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October 12, 2018 00:29:26
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Home Cinema, IMAX and Why Content Is King

What’s happening in home cinema? Is the big screen business going to get even bigger, and more immersive, now that we have IMAX Enhanced? What will this mean for dealers? And, what’s going on with content? At the recent CEDIA Expo in San Diego, keynote presenter, John Penney from Twentieth Century Fox painted a picture of IT companies taking over the entertainment industry and fighting amongst each other to deliver content directly to consumers. Meantime, Netflix and SkyQ have announced that content from Netflix will be woven directly into the fabric of the SkyQ user interface. So, who’s bossing what your customers are watching and what else is changing in home cinema that affects how we create immersive experiences for clients? Chris Jones, Managing Director of Ideaworks and Ian Bolt, Chairman of Custom Sight & Sound, join us to look at what’s going on and help you make sense of it all. We also try to find out who is better in a classic pop head-to-head that pitches Kate Bush against Earth, Wind & Fire! This episode is recorded in the cinema at the Ideaworks Experience Centre, Great Portland Street, London. The Integrated Home supports Together4Cinema – to find out more, visit www.together4cinema.co.uk. Sponsored by Meridian Audio, The Integrated Home is a Wildwood and Alfi Media Production. ...

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September 12, 2018 00:38:32
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Design Meets Technology and The Showroom Experience

Whatever Earth Wind & Fire might say, we all know that September is a busy, back to work month. The holidays are a dim and distant memory, the kids are heading off to school and it’s time to gear up for show season - a time that's full of innovations, new ideas and education opportunities. From the 15th until the 23rd September, London is taken over by the London Design Festival, so there's no better time to talk about interior design and home technology. We welcome two special guests to look at how designers and integrators collaborate, sometimes collide, but, ultimately, can work better together for the mutual benefit of clients. From the world of interior design, we're joined by Susie Rumbold of Tessuto Interiors, former President of the British Institute of Interior Design, and from award-winning, London integration business, ClearSphere, we have Director, Alistair Ingram. Our home for this episode is the Crestron showroom, located on the second floor of the sourcing mecca for savvy interior designers, the Design Centre in Chelsea Harbour. Later in the show, Phil Pini and Kate Fauset from Crestron are our guests. They will explain the showroom experience, how it works and give their insights into how this facility helps bring home technology to life for the benefit of interior designers, developers and integrators. ...

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August 27, 2018 00:39:49
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Managing Change, Mark Knopfler's Brother and The Remains of Bob Marley

In this month's show, we're joined by Rob Sutherland, Principal at London-based integrator, Inspired Dwellings, to look at how his business has evolved to meet technology changes, customer expectations and market opportunities. Then, as BBC Radio's "The Archers" namechecks multi-room audio as a technology 'must-have', we talk about smart homes in the media with two experienced, consumer-facing journalists - freelance writer extraordinaire, Chris Haslam and Jonathan Margolis from the FT How To Spend It. We find out what excites them and their audiences, and discuss the value of beautiful photography, brevity and celebrity name-dropping. This show is recorded in the Mountbatten Suite of Admiralty Arch. Thanks to our venue hosts, Prime Investors, and to our sponsors, Meridian Audio. The Integrated Home is sponsored by Meridian Audio and is a Wildwood PR and Alfi Media production. ...

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July 23, 2018 00:37:17
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Beyond the Bubble and Media Rooms without Compromise

On the road in Bristol, we're joined by Matt Zachrisson-Smith, Managing Director of Total Solutions and Owen Maddock, Principal of Connected Works and co-founder of the HomeTechGallery hashtag. As £1 million plus properties surge in Bristol and elsewhere around the country, we examine what the integrator's life is like outside of London. We also take a look at the recent media obsession with smart home security and ask if this is a problem for professional home technology integrators. Then, we talk in-depth about media rooms and how the industry can achieve a great customer experience in these increasingly popular spaces. Hear what Owen and Matt have to say and how they think integrators can collaborate to create media rooms that offer more. Recorded on location in Owen's house in Bristol (thanks Owen!), The Integrated Home is sponsored by Meridian Audio and is a Wildwood PR and Alfi Media production. ...

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June 14, 2018 00:39:25
Iceberg Houses, Smart Home Week and The Future of the Industry

Iceberg Houses, Smart Home Week and The Future of the Industry

In the company of special guests, Gary Lewis, Sales Director of Cornflake and Chris Knight, Managing Director of Perfect Integration, we take a look at Mega Basement Conversions to find out if this is a declining market for London-based integrators. We also invite Gary and Chris to give us their opinion on National Smart Home Week and explain its relevance to the integrator channel.Then, we talk about the future of the industry, and ask the big question, does it actually have one? Recorded in the depths of the Cornflake Smart App-artment cinema. The Integrated Home is sponsored by Meridian Audio and is a Wildwood PR and Alfi Media production. ...

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