Product Spotlight: Crestron Digital Media

There’s no question that the digital age is here today. Analog television is off the air; practically every device that plugs into a display has an HDMI port; the latest MacBooks only provide DisplayPort outputs; laptops now include built-in Blu-ray players; and the latest video conferencing systems feature HDMI/DVI outputs exclusively. Crestron DigitalMedia™ (DM) is the only solution that answers the challenges of tomorrow – today.

Whole-house multimedia distribution offers several conveniences including having the ability to access your sources at all television locations (Set top boxes, Kaleidescape, Game Consoles etc.) which allows greater installation flexibility, but more importantly offers access to all of your content at every television. In many instances, RMS installs and configures multiple Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for each user in a home. This gives great flexibility and convenience by allowing per-user recordings and also the ability to monitor what the children are watching at any given time (by switching to their cable box).  Multimedia distribution also allows you to start a program in one room, and finish it in another, without missing a second of it.  The Crestron Digital Media system provides the backbone for new and upcoming multimedia technologies such as HDMI, USB, and ETHERNET. This system is “card-slot” based, meaning it can be expanded and adopted to work with future technologies at a later date.

In many cases, the majority of the system is installed in a rack located in a mechanical room, out of site.  At each television is a Crestron DM-RMC (Digital Media – Room Media Controller) device that is small enough to be easily concealed.  This provides the link to the system and all of the sources available, at every television.  This type of system design places all of the source components in one central area for installation flexibility, and eliminates redundant components in the system.

The difference between Crestron Digital Media, and every other video distribution system, is its “future-proof” design.  The system was engineered specifically to tackle the difficult distribution of today’s high-definition broadcasts (with its encrypted HDCP system), and also allows upgrading and expansion for new formats and technologies.

RMS is a leader in Crestron installation and programming with many satisfied clients utilizing this great new technology.  Contact us for more information or for a consultation to see if this technology is right for your needs!

Apr 20, 2010 / Features