Get ahead with a Blustream Webinar - New Dates Launched for September 2019

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Our regular interactive online tutorials focus on providing convenient, bite sized insights into the latest Blustream solutions, new technologies, and day to day challenges we all currently face in our rapidly evolving market. Each of our webinars will last up to 30 minutes and are scheduled twice on the selected date to suit working hours and availability of our partners across different parts of the world.

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All of our courses will feature an interactive forum to ask questions about the products, technologies, or content within the webinar presentation.

To register, simply click the book now button and provide some basic details. You will then be sent a confirmation email with joining instructions within 24 hours of the event.

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EI Editorial - The Shifting Tide of Video Distribution

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Blustream keeps the info flowing

Phil Davis, MD at Blustream, gives EI his company’s hot take on the emergence of Video over IP as a competitor to HDBaseT.

It’s eight years now since the video distribution market exploded due to the introduction of HDBaseT. At the time, our industry was restricted to poor quality HDMI over dual CAT solutions that could operate to a maximum of 40m. The idea then of distributing 4K 18Gbps video, two-Way IR, PoE, Ethernet and RS232 over a single CAT cable was simply unthinkable. Undeniably, HDBaseT has successfully changed the face of video distribution, providing installers and integrators with the tools required to deliver unprecedented standards of performance and flexibility. Suddenly, integrating whole home video distribution and control became feasible and the market has been growing rapidly ever since.

The introduction of 4K resolutions up to 18Gbps has been the biggest advancement this industry has witnessed in the last decade. It has, however, thrown up some weird and wonderful complexities that all manufacturers of sources, displays and distribution solutions are having to adapt to. The fun begins with the sources and their output resolutions. Leading manufacturers of common sources are outputting a variety of different resolutions, essentially different ‘flavours’ of 4K.

Installers now have new layers of complexity to consider when installing multi-zone, multi-source systems in homes or indeed commercial properties. As the popularity of HDMI distribution grows, so does the number of potential issues that need to be overcome. Resolution support, bandwidth capability and EDID compatibilities matter on an unprecedented scale.

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Humble beginnings of IP distribution

Engineers at Blustream remember evaluating Video over IP in 2010 and at that time the performance limitations were a serious barrier to sales. During this period of the technology’s development, switching times could be as much as eight to ten seconds, resolutions were limited to standard definition, you had snow screens during switching and ghosting on moving images made watching sport practically impossible. Fast forward to today and in stark contrast, Video over IP has become a serious contender for almost any standard of AV installation. During the last four years key manufacturers like Blustream have been developing advanced IP solutions that are delivering fresh levels of flexibility and video scaling essential in today’s complex 4K marketplace.

Toby Leader, Product Manager at Blustream, underlines that within 12 months of launch, our Multicast IP solutions were being installed across the world in homes, yachts, cinema chains, department stores, airports, hotels and broadcast studios. Blustream has been staggered by the level of opportunity that IP technology has delivered for its brand and its installation partners. The ability to specify a system of any size and simultaneously scale the resolution of all components in the system is unprecedented and offers functionality just not available before.

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Demystifying Video over IP

Some AV integrators currently approach Video over IP with caution. However, Daniel Adams, Blustream’s Technical Projects Manager, underlines the simplicity of the set-up process exploding the myth that IP distribution is a pig to learn and network qualifications are required to program switches. This might have been the case five years ago, but it could not be further from the truth now.

With Blustream Multicast we enjoy challenging anyone to come and see how easy it is to configure and install a system in a matter of minutes. Our configuration software guides users through a semi-automated process for assigning IP addresses and configuring the EDID settings for all components in the system.

HDBaseT vs Video over IP

HDBaseT is still the undisputed industry benchmark for residential multi-zone video distribution. The delivery of 4K UHD from sources such as Sky Q from a convenient rack location will always suit the robust performance and advanced features such as audio return (ARC) and Ethernet distribution within the HDBaseT platform.

Daniel and our in-house experts explain that as the market evolves Video over IP is quickly becoming important as installations become larger and more complex. For the first time AV integrators can quickly specify a system of practically any size and seamlessly program the receivers to output the dedicated resolution to suit the display. Advanced new hardware features such as audio breakout and USB for KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) distributrion will only further increase the number of installation applications for the Video over IP platform. But this isn’t a straight fight between two platforms. It’s not a war that will see one technology die away and the other rise as the only go-to solution for video distribution. Video over IP and HDBaseT technologies have their own specific strengths, meaning one technology does not suit every installation. At Blustream we recognise the importance of being at the forefront of both technologies as this knowledge and understanding gives us the expertise to deliver the best solution for every client on every job.

New control app for Blustream Multicast launched on iTunes and Google Play

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Today we have launched our latest FREE Blustream app for control and configuration of our latest IP200UHD Video over IP solution and the ACM200 control module.

The Blustream Drag & Drop TV app is used for controlling the Blustream ACM200 and IP200 Multicast system.

The app delivers the following user features:

  • Intuitive 'drag & drop' source selection with video preview feature for active monitoring of system status

  • Video wall 'drag & drop' source selection with video preview

  • Access to ACM200 web interface module for configuration and control of the Blustream Multicast system*

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Note: The Blustream app is not compatible with the Blustream CM100 or other Matrix products.

Configuration of Blustream products should be completed by a trained Blustream installer. Failure to do so may result in poor system performance.

* Configuration of a multicast system takes place on a web browser. The app links directly to the relevant pages.

Find the app on iTunes at the following link - https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/drag-and-drop-tv/id1451448899

Find the app on the Google Play Store at the following link - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.com.blustream.acm

Blustream announce sponsorship of CEDIA EMEA Awards 2019

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We are pleased to announce that Blustream will be sponsoring the CEDIA EMEA awards 2019. Phil Davis, MD of Blustream EMEA commented, 'We feel privileged to play such an active role in this celebration of all the great achievements within our custom install industry. Its a wonderful opportunity to have our Blustream brand associated with this prestigious event ad and the installers who deserve massive credit for their achievements over the past 12 months'.

CEDIA has recently named the EMEA region finalists for the 2019 CEDIA Home Technology Professional Awards competition. The awards recognise the very best projects CEDIA home technology professional members have completed during the last year.

“CEDIA members continue to provide exceptionally great projects that are reviewed by our esteemed technical judging panel,” said CEDIA Director of Member Engagement, Jenny Scott. “The calibre of craftsmanship, style, and creativity on display through the competition is amazing. This year’s awards celebrations will be exciting experiences and feature some of the industry’s most stunning work from a diverse global community of professionals.”

CEDIA EMEA member companies named 2019 finalists include:

  • Archimedia, UAE

  • AVTCS, India

  • BNC, South Africa

  • Finite Solutions, UK

  • Henri, France

  • Hi-Concept, France

  • Homeplay, UK

  • Intuitive Homes, UK

  • Ultamation, UK

  • Knektd, UK

  • Labiib Solutions, Saudi Arabia

  • New Wave AV, UK

  • NGC Systems, UK

  • Perfect Integration, UK

  • SMC, UK

  • Sound Sense, India

  • The Pyramid Group, UK

  • TwentyTwo Integration, UK

  • Woelf, Belgium

EMEA region winners and global winners will be honoured at the CEDIA EMEA Awards event on Thursday 26th September at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Tickets for the black-tie event are now on sale.

The sponsors for this year’s event include ABB as headline sponsor, joined by Blustream, Bowers & Wilkins, Meridian Audio, Monitor Audio, and Samsung as official event supporters.

Deliver 4K 18Gbps up to 100m with the NEW HDBaseT™ HEX150CS-KIT!

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Our lndustry leading range of HDBaseT™ extenders offer the very best in performance and flexibility. The HEX150CS-KIT extender set is our latest advanced HDMI 2.0 4K 60Hz 4:4:4 HDCP 2.2 HDBaseT™ solution utilising CSC technology. The HEX150CS-KIT supports HDMI, bi-directional IR, RS-232, and PoH (PoE) up to lengths of 150m over a single CAT cable. The HEX150CS-KIT also provides enhanced features including audio return (ARC) via HDMI or optical (S/PDIF) and Ethernet pass through.

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HDBaseT™ CSC Extender Set Supporting HDMI 2.0 4K 60Hz 4:4:4 up to 100m (1080p up to 150m), Bi-directional IR & RS-232, EDID management, ARC, Ethernet pass through, Audio Breakout Bi-directional PoH (PoE), HDCP 2.2

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Case Study - O'PTASIA Super Yacht

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Superyacht O‘PTASIA was built in 2018 by Golden Yachts. She is a 84.73m / 278ft Custom motor yacht with exterior design by Studio Vafiadis and interior styling by Studio Vafiadis. O‘PTASIA offers accommodation for up to 12 guests in 11 cabins with additional room for her crew of 26. She features a variety of amenities to ensure comfortable charter vacations, including BBQ, Beach Club, Elevator / Lift, Outdoor Bar, Owner Study, Spa, Swimming Platform, Swimming Pool, Underwater Lights, Air Conditioning, Deck Jacuzzi, Gym/exercise equipment, Stabilisers underway, Stabilizers at Anchor and WiFi connection on board.

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Delivering Seamless AV Integration

No expense was spared on the Audio Visual experience for guests. No less than 5 cinema systems and 23 integrated TV displays were specified throughout the yacht. HDBaseT™ was chosen as the video distribution platform and manufacturer Blustream provided their latest hardware to deliver a seamless 4K UHD experience to every display.

Bruno Vermeir of Blustream explains, ‘ The O’PTASIA project was amazing to be involved in. We have worked on several yacht installations with Blustream but never one of this size and complexity. Due to the number of displays and sources located throughout the craft, we had to work with the designers to create the CAT cable infrastructure and system configuration that would allow five 8x8 HDBaseT™ matrix to interact seamlessly on the same control system. Pleased to say the end result has been fantastic and feedback amazing!’. 

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Platinum 8 x 8 HDBaseT™ Matrix 

The Blustream Platinum 8x8 HDBaseT™ matrix hosts a number of advanced features that make it perfect for a yacht installation of this size. The entire 26 display system works over a single CAT 6 cable infrastructure. HDBaseT™ technology enables the delivery of 4K Video, HD audio including Dolby Atmos, control and automation data, PoE and ethernet all over this single cable. The Platinum matrix also features advanced independent audio routing including audio return channel (ARC) integration from the displays. This enables the yacht to have independent audio sources located throughout the installation that can be routed to any of the 26 zones. 

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100m HDBaseT™ Receiver 

The 26 displays on O’PTASIA are located up to 80m apart. The Blustream receivers connect directly to the CAT 6 cable infrastructure via RJ45 and require no power. The receiver features a HDMI output for connection to a display, an audio input, RS-232 and ethernet ports and an IR input / output.

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Blustream to exhibit at InfoComm India

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We are pleased to announce Blustream will be exhibiting for the first time at InfoComm India 2019. Held in Bombay from 18th-20th September, the event promises to be a be a great launch platform for Blustream in India. Jaswinder Mann, Country manager for India explains, ‘ We have been working closely with regional distributors across India to plan the effective launch of Blustream in this vast market. With several regional launch events planned throughout the summer of 2019 it made perfect sense to culminate this with a strong presence at InfoComm in September. The response to Blustream has been amazing so far and we hope this continues as the brand establishes itself further in this important market’. 

About InfoComm India

A new India is rising, one which has made a remarkable transformation over the last few years based on sound macro-economics, political stability and a regulatory framework that supports investment. It is also a digitally-empowered nation which is actively pursuing the latest in professional AudioVisual and Integrated Experience Solutions. The businesses that can ride on the rise of New India would be those which pro-actively grab the opportunities via networking platforms like InfoComm India, and then work with their clients to effectively guide their technology transformations.

The transformative power of professional Audio Visual and Integrated Experience Solutions is felt in every industry. Cutting-edge solutions help to streamline business operations, in turn boosting efficiency in the workplace. InfoComm India 2019 is where you can tap into opportunities to harness the power of these solutions. Discover game-changing innovations that will give you a competitive advantage.

Blustream announce AVIXA membership

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Blustream is pleased to announce it has joined the Audio Visual and Integrated Experience Association (AVIXA). The AVIXA organisation is the producer of InfoComm trade shows around the world and the international trade association representing the audiovisual industry. Established in 1939, AVIXA has more than 5,400 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, consultants, programmers, live events companies, technology managers, content producers, and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. AVIXA members create integrated AV experiences that deliver outcomes for end users. AVIXA is a hub for professional collaboration, information, and community, and the leading resource for AV standards, certification, training, market intelligence, and thought leadership. 

Martyn Shirley, Founder and General Manager of Blustream commented, ‘ As Blustream continues to grow in all 4 corners of the world its important that we align ourselves with the credibility of an industry leading trade organisation. Our marketing and trade show activities are growing exponentially each year so membership within the largest industry body who own a number of the trade events we wish to exhibit at is a natural step. This year Blustream will be exhibiting for the first time at InfoComm India and China. Another key reason for joining was the increased relevance of AVIXA training programs and CTS (Certified Technology Specialist) courses. At Blustream training and education is at the heart of what we do and our AVIXA membership will only enhance our standard of knowledge and the training we are able to provide our partners’. 

InfoComm is the largest family of technology exhibitions and conferences in the world focused on the pro-AV industry. Each event is part of a global alliance of trade shows, produced by AVIXA and its partners, including InfoComm India, Integrated Systems Europe, Beijing InfoComm China, Chengdu InfoComm China, InfoComm Southeast Asia, InfoComm Brasil, InfoComm Colombia, InfoComm Mexico, Integrated Systems Russia, and Integrate.