Articles by Chris Bisha

CD Jukeboxes are Viable Alternative to Digital Networks

October 11, 2010 by

These are unsettling days in the jukebox business. Joel Friedman and I and the entire Enco family would like to express our concern for all that operators are going through since Ecast announced it would shut down its operation on March 1. Thankfully, there now appears to be a reasonable solution to allow the effected […]

ASI Low on “Wow” Factor

March 16, 2010 by

The AAMA-sponsored Amusement Showcase International (ASI) happened last week, March 11-13, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Enco Systems was in attendance, along with Mr. Jukebox Joel Friedman. The things that were most interesting at ASI weren’t taking place at ASI — they were in the hall next door. The Pizza Expo was jammed with […]

Jukes are Big News in Vegas

March 11, 2010 by

Jukeboxes were big news at the recent Amusement Expo in Las Vegas. Further evidence that music continues to be a strong draw and a consistent money maker for operators in traditional tavern locations, while other route staples seem to be struggling to maintain profitability and presence. Touchtunes’ new Virtuo wall box is the most striking […]

Enco’s 12-Month Warranty

March 19, 2009 by

It occurred to me at the recent ASI show in Las Vegas that many operators might not be aware that Enco Systems offers a 12-month warranty on every Philips CD Pro player that we sell through our distribution partners. Joel Friedman and I talked to a number of operators at the show, and several of […]

Rowe Manufacturing Moves South

February 27, 2009 by

The jukebox world awoke this morning to find that Rowe International is packing its man ufacturing bags and heading to Mexico. In a story appearing on the Vending Times Web site late last night, Nick Montano wrote: In a key part of the streamlining plan, Rowe will shift manufacturing from Grand Rapids, MI, to Reynosa, […]

NSM’s New Icon Apollo Jukebox

February 3, 2009 by

NSM Music expanded their presence at the ATEI international amusement industry trade show in London this year with a much larger space than they have taken in recent years. Their higher profile seems to signal a renewed commitment to the jukebox business, evidenced by the energy of Alex Kirby, son of long-time NSM director Barry […]

Lukewarm London Shows

January 31, 2009 by

DATELINE: London I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to dash off a quick post from the City of London. I’ve been over here attending the ATEI at Earl’s Court exhibition center and the new IGX show happening at nearby Ibis Hotel and sponsored by InterGame magazine. ATEI 2009 at Earl’s Court in London Attendance […]

Sound Leisure Headlines IGX

January 25, 2009 by

Around the corner and down the street from the ATEI amusement trade show at Earl’s Court exhibition center in London, InterGame magazine sponsored a competing event at the Hotel Ibis. Dubbed IGX, it fared rather better than I had expected of a lower-cost show in a smallish hotel ball room. Sound Leisure, the UK-based jukebox […]

Report: The Internet’s Role in Music Purchase Decisions

June 6, 2008 by

I recently read the following interesting bit on www.digitalmusicnews.com The internet has little sway over most music-related buying decisions, at least according to a survey released by the Pew Internet American Life Project. “The internet helps music buyers connect with artists and learn more about music, but it doesn’t strongly influence what or how they […]

Broader Broadband Begs for Greater Innovation

March 7, 2008 by

Broadband speeds will get considerably faster over the next four years, according to a research note issued Tuesday by Parks Associates. The Dallas-based group noted that more than 33 million US households will enjoy speeds of 10mbps (megabytes per second) or higher by 2012, a jump from 5.7 million currently. This increased speed is a […]