SBCA will hold its annual Leadership Luncheon Panel on Jan. 6 in Las Vegas to discuss trends, concerns and predictions in the telecommunications sector. The panel will be led by The Carmel Group's Jimmy Schaeffler and feature analyst Richard Greenfield, former Federal Communications Commission member Robert McDowell and Roku's Steve Shannon.
New types of audio/visual systems on the market have changed the look of the home theater -- to the extent that many integrators are looking for updated, more flexible terms to describe the technology. The trends include: multiple screens to watch the ever-increasing number of viewing options, the rise of social media, the need for multipurpose rooms and demand for different types of speakers.
Small-business owners took action to mitigate the damage from Superstorm Sandy that could help you to deal with the next disaster. Their experiences emphasize the importance of turning to others for help, checking your insurance policies and using cloud-based services to keep your business going in the wake of a disaster.
DIRECTV, DISH Network and EchoStar are among the 15 multichannel video providers and equipment-makers that are backing a voluntary agreement to improve the energy efficiency of set-top boxes. The Set-Top Box Energy Conservation Agreement, which will go into effect Jan. 1, could save U.S. homeowners up to $1.5 billion annually.
Sparked by federal stimulus grants, broadband satellite companies are looking ahead to a banner year, with both ViaSat/WildBlue and Hughes Network Systems planning to demonstrate high-speed services at the International CES this week. Focusing on customers in rural areas, ViaSat/Wild Blue expects to introduce its service Jan. 16, while Hughes plans a midyear debut.