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IPTV and Internet Video, 2e

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Contact: Bob Dodd
781-313-4726 or r.dodd@elsevier.com

Now in its second edition, IPTV and Internet Video clearly explains and demystifies the functions, markets, and future impact of this exploding technology. This book contains an overview of hardware, software, and Internet technologies, case studies, and covers a range of products and services. It is a guide to help readers master the key trends and drivers transforming the world of broadcast television and the Web. Readers get a working knowledge of IPTV, enabling both non-technical and technical professionals to accurately analyze the emerging technology and business opportunities. With IPTV subscriptions estimated to grow 32% annually for the next 6 years, this book is necessary reading material for companies wanting to remain current in the marketplace.
• Written by well known industry experts, each with 25 years technology development experience and global insight
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Record Label Marketing, 2e

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Contact: Bob Dodd
781-313-4726 or r.dodd@elsevier.com

Focal Press, a division of Elsevier, would like to invite select members of the press to request a gratis review copy of Record Label Marketing, 2nd Edition by Tom Hutchison, Paul Allen and Amy Macy.

Tom Hutchison is a Professor of Marketing in the Department of Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). He has worked with a wide range of popular artists including Faith Hill, The Dixie Chicks, Sonic Youth and Beck. Tom has conducted market research projects for Sony, MCA/Universal, DreamWorks and Warner Music Group. Tom is also the author of Web Marketing for the Music Business from Focal Press.

Paul Allen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University. Paul is also the author of Artist Management from Focal Press.

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Furman’s Elite-15 PF i and F1500-UPS Help Bring Home A/V Environment to Lutron’s NYC Experience Showroom in D&D Building

PETALUMA, Calif. — Sept. 2, 2009 — Furman, a world-leading provider of power management solutions, today announced that Lutron Electronics, a leading lighting control manufacturer, is utilizing Furman’s Elite-15 PF i and F1500-UPS power management solutions to protect and enhance the performance of A/V components in its elegant NYC Experience Showroom in the Decoration & Design (D&D) building. more

AVAD Helps Dealers Expand into Security through New Offerings from DSC and COPS Monitoring

AVAD LLC, North America’s leading distributor of custom electronics, announced a new offering of products for security systems and security monitoring services through distribution agreements with industry leaders DSC and COPS Monitoring. In expanding its products, training programs and services to include security—in addition to boasting the industry’s best brands of residential and commercial AV products—AVAD reinforces its commitment to serving as the custom installer’s single solutions-provider for any application. AVAD will present attendees to CEDIA Expo 2009 with an opportunity to learn more about DSC, COPS Monitoring and more as part of its “One Call Does it All” demo in booth #1761. more

Atlona Technologies Showcases Competitive Edge in Audio Visual Technologies as a CE Pro BEST Awards Finalist

August 27th, 2009 — Atlona Technologies has proven its place as a stand out company within the AV industry with production of its AT-HDAiR and AT-PROHD88M-SR, creating a buzz that has earned them a spot as finalists in the 2009 CE Pro BEST Awards.

The CE Pro BEST (Best Electronic Systems Technologies) Awards are making their debut this fall at the annual reputable CEDIA tradeshow, presenting honors to the top products in 38 categories with one overall winner. CE Pro is largely recognized as a leading publication for the custom electronics industry and a highly reliable authority on such technology. Atlona is facing rivals from an initial pool of 77 different companies with over 100 products creating a very competitive contest.

Atlona’s competing products include the AT-HDAiR, a wireless USB to HDMI or VGA converter that transmits HD video from one’s laptop or computer to an HD more

Firefly Design Group Introduces New Online Portal for Streamlined Interaction with Custom Installers

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – August 27, 2009 – Firefly Design Group, a premier engineering and marketing firm in the custom electronics industry, has launched a new online portal used to increase the efficiency of communication and project management with custom installation professionals. Accessible from any location and available at no charge to Firefly Design Group clients, the Firefly Design Group Portal, designed in partnership with designecentral, provides an easy-to-use central dashboard where custom installers can easily order services, organize project materials, upload documentation and project specifications, and receive communications and materials from Firefly Design Group.

“As Firefly Design Group has continued to evolve, we realized that in order to truly serve the documentation and project management needs of the custom installer, we have to streamline the communication process,? said Ron Callis, president and founder of Firefly Design Group. “In addition to offering a central platform where installers can more

Bedrock Learning Offers Industry-Certified Courses through david

Holland, Mich. – August 26, 2009 – Bedrock Learning, a globally recognized leader in residential technology training and business support products, has announced it is now offering online training courses and business materials through david (Digital Audio Video Integration Distributors). Bedrock Learning will present attendees to CEDIA Expo 2009 with more information on the courses offered through david, as well as additional information on its full offering of educational materials, in booth #1630 on the expo floor.

Bedrock Learning’s courses, including materials for audio, video, home theater, lighting control, home networking, project management and more, provide a comprehensive overview of residential technologies essential for integrators, technicians and sales staff. In addition to providing the convenience of online training, Bedrock Learning’s courses are a cost-effective way for individuals and companies to improve career and business prospects and validate knowledge and understanding.

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AVAD to Distribute Home Automation and Security Products from HAI

Van Nuys, Calif. – August 21, 2009 – AVAD LLC, North America’s leading distributor of custom electronics, announced it has entered in a distribution agreement with Home Automation, Inc. (HAI), a leading manufacturer of integrated security and home automation products. Through the partnership, AVAD dealers will now have access to HAI products, including a full range of home automation products and accessories designed to accommodate any lifestyle and budget. AVAD will feature new products from HAI as part of its “One Call Does it All? demo at booth #1765 at CEDIA Expo 2009, held September 10-13 in Atlanta, Ga.

The HAI line of home automation products now offered by AVAD includes the easy-to-install HAI OmniTouch 5.7, a 5.7 inch color touch screen, offering one-touch control of security systems, temperature, lighting, entertainment systems and more. AVAD dealers will also be able to offer their clients more

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Architecture and AV Intregration Synergy

ih06a_200.jpgThe following information is courtesy of the 2008 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Designers’ Choice Awards. For more information on how to become a member of CEDIA, or information on its awards program please visit www.cedia.org or call (800) 669-5329.

2008 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Awards Entry: Best Integrated Home, Level I: $67,500 – $120,000

IH6

Date design began: 01-06-06
Date installation was completed: 05-14-07

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1. Please provide a short four to six sentence synopsis describing the project goals, special features, or nuances.

The client desired synergy between the architecture, interior design, and electronics integration in the home. They required full sub-system integration that allowed user interfaces to be consolidated while also providing a high level of functionality. Frequent parties with music throughout, watching movies, and convenient control of lighting and climate were the primary needs. Ease-of-use, more

Florida Home Improvement Radio Show Builds Project Demo House from Ground up Featuring Hard Wired High Definition Entertainment System

ORLANDO, FL – Josh Smith, producer for the In the House Radio Show, set out to demonstrate his show’s home improvement expertise by demolishing an existing two bedroom cottage and building a replacement house. Essential to the project was the mandate that the main entertainment center be located in the living room, hard wired for 5.1 surround sound, with an eye level, wall mounted flat panel television and no visible wires for power, audio and video using the HDMI format.

“The garage is equipped with air conditioning, an insulated door, plenty of storage for tools, as well as refrigerator hookups and a painted sealed floor, making it the perfect mans-cave,? explained Smith. “The garage has also been hard wired for a wall mounted TV, so we needed a way to allow for dual viewing of HDTV in the living room and the garage.?

With the installation of the more

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