In our new, October, issue (available below), we focus on live events and attractions, the retail sector, and changes in integrator working practices; as well as reporting on this year’s impressive IBC, and giving you plenty to read after you’ve pored over the main features, with a raft of thought leader articles and installations.
The live events and attractions sector is having to work harder to tempt people away from their multiple streaming services, just another way that Covid, which was a fillip for Netflix and the like, is still punishing this hard-hit corner of the AV world. One way in which it is seeking to address this is through immersive technologies, with venues such as London’s Lightroom and the Las Vegas Sphere drawing in the crowds. Our main cover story feature delves deeper, from page 22.
Staying with live events, and after a successful summer for the sector, we take another look at music festivals, and how climatic and demographic changes are driving the need for further organiser and supplier flexibility in the future. This feature kicks off on page 46.
The retail sector is another that was hit hard by Covid, after years of decline in physical high street shopping as establishments worked hard to adopt hybrid. This issue, from page 52, we look optimistically at how digitisation is allowing retailers and their AV consultants to create more memorable experiences and improve outlets’ operational efficiency.
AV integrators should be buoyed by the multitude of technologies and sectors on which they can now feast, with immersive and other new technologies growing in popularity, and virtual production no longer the preserve of broadcast installers. However, Covid casts a long shadow, and things are far from back to pre-pandemic levels of optimism, especially given other global events. But, as AV continues to absorb more IT and IP tech and working practices, the role of the systems integrator is evolving, creating further opportunities… turn to page 30 for more on this.
Elsewhere, our IBC feature, which starts on page 38, reports on the increasingly visible joins between the AV and broadcast technology sectors from the show floor of the Amsterdam RAI. Enjoy the issue…