B&O Improves Home Automation Integration – The company has integrated its AV products with major home-control systems. There is now two-communication with and control from major-brand home-automation systems. Programming is simpler and it is unnecessary to use B&O’s Gateway for third-party two-way status and control. An IFTTT programming option has been added, letting users combine such actions as “if the air is bad, start the ventilation,” etc.
Nine Atmos-Enabled Blu-rays Now Out – Dolby Labs has announced their release of four more Atmos object-oriented Blu-ray surround discs having been released, bringing the total of titles now to nine.
Dish Targets DirecTV Subscribers – Satellite-TV provider Dish has launched a promotion in shich it is guaranteeing DirecTV subscribers who switch to them a savings of $250 their first year, or Dish will give them $250. The deal is available on their website, YouTube channel, Twitter and Facebook pages. Those who switch can received America’s Top 250 package of over 250 channels for $39.99 per month for a year.
Onkyo Music Store Now in Operation – The Japanese firm has partnered with 7Digital to rejuvenate its online store for expansion into the US, UK and Germany. They have jundreds of thousands of hi-res 24-bit 44.1K to 192K songs and albums, along with thousands of 16-bit standard CD quality tracks. Prices for a hi-res album start at £12 and any music you buy from it will be compatible with all platforms. There is yet no streaming service.
Russound Launches KNX Interface – Russound has a new interface making it simple to integrate their multiroom audio systems with KNX-based home automation systems. Russound now supports Spotify, Pandora, Tunein, vTuner radio and SiriusXM.
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