Just like Distributed Audio, Distributed Video allows you to watch any source (Cable Box, Satellite Receiver, DVD Player, Video Server) from ANY room.
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So for example, a typical system would have a Cable Box or Satellite Receiver in the Great Room, Master Bedroom, Media Room, and Home Cinema. Today, most high-definition cable/satellite boxes have a DVR or Tivo built into them, so you can record directly onto the box itself (this eliminates the need for a VCR). Most people who have a DVR or Tivo wish that they could watch them in any room, but in a typical system you are trapped to watch each box only in the room it is PHYSICALLY located in.
If you have a Distributed Video system, you could watch the Box that is physically in the Great Room from the bedroom, or from the Media Room, or from the Home Cinema. Typically when we install a Distributed Video system, all of the source are installed in an equipment rack together, and any room can watch anything. Everything is easily controlled by a Touchscreen or Remote that will transmit signals through the walls. This makes watching TV extremely convenient, eliminates the need for equipment to be located in the actual room, which frees up space in your living area, and ultimately makes your system more enjoyable and easier to use.You can also add a DVD/CD server to your system, which copies all of your movies and music onto a server. Once a DVD or CD is on the server you can search by Cover, Genre, Actor, Director, Year, or Length directly from the TV or Touchscreen. All of the information about the DVD or CD is automatically downloaded from the internet, all you have to do is put the disk in the drive, just like you were to play it. If you have Distributed Video, you can watch any movie in any room, or even watch a different movie in each room.
Below are some of the benefits of having distributed video:
- Convenience, convenience, convenience
Equipment does not need to be located in the room
Makes your system easier to use
Eliminates need of having a DVD player, Cable Box, or Satellite Receiver in every room