Projector Market Spikes in Q3
Pacific Media Associates, a Menlo Park, Calif.-based provider of market information on large-screen displays, has reported that unit sales in the front projection market have reached record highs in the third quarter of 2006. However, growth in sales occurred mostly in Latin America, Eastern Europe and China. Michael Abramson, vice president of Pacific Media Associates, attributed this to the availability of attractive pricing in traditional XGA and SVGA projectors.
The company also reported strong sales in professional widescreen projectors in Western Europe, North America, Australia, Japan and Korea, and predicted robust sales in 1080p HD and 720p projectors for the holiday season.
Iraq In Fragments Shot with Panasonic Cameras
A new documentary about the situation in war-torn Iraq began showing at selected cities across the U.S. The film met with critical acclaim and won several awards at the highly-regarded Sundance independent film festival. The film was shot by the director over a period of three years using Panasonic AG-DVX100 and DVX100A cameras, using 24p advanced pulldown mode.
Longley says that the cameras were both sophisticated and durable, surviving extremely hot conditions and dust.
For more about the film, visit www.iraqinfragments.com.
Study Suggests AV Use in Higher Education is Growing
A new study conducted by Acclaro Growth Partners, a research firm in Reston, Va., finds that the use of AV equipment in higher education is growing apace. According to "AV Technology in Higher Education," the number of classrooms with AV equipment has doubled in each of the last five years, and the study projects that it will continue to double annually through 2010.
The study also found that a large portion of the growth in AV sales (75 percent) comes from construction of new classrooms in higher education. Because the number of students in higher education is expected to peak in 2008, optimism in AV sales is based on the new construction that will be required to accommodate those larger numbers of students.