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General Atlantic Sells SnapAV

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SnapAVThe affiliates of Hellman & Friedman LLC (H&F) enter a definitive agreement to acquire AV manufacturer and distributor SnapAV from owner General Atlantic for an unannounced sum.

SnapAV sells glue products, security, networking and automation products to residential and commercial AV installers. It wholesales approximately 2700 SKUs across 14 brands, and serves installers across the US with an eCommerce model.

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Vogel's Buys Marmitek

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TV mount and support vendor Vogel's announces the acquisition of Dutch developer of smart audio and video applications Marmitek. The financial details of the deal are not available as yet.

Vogel's MarmitekAccording to Vogel's, the acquisition positions it more explicitly as a specialist in product-based solutions aimed at both home and professional markets. It should also strengthen the respective market position of both companies.

Post-acquisition Marmitek will remain an independent company, even if the two companies will benefit from each other's strengths-- Vogels's will make use of Marmitek knowledge in home entertainment, while Marmitek will take advantage of the Vogel's distribution network.

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Vin Bruno Joins Rayva Board

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Former CEDIA president and CEO Vin Bruno finds a new job as he joins the board of Rayva, the company offering the concept of pre-engineered, turnkey home theatre packages.

RayvaFounded in 2016 by industry veterans George Walter, Theo Kalomirakis and David Rodarte, Rayva is an effort to bring the dedicated home theatre back in the industry. It pitches turnkey systems complete with architectural drawings, audio, video, lighting and control products, acoustical panels, seating, and even installation and warranties.

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CEDIA 2017 Registration Open

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Registration for CEDIA 2017 is officially open, with the show offering attendees concentrated access to the new products, breakthrough innovations and targeted training.

CEDIA Expo“CEDIA 2017 brings together the best of everything our industry has to offer; world-class CEDIA training and certification, countless opportunities to network and make valuable connections, and a robust show floor brimming with the latest and greatest solutions for the residential technology space,” CEDIA says. “Our market continues to expand exponentially and attending CEDIA 2017 is the best way to stay ahead of the ever-changing technology curve.”

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Vin Bruno Leaves CEDIA

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CEDIA announces the resignation of global president/CEO Vin Bruno. According to the organisation, Bruno resigned in order to "focus on new opportunities in the residential and commercial technology industries."

Vin Bruno“On behalf of the Board, the CEDIA team and the global CEDIA community, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Vin for his service and guidance during his tenure as CEO," CEDIA chairman Dennis Erskine says. "Under Vin’s leadership, we have completed the goal of global alignment for the organization and sold ownership of the CEDIA show to focus on the most important needs of our members."

Bruno joined CEDIA in September 2015, following a role as marketing director at Crestron. Prior to that he was VP at VCOM International Multimedia, a distributor of professional AV and digital equipment.

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VESA Focuses on VR, AR

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The Video Electronics Standards Group (VESA) forms a special interest group (SIG) to address the standards covering the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) markets.

virtual realityAs the creator of multiple display standards, such as DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), EDID and DisplayID, VESA should be well positioned to investigate AR/VR compatability issues. Currently the industry lacks a standard covering head-mounted displays and eyeglasses, leading to increasing confusion and complexity for both developers and customers, impeding broader acceptance of such products.

The VESA AR/VR SIG is open to both VESA members and non-members, and will discuss the needs of all ecosystem players, namely headset makers, glass makers, and other types of providers. The SIG will work with other VESA task groups and other standards organisations to build a "robust ecosystem," starting from physical connections, data transfer protocols, software drivers and application layers.

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ECJ Rules STBs With Piracy Add-Ons Illegal!

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The European Court of Justice (ECJ) takes a further step against film and TV piracy as it declares STBs configured for easy streaming are against the law.

KodiThe ruling comes via decision taken in the Dutch district case against one Mr. Wullems, who used to sell multimedia players through the website Filmspeler.nl. The court decreed Wullems' actions as a "communication to the public" (a peculiar doctrine specific to European law) in breech of copyright law, and following the decision the sale of all such players is, essentially, illegal.

Filmspeler.nl sold Android-based STBs running a version of Kodi pre-loaded with plugins allowing for easy access to pirated streams. European law allows to the temporary reproduction of copyrighted work (which is what a stream technically does) but the court insists piracy-friendly boxes adversely affect the actual copyright holder, and thus go against the exemption.

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