Are You Ready for 4K and ATSC 3.0?

If you’re not, don’t sweat it. 4K isn’t ready for 4K, and ATSC 3.0 isn’t either. Spoiler Alert: 4K TV RF/IP rests on a number of emerging technologies, so this blog is a longer than normal. Your Eyes Aren’t 4K The problem is, your eyes can’t discern 4K from normal viewing distances. You’d have to be less than 10’ from your 75” 4K TV to begin to see…

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The importance of scaling in a “not exactly perfect” video world

In a perfect video world, scaling is not required. For example, broadcast-quality video has exactly the right resolution, correct number of lines, and a refresh rate of precisely 59.94 or 29.97 Hz. Everything in the video chain conforms to broadcast standards, so system integration and video processing works seamlessly by design. However, in the AV Integration world,…

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Doug’s Q-Tips – Viewing QMOD/QIP Web Pages from the USB port

When you don’t have an Ethernet connection – which is often the case in a new installation – you can view the QMOD Web pages through the front USB port.  The IP address of the USB port on the QMOD is 192.168.227.227. You will need to assign a special address to connect with the QMOD internal network: Connect a USB cable from the QMOD to your Windows PC.  The unit…

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IPTV Receiver Overview – Exterity R9300

We are constantly evaluating IPTV receivers, evaluating streaming capability, options for creating and updating playlists, and how well they perform in an integrated system control environment. In general, there are two classes of players: Basic IPTV players that present a list of titles, selected by an IR remote. Simple setup for playlist, select from list with IR…

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IPTV Receiver Overview – Amino A140/H140

We are constantly evaluating IPTV receivers, evaluating streaming capability, options for creating and updating playlists, and how well they perform in an integrated system control environment. In general, there are two classes of players: Basic IPTV players that present a list of titles, selected by an IR remote. Simple setup for playlist, select from list with…

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Doug’s Q-Tips – Can’t Update with QMOD Update? Here’s What to Check

From time to time, our CR Support staff hears that our QMOD Update app will not update their QMOD or QIP encoder over USB and/or Ethernet. In most cases, the solution rests in Firewall settings and which Network Adapter is selected in the installer app. In a few cases, Windows may not have the RNDIS driver for the USB port installed. Firewall Settings The most common…

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Yes, You Can Insert HD Programs into your Cable (and not be Bad Rob Lowe)

First, a disclaimer – I recently changed to Comcast Xfinity from DirecTV, and did not become bad Rob Lowe. In fact, I can record more shows at the same time, access many free on demand TV shows, and have blazing Internet speeds. I’ve also noticed that cable companies have become easier to work with for commercial applications – primarily offering several ways to…

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Doug’s Q-Tips – IPTV Streaming

The new QMODs have the ability to output the video stream as an RF channel, an IPTV stream, or both at the same time. First, it may surprise you that a digital QAM channel has always been an MPEG2 video stream. The only difference from Video over Ethernet is that the stream is carried by over RF instead of IP. So when we create the MPEG2 stream, it;s automatically…

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