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Black Box Debuts MediaCento Signage Systems

Black Box Corp. announced the introduction of MediaCento, a new line of solutions that the company says is designed to reduce the cost of distributing media to digital signage in large buildings.

Black Box Corp. this week announced the introduction of MediaCento, a new line of solutions that the company says is designed to reduce the cost of distributing media to digital signage in large buildings. The solutions are set to debut at Digital Signage Expo 2010 in Las Vegas.

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MediaCento IP uses video-over-IP technology to distribute HD video and audio over an existing LAN or a qualified WAN, company officials said. A single transmitter can reportedly deliver 1080p media, including Flash, DVD, and HDMI video content, at Gigabit speeds over Cat-5e or Cat-6 to an unlimited number of digital displays.

MediaCento RF uses low-cost coax cabling to broadcast video and audio to one or more HDTV screens. Supporting both VGA and Component video source input, it encodes and modulates signals for single-channel RF transmission over existing coax wiring, according to the company. The HDTV's QAM tuner enables the reception of the MediaCento channel, therefore no set-top box or other piece of hardware is required at the digital signage screen. The channel can be combined with 133 other HDTV channels for broadcast to rooms throughout a hotel, hospital, or other building, Black Box said.

The new MediaCento products complement Black Box's line of HD View products for point-to-point multimedia distribution. HD View transmitters and receivers distribute video and audio over dedicated copper wiring, extending VGA video as far as 1,000 feet and digital HDMI video up to 230 feet. The VGA versions also support bidirectional RS-232 control, suiting them to interactive kiosk screens.



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