The HomeTech Podcast features news, opinions, insights, and advice on all things Smart Home | Co-Hosted by Home Automation Pros Seth Johnson and Jason Griffing
HomeTech 329: Black Friday Special
On this episode of HomeTech: Join us for a special Thanksgiving edition. We discuss some of the best home tech Black Friday deals including bargains on mesh WiFi products, smart speakers and displays, TVs, security systems, and more. That, plus we share a few things we’re grateful for as we enter the home stretch of a very bumpy 2020. Thank you for supporting the show! We wish you and yours a happy and healthy Thanksgiving weekend!
On this episode of HomeTech: Big personnel moves at SnapAV including the departure of Charlie Kindel. Kaleidescape brings on a new CEO and VP of Marketing. Wyze continues its run of new product launches with a smart sprinkler controller. Hulu raises the price of its live TV service. Sonos introduces a paid tier of its Sonos Radio service. And more…
HomeTech 327: Redefining the TV Experience with Dabkick's Balaji Krishnan
On this episode of HomeTech: We are joined by Balaji Krishnan, Founder and CEO of Dabkick. Balaji joins us to discuss his company’s new streaming device, Dabby. This device takes a unique approach to the TV experience by eliminating many of the friction points common in today’s streaming-first environment including user fatigue around managing multiple subscriptions, navigating multiple apps, and the dreaded content decision fatigue. The product’s “Watch Together” service also offers users a slick new way to enjoy movies and shows with remotely-located friends and family. We discuss Balaji’s deep background in the streaming video space, what inspired him to develop this innovative product, and how they hope to redefine the TV experience.
That, plus a busy week in home tech headlines including: A look at Josh.ai’s new Nano and Core products. Wyze gets into the vacuum game. Comcast launches a new DIY security system. ADT and Google accelerate their plans to launch a new smart home platform. Netflix tests a linear-style TV service in France. And more…
HomeTech 326: Exploring Crestron's Residential Strategy with John Clancy
On this episode of HomeTech: We are joined by Crestron’s VP of Residential, John Clancy. A long-time channel vet, we explore John’s rise through the industry from Crestron Programmer, to part-owner of one of the country’s largest integrators, to his current post at the helm of Crestron’s global residential efforts. John shares the interesting backstory behind his joining the team at Crestron following the company’s famed departure from CEDIA Expo in 2015. We then do a deep dive into the company’s expanding portfolio including Crestron Home OS, the new 70-series touchpanels, its home conferencing solutions, their wellness partnership with Delos, and much more. If you’re interested in a peek behind the curtain at one of the world’s largest home technology companies, don’t miss this episode!
That, plus the latest home tech headlines including: We speculate about JoshAI’s upcoming and much-hyped mystery release. Netflix raises prices again. Comcast and Walmart might make TVs together. Older Nest TStats can now monitor your HVAC system. And more…
HomeTech 325: Magic Fingers
On this episode of HomeTech: Results are in for the CEDIA board. Crestron delivers new 70 series touch screens. Amazon Business unveils a new portal for home tech pros. FuboTV now lets you watch four shows at once on Apple TV. AVNation unveils AVN² virtual event. CE Pro mid-year market report shows strong growth in the channel. And more…
HomeTech 324: Bridging the DIFM Gap with Ring's Andrew Vloyanetes
On this episode of HomeTech: We are joined by Andrew Vloyanetes, GM of installed solutions at Ring. Andrew leads the go-to-market strategy for professionally installed solutions at the company. The increasing crossover between “DIY” and pro solutions is a trend we’ve long been interested in here at HomeTech, so we were excited to have Andrew on. We discuss Ring’s focus on working backward from customers’ needs, the unique challenges and opportunities inherent in working in the professional channel, the new Ring X line and the strategy behind it, and much more. Having directed the installed solutions strategy at Sonos prior to joining Ring, Andrew brings a wealth of knowledge and a unique perspective to this important conversation.
That, plus the latest home tech headlines including: Quibi calls it quits. LG’s rollable OLED goes on sale in Korea. The Nest Secure is being discontinued. Google unveils upgrades to its smart display UI. And more…
Seth and Jason gives a different perspective to home automation as professional integrators. Great show with many interesting news and interviews.