VLAN vs. IGMP

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VLAN vs. IGMP systems

A comparison between VLANs used by Just Add Power and IGMP which is used by everone else.

VLANs easily exceed 16 transmitters.

The use of VLANs allows Just Add Power to retain a full 1Gbps of bandwidth at all times for each source device on the HDMI network.

IGMP broadcasts to every receiver which is less effecient and more stressful for the switch to manage.

 

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Available now: new HD over IP transmitter & receivers. Both models carry PoE, can deliver 4K resolutions with HDR/1080p with scalers + HDCP 2.2 and support all audio formats including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

 

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3G models are now cheaper and more affordable than ever before

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No restrictions means bigger project scope

Just Add Power’s 3G platform has been installed in to the coveted Zoopla Headquarters in London, UK. Unlike competitors using IGMP as their backbone, J+P use VLANs meaning that  there are no restrictions on the number of source devices which can be added ensuring that installs are completely future-proofed.

 

Just Add Power is installed in Zoopla head quarters in London. A massive 21x50 matrix using the 3G platform.

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OneAV’s unique proposition in AV connectivity supply.

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OneAV is a new and unique pan-European AV connectivity distributor, supplying highly specialised products for commercial and residential markets. A joint-venture between Germany-based PureLink GmbH and UK-based HD Connectivity Ltd – OneAV is a big thinking and ambitious partnership.

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From the 7th to the 10th of February, OneAV will be exhibiting their impressive and comprehensive range of connectivity solutions at the world’s biggest AV system integration show, Integrated Systems Europe in Amsterdam, booth 5-R83.

A laser-focus on product quality and technical excellence is at the core of the OneAV proposition. The project has already amassed a combined master distributor portfolio of 16 highly specialised AV connectivity brands. Including: Celerity Technologies, DigiBird, FiberX, HDanywhere, HDfury, HDTools, ICE Cable, Just Add Power, MediaHub, Mersive, Murideo, Luxi, Panconnect, Pixelgen, PureLink and PureTools. Providing a wide-range of cables, adapters, signal extenders, switchers, HDMI, HDBaseT and AV-over-IP matrices, splitters, scalers, converters, videowall controllers, collaboration, test tools and more.

With offices, training and fulfilment centers in Germany and the UK, OneAV is more than your average distributor, able to provide high quality targeted and localised marketing, as well as installer education support for all stocked brands. OneAV prides itself on being able to offer the highest quality connectivity solutions for any AV project, backed up with first-class technical knowledge and customer support, that only a focused connectivity specialist can offer.

OneAV CEO Christian Ahrens commented “The initial idea of the OneAV concept began to take shape two years ago. Since then we have been securing the best product portfolio, building the best website at oneav.eu and organising an impressive back-end logistics operation. ISE 2017 is the official launch of OneAV and the culmination of many months of hard work. I am personally very excited about the potential of our new business and I’m looking forward to sharing this news and seeing customers old and new in Amsterdam.”

OneAV UK Managing Director, Chris Pinder commented that “The OneAV project is a first of it’s kind. There has never been a Euro-distributor with such an acute focus on AV connectivity. Our GER/UK operation offers unique strengths in logistics and industry expertise, this allows OneAV to develop very attractive commercial propositions for our stocked manufacturer brands and ultimately quality, profitable solutions for trade customers.”

View the full OneAV 2017 brochure here.

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Integrated Systems Europe 2017

From the 7th to the 10th of February OneAV (Formerly HD Connectivity) are exhibiting at the world’s biggest AV system integration show, Integrated Systems Europe in Amsterdam, booth 5-S112. OneAV’s stocked brands will be out in force on the ISE Amsterdam showfloor with fantastic new connectivity offerings from Just Add Power, HDanywhere, Pixelgen, Murideo and more.

Just Add Power (Booth 5-S112)

Since 2009, with the introduction of the 1G HDIP™ solution for distributing HDMI® over IP networks, Just Add Power (J+P) has become well known for being the original pioneers of HDMI over IP technology. From 1G to 2G and now building on the market-leading 3G series of HDIP™ technology, J+P have the broadest range of Transmitter and Receiver models, specification options and form-factors of any brand in the ‘AV over IP’ arena.

Since launch at CEDIA in Dallas, the 35% cheaper and CEPro BEST award-winning, palm-sized 3G PoE models have been shipping in record-breaking quantities. At ISE, we will see the addition of two new condensed form-factor models. Referred to as 2GΩ/3G ‘omega’ units, the 705POE-TX and 505POE-RX are designed to easily and more cheaply integrate 1080p devices onto a 3G HDIP™ network. Omega units also allow older 2G systems to continue to be expanded in-line with J+P’s evolutionary, not revolutionary product roadmap and legacy hardware support philosophy.

HDANYWHERE (Booth 5-R83)

HDanywhere’s mission is to allow you to watch and control every device on every TV, in a neat and easy way, without losing a single pixel of picture quality – even at premium Ultra HD resolutions. The way we watch TV is changing. HDanywhere’s centralised multiroom HDTV systems share all your entertainment devices to every TV in your home, providing the most fluid and flexible TV viewing experience possible. Anybody move between rooms but still access all favourite shows, movies and recordings on every TV at home and even control them from their iOS device.

HDA will be showing a range of Ultra HD Premium™ series of solutions called ‘MAX’ – Matrices and extenders that support full-fat Ultra HD 4K with HDR and the 18G data rates of HDMI 2.0 spec (that’s UHD/4K/HDR at 60p with 4:4:4 colours), even over a single Category cable for the most ‘Premium TV’ experience possible.

Pixelgen Design Inc. (Booth 5-R83)

When you need resolution, you need Pixelgen! Founded in 2015, Canadian start-up Pixelgen Design promises—and delivers—pure 18G uncompressed UHD signal extension products at lengths up to 30m. Designed in Canada from the ground up, Pixelgen’s family of HDMI interconnect products are guaranteed to support all A/V formats and functionality currently supported by the latest HDMI 2.0b specification.

Pixelgen Design is in a unique position because of their intense focus on one of the biggest “missing links” in the market – robust 18G HDMI Extenders. For one specific example, with the release of PXLDRIVE™ Pixelgen is delivering the first active long reach THX® Certified 4K interconnect product to the industry.

Murideo HDMI Test Tools for AV Integrators. (Booth 5-R83)

UHD & HDR Verification for 18G HDMI 2.0 Installations. Murideo’s products are designed to assist in calibration and installation of AV systems to achieve incredible results and accuracy for video distribution. The Murideo Field Test suite is the ideal Troubleshooting and Testing combination for every integrator. Fix system issues in half the time, no more guessing, these products when working together can help you find the issue.

In today’s world of mixed systems and multiple flavors of SD, HD and UHD + HDR this tool solves several problems. It can be used for testing what the manufacturer says a device will do vs. what it will actually do.

It can be used for testing basic and complex switching solutions for maximum capability and performance, including complete high bandwidth HDMI cable testing, HDBaseT and HDMI over IP testing up to 18 GBPS.

About OneAV

OneAV is a European specialist supplier of digital AV connectivity brands, supplying professional installers in residential and commercial markets. With offices, training and fulfilment centers in Germany and the UK, OneAV is more than your average distributor, proving localised marketing, education and support for all stocked brands. OneAV prides itself on being able to provide the highest quality connectivity solutions for any AV project, backed up with first-class technical knowledge and support, that only a focused connectivity specialist can offer.

 

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Announcing the HDanywhere X Special Event

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This October we’re hosting the first ever HDanywhere X Special Event, where we will unveil a full suite of product innovations and new system features that we’ve been developing for the past 18 months.

The HDanywhere X Special Event is for the custom install community, smart home techies and IoT enthusiasts and will take place at the Printworks in Manchester city centre on October 11th- the evening before the Essentiall Install North show opens. The event is free for all EI Live North showgoers to attend. We recommend installers to reserve a spot as soon as is possible to avoid disappointment by registering online.

The venue location remains secret for now, but HDanywhere will be releasing more details on what X attendees can expect over the next 2 months. Showgoers should also keep an eye out for exclusive info on a range of promotions and activities they’ll be running at the Essential Install North show in conjunction with the X Special Event.

What we  can reveal so far about HDanywhere X.

HDanywhere X is not simply the launch of one new HDanywhere product. The X Special Event Event will see us go public about a variety of new HDMI distribution system innovations and designs, provide a preview of our vision for neater AV in the smart home, and showcase new ways that both installers and end-users can interact with and experience our devices.

Chris Pinder, MD of HDanywhere, commented that “With nearly two-years of behind-closed-doors product innovations to reveal, there has never been a more exciting time to bring the installer community together. We’ve kept a lot underwraps over the past year, and what we reveal at the X event is sure to get people talking. Whilst we remain a HDMI distribution brand at heart, the projects we’ve been working on move HDanywhere into the broader smart home and connected technologies arena, making our solutions more relevant and enticing to homeowners than ever before.”

Reserve your place at the HDanywhere X Event by visiting www.hdanywhere.com/x

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Just Add Power Training Available in August & September 2016

 

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You’ll hear many people saying that HDMI over IP is the future of video distribution and that HDMI over IP products offer far greater flexibility than the traditional fixed format matrices that many installers have come to rely on.

Making the leap into the world of network-based HDMI distribution is only possible if installers feel 100% confident about product capabilities, cabling and set up process. That’s why we are thrilled to announce three UK training dates for Just Add Power- the global leaders in HDMI over IP distribution. These are designed to bring any installer from a HDMI over IP beginner to pro in just 1 day. Full info and how to book your space is below.

London Training Day  - Thursday August 18th – Drayton Court Hotel, West Ealing,  London W13 8PH- Book your space.

West Midlands Training Day – Wednesday August 31st – Malvern Town Football Club, Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 1UQ.- Book your space

Overview of course:

This 1 day dealer training by Just Add Power- the global leaders in HDMI over IP technology- will provide you with the all the knowledge and skills needed to specify and install any size of HDMI over IP matrix in homes, bars, offices or any other scenario you can imagine.

Practical skills: Learn how to set up a system from scratch.

We’ll cover:

  • Required cabling and cabling standards.
  • Selecting your Layer 3 switch and setting it up. A live walkthrough shows how easily you can set up the switch via our JAD Config wizard for PC and get your HDMI over IP system up and running.
  • The driver options for third party control integration. How to control the Just Add Power HDMI over IP system using the likes of Control4, Crestron, RTI, AMX and so on.
  • Setting up video walls in addition to your HDMI matrix in applications such as sports bars and car showrooms.
  • Using the Just Add Power HDMI tiling device to enable screens to do multiview
  • Stacking switches for especially large-scale projects.

Theoretical skills:

  • Good compression vs bad compression. Tell-tale signs of bad compression to look out for with HDMI over IP products!
  • What is IGMP? What are VLANS? What are multicasting and unicasting? The pros and cons of each.
  • What you should look for in an IP-based HDMI distribution products e.g. dependability, added system features, inter-operability with third party systems.
  • 4K distribution methods over a local area network- 10GB switches vs 1 GB, fibre vs Cat 5e /6

 

 

 

 

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HDanywhere Pros- Now you can offer clients 18 months credit at 0% interest

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Pro installers can now take advantage of our Paypal credit facility. Let your clients pay monthly for any HDanywhere install over £500. We’ll refund your margin!

A letter from HDanywhere Founder & MD, Chris Pinder. 

Overcome barriers to installs by offering your clients interest-free credit up to 18 months on any HDanywhere order over £500. Providing interest-free credit on HDA hardware makes your professional installation fee more affordable and your services more appealing to budget-sensitive clients.

I’m sure you know plenty of consumers who want a smart home entertainment system, but don’t necessarily have the cash on hand to finance it. Our research showed that interest-free credit was something consumers interested in HDA products desired, so we are bringing it to them via PayPal Credit – the most trusted brand in the world with zero paper and a simple online process.

HDA dealers who refer clients will not lose out on any margin, there is a mechanism in place to reimburse the dealer post install. When you have a client who wants to use this option, get in touch with your account manager and we’ll help manage the process from start to finish.

At HDA we’re on the side of the installer. That’s why we were the first to establish an online installer network for end-user referrals. Now we’re the first to offer consumer credit. It reflects our commitment to help UK CIs reach a broader spectrum of homeowners and close a greater percentage of leads.

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Visit HDanywhere at EI Live! South 2016

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It’s that time of year again when UK custom installers head to Sandown Park Racecourse to EI Live South, to see the latest and greatest home technology and custom integration products available right now. HDanywhere will of course be there showcasing our dependable and feature-laden mHub HDBaseT and HDMI distribution install kits-  now with free HDanywhere Control App for Android and iOS devices.

Drop by our UK distributors- AWE (Stands 10&11), ACE (Stands 21&22) and Unicam (Stands 57&58), to see why HDanywhere were voted the favourite HDMI distribution brand by #Liveinstall followers in 2016. Talk to a member of the HDanywhere team to find out how we can help you reach more UK homeowners, and cater to a wider spectrum of residential clients. 

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Votes are in- we were voted the #Liveinstall community’s favourite HDMI distribution brand this year, streaking ahead of the others.

What’s on show

You can see the full family of mHub HDMI and HDBaseT distribution products- made up of the installers’ favourite mHub 2K 1080p systems (available in 1×4, 4×4 and 8×8), and our feature-packed mHub 4K systems (available in 4×4 and 8×8). See a demo of the HDanywhere Control App, which you can use on site to set up any mHub system, then install it on your clients’ Android or iOS devices (as many as you want at no extra charge). The app will let your clients use their phone or tablet to easily switch between which set top boxes they view in each room, getting rid of the need to use and order multiple pesky little matrix remote controls.

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mHub 4K (4×4)- 4K with HDCP 2.2 up to 70m & 1080p up to 100m. HDBaseT-Pro system with full 5-Play Feature Set supported.

If you’re looking for a reliable and economic 4K HDBaseT-Pro distribution system, then mHub 4K is definitely worth checking out. In 2016, it won Silver in the SVI Trade Awards for Best Video Distribution Product. It offers the full HDBaseT-Pro 5-Play feature set (4K video, multichannel audio, two-way IR, 10/100 Ethernet and PoH), as well as support for HDCP 2.2, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and multichannel audio extraction at the hub. Every mHub 2K & 4K system comes supplied as a complete install kit with all receivers and IR gear included. 

To book an appointment ahead of time to chat to one of our team and EI Live South, email sales@hdanywhere.co.uk or call 01684 5763 48.  For all product information, visit our trade site. 

 

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HD Connectivity announces new operating structure

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AV technology evolves at an ultra-fast pace, as does our company. Today I want to tell you about two new company formations and a new name… ONE AV.

A decade ago we founded HD Cable Ltd, (later renamed HD Connectivity) with just a small range of HDMI cables accompanied by a simple direct purchase experience. Presently we supply some of the most technically sophisticated and large-scale HDMI distribution systems in the world and we find ourselves involved in increasingly diversified business relationships in multiple sectors and global marketplaces.

Over the past few years we have also made strategic investments in startups operating in new product categories that are complementary to the audio visual arena. In the coming months you will see some of these startup’s products being brought to market by our team.

So, in response to wide ranging changes in the business context of HD Connectivity Ltd, we are implementing a corporate restructure designed to dedicate tremendous focus on each brand’s individual strategy, target customer-base and markets. HDanywhere and Just Add Power are branching off as separated independent businesses and we are launching the new purchase portal company of ONE AV to take care of order processing and fulfillment.

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How to install a multiroom TV system from HDanywhere

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A multiroom HDTV system, or HDMI over Cat 6 matrix as they’re sometimes called, are surprisingly quick and easy to install once you’ve run the necessary cabling. Once installed in your home, you can hide the central hub of a multiroom system in a cupboard, on a shelf in an entertainment centre or in a dedicated AV equipment rack. The display receivers meanwhile tuck neatly in behind your TVs.

Before you order your system you’ll need:

1) Quality Cat 6 cabling run throughout your home.

You must run a single Cat 6 cable between the central hub of the multiroom HDTV system and each room that has a TV. If you’re new to DIY home tech, then it might be an idea to contact a professional HDanywhere installer using our Installer Network to install Cat 6 cabling in your home. This is because Cat 6 cabling needs to be installed and terminated to a high standard if you want your system to perform flawlessly. Poorly installed Cat 6 cabling can increase the chances of you experiencing problems with your mutlrioom HDTV system.

If you want to install the Cat 6 cabling yourself, then please thoroughly read our DIY Wiring Guidelines.

 

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2) Make sure you’ve chosen the right system

All of our multiroom HDTV systems are different. The main difference between them is that some support 4K resolutions / 4K devices and some only support devices and TVs with a maximum resolution of 1080p. You also need to think about what the longest length of Cat 6 cable is that you have installed in your property. Some of our systems are designed to work with Cat 6 cables up to a maximum distance of 50m, whereas other can let you have longer Cat 6 cables installed up to 100m.

The best way to see which HDanywhere multiroom HDTV system can best meet your requirements is to use our product selector. Also carefully compare the product specs of all our currently multiroom HDTV systems.

3)Think about how you’re going to control your multiroom HDTVsystem.

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There are various control options, many of which are free. With every HDanywhere multiroom system a small remote and IR kit is included. The small remote lets you switch between which HDMI entertainment device you’re watching at each TV. You can purchase extra small remotes if you require them. Alternatively you can use the free HDanywhere Control App to switch between which device you’re watching in all of your rooms from the comfort of your smart phone or tablet.

Both the small matrix remote and the HDanywhere Control App should be used in conjunction with the IR kit provided. The IR kit should be installed alongside the matrix and will let you use your Sky box remote, for example, to control your Sky box as normal from any room in your home. The IR kit allows you to use all your various set top box / device remote controls just as you normally would at every TV that is connected to your multiroom HDTV system.

How to connect up your multiroom HDTV system

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Central hub of an mHub 2K (4×4) multiroom system.

1.Do not turn the multiroom HDTV system on yet. Power off your TVs and your HDMI source devices that you plan to connect to the system.

2. Connect your HDMI sources to the HDMI inputs on the central hub using high-speed HDMI cables no longer than 5 meters in length.

3. If you are connecting a nearby or “local” display or AVR using the HDMI mirror ports. Connect your display/AVR to this port with a HDMI cable.

3. Now connect your Cat 6 cable to the Cat output port on the central hub and the cat input port of each of your display receivers.

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Display receiver for an mHub 2K (4×4) HDanywhere multiroom system. One of these sits behind each of your TVs.

4. Connect your TVs or projectors to the HDMI output port on the display receiver using a HDMI cable no longer than 5 meters in length.

5. Plug in the power supplies for the central hub and, if applicable, plug in the power supplies for each display receiver.

6. Power on your HDMI source devices followed by each TV / projector.

8. At this point the TVs should show the video and audio of the HDMI source devices connected to the matrix.

For advice on setting up your IR kit alongside your matrix , see your specific product’s manual. Alternatively, read the general advice on installing IR for mHub multiroom systems.

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Sky Q vs HDMI matrix

CUFhbsyUsAAwm9qWhen Sky launched their new Sky Q service late in 2015, many people were saying that this might be the death of the HDMI matrix (a piece of AV distribution equipment used to deliver Sky HD, as well as other HDMI set top boxes like Virgin TiVo and BluRay players, to multiple TVs throughout a home).

The idea that Sky Q might replace a HDMI matrix seems logical. Before now, getting Sky HD in more than 2 rooms involved getting a Sky multiscreen subscription. For existing Sky Customers, this meant paying an additional £11.25 per extra TV that they wanted to watch Sky on and installing extra Sky Boxes throughout your home. Few deny that Sky Q is a more sophisticated multiroom HDTV solution than what was previously on offer, but how does it stack up a dedicated multiroom HDTV matrix?

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How many rooms can I watch Sky in at the same time? 3 rooms- 1 x Sky Q silver box plus 2 Sky mini boxes 4, 8 or even 16 rooms. Most people connect 2 Sky boxes + other HDMI devices to a HDMI matrix and then deliver them all to every room.
What about my other HDMI set top boxes / entertainment devices Sky Q is dedicated to delivering ONLY multiroom Sky TV. Can deliver multiroom Sky HD plus all your other devices too- Virgin TiVo, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Blu Ray Players.
Can I get all the content from my Sky Boxes in every room Yes but you can’t enjoy shows and movies in 4K in rooms with Sky Q mini boxes-  the Sky Q mini boxes don’t support 4K. Yes- if you connect a Sky Q Silver box to a HDMI matrix then you should be able to watch all the content from your Sky Q box including the 4K content throughout your home (providing your TVs and HDMI matrix support 4K).
What is the maximum no. of Sky Q boxes / set top boxes I can have You can buy up to 4 Sky Q Mini boxes + 1 Sky Q Silver Box BUT you can only watch the Sky Q + 2 x Sky Q Mini Boxes at the same time Connect any 4, 8 or even 16 HDMI entertainment devices to HDMI matrix, dependent on its size.
4K ready Sky Q Silver Box- yes.  Sky Q mini boxes- no Yes- providing you choose a 4K/HDCP 2.2 model of HDMI matrix
Supports recording / watching on tablets and phones Yes via Sky Q app- but app  does not let you download BBC iPlayer shows.  No – a HDMI matrix is dedicated to  delivering entertainment to TVs  only.
Cabling Satellite cabling for main Sky Q Silver box, Sky Q mini boxes wirelessly stream from main box  Cat 5 e / 6 cabling- 1 x Cat 5 e / 6  cables runs from HDMI matrix into  every room with a TV

Control via app

Yes  – Sky Q app Yes – Some brands have their own app or you can use systems like DemoPad and iRule to control your matrix plus all your HDMI devices.

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Which is better: Sky Q or a HDMI matrix?

This is a loaded question and the answer really depends on you, your home, and what you’re trying to achieve with your home entertainment setup. If you’re a Sky HD lover and your Sky Box is all you watch, then Sky Q could be perfect. The reality is though, most people have multiple HDMI set top boxes and devices like Amazon Fire TV sticks and google chromecasts that they want to use  throughout their home too. If you’re someone who has more of these devices than you have available HDMI ports on your TV, like many of us, then a matrix is a probably better solution, because it can make any range of HDMI entertainment devices accessible and controllable on every TV.

If Sky Q gives you fluid viewing, then a matrix gives you fluid and flexible viewing- because it doesn’t confine you to just watching programs and shows from your Sky Box. You could easily switch between watching Sky Sports on your Sky Box and watching Netflix on your Apple TV, or Prime Video on your Amazon Fire TV if you had a HDMI matrix installed. Plus if you’re a 4K enthusiast and are looking to be on tech trend, then you should be aware that right now Sky Q, even the main Sky Q silver box, does not offer any 4K / UHD content for you to enjoy. By comparison, there are lots of 4K HDMI matrixes that can work with 4K set top boxes (e.g. BT Youview+ box and the nVidia Shield), letting you enjoy the 4K shows, movies and games they offer in 4K throughout your home.

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