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Distributing Sky HD and other HD devices

TV distribution is changing, over the years there have been a few options from using RF distribution and using a 'Sky Eye' to control your Sky box, all done pretty easily and cheaply albeit in standard definition.

However with the latest Sky HD box, the manufacturer has chosen to remove the RF2 out connection which used to accommodate for such a simple system. The end result is that Sky would like you to have a Sky set top box at each TV, using a multiroom subscription.

4x2-hybrid

This clearly will not suit a lot of homes, with the idea of the aesthetics being diminished by multiple electronics scattered throughout. A very simple solution is the use of a HD matrix distribution system, these systems vary in capabilities, but the idea is that you centralise your Sky HD box (or boxes, as well as Apple TV etc.) and send their signals in Full glorious 1080p 3D HD to each TV using Cat5e/Cat6 cable.

The matrix switch essentially means you can select from multiple sources at any of the TV's at any time, so to use an example, the most popular system we use is a 4×2 matrix switch. This means that 4 HD sources (Sky, Blu-Ray, Apple TV etc.) will be sent out to two TV's in the home.

The end result is your TV can take pride of place in your TV room, and have access to your HD devices without any other electronics on show in that room, keeping the TV room neat and tidy.

And it wont cost the earth, a HD Connectivity 4×2 HD matrix switch will cost €899 excluding installation, contact our office for more details.

Robert Gill - Co-Founder of Future Homes, avid sailor and all round tech geek.

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