so owners can enjoy a walk down memory lane and play old Commodore 64 games.
Read More at Wired
ProAV’s Role in the Age of Web Conferencing
Without any firm data in front of me, I think it’s safe to say that in the past year or two desktop conferencing has significantly increased its-*share of total videoconferencing. There are a number of excellent software products for this-*(Skype for-*Business, Polycom’s RealPresence Desktop and Zoom) as well as an equally amazing number of cloud providers-*(Acano, BlueJeans and Pexip to name a few). So what’s the role of Pro AV in facilitating this? Sure, integration firms can sell licensing but for the most part it’s the hardware that makes or breaks a successful desktop conferencing environment. This article is written by a director at HuddleCamHD, a manufacturer of USB pan tilt zoom cameras, and there are certainly a number of other professional grade cameras from Vaddio’s (for whom I work) RoboSHOT 12 USB which offers uncompressed 1080p/30Hz USB video to smaller cameras like Logitech’s line of conferencing products. Choosing the right hardware can greatly improve the quality of your software based system. So what’s the role for Pro AV in this? Have a look at the article then decide for yourself.
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