LAS VEGAS –
The biggest threat facing A/V specialty retailers is no
longer big boxes but the little ones – the wireless kind that are connecting
millions of consumers to the web and the world.
According to top merchants comprising TWICE’s annual Retail
Roundtable panel, the industry is undergoing a seismic shift as viewing
habits follow the portable path of audio, and tablets and smartphones share floor space with TVs as the
new kings and queens of consumer electronics.
How A/V dealers can become adept at selling mobile broadband profitably, and what the future holds for TV
demand, are topics that were tackled during a closed-door session last month at International CES. Readers
are invited to “listen in” to the give-and-take via the edited transcript that follows.