“You Know You’re In AV If…” contest winners announced

AV-CongratsDavid Diaz

of Chicago, Illinois

He’s the grand prize winner in the Black Box® “You know you’re in AV if…” contest. David wins an Apple® iPad®! His answer was voted the most popular out of hundreds of entries.

David said: “You know you’re in AV if you refer to puppies as subwoofers.”

A total of 10 prizes will be going to the top 10 vote-getters, with the four top runner-up winners receiving a Kindle Paperwhite e-reader and the five second runner-up winners receiving a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Winners will be notified by phone and will receive their prizes shortly.

You know you’re in AV if…

#2…when asked what you are watching you reply, “1080p.”

#3...the main reason you want to build a house is so you can properly cable every room.

#4…you punish your kids by hiding all the HDMI cables for a week.

#5…you need to implement 16:9 projects on a 4:3 budget.

#6…you know the aspect ratio of the walls in your home.

#7…your New Year’s resolution is 3840 x 2160.

#8...your conversations about “throw” and “pitch” have nothing to do with baseball.

#9…you wish the sunset you’re looking at had a better contrast ratio.

#10…you dream in HD.

Thank you to everyone who submitted entries and voted!

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Vote for your favorite! “You know you’re in AV if…”

AV Contest VoteFrom hundreds of contest entries, we have narrowed down the list to 15 finalsts! Your vote, as well as the votes of others, will help determine the Top 10 winners of our “You know you’re in AV if…” contest. Our top 15 finalists:

You know you’re in AV if…
…when asked what you are watching, you reply, “1080p.”
…your tape measure is marked in pixel increments.
…you have nightmares about test patterns.
…you need to implement 16:9 solutions on a 4:3 budget.
…you punish your kids by hiding all the HDMI cables for a week.
…everything can be reduced to five classical elements: earth, water, air, fire, and pixels.
…the main reason you want to build a house is so you can properly cable every room.
…you dream in HD.
…you have attempted to tow your work van out of the mud with RG-6.
…you know the aspect ratio of the walls in your home.
…you refer to puppies as subwoofers.
…you think a 55″ TV makes a great babysitter.
…you wish the sunet you were looking at had a better contrast ratio.
…your New Year’s resolution was 2560 x 2048.
…your discussions about “throw” and “pitch” have nothing to do with major league baseball.

Please vote for the funniest or most original entry by clicking through to our ballot. But hurry! Voting ends May 16th.

Free IT broadcast technology event in Manchester, UK

Black Box will be running a free UK showcase this month designed to help broadcasters, content providers and telcos expand their knowledge and understanding of IT technology’s increasingly important role within broadcast workflows.

Who: IT broadcast industry

What: This one-day event will focus on informing and educating an audience of broadcast and telecoms professionals. A specially constructed series of case studies, smart demonstrations and broadcast industry hot topic discussions will enable decision-makers to evaluate different technology strategies  in a relaxed environment where every aspect from technical performance to cost is considered.

Addressing the fact that broadcast workflows are becoming increasingly reliant on IT technologies, Black Box’s specialist technology support teams will demonstrate how new intelligent control, switching and support systems can increase the efficiency and operating lifetimes of video servers whilst simultaneously  reducing operating costs within an IT-based broadcast workflow.

One area of focus in the broadcast IT technology sphere will be KVM (keyboard video mouse) switching and extension, and in particular its application within OB and mobile broadcast environments.

Where: Media City Imperial War Museum, Salford Quays, Manchester

When: May 17th, 2013

Why: Registration is free! The day starts at 10am and includes free car parking, lunch and refreshments. To register,  call 0118 965 6150.