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.
Satellite companies and their business customers are fighting an Illinois legislative proposal backed by cable companies that would levy a 5% tax on monthly bills. The measure, which has passed the state's Senate, will most likely come before the House in the spring, legislative leaders said. DIRECTV Senior Vice President of Government Relations Andrew Reinsdorf accused cable companies of trying to raise rates on a rival, noting that governments charge the fees to cable operators as "rent" for using local rights-of-way that satellite operators do not need. "It's particularly pernicious for rural Illinois, where cable sometimes doesn't even deign to go," Reinsdorf added.
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.
Sean Creamer, Arbitron's executive vice president and chief operating officer, as well as a board member since August, has been named CEO. Creamer on Jan. 1 will succeed Bill Kerr, who will keep his seat on the company's board.
Fannie Mae will help keep families facing foreclosure in their homes for the holidays, halting evictions from single-family homes and two- and four-unit properties from Dec. 19 through Jan. 2. Freddie Mac will halt the procedures from Dec. 17 to Jan. 2.