EPISODE 188 - NO SIRI FOR YOU!

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Jason joins us from the OneVision Resources HQ in Boston. Alongside him is Joey Kolchinsky, OneVision's CEO and third-time guest on the show. Jason, Joey, and Seth discuss this year's best Black Friday home tech deals.

That, plus the latest news including: ecobee's Switch+ takes flight in beta mode. Apple HomePod on your holiday wish list? Too bad! No Siri for you! CBS pulls the plug on Dish customers. 4K over-the-air is one step closer to reality. And more...

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EPISODE 187 - #FAKEHDR

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Nerd tips. Private dreamliners. A novel next-gen UI from Loxone. Logitech's about-face. Smart homes, and the PITA factor. Amazon's cable-bundle join Apple's in the scrap heap. Real news about #fakeHDR. And much more...

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EPISODE 186 - WELCOME TO PLANET NEEO WITH RAPHAEL OBERHOLZER

On this week's episode of HomeTech: The NEEO remote is finally shipping, and we are joined by Raphael Oberholzer, the company's founder, to discuss the product's long-awaited release! Way back on Episode 55, we spoke with Raphael following their wildly successful Kickstarter campaign. Since then, the home tech world has been anxiously awaiting the product. Raphael offers his perspectives on the winding road of a smart home startup, discusses the current state of the NEEO ecosystem, and shares a small glimpse of the big plans ahead for the company! Don't miss it!

That plus... A judge pumps the brakes on Ring's new security system. Control4 looks to cut some dead weight as their stock hits record highs. "Whole World WiFi" from Ubiquiti. And much more...

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EPISODE 185 - A CERTIFICATION THAT MATTERS WITH JOSH CHRISTIAN OF HTA

On this week's episode of HomeTech: We are joined by Josh Christian, Director of Certification at the Home Technology Association.  The HTA is a new initiative aimed at helping homeowners, as well as design and building professionals, find a qualified and vetted home technology firm for their project.

Given the lack of any real barriers to entry, many unqualified companies have given the home technology profession more than its share of black eyes. This, at the expense of consumers who have previously lacked an easy way to separate the wheat from the chaff.  Josh gives us the rundown on what HTA is doing to solve this problem and raise the bar for consumers and home tech pros alike.  

That plus... Honeywell getting in on the DIY security fun. TiVo's introduces a new voice-control enabled lineup as well as a their new "Hydra" UI. And more...

EPISODE 184 - AMAZON IN DA HOUSE!

On this week's episode of HomeTech: No need to knock, Amazon, just c'mon in. What the August acquisition could mean for the smart lock market. Wink jumps on the DIY home security bandwagon. Microsoft looks to stay in the smart home conversation with a Cortana/Insteon partnership. Don't mess with Lutron's patent attorneys. Smart home adoption is up, but the market is more confusing than ever... or is it?? And much more...

EPISODE 183 - INTERNET OF LANDFILL

On this week's episode of HomeTech: KRACK... no, you shouldn't panic. Details on Amazon's "Custom Home Services" program, why they can't be trusted, and why that doesn't matter. Thoughts on Movies Anywhere, a killer new app for cord cutters. Netflix reaching new highs. And much more...

EPISODE 182 - AMALGAMATION

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Seth and Jason dissect the biggest news in the smart home including - Google Home Mini gives new definition to "always listening". Why Google is the one to beat in smart home AI. Alexa gets an important multi-voice recognition upgrade. The secret weapon that will keep Sonos in the game. Kwikset says to hell with physical keys. The Channels app is one to watch for cord cutters. And much more. 

EPISODE 181 - HOMEKITTY

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Seth and Jason recap one of the busiest home technology weeks in recent memory. New hardware and integrations from Sonos. New Google Home hardware. An ADT and SmartThings collaboration. Ring disrupts monitored security. Amazon and Google drop their 4K movies pricing. Exciting HomeKit(ty) developments. And more...

EPISODE 179 - CEDIA, APPLE, AND NEST. OH MY!

On this week's episode of HomeTech: We welcome Seth back after his battle with Hurricane Irma. We're happy to report that he, his family, and his home all came through the storm unharmed. We're also happy to report that this is a jam-packed episode, complete with our thoughts on three recent, major events: CEDIA, Apple, and Nest. Don't miss it! 

EPISODE 178 - HURRICANE CEDIA UPDATE

This week a quick CEDIA update from Jason since Seth is still battling power and internet outages in the wake of Hurricane Irma. We'll be back soon with a CEDIA wrap up and commentary on the Apple Event as well as the week's news in HomeTech. 

EPISODE 177 - HOMETECH'S CEDIA 2017 PREVIEW SPECIAL

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Jason provides a glimpse at OneVision's new ebook "The Insider's Guide to Remote Systems Management" — a free, comprehensive, and fully manufacturer-approved analysis of the RSM space including comparisons of BakPak, Domotz, Ihiji, and OvrC Pro. 

Plus... our annual CEDIA preview! Seth and Jason predict the biggest and most important themes you can expect to see emerge from San Diego including analysis of many new product announcements that have come out leading up to the show. This episode is not to be missed! 

Also, don't forget!  This year, we're hosting our first-even "Home Tech Happy Hour". Come join us at The Field - Authentic Irish Pub & Restaurant 🍀 on Thursday, September 7 at 5PM! Drop in for a quick toast before you head out to the evening's big events! Learn more here.

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EPISODE 176 - "THE YEAR OF HDR CONFUSION" WITH PIXELGEN'S JACK MACDOUGALL

On this week's episode of HomeTech: We are joined Jack MacDougall, President of Pixelgen, for a deep dive into today's ultra-confusing video landscape. From resolutions and bit rates, to color spaces and dynamic ranges, it's enough to make your head spin. Jack brings to the show a unique combination of deep expertise and an ability to make these concepts relatable. While our conversation covers numerous facets of video technology, a good portion of our chat focuses on dissecting today's competing HDR standards. With Jack providing the key information you should know in this brewing standards war, this is a show you won't want to miss.

That plus... Is a smart speaker from Sonos in the offing? Also, the latest on their Alexa software integration. Is a down market thermostat coming soon from Nest? New products from August rumored as well. Back-to-back CEDIA keynotes from Amazon. Eero meeting home tech pros in the middle. And much more...

EPISODE 175 - THE "PROJECTS PROJECT" WITH NATHANIEL GORI

On this week's super-sized episode of HomeTech: In another installment of the "Projects Project", we welcome Nathaniel Gori to the show to discuss his unique smart home install. Figuring out a technology plan in a 100-year old home presented Nathaniel with more than his share of challenges. But, with good planning, thorough research, a bit of elbow grease, he was able to install a system that fits his needs and leaves room for expansion. Perhaps most importantly, his system also meets the requisite WAF. Tune in to hear all about Nathaniel's project. If you're interested in having your home technology project featured on the show, head on over to home.fm/projects and let us know about it!

That plus... Heading to CEDIA? We discuss some can't miss events — HomeTech's Happy Hour and OneVision's Service Workshops. A botched firmware update bricks a line of smart locks. Did Z-Wave's site just leak info on a new controller from Control4, the CA-1? Ikea poised for smart home domination. Pay TV providers register their largest subscribers losses ever! And much, much more...

EPISODE 174 - HDR ALPHABET SOUP

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Further hints of 4K / HDR support from Apple. TiVo's Mini 4K looks to ship this Fall. Chamberlain's HomeKit compatible MyQ Home Bridge finally launches... better late than never. Amazon reportedly looking to add multiroom audio to the Echo line. Thoughts on Savant's acquisition of Artison. Comcast unveils new features for their xFi platform. And much more...

EPISODE 173 - MEET KIRIO, WITH CEO ROB GREEN

On this week's episode of HomeTech: We are joined by Rob Green, CEO of the smart home startup Kiriō. This Seattle-based company is coming at the connected home from a very unique angle that you'll want to hear all about. Forgoing the pure DIY approach so common today, Kiriō is targeting the builder market with a product designed to add intelligence to the core systems of the home. With a turnkey approach to installation and programming, and an innovative distribution model, Kiriō just might be providing us with a glimpse of the future when it comes to the professionally-installed connected home. 

That plus... Hip Hop stars and smart home hubs. A peek behind the HomePod curtain. Apple accidentally leaks hints of 4K and HDR content coming to iTunes (finally!). Comcast's streaming offering could be here by year's end. Ring launches yet another new product (these guys are on fire!). Blackwire looks to "Make Drivers Great Again". And more...

EPISODE 172 - THE "PROJECTS PROJECT" WITH DAVID MILLSAPS

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Our second installment of the "Projects Project", featuring David Millsaps. David recently performed a home renovation which included some substantial technology upgrades. From lighting control, to house audio, to home automation, and more, David clearly did his homework before forging ahead. By making well-researched product decisions, David's goal was to avoid flash-in-the-pan products and technologies. He also managed to balance his technology wants with the aesthetic requirements of a design-driven spouse... no easy feat! Tune in to hear how David has pulled off a highly-functional DIY home technology install on par with many professionally installed systems. 

That plus... Asus gets into the Wesh MiFi (err, Mesh WiFi) game. Is Sigma Designs looking to sell Z-Wave? A potential IPO on the horizon for ADT. When it comes to Net Neutrality, Verizon just got caught with their hand in the cookie jar. Facebook's original TV programming may finally be near. And much more...

EPISODE 171 - ALEXA, WE'LL FIX IT IN POST

On this week’s episode of HomeTech: BlueTooth mesh is finally a reality, but what will it mean for the smart home? Thoughts on the URC’s substantial new update — Total Control 2.0. OpenHAB now integrates with IKEA TRÅFRI smart lighting, as well as connected lawn mowers (lawnmowers??). Loxone has nifty looking new weather station. New and improved Alexa integrations from Savant and Logitech, respectively. Important details emerge about Lennar’s Amazon-powered smart home strategy. And much more...

EPISODE 170 - IT'S ALL WIRELESS NOW ANYWAY

On this week's episode of HomeTech: Is that a Minion? Amazon take a page from the Geek Squad playbook. Apple steps up their retail smart home game. Will the original Echo get an overdue facelift? We don't need no stinkin' wires. A chat (dissertation?) about the great Net Neutrality debate. And much more...

EPISODE 169 - YAY, FLORIDA! 😐

On this week's episode of HomeTech: The joy of summertime in Florida. Have we reached the voice-enabled speaker tipping point? Samsung wants to compete with Echo and HomePod, if only Bixby could speak English. An OTT video comparison worth 7 minutes of your time. Hulu lands a carriage deal with HBO. Another large builder dabbling in the smart home. An (unlikely?) marriage of convenience between Sonos and Crestron. Savant and Ihiji finally play nice. And more...