Saturday, July 18, 2020

Yachts and Streaming Entertainment 2020


Nothing beats a glorious sunset framed by your yacht’s salon and aft deck, or the sounds of wind and waves flowing around the boat- but sometimes nothing onboard is better than friends and family around a screen with the sights and sounds of everybody’s favorite sports and entertainment. Those used to come over the air, via broadcast TV, then through cable or satellite services. Now, the Internet provides an incredible range of online content, tailored to flow without interruption to your big or small screen-hence the name “streaming”.

Streaming on your yacht- take your favorite entertainment with you.


The explosion of streaming services, even before COVID-19 and the now-common sight of satellite dishes piled on the curb for pickup reinforce that the future of content delivery is on-demand, un-bundled, and delivered via broadband or high-speed Internet. Concord Marine Electronics  engineers and technicians design and install the equipment to stream on-demand sports and entertainment controlled by the viewers in each and any onboard location, and we can help navigate through an ever-increasing menu of streaming service providers.
  •  Concord design engineers work closely with owners and project managers to ensure that the hardware and software required to deliver high-quality content throughout the yacht exceed your expectations. Ditching the satellite dishes and designing for streaming and DVR centered content simplifies installation, cleans up the mast, and provides the array of choices cable and satellite never could. 
When it comes to content delivery, fierce competition for your entertainment and sports dollar creates choices and options. Free trials, pay-as-you-go, and the ability to drop and add at will create the new model centered on consumer choice instead packages full of things you do not want. Another huge and positive change is that the demand for streaming content generated enough revenue for providers to branch into producing original content, a boon to artists and consumers as more creative outlets lead to more variety- giving us even more choices. When Concord Marine Electronics designs, installs, and configures your system you get the finest equipment and installation delivery in addition to a streaming setup ensuring you get the content when, where, and how you want. And there are lots of choices in this new world:
  • Netflix remains one of the giants and grew from a library of content to a producer, going head to head with traditional Hollywood. 2020, for the first time in the history of the Academy Awards, saw a streaming service nominated more than any other contender.  Original shows like “Stranger Things” and Martin Scorsese’s epic and star-powered “The Irishman” drive increasing subscriber counts in addition to the lure of the huge on-demand Netflix vault of entertainment and documentaries.
  • Amazon, another giant store of movies and shows, includes streaming choices with Amazon Prime, or for individual purchases. Amazon too has jumped into producing content like “The Expanse” and the intense “Hunters” with Al Pacino. High quality production values attract star  global talent in every aspect of storytelling, from writing and directing to sets, costumes, and effects- the money is there as the failing cable/dish model sheds customers looking for more control over where their entertainment investment lands.
  • Hulu- a great example of tiered services tailored to what you want. A basic subscription is only $5.99 per month but includes ads. Want to record up to 200 hours and go ad-free? You can pick and choose anywhere from Basic to Premium + Live TV (60 or more live channels) topping out at around $60/month. Or, add HBO to Hulu for only $14.99 per month. Hulu steps beyond the “bundled” model driving consumers away from satellite and cable by letting the consumer, not the programmer, make the choices.
  • Speaking of HBO, the entertainment giant stepped in with “HBO Now” allowing access to almost all HBO sports and entertainment content as a stand-alone video on-demand service. In May 2020 “HBO Max” joins the HBO menu with everything from HBO, and content from third parties and parent WarnerMedia- another big provider pivoting from cable and dish to streaming.
  • Roku devices, or the Roku app on a smart TV, streams live TV, news, sports, and over half a million movies and TV episodes from free and paid channels. High quality content, and high-quality devices, show from budget friendly all the way up to 4K Ultra HD.
  • Sling- Sling Orange remains the most economical way to watch ESPN. For a little background, Dish Network operates Sling TV- a lifeboat for Dish, or hedging their bets. Dish and DirecTV can’t get away from contracts and commitment, but Sling is a no-contract cancel-anytime service. It is now all about consumer control, and choice.
  • Excited about "Star Trek-Strange New Worlds" just greenlit by CBS All Access? For $14.99/month a huge range of CBS shows, including the entire Star Trek canon, stream through Amazon, Roku, smart TV apps, or even your iPhone or Android mobile device.
  • YouTube TV- Local sports, local news, live TV from more than 70 channels, the ability to record from the only DVR with unlimited storage space, the ability to stream your library anywhere on any device, and tiered pricing including YouTube Premium provide ad-free viewing depending on the plan you select.
  • Disney + - The entire Marvel universe, National Geographic, and Star Wars form the backbone of Disney’s ad-free streaming service. Disney Throwbacks revives classic films from the ‘70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, including animated and live-action content favorites.
Choices abound, and the list of streaming services can change almost daily.  The variety of offerings confirms that sports and entertainment content delivery have entered a new world focused on access to everything we need and enjoy on any device, anytime, anywhere- and our yachts are no exception. Family time and the exploration of beautiful places combine adventure and serenity, and with streaming services and devices we can follow our favorite teams, stars, and shows whenever we want. Concord Marine Electronics , and our partner at Marine Data Solutions continue to lead in every aspect, from yacht Internet and bandwidth, hardware selection, configuration, and installation, including helping you pick the streaming services that fit best.


For more information, visit our website at https://concordelectronics.com; use our Contact page, or email us at info@concordelectronics.com; or call +1 (954) 779-1100


Monday, April 20, 2020

New website for a new world

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Concord Marine Electronics | new website for 2020

Technology producers and suppliers, marine and otherwise, like Concord Marine Electronics  lead by enabling mobility, security, and connectivity solutions preserving the ability of customers to stay informed, safe, and positioned to take advantage of one of their most useful assets- a safe floating retreat capable of isolation and movement. The new Concord Electronics website captures that innovative spirit, and a new design provides the best platform to display the wide range of design, installation, service, and technology we deliver.

Innovation and continuous improvement cannot and do not stop in times of crisis. In fact, times like these demand that companies persevere and adapt to better invest in the post-crisis world we will welcome shortly. Concord Marine Electronics maintains a leadership position- in technology, in customer service, in advanced design capabilities, and our team today looks forward, to what yachting and electronics will look like in tomorrow’s “new normal”. We are focusing on the future and using our new website design to launch ourselves and our strategies to keep our customers connected, safe, and on course.

Bandwidth- critical and in the realm of “life support” in the COVID-19 lockdown. That will not change and our partner at Marine DataSolutions continues to work on infrastructure and availability, and importantly ease of access. Online enrollments, video, phone, and chat support, and the integration of hardware and software make it easy for our clients to keep their yachts connected.

Bandwidth management and networking- the need for connectivity to, from, and throughout your yacht rose to a new level as video chat and conferencing, remote work, and the demand for remote services and information increased during the crisis. This will never return to its pre-crisis status. Communication, monitoring, maintenance, and entertainment over the wire and over the air demand adaptive connectivity- satellite, 4 and 5G, and wired connections must switch seamlessly always seeking the best and most efficient and economical paths. Concord’s focus on design and engineering  uniquely positions us to upgrade and service network performance, and during the crisis we are actively seeking new processes, procedures, and partners to enhance yacht connectivity.

Trust- who do you want on your yacht? Employees vetted, tested, certified- or subcontractors? Concord’s promise differentiates us. Our focus on trust, training and verifiability will intensify. Our customers will continue to get all the details of who, how much, when and what we need access to with full transparency.

Service- Concord plans to lead a revolution in remote service capabilities. We will seek out and develop new ways to connect to your equipment for software and configuration updates and changes. We will encourage and focus on manufacturers who see this as a priority to reduce the need to travel or be on-site when hardware or infrastructure demands do not exist. Help Desk availability and continuation and expansion of our 24-hour phone support and secure video and remote access will greatly expand our ability to keep customer equipment completely operational. 

There is a saying that Tesla is a technology company that makes cars. If you reflect on what your experience during the COVID-19 crisis would have been like without bandwidth and Amazon it is clear that the “new normal” favors that mindset- that companies taking  the lessons about remote work and management, supply chain integrity, and adaptive and responsive personnel will be able to improve service and product delivery.

Our new website describes Concord and builds on that promise to our clients:

  • About Concord  lays out the standards we adhere to in new builds, upgrades, and service, where we meet and exceed manufacturer specifications ensuring proper warranty coverage.
  • Validation and certification: Concord will continue to look for trusted partners like Lauderdale Marine Center. Raising professional standards, encouraging certifications, and demanding the highest in professional skills and conduct protects yachts, crews, and trust in the marine industry.
  • Concord installers and technicians- vetted, trained, monitored, and insured- are employees, not subcontractors.
  • Unlike others, Concord prices are quotes, not estimates. We want to discuss value above and beyond price- and when it comes to critical marine systems including navigation, security, and communication value, quality, and performance in adverse conditions remain critical decision points.

Concord’s practices and culture position us to not just endure COVID-19, but to learn, adapt, grow, and prepare for the next evolution of yachting and technology. Our new website confirms our commitment to the future as we expand our services to better face new challenges, and most importantly, embrace new opportunities to make yachting safer and more fun. 

Please contact us through our site at https://concordelectronics.com/contact-us/, email us at info@concordelectronics.com, or call +1 (954)779-1100
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Yachts and Streaming Entertainment 2020

Nothing beats a glorious sunset framed by your yacht’s salon and aft deck, or the sounds of wind and waves flowing around the boat- but s...