THE Home Entertainment Show Newport 2016 – update

We got a few questions abut the videos and I thought I would answer them here.

The video for floor 12 [and mythical 13] will have to be redone. Some room was playing Michael Jackson’s Black or White [our room also plays this song once in awhile] and Sony is not only blocking the video from being played in any country – but will not let YouTube just erase that part of the soundtrack. Many songs at these shows that exhibitors played that are in the videos have copyright claims. Most allow me to choose to let them put ads on the videos in exchange for keeping their music in the video. This is fine with me [and I hope you all too]. Other copyright holders block the video from playing, but I can click a button on YouTube to mute the song and the video is unblocked – and just that one room will not have any music associated with it. Some other copyright holders will block the song in only one country [often just Germany]. These [sorry, Germany] I leave in the video so most people in the world can hear it. And then there is Sony and this particular Michael Jackson track. This will require us to redo the video when we get home and mute the song manually and upload it again.


2) The rooms are not crowded. When did you film this? Do they get filled to overflowing later in the show?

Filmed mostly around 11:30 to 4 pm [the 2nd and 3rd days]. I would take breaks to upload videos and recharge the phone that I was using [Nexus 6].


[Raffle winner announcements at the close of the show]

People seem to arrive at rooms in waves. One minute it will be standing room only and the next empty. This show had good traffic in the rooms and not so much in the hallways [which means people had a tendency to actually stay and listen for a time, one song say, instead of just peeking in each room – unlike some other shows [CES can be bad like this, and some floors of RMAF].

5) I hope CES goes back to photos. All the new equipment is at CES and 80% of your photos appear nowhere else on the web. Your CES photos are a archive of audio over time.
CES is all but dead and we are not planning on going at all this year. Munich is the new CES. Yes, we miss Munich every year. Currently we are planning on going to Axpona and Capital Audio Fest, but this is tentative.
I took a photo of each room and their sign this year – but not sure if there will be time to post them.
Not sure if we will move to videos for shows or do both or what. It used to take 250 hours or so back in the day when I had processed each photo in Photoshop, to make each component look delectable and so tasty┬á ­čÖé Now I try and take better photos to start with and process them automatically, but it still takes about 50 hours plus or minus to do the photo-based show reports.
I am so bored with my current camera – Canon 5D Mk 1. I’ve taken conservatively 100,000 photos with it. At some point I will get a new one and no doubt I will take photos of a few shows with it [I really enjoy taking photos of gear and hand processing them to make them look dreamy :-)]. But for now, things are happening here that are keeping us busy as you all will see shortly.
Thanks to David R. for such nice questions and comments…