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07-23-2013, 10:49 AM #1
Home Theater Magazine To Be Merged With Sound + Vision
Pretty predictable move.
I've heard from my clients and PR people that LOTS of writers got the axe. Nearly all of the S+V staff. Some of the other writers have already joined HTR including Daryl Wilkinson and Dennis Burger. Their reviews are starting to come in now.
I wonder what they are going to do with their online properties. They seem to still think print has some kind of future but the days of $54,000 per page 4-color 1x ads are gone (yes, Sound + Vision used to charge that).
The concept that S+V is the name they are keeping is interesting too. What do you think of that?
How many people here subscribe to both?
Here's the release
Source Interlink Media Merges Sound & Vision and Home Theater
Two leading brands make an electronic entertainment powerhouse!
July 22nd, 2013 • El Segundo, California • Source Interlink Media (SIM) announced today that it is merging the two most powerful print and online media brands in the home technology field, Home Theater and Sound & Vision to create a single powerhouse consumer brand dedicated to electronic entertainment.
SIM executives joined these two brands under the Sound & Vision banner because of the undeniably quick evolution of home and portable electronics products. Sales of new audio/video components like soundbars, wireless speakers, high-performance headphones and computer audio gear have virtually exploded and join more traditional A/V equipment in a vibrant new marketplace. “Using the all-encompassing Sound & Vision name we can more easily address the new ways in which consumers use their entertainment systems,” says Keith Pray, Publisher of Sound & Vision.
As a result of the merged brands, Pray notes, advertisers will enjoy benefits like the strongest industry print circulation, a growing digital, interactive version of the magazine and an abundance of digital apps. “Advertisers will find that Sound & Vision’s reach is unrivaled in the industry,” he says.
Rob Sabin, currently Editor-In-Chief of Home Theater and a former Sound & Vision Executive Editor will guide Sound & Vision beginning with the October 2013 issue. It will boast an exciting redesign, new features and a line-up preserving the best elements of both magazines.
“Bringing these two entities together has the effect of putting virtually all of the industry’s most noted experts in one place,” Sabin explains. “We will be ramping up our product review program to cover more gear across a wider range of categories and under the Sound & Vision name we can broaden our audience while continuing to support the serious audio/video enthusiast with the depth of coverage they’ve come to expect from Home Theater.”
The new Sound & Vision publishes ten times a year following the original publication schedule of Home Theater.
About Source Interlink Media
Source Interlink Media, LLC is the premier source of special interest media in the United States. With more than 75 publications, 100 Web sites, 800 branded products, 50+ events, and TV and radio programs, SIM is the largest provider of content to enthusiast communities interested in automotive, action sports, home theater and other niche activities. The division’s strategy is to wholly focus on targeted audiences by leveraging and expanding upon its core market-leading brands through a multiplatform media approach.
07-23-2013, 11:42 AM #2
Print media is suffering a slow death, as everything is going on-line. Sadly, there is a general consensus that if it's on-line, it should be free, content wise.
07-23-2013, 12:33 PM #3
- Join Date
- Oct 2011
- Largo, Florida
I used to get both, now neither.....
07-23-2013, 03:27 PM #4
I subscribe to both but may not renew the winner.Richard
07-23-2013, 06:41 PM #5
I get both, but this kind of pisses me off because I have subscriptions & now I feel they will rip me off. Not fair.Jeffrey S. Albaugh
A/V is only as good as the weakest link
07-23-2013, 07:50 PM #6
I produce at significant cost, high level online content that competes with S+V and Home Theater but I never get paid from the readers.
I am working on a new idea that I think could be good however. A big idea.
Print is long dead. The fact that Source Interlink hasn't figured this out is scary. Their websites are good however. BOTH of them. Very serious competitors for us.
07-23-2013, 07:51 PM #7
07-23-2013, 08:14 PM #8
I get home theater...just re-upped for 10 more issues.
I really like that magazine.
I go to their site for reference on different things.
I still like getting it in the mail, albeit a bit bent out of shape and torn every once in a while.
07-24-2013, 05:10 AM #9
07-24-2013, 03:09 PM #10
Hopefully this will end up being a good thing overall. I'm still going to be writing for the new publication and I'm confident with Rob at the helm that everything will be OK. I have to admit that print is dying though. One bad thing is that companies won't pay similar type rates that they do with print, but I firmly believe more people are seeing them.David Vaughn
Technical Writer/Blu-ray Reviewer
Sound and Vision Magazine