Episode 153 - Breaking the Mold with Richard Berrie of iHummingbird

On this week's episode of HomeTech: We are joined by Richard Berrie, CEO and President of iHummingbird. Berrie and his team take a unique approach, leveraging low-cost solutions such as Nest, Sonos, and Lutron Caseta to generate business and build relationships. Proving the theory that these consumer-focused products present up-selling opportunities to savvy professionals, iHummingbird is doing a booming business - with an average installation price of $35,000. Tune in to hear how exactly how he's doing it! 

That plus... How the new HDMI 2.1 spec might create more problems than it solves. Netflix penetration surpasses a new milestone. Pandora shows up late to the on-demand streaming party. And a clever new voice-controlled approach to tech support from OneVision. 

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Episode 152 - Unplug That TV!

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Seth and Jason sit down to dissect the biggest stories of the week including: Just a bunch of spies doing their job. Apple puts out some shiny HomeKit marketing. Rumors of a new indoor camera from Amazon. Thoughts on the so-called "Lutron Tax"' and Crestron's new (not-so?) easy-to-setup lighting control system. And what Sonos' efforts to fend off the disrupters shows us about the smart home.

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Episode 151 - Discussing Z-Wave with Executive Director Mitch Klein

On this week's episode of HomeTech: We are joined by Mitch Klein, Executive Director of the Z-Wave Alliance for an in-depth conversation about the technology and what is new with the alliance. Long a stalwart in the connected home, Mitch discusses what makes the technology so appealing to end-users, installers, and service providers alike. Additionally we explore some recent developments, particularly in the area of cybersecurity, that the alliance is focused on as they look to maintain their dominant position in the worldwide connected home market. 

That plus... we belatedly celebrate 3-years of HomeTech! AWS sneezes and half the internet gets a flu. Jason has another tactile control product to drool over. And an spirited chat about the future of TV sparked by YouTube's new offering for cord cutters. 

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Episode 150 - Stuck in the Middle

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Seth and Jason sit down for some spirited discussion about the forces at play in the middle market for home technology. Established companies like Savant, Crestron, and Control4 have formed a consensus and are "racing to the top" with their collective focus on luxury solutions. Meanwhile, inexpensive DIY platforms such as HomeKit are maturing at a steady pace. So, where does this leave the traditional CEDIA integrator? Tune in to hear our thoughts...

That plus... rumors of a new Sonos product, finally! - but will it be worth the wait? A truly novel approach to the TV experience from a startup called Caavo - but will it catch-on? Visio gets caught with their hand in the cookie jar. And just how much does a HomeKit-outfitted house cost? 

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