We’ve talked before in our blog about HDMI over IP (sometimes called AV over IP or HDMI over ethernet), explaining what it is and why it is a great choice for many commercial AV installations. To summarize, HDMI over IP is a virtual matrix that utilizes a standard ethernet network, without the need for a traditional physical video matrix router. It allows HD video signals from one source to be distributed to an unlimited number of displays, which is great for venues like restaurants, sports bars, casinos, and fitness centers that typically have multiple screens for their patrons to view.
In this blog post, we wanted to highlight some of the recent projects in which we have utilized HDMI over IP and how it has benefitted our clients.
Phil’s BBQ in Temecula and Point Loma
At Phil’s BBQ in Temecula, a project we just wrapped up a few months ago, we used transmitters and receivers from Just Add Power to route the DirecTV receivers to the NEC displays that were used throughout the restaurant, as well as to the jumbotron located in the bar area. HDMI over IP was also used in the recently remodeled Point Loma location of Phil’s BBQ. The setup gives restaurant staff the ability to easily provide guests with the entertainment they’re looking for in a quality restaurant/sports bar.
As Phil’s BBQ continues to expand—opening new restaurants and remodeling existing ones—we suspect they will continue to have us utilize this technology, as it is serving them and their customers very well!
THE LOT in San Ramon
THE LOT is a mixed-use entertainment venue that includes a luxury movie theater, an upscale restaurant and bar, a more down-to-earth café, and a comfortable lounge and patio. There are video displays in multiple areas of the venue, including a 3×3 video wall in the bar. The HDMI over IP setup allows all of the video inputs to be routed to any video display in the venue.
The movie theater portion of the venue can easily convert from a luxury cinema to a high-end presentation space. With the ability to pull in content from anywhere, presentations can be shown in any of the theaters, as well as in the other rooms and the lobby. It’s all managed using a wireless Apple iPad or a hardwired Crestron touchpanel, just as it would be in a corporate presentation setting.
HDMI over IP technology has given THE LOT another revenue stream by allowing them to use the theater for private and corporate events during the hours in which a theater typically wouldn’t sell many movie tickets.
Barona Casino in Lakeside
At Barona Casino in San Diego County, we used Just Add Power’s Ultra HD over IP video distribution system in their new casino floor addition. The system supports video distribution to more than 60 displays, including 3×3 video walls. The displays show everything from sporting events to live camera feeds from their stage areas to promotional messaging.
The system was built to support 4K content throughout the entire property, since the casino has plans to replace all of their legacy screens in the near future, and also sets the venue up perfectly for any future expansions.
For Barona, HDMI over IP technology was not only a wise choice when it came to functionality and future expansion possibilities, but it also saved the casino upwards of $250,000 over the plan that the casino’s independent AV consultant had initially proposed for the project.
You may have noticed that we mentioned Just Add Power in the examples above. Just Add Power is our go-to company for HDMI over IP products. Their transmitters and receivers allow our team to build a 4K and Ultra HD matrix, distributing HDCP 2.2 content over a 1Gb network and Cat-5e/6 cabling. Their products have been instrumental in helping us give our clients the functionality and reliability they are looking for in their AV systems.
If you think your venue could benefit from HDMI over IP technology, contact us at Fluid Sound. Whether you have an existing system you’d like to upgrade or are starting from scratch, we can help! Our team completes AV installations throughout Southern California, including San Diego, Los Angeles, and Orange Counties.