Video distribution, also known as media distribution, is the method through which an end user can take media from a single source and broadcast it in multiple locations.

For example, a sports bar might stream the big game to multiple TVs using a single cable or satellite feed. Or a large corporation might stream a message from the CEO to multiple screens across a large campus. Even your local electronics retailer uses this technology to stream the same content to their display of TVs, monitors and video screens.

Although video distribution was traditionally used in a commercial setting, it’s gaining popularity in the residential market as well.

How Does Video Distribution Work?

If you want to stream media to two TVs in your home, you typically use a cable splitter. If you want to play a movie on six TVs throughout the house (or a commercial location), that simple solution becomes impractical.

Enter distributed video.

Rather than connecting the desired media source (cable, satellite, Blu-Ray player, etc.) directly to a TV or display monitor, the source signal goes to a centralized distribution box. From that box, lines are run to the various termination points, typically TVs or video monitors. Depending on the system, these lines are typically Ethernet cable.

The Benefits of Video Distribution

The first advantage of adding a distributed media system in your home or business is that you reduce the need for multiple sources. If you have six TVs in your home, you could pay for six satellite systems or cable boxes or, with video distribution, you can pay for one or two and distribute the programming throughout the house.

This eliminates not only the cost of the equipment and subscription services but it also reduces electronics and cable clutter significantly. Simply mount your TV or monitor and plug it into the distributed line. No messy, unsightly cords or piles of receivers at every TV.

Another advantage is centralized control. Although your control options vary depending on the system you choose, you can typically control all of your distributed media through a single source touch controller or, even easier, a voice-assisted control system.

The Challenges of Distributed Video

A media distribution can be simple to configure and set up. However, the more terminals you add, the more complex the logistics become – especially if some or all of the display locations are not in close proximity to the source feed. For example, if a particular terminal is especially far from the distribution equipment, the line may require amplifiers or other technology to protect the integrity of the signal.

The most important factor for getting a video distribution system that works for you is the system’s design. Unless your system is designed correctly, you won’t have the functions and ease of control that you seek.

To get the system you want, choose an A/V expert to assist you. In Draper UT, AVI Systems of Draper, Utah, designs media distribution systems using the cutting-edge technology offered by Control4. Control4 systems offer some of the most advanced distribution capabilities we have available today. These simple, elegant solutions take the guesswork out of designing, installing and operating distributed media.

Connect with our team today to learn more about how we can design the perfect video distribution system for your northern Utah home or business.