Top 10 TV time tune-ups, part 1


Overnight, our entertainment viewing options have changed. Doesn’t it feel that way? We can see our favorite shows on our watch, in car headrests, through our phones at the beach, our tablets on the train, or via satellite on the plane. Given all these advancements, imagine our surprise when recently we discovered TV safety still includes ensuring proper positioning and anchoring of any TV, CRT and flat screen alike, in the home.

For the uninitiated, and essentially that’s everyone under the age of 40, CRT stands for Cathode Ray Tube, i.e., those old boxy TVs heavier than a bread box, with bad habits like sucking up space, energy, and being at odds with your décor. E-landfills are full of them, aren’t they, but our homes too? It got us thinking.

In addition to postponed TV upgrades, what else are people, let’s say “missing”, when it comes to TV management in the home? As a result, here’s the first part of our Top Ten List of TV Time Tune-ups. Perhaps it will inspire you.

1. Consider mounting your TV on the wall. Netflix and online streaming aside, most homes do sport a high-def TV or two. Is it a potential hazard on unstable surfaces? Is there the potential of tip-overs? Or does it under serve your needs? Mounting your TV will free up valuable space, will modernize your tech-décor, and will help reduce your safety risks.

2. Get to know the world of wall mounts. We know, you’ve trudged through those areas in the store for TV mounts and thought, “Should I or shouldn’t I?” Or, like an old Steve Martin routine on Saturday Night Live, asked, “What in the heck is that thing?” Not all mounts are created equal. You will find there are mounts from the easiest install you can imagine to sophisticated setups that will make you the envy of all your peers. Take time to find the one that’s right for your home space and viewing needs, from a quality brand that will protect your investment.

3. Expand your viewing views. Gone are the days when sitting in the living room was the only place you watched TV, and that TV was the only thing you watched. Gaming, exercising, sharing pics and watching videos are just a few of the ways people are using their TVs these days. Consider an action mount that allows broader adjustment to your view. Action mounts allow your screen to follow you wherever you are within range. Down low when on the floor, to the right or to the left, or up high for the big game.

4. E-Cycle after your TV tech upgrades. Neighborhood clean ups or even some big box stores are making it really easy for you to clear old TVs out of your home.

5. Ask for help to install your wall mounted TVs. Gasp. We know, asking for helping can be just as daunting for some as using powers tools is for others. But most mounting projects are entirely doable by you and a handy friend. Or, consider engaging an installer to do the job on larger, smart entertainment projects. Service providers can make quick work of it too, so that 1 hour install doesn’t need to take six weeks.

Stay tuned for part 2, when we’ll continue with our top 6 to 10 tune-ups!

OmniMount experts weigh in: Top Trends at CEDIA


We sat down with CE veteran Bill Ennis, OmniMount Sales Director, Americas and Kevin Paulson, OmniMount Director of Product Management, as they prepared for the CEDIA EXPO to discuss what they saw as the top trends in category. Bill went so far as to call it this way—the category is experiencing a renaissance that is exciting to see. Here are their thoughts:

  1. Curved TVs. The market isn’t giving up on the design opportunities, however, much like Blu-ray over HD DVD, there is still debate about whether curved is worth it. Other benefits to viewing aside, the consumer still has to contend with a bulkier back than they are used to mounting. The good news, that early adopters won’t necessarily be having to replace their whole wall mount. Spacers kits are available to fit the new TVs on existing mounts, as long as the weight capacities are congruent with the originally mounted TV.
  2. Prettier TVs. Okay, Bill didn’t use the word pretty, but the truth is, female buyers are more likely to mount a TV on the wall, if the TV itself is geared more to the rest of their interior decor. Thinner, and lighter TVS with smaller bezels are appealing the female demographic. As well, consumers are more comfortable with the smart home, smart media management idea, and not intimated by wireless connectivity of their devices. So with mounting kits that don’t require major wall reconstruction, and wall accessories like the OSW22 or the OSW60, that matches the size of the TV and looks attractive, they expect to see resurgence in TV mounting.
  3. 4K all the way. 4K TV and Ultra HD affects just about any digital image capture – practically anything that displays images or records video. The momentum it experienced last year is continuing to grow. For a while, 3D made its bid, but Bill and Kevin see 4K as surpassing 3D and becoming an even bigger seller this year.  4K TV sets are now available from most of the major TV manufacturers, and the picture is demonstrably better than anything seen before. The average consumers may have three to five TVs around the house and more than likely will be replenishing their TVS with 4K soon.
  4. Unique mounts. Who doesn’t love it when someone visits your home and stops and says, “Wow!” Not reserved for home theaters anymore, you can also achieve a “wow” with unique mounting like OmniMount’s OE120IW, a recessed box and TV mount system for high end in-wall installations. Custom installers still want to be able to bring this wow factor to their customers, and hiding the cables and plugs for that “float on the wall” look will continue to be a draw. Products like the OE120IW are designed and engineered as a unit, improving the overall quality, fit and finish which is what consumers want.

Agree with their short list? Have some of your own to add? Feel free to debate the issue with them at CEDIA, booth 3712, or online anytime!

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Kevin Paulson
OmniMount Director of Product Management





Bill Ennis
OmniMount Sales Director, Americas


Come see OmniMount at CEDIA 2015


Attend CEDIA EXPO 2015 — Just Days Away! — for the Future Home Experience

A long-time exhibitor at the show, OmniMount continues to respond to the demand for hidden technology with innovative in-wall box and TV mount solutions. We’re unveiling more in our line of best-in-class products that offer full-motion functionality in a nearly nonexistent profile.

Fixed, tilt, full motion, or interactive – our line-up of device positioning solutions is aggressively-priced.

In the Spotlight: Award-winning Omni-directional movement solutions that make residential installs and home tech even better!

TV Wall Mount Solutions
Built with Ergotron CF technology, these mounts effortlessly move a TV into positions never before possible. Check out the NEW! OE120IW in our OmniElite series.

Digital Device Solutions
See our newest iPad case, cover and mount bracket, designed to smoothly interface with one another. You have a wide choice of mounting options.

Computer Sit-Stand Solutions
Whether gaming, browsing, or working, our sit-stand solutions maximize space and make screen time healthier for every member of a family. Take these space-saving workstations for a test-drive!

Stop by Booth 3712 and see what’s new and how we’re changing the game of custom installation. Or, if you prefer, schedule an appointment (800.668.6848) in advance.

Follow us at @omnimount and stay in the loop on show news at #CEDIA15

Work at a wellness-minded organization?


Does your experience of healthy living in your home cross over to your workplace? If so, the American Diabetes Association wants to recognize organizations that champion a culture of wellness! Encourage companies, non-profits, governmental agencies and others in your community to apply for recognition of their efforts to engage employees or members with the ADA’s new Health Champion Designation.

Think of it as a wellness “seal of approval,” awarded for meeting criteria in nutrition and weight management, physical activity, and organizational wellbeing.

The Health Champion Designation application is open now and will remain open until October 31, 2015.
Learn more here

Visit the new MoveMore blog!


Looking for ways to make your smart home healthy? Hear what others have to say about healthy TV viewing and computer time on the MoveMore blog at You’ll find inklings, observations, and ongoing research to help make the road to better health for you and your family a little smoother. Visit often and share your stories, comments, and questions. A lively forum for enthusiastic dialogue is welcomed!

Get Your Own “Military Makeover”

Designing Spaces recently aired a special episode of Military Makeover featuring an OmniMount OE120IW TV mount! Tune in to learn more about the many advantages of mounting your TV to the wall, then enter the #OmniMountSweeps for your very own chance to win one!

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The “Man Cave” Compromise

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When you live with someone that loves watching sports, creating a space that’s dedicated to game day is an appealing thought. Especially when “game day” can now be just about any day of the week, and twice on Sundays. Yes, the idea of a man cave is intriguing, but many of us don’t have the extra space required to create one or can’t afford to double-up on gear. So if your family room is where it’s at, the best you can do is to selectively choose the tech that goes into it.

This leads to the man cave compromise: choosing techy gear that performs on game day yet preserves the existing style and look of the multi-purpose room it’s in.

OmniMount achieved this man cave compromise with the OE120IW in-wall, full motion TV mount. The objective was to design a mount that had all the functionality of full motion, allowing it to extend forward, pan left or right and tilt forward or back, while being discreet and unobtrusive by nesting the mount inside of a box that ultimately gets recessed into the wall during installation. The result is a product that not only looks great but also offers tons of functionality.

If you’ve found yourself in a compromising situation, remember that there are a lot of products designed to integrate technology in a beautiful and pleasing way. Rather than choose one preference over the other, bridge the gap between tech and home and get both.

Military Makeover Coming Soon…

Military Makeover BannerMark your calendars, makeover fans, because starting one week from now is a must-see series of Military Makeovers!

R. Lee Ermey “The Gunny” and an outfit of folks from around the country are joining together to change the lives of several military families, starting on Friday, May 15th.

In another special episode on June 5, the home of 1st Lt. Robert M. Keefe, Jr. will receive a Military Makeover. Don’t forget to set your DVR for the heart touching story and reactions from his wife and their three children. For a sneak preview, click here. Spoiler alert, they may or may not be using an OmniMount OE120IW!

Designing Spaces Military Makeover will air on Lifetime TV.

Make Plans to Get Moving for National “Get Fit Don’t Sit” Day!


Have you heard about National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day? No? This is the first year for this fun event, sponsored by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), and just around the corner, on May 6th!

OmniMount and its partner brands, Ergotron and Anthro, are celebrating this fun day at work — and at home. We’re supporting the ADA for this inaugural event and would like to challenge everyone to get up and move at least every 90 minutes throughout the day.

Regular activity is good for everyone’s health – it can improve muscular fitness, bone and heart health, and lower risk for the three leading causes of death: heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.

A fun home workout can help you decompress from work – which is often exclusively sedentary says – and inspire your family and friends to be more active, too.

National Get Fit Don’t Sit Day is a great time to spread the word about the benefits of exercise, sports, and movement.

Want examples? Here is how some of our employees will celebrate on May 6th:

I have an 8-year old who can barely concentrate on her homework because she fidgets so much. I get it…she’s been sitting the majority of the day at school so asking her to sit and do her homework is really challenging. We talked one night about what would help her focus more and we came up with the idea to let her do her daily reading while she uses my mini-stair stepper. This not only helps her concentrate but it gets some of that energy out that she’s had to hold in all day.

Melissa Gasser, Marketing Project Lead, Anthro Corporation

Since I sit-stand all day at work I consider that a couple hours watching TV isn’t so bad but I never sit for more than 30 minutes at a time. In fact, it turns out to be less than that because I use commercial breaks as a chance to putz around the house doing household tasks. I might sweep the floor, dust some furniture, let the dogs outside (and back inside), empty the dishwasher, sort the recycling or clean the bathroom mirror. It’s amazing how much you can do in the time it would have taken to watch 4 TV ads.

Carrie Schmitz, Sr. Manager of Ergonomic & Wellness Research, Ergotron

Since I’m big into sports I love to plan going to the gym if there’s a game, especially a soccer game that I want to watch on TV. I do this because at my gym we have TV’s that will play the game and instead of sitting down and pigging out on food I get a little bit of exercise while I still get to watch the game. While you’re working out you mentally get yourself into the game, but at the same time your legs are moving and you’re being active.

Matt Scott, Marketing Assistant, Anthro Corporation

I catch up on my DVR’d shows while I work out on the elliptical or while I prep and cook. Then, I’ll sometimes do strength training and yoga workouts while watching TV with my husband.

Alysia Miller, Graphic Designer, OmniMount

I try to start each day with a little bit of activity, whether it’s doing a short exercise video or some push-ups. In the evenings I like to walk to the grocery store for dinner supplies. On a regular basis, I stand at the kitchen countertop to eat rather than sitting down at the dining room table.

Betsey Banker, Communications & PR Manager, Ergotron & OmniMount

Don’t forget to spread the word about fun ways to get moving! Share on social media about how and why you and your family are participating in National Get fit Don’t Sit Day. Make sure to use the hashtag #GetFitDontSit on all social shares. Be sure to post messages and photos to the Association’s Facebook page, too. Invite family and friends, neighbors and – well, everyone! – in your community to participate.

On May 6th, have fun adopting healthier habits and supporting the American Diabetes Association.


Low Profile + Full Motion = Best of Both Worlds

OE120IW_CESPerhaps you aren’t familiar with the issue at hand. In the world of wall mounts there are three common types: fixed, tilt and full motion. A fixed mount typically gives you the lowest profile, which looks great, but doesn’t offer any added functionality. A full motion mount, on the other hand, can extend away from the wall and tilt, pan and swivel. Full motion is the best for rooms with multiple seating areas, but the mount arms sit farther off the wall, often sacrificing a super low profile.

OE120IW box & mount combo

That’s where the OE120IW comes in. It’s a full motion mount tucked discreetly inside a case that gets mounted in-wall, between two studs. The TV nests flat to the wall but can still extend, pan and tilt whenever and wherever you desire.

If you’ve been debating between buying a full motion mount that gives you a lot of positioning flexibility and a fixed mount that offers the slimmest of slim profiles, get the best of both worlds with the OE120IW.

Still not sure? Here are three reasons to consider an OE120IW TV mount.