Multi-room HDMI Distribution

Multi-room HDMI Distribution

Multi-room video distribution is the concept of having all the televisions within your home connected to the same stack of source equipment (Digital Cable Boxes, BluRay Players, Apple TV device, etc) offering any TV the ability to connect to any source.  This enables you have 2 or 3 (or more) Digital Cable Boxes or PVRs in the central stack so your recorded program are available at any TV, anytime.

Historically video distribution was done using analog Component Video (red, green, blue connectors).  With the arrival of HDMI as the new digital video standard many manufacturers are no longer supporting analog video outputs. 

HDMI is a relatively new Digital Audio & Video communication medium.  The intent is to deliver the highest quality un-compressed Audio-Video signal possible between the source device to the display device all over one easy to connect cable.  There is a cost for this enhanced ability and convenience however: Among many industry mandates, the standard also enforces copy protection by implementing a rigid licensing algorithm that prevents illegal copying of content and limits unlicensed distribution, even to a second TV. This new set of rules had a huge impact on the Custom Integration industry who strive for central equipment stacks that transmit audio and video to remote rooms without the need for duplicating bulky equipment.  Manufacturers catering to our industry developed advanced controllers for distributing HDMI throughout large homes; some fully compliant with good performance and many non-compliant with poor performance. Mountain Tech has evaluated many of these and have selected preferred products that do the job well.  Naturally the fully-compliant, good performers have invested heavily to achieve these good performance levels and it is reflected in the higher cost of their solutions. 

By contrast Analog Component Video distribution equipment (which initially rivaled prices in the same scale) are now very inexpensive.  It begs the question “why bother with HDMI, Component Video isn’t that bad?”.  The reason for the need to change stems from the manufacturers driving forward with new HDMI products that incorporate the higher performance benefits of Digital and removing Analog connectivity all together, so even though we still see some legacy products supporting both technologies (like Shaw PVR’s), most new products are strictly Digital (like Apple TV and new BluRay players). 

We can’t stop progress. 

We hope the above helps shed some light on why we’re not only inclined, but insistent on supporting the digital initiative.