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StrandVision Debuts High-Definition PC to TV Transmitter/Converter
Useful for digital signage, commercial and consumer video distribution
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – April 28, 2008 – StrandVision LLC is introducing a fully digital, high-definition (HD) personal computer-to-television adapter for use with its digital signage offering and for many other applications. Called PC-2-TV.net, the HD solution includes an adapter (PCA) at the personal computer that is paired with a receiving adapter (TVA) at the television monitor. The adapters digitally connect all common peripherals via a single CAT5 or CAT6 network cable, either directly or through standard networking appliances, such as gateways, routers and fiber optic networks.
“Computer technology and video are growing closer together every day. With PC-2-TV.net we are delivering a commercial-class adapter at consumer-class prices that provides reliable transmission of regular or HD audio and video for our digital signage customers,” said Mike Strand, StrandVision founder and CEO. “As it turns out, PC-2-TV.net is also quite useful for other commercial video applications and for consumer computer videophiles."
PC-2-TV.net simplifies wiring for corporate digital signage networks, enabling users to easily and inexpensively extend digital signage content to multiple displays -- normally using existing wiring. It works over corporate Local Area Networks or a dedicated network (recommended) for streaming digital signage video content. This type of set-up supports up to four different video streams on a 100MB network and a virtually unlimited number of receivers displaying the video streams. PC-2-TV.net simultaneously displays the same video and audio content that is shown on the computer to the television monitor(s).
“We see PC-2-TV.net as a way for StrandVision installers and customers to quickly extend their digital signage networks using existing wiring while keeping to our philosophy of low cost, ease of use and reliability,” continued Strand.
Beyond digital signage
In addition to one-way HD video transmission, the adapters support two-way communications. The PC-2-TV.net TVA includes standard mouse and keyboard connections, as well as audio in and out ports providing full remote control of the host personal computer.
For instance, a presenter in a meeting room could remotely control a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, select a video clip, or call up streaming video from the Web to be shown on an LCD or plasma display in the room. An administrator of a digital signage system could control the display from any TVA-equipped location to adjust the digital signage content or look. TVA transmitter inputs can be disabled at the PCA transmitter to eliminate access and make the system more secure.
Added features include a built-in infrared (IR) receiver and an input for an attached IR sensor on the TVA that enables viewers to use appropriately equipped remote controls, such as the Microsoft Windows Media Center Edition (MCE) remotes, and pointing devices, to communicate with the host personal computer.
PC-2-TV.net facilitates remote control of the host PC for both digital signage and business presentation applications.
StrandVision will be featuring PC-2-TV.net at InfoComm in its booth (# N7058) in the Digital Signage area. PC-2-TV.net, including both one (1) PCA and one (1) TVA unit, is available immediately for $249.99 plus S/H directly from StrandVision through the http://www.pc-2-tv.net Web site. Additional TVA units are available for $149.99 plus S/H.
StrandVision LLC delivers low-cost, high-availability hosted digital signage services through a patent-pending, Internet-based approach that eliminates the need for complex and expensive onsite hardware. It delivers content directly to subscribers’ televisions, including LCD and plasma displays, and computer screens. StrandVision’s Web-based service makes it easy to set up, maintain and quickly distribute text messages and graphics, including advertisements, video content, and national and local weather and news. It is ideal for medical and dental offices (patient education), banks, retailers and industrial distributors (video merchandising), employee break rooms (events and benefits), non-profit and religious organizations (client and supporter communications), and other applications. StrandVision Digital Signage services are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators (www.strandvision.com/digital_signage_installers.html). Additional information about StrandVision and a free trial subscription are available at http://www.strandvision.com, by calling 715-235-SIGN (7446) or emailing sales.
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