Wyrestorm: HDBaset HomePlay "will change the landscape"

posted on Saturday, 21st September 2013 by Steve May

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Wyrestorm General Manager Adrian Ickeringill believes the upcoming HomePlay iteration of HDBaseT has the power the "change the industry landscape" when it comes to video signal distribution. Speaking exclusively to Inside CI, Ickeringill (pictured above) says the technology may be Plug and Play but it still opens up new opportunities for the installation business. 

Wyrestorm has been an ardent supporter of HDBaseT technology since November 2010, and now has over 35 HDBaseT licensed products available. "From Wyrestorm's position as an early adopter, the evolution of the technology to 2.0 is something we are extremely interested in," he says. "It's early days yet, but we are closely monitoring the development of the 2.0 chip sets and the even greater flexibility the HomePlay system will offer as a multimedia home solution, with USB pass through and networking."

HomePlay, intended to be a new consumer facing version of the single-wire distribution technology, is being introduced as part of the new HDBaseT 2.0 specification. It's intended for small multi-room installations, and will manifest itself as affordable switching units, designed to distribute source content from set top boxes and disc players. It may be easy to use but it still needs installation, reasons Ickeringill. 

"The new technology will still require quality Cat6 cabling backbone in order to deliver the potential of up to 4k transmission and the other features that v2.0 brings," he says. "Installers will still be integral in the successful implementation and configuring of such products in the future to ensure quality transmission and control."

As a member of the HDBaseT Alliance, Wyrestorm says it is working closely with fellow Alliance members in terms of applications for the technology. Areas of integration under development, reveals Ickeringill,  include projectors, displays and AV receivers. "There are issues of integration and connectivity, and this will certainly continue with the release of this new classification of HDBaseT.  However it has the potential to change the industry landscape even more than the current version has."

For more on Wyrestorm video signal distribution products, visit our partner page here.

Wyrestorm is distributed by Habitech and Invision UK. For more on Invision UK's product line-up and services, visit our partner page here. For more on Habitech's product portfolio and services, visit our partner page here.

Also read:
HDBaseT HomePlay consumer standard announced

Aquavision launches world's first HDBaseT TV range

Integra launches first HDBaseT AVR in Europe

 

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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