HDA in South Africa

This month Chris and James had a successful visit to South Africa for HDANYWHERE events in Johannesburg and Cape Town launching the new, more premium 2017 product range and uControl in partnership with Radionic Distributors. The two events saw over 50 dealers in attendance, where dealer reception to the new products was enthusiastic. Dealers particularly liked the improved hardware designs, greater signal distance and PoE. It was announced that uControl was already compatible with DStv (S.A.’s primary broadcaster) set-top-boxes and a live demo of the controller-less control system was met with great approval from the saffer crowd.

Chris Pinder said of the trip: “South Africa has a lot of great dealers working on some great HDA projects. It was really enjoyable learning about the nuances of CI business in Africa and meeting integrators who have embraced the HDA brand so enthusiastically. HDA alongside the Radionic family are very committed to supporting this market to the best of our ability.”

Bartho Erasmus of Elite Technologies in Pretoria said: “The Radionic and HDA partnership is really amazing, they assist you with ease no questions asked. I am really excited for the new range of extenders, matrixes and easy control system. It opens up another gap in market for the basic client. Finally a manufacturer that understands the South African market!”
Radionic’s Justin Fothergill commented: “We were extremely excited to launch the amazing new XTND and MHUB products from HDANYWHERE in South Africa. It was also an extraordinary privilege to have Chris Pinder, founder and James Trumper, Head of Sales of HDANYWHERE present to introduce the new products and affirm their commitment to meeting the unique (and challenging!) requirements of our market and listen to the needs and feedback of our dealers. This amazing level of attention to our partnership ensures our greatest chance of success in dominating the South African video distribution market!”

HDANYWHERE joins UHD Alliance

HDANYWHERE is the first HDMI distribution brand to be accepted into the UHD Alliance (UHDA), a global group of device makers and content creators charged with fostering the Ultra HD ecosystem and promoting the benefits of Ultra HD entertainment technology.

Over the past few years, display manufacturers have released Ultra HD 4K resolution televisions. However, many consumers haven’t embraced 4K due to the lack of proper high-quality content. To fix this issue, Hollywood studios, consumer electronics brands, content distributors and technology companies have joined forces as part of the UHD (Ultra High Definition) Alliance.

The Alliance was formed by global companies including DIRECTV, Dolby, LG Electronics Inc., Netflix, Panasonic Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Sharp Corporation, Sony Visual Product Inc., Technicolor, The Walt Disney Studios, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros. Entertainment.

HDANYWHERE are the first HDMI brand and the first ‘in-between’ source and display device to join the UHD Alliance.

The UHD Alliance was created with the consumer in mind, to focus on helping consumers benefit from a seamless, integrated and high-quality Ultra-HD ecosystem from end to end. The Alliance aims to ensure that all of the links in the chain meet identified premium quality standards and provides information on premium Ultra-HD content and devices that deliver best-in-class home entertainment.

HDA Founder Chris Pinder said of the news: “HDA multiroom systems provide the most fluid and flexible TV viewing experience, without losing a single pixel of picture quality at premium Ultra HD resolutions. The HDA brand mission of changing the relationship people have with AV in their homes is totally in sync with the UHDA’s ultimate goal of providing a better in-home viewing experience to the consumer. HDA are eager to take an active role in the Alliance’s collaborative efforts to deliver a premium entertainment experience throughout the Ultra HD ecosystem.”

The UHDA’s Ultra HD Premium™ logo is reserved for products, content and services that comply with performance metrics for resolution, high dynamic range (HDR), peak luminance, black levels and wide colour gamut among others. The specifications also make recommendations for immersive audio and other features. These advances in resolution, contrast, brightness, colour and audio combine to deliver a premium Ultra HD experience in the home.

 

uControl Headline Sponsor EI Live!

HDA to have a dedicated breakout zone at the show with live hands-on demonstrations, beer tent and the chance to win a fully designed vehicle wrap.

The UK’s biggest trade show for home technology professionals will be held on the 10th-11th May at Sandown Park, Surrey. 

Keeping their focus acutely on the residential smart home market, HDA have innovated IR control within a HDMI matrix so that you don’t necessarily need to add a third party controller. Instead, you can use an app on your phone, tablet or Alexa voice commands to control connected sources and displays, as well as trigger macros. The app is called ‘uControl’ and the inbuilt patent-pending controller tech is called IP2IR.

HDANYWHERE Founder Chris Pinder said:

“We have so many new products to be discovered and experienced in 2017. Being the UK’s best-attended trade event for HTP’s, EI Live! is the best place domestically for us to show off our new innovations. Particularly our universal IR remote app ‘uControl’ and integrated IP2IR technology, which makes the HDMI matrix a far more useful system component.

Our headline sponsorship of the show is intended to reinforce HDA’s belief that in-home entertainment systems are the gateway to homeowners adopting a wider range of smart home products and services. We’re looking forward to working closely with more trade customers to help continue to grow the market.”

HDA’s 2017 product range can be viewed here

Making The Matrix More Useful at ISE 2017

  • Matrix integrated IP2IR controller enables voice control and app like no other. 
  • First 18G solutions cater for the most premium TV experience possible.

HDANYWHERE, situated in Hall 5-R83, will be showing the latest additions to their ‘smarter, neater AV’ 2017 product range. With many HDMI distribution brands targeting commercial, HDA is keeping their focus firmly on the residential smart home market. 

HDA’s first innovation being demonstrated on the ISE show floor is their patent-pending IP2IR control within an HDMI matrix so that you don’t necessarily need to add a third party controller in whole-home AV projects. Instead, you can use HDA’s ‘bundled-free’ uControl app or Alexa to control connected sources and displays, as well as trigger macros. Of course, integration with Alexa is the future, and through the more expansive control ability offered by IP2IR, a macro-based Alexa demonstration like no other mustn’t be missed.

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HDA’s uControl app is an impressive freebie. It is programming-free and super simple to set up, offering all the controllability required for most AV scenarios. Once downloaded, users can choose which source they want to watch and where, with all the various functions of each device shown on screen, with familiar button layouts and gesture control. It can be personalised with user-settable zone background images, plus the option for light or dark themes. There is no need for a separate controller as it is integrated into the matrix.

Also being launched is the MAX series of Ultra HD Premium™ compatible products that support full-fat 4K60 8bit 4:4:4 or 4K60 10bit 4:2:0 (HDR10) even over a single Cat6 cable, for the most ‘Premium TV’ experience possible. The first HDA MAX items are an 18G HDMI 2.0 spec matrix switcher and an ingenious 18G-over-HDBaseT long-range HDMI extender with ‘Tipping Point Compression’ (TPC). TPC makes it possible to transmit 600MHz/18G content down HDBaseT’s constricted 10.2G pipe using very light compression, meaning there is no human-perceivable difference in video quality while TPC is active. It’s smart because the compression only becomes active when the input data rate tips over the 10.2G threshold (which in reality, isn’t often) – hence ‘tipping point’.

The last ISE announcement is HDA’s first-ever audio product, the MHUB AUDIO matrix amplifier. A fusion of the best of analogue and digital audio technology in a hybrid device that offers audio routeing, lip-sync delay DSP two-band HF and LP EQ and high quality 50 watt sound amplification. Designed and built in the UK to be a natural companion to any PRO video matrix, also integrates immediately with uControl.

HDA’s 2017 brochure can be viewed here 

HDANYWHERE are situated in Hall 5, Stand R83 (Opposite HDBaseT).

Integrated Systems Europe 2017

TAKING IT TO THE MAX with HDANYWHERE in Amsterdam!

Our ‘smarter, neater AV’ product range continues to grow at a pace in 2017.

 

With many HDMI brands moving focus to commercial, HDanywhere are demonstrating their commitment to the residential market with the introduction of new and truly innovative in-home entertainment connectivity solutions. ISE will be the stage for the introduction of a new matrix, extender and companion audio matrix/amp, plus enhancements to their bundled-free universal IR remote app – uControl.

Premium Progress – New HDMI 2.0 18G matrices and extenders

HDanywhere are the first HD distribution brand to join the UHD Alliance – the group, which includes Dolby, LG, Netflix, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, THX amongst others are aligned with fostering the Ultra HD ecosystem and promoting the benefits of next generation premium in-home entertainment technology.
In Amsterdam, HDA will be showing a range of Ultra HD Premium™ compatible 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.

18G over HDBaseT with Tipping Point Compression

Using a new technology, which HDA call TPC, which stands for ‘Tipping Point Compression’, it is possible to transmit HDMI 2.0 UHD/HDR/60p 600MHz/18G content down HDBaseT’s constricted 10.2G pipe using very-light compression, meaning there is no human-perceivable difference in video quality whilst TPC is active. It’s very clever because the compression only becomes active when the input signal data rate tips over the 10.2G threshold (which in reality, isn’t very often) – hence ‘tipping point’.

 

Universal IR control out-of-the-box!

uControl is a universal IR remote companion app for MHUB 4K PRO matrix systems, which incorporates a patent-pending integrated IP2IR controller engine to enable full IR control over connected sources and displays. It is programming-free and super simple to setup, offering all the controllability required for most AV scenarios. Once downloaded, users can choose which source they want to watch and where, with all the various functions for each device shown on screen, with familiar button layouts and gesture control. uControl can even be personalised with user-settable background images for each zone/room and light and dark themes. To re-iterate, there is no need for a separate controller, the controller is built into the matrix itself. (Think Global Caché but with 16 addressable IP>IR ports!)

“Alexa, watch BBC One in the Living Room.”

Of course, integration with Alexa is high on HDA’s agenda. Because of uControl’s wider IP>IR control ability within the matrix, a macro-based Alexa demo like no other mustn’t be missed on the ISE show floor.

Listen up! HDA now do audio…

The MHUB AMP is the first audio product from HDA. A 6×4 DSP audio matrix/amp with integrated 55W amplifier. Designed and built in the UK to be an easy companion to any MHUB video matrix, it also integrates immediately with uControl.

HDA’s 2017 brochure can be viewed here 

We are situated in Hall 5, Stand R83.