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Michael Heiss

Michael Heiss

CEDIA Fellow Michael Heiss is a contributing editor to Residential Systemsout of Sherman Oaks, CA.

  • What DTS:X Means to the Custom Channel

    April 13, 2015

    When DTS first announced its DTS:X format suite at CES, the details were a bit scarce. An "unveiling" at DTS's headquarters last week makes it a bit easier to plan for home theater systems that are designed to accommodate object-based and immersive audio for not just Dolby Atmos and Auro3D, but now for DTS:X as well.

  • Amazon Fire TV Stick: Where Does it Fit in Custom Installs?

    December 01, 2014

    Regardless of what your prognostication is for the long-term future of physical media as a program playback source, there is no question that streaming services and IP-delivered content are multiplying daily as a key method by which consumers, your prospects, clients, and customers access entertainment and informational content.

  • TiVo Goes Over The Top with Roamio OTA

    August 27, 2014

    Much has changed for TiVo since it was launched 15 years ago. But with the company’s new stripped down Roamio OTA product, the company also has come full circle back to its roots, as well.

  • What Google I/O News Means to Custom AV Integrators

    June 26, 2014

    Watching the keynote address for the Google I/O developer’s conference yesterday, I couldn’t help but think of the line in the old Broadway show tune, Annie Get Your Gun: “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better,” in the way Google, Apple, and Microsoft have presented their versions of our technology future.

  • Live from E3: There’s a Reason Why They Call Them GAME Consoles

    June 12, 2014

    While the emphasis at E3 this year was on games, games, and more games, there is an increasing trend toward accessing those games via streaming services, recording them, and uploading them via Twitch or other means, and for intra-game play within the home.

  • Amazon 'Fires' Up Streaming TV | What Installers Need to Know

    April 04, 2014

    As long rumored, Amazon has finally joined the ranks of companies offering small, relatively inexpensive devices that add streaming services and games to any display device with a spare HDMI input and within range of a Wi-Fi or wired broadband connection. Priced at $99, Amazon’s Fire TV will go head to head at the top of the STB fray with the similarly priced AppleTV and Roku 3 (4200X).

  • Time Warner vs. CBS Prompts a Showdown of Old School Meets New Tech

    August 27, 2013

    Sometimes the irony of life is too delicious for words, but since words are our business here we will put them to use for the latest comical sideshow in the epic battle between Time Warner Cable (TWC) and CBS that has resulted in both CBS owned and operated TV stations as well as Showtime and other CBS-owned cable channels being taken off the TWC cable systems in New York, Los Angeles, D...

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