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  1. Looks like Control4 was part of the 2018 HGTV Smart Home. Probably the AV and lighting if I had to guess. Would like to know more.
  2. I have used an Apple Airport Extreme the whole time I have had Control4 and have never had a problem. That said, I will probably be looking to move to something like Eero in a couple of years.
  3. This is correct. When Apple, Google or Amazon tackle a certain use case, it will almost always end up being an easier and more polished solution than Control4. Thing is they will not try to handle all the different use cases out there. No way those companies want to try and do home theater AV control. Too many configurations.
  4. This whole thread is pretty good.
  5. This isn’t just some homeowner but ok. He has been responsible for helping shape the future of amazons smart home.
  6. https://ceklog.kindel.com/2018/04/30/friday-was-my-last-day-at-amazon/ this was the guy behind the Alexa Smart Home. He is going to have a CEDIA member installer redo his aging retro smart home. This will be interesting to follow. He hasn’t said what system he will be using but based on some of his tweets it will be Control4. He has mentioned that part of getting hiring an installer is so he can be the project manager and identify how far things have come and how big the gap between DIY/off the shelf products and the pro products.
  7. The old drivers don’t work anymore. I still have them and mine is broke.
  8. When I meant video I meant something like a Roku or Apple TV. That would be the last piece to having a "complete" Control4 system but it is also the most difficult.
  9. No they won't. The convenience out weighs the potential security risks. It has been proven. Don't get me wrong, I am not a fan of them but they arent going anywhere soon (at least on the lower end). As I have said before, C4 will lose a few potential customers to Amazon, Google or others but not enough to deviate from their high end strategy. Instead of competing with the giants, they can compete with Crestron, RTI, URC, Savant, Elan and a few others. There is a lot less potential at that end but easier to compete. Amazon and Google are bringing home automation to a market segment that couldnt afford it before. This was a segment that has been ignored by Crestron and C4.
  10. It would be interesting to know the number of installed systems. That said, it appears the acquisitions that C4 has made are paying off. If you are offering a premium "home automation solution" then it makes some sense to have a soup to nuts solution (network, audio, control). The next step would be video but they may be a hurdle they wouldn't want to tackle. They could probably get K-Scape for a good price.
  11. this feels like one of those google surveys you have to fill out to read a USA Today article.... As for an answer to that question; I think it increases some due to the Triad and Pakedge acquisitions. I also think it depends if they have been able to talk some upper level security dealers into using the CA-1 instead of using advanced features ELK, Hai or Honeywell. If I was Control4 and trying to increase market share/popularity I would be trying to buy either RTI or Savant.
  12. They weren't an electronics company though. They were a chemical company. They would have no advantages over the new competitors they would have in the digital space, in fact, they would have many disadvantages. Very few, if any, companies could have made that transition.
  13. The custom integration industry is not in trouble. There will always be a need for professionals to set up home systems either for people who don't have the time or don't have the skill. I do think there are too many custom automation companies out there. I don't think RTI, URC, Elan, Savant, Control4, Bitwise, Crestron, etc. will all be around in 5-10 years. I think Control4 is probably positioned better than most of the others (I think Crestron is in the best shape of all them). RTI seems like a company I wouldnt bet on. They still havent really embraced moving away from custom interfaces.
  14. I don't want to get too far off topic but the failures of Kodak have been greatly exaggerated and misconstrued. It's not that they didn't change with the times, or didnt see digital coming, it was that digital pictures and physical pictures are as different industries as airplanes and food. https://www.smartindustry.com/blog/smart-industry-connect/in-defense-of-kodak/