Nottingham-based Channel Celebrates a Successful First Year

It’s been a year since the launch of, the free online training channel from Nottingham-based AV distributor CIE. provides free, instant and accessible training materials and has proved to be a huge surprise hit with both AV professionals and consumers worldwide. Just 12 months on and the now multi award-winning channel has achieved impressive viewing figures of over 120,000, attracted industry recognition and continues to grow from strength to strength. was devised by CIE following the success of its free nationwide technical training seminars. Chris Edwards, Marketing Director at CIE explains, “ CIE were one of the first AV resellers to deliver high quality training as a marketing tool rather than simply a revenue stream. Having delivered training to more than 400 professionals, we wanted to grow the program, our audience and our profile. gave us an opportunity to introduce CIE to a wider audience, allowing our brand to compete with some of the biggest players in the AV distribution sector.”

With new technologies emerging all the time, it can be difficult to stay on top of the latest AV developments. This is where comes into its own.

Limited to easily digestible three to five minute videos, information – delivered by professional AV industry experts - can be accessed at any time, from anywhere, via a smartphone, tablet or computer. Content is aimed at all levels of experience to solve everyday challenges such as “Connecting Apple TV to an Analogue Amplifier” as well as tackling bigger training themes such as “Understanding HDCP 2.2 for 4K UHD”. The wide range of informative and unbiased videos offer instant solutions to technical issues, installation advice and technology tutorials - all delivered in a user-friendly, vibrant style.

We knew was a great concept and this has been confirmed by the fact that so many AV professionals have embraced the channel .” Comments Chris Edwards. “ We’ve had really positive feedback from the industry and in particular professionals that use the channel as an accessible, credible and trusted reference tool when on site, or training their own teams.”

To keep the channel fresh, is also interactive. AV users and professionals are encouraged to submit a training theme request or query via a comment or direct message, to which will always provide a response. Often it will also create a video to fulfil the request; in fact, many of the videos are in response to educational requests from the audience for a collaborative approach.

AV enthusiasts have embraced, and to date the channel has amassed an impressive 120,000 video views, and boasts almost a quarter of a million minutes of footage watched. The channel has a growing following and currently has over 1,300 dedicated subscribers, with a global viewership from over 220 countries. There are over 100 videos live on the site, with more being added on a weekly basis to keep content industry-relevant and up to date.

The channel has also won multiple awards including ‘Training Initiative of the Year’ at the Essential Install Smart Building Awards 2016 and ‘Marketing Team of the Year’ for the team at the Install Awards 2016.

With regular contributions from respected industry voices, as well as professional advice from’s expert in-house team, this innovative channel has established itself as a credible source of up to the minute AV training material and information.

So, what does the future hold? In the near future there will be a new blog and some very exciting industry collaborations. Longer term, CIE have ideas for other ‘HowTo’ channels on a range of subjects. Watch this space!

See the latest AV videocasts and subscribe to the channel now at  

For press information, please contact:

John Houston, Wildwood PR

Tel: 44 (0)1293 851115 / email:


Chris Edwards, Marketing Director, CIE Group

Tel: 44(0)115 9770075 / email:

About CIE-Group

One of the AV industry’s longest established providers of equipment for the professional audio visual integration and PA sectors, CIE-Group recently celebrated 50 years in business. The company provides innovative, high quality, cost effective solutions from its comprehensive and diverse portfolio of products to meet the demands of the AV, PA, CCTV, communications and OEM electronics business sectors. As a master distributor for leading brands such as Inter-M, Atlas Sound, CYP, Clockaudio, Chiayo, Clever Little Box and Switchcraft; they offer a huge choice of amplifiers, loudspeakers, microphones, audio visual signal distribution, induction loops, soundfield, CCTV, cables and connectors - all available directly from source.