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ZeeVee Offers Remote Management, Split Audio

ZeeVee says the company has developed remote management capabilities for its entire line of ZvBox HD video distribution products.

ZeeVee says the company has developed remote management capabilities for its entire line of ZvBox HD video distribution products.

The ZvBox is an HD encoder/RF modulator that distributes VGA and Component video sources as an HDTV cable channel over existing coax to standard HDTVs. According to the company, some popular uses include distributing digital signage or HD video over existing on-premise coax networks in settings such as restaurants and bars, stadiums, airports, and hotels.

The remote management capability is based on allowing multiple ZvBoxes to be simultaneously connected to a single computer at the ZvBox deployment site, and then providing access to that computer via the Internet from anywhere. An administrator can completely control each ZvBox, including checking status and setting the channel it broadcasts on its RF power output, the input source, or any other setting. The administrator also can remotely perform firmware updates.

By adding a QAM tuner to a PC, the administrator can see what is being broadcast by each ZvBox, providing additional information and on-site status. All of the components required for remote management can be locally procured from ZeeVee's website. The capability comes at no extra charge.

"We developed remote management in response to requests from our resellers," said Vic Odryna, CEO of ZeeVee, in a statement. "They wanted to be able to make system changes without having to make a site visit, which saves time and money. This new capability will also allow resellers to charge for remote monitoring and maintenance, which represents a new recurring revenue stream for them."

Also debuting is ZeeVee's new split audio feature, available on the ZvPro 250. This feature allows the ZvPro 250 to deliver one video stream with two separate audio soundtracks on two different HDTV channels. Common applications include broadcasting in two different languages.

The firmware update gives ZvBoxes the ability to broadcast using QAM 64 modulation (versus the default QAM 256), a feature the company says can be helpful in installation sites that have older RF networks. The forgiving nature of the QAM 64 allows the broadcast to suffer less transmission degradation in those deployments.

The Remote Management, Split Audio (ZvPro 250 only), and QAM 64 feature are currently available for new and existing ZvBoxes through a free firmware update. For more information, visit www.zeevee.com/support/firmware-update.



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