Just wanted to update you on why you should be putting in Zigen 4K infrastructure today and let you in on a new buyback program for HDCP 2.2 and give you the results of 4K UHD testing that was recently conducted on all of our extender sets.
Hopefully, once you are done reading this you will be able to confidently recommend and take advantage of the 4K revolution that is happening today.
As you likely know by now 4K UHD movies (Hollywood) can only be viewed in a few ways:
Good: Streaming via a SMART TV – ie: NetFlix –– highly compressed based on Internet connection. Requires HDCP 2.2 TV
Better: Via Up converting Blu-ray Player – there are good up scalars out there in several Blu-ray players – better than via a SMART TV since distribution compression is limited. Does not require HDCP 2.2 since content is actually 1080P24.
Best: 4K Download (Stream & Store) – limited acceptance – a 2-hour movie takes about 8 hours to download depending on Internet connection. Requires HDCP 2.2 TV and Source like Sony FMP-X10 with a large hard drive.
Ultimate: 4K Disc Player – Being developed for release in Q3-2015 – will require HDCP 2.2
Via Computers is also excellent – You can also run 4K off a Mac and an Intel NUC with stunning results and clear crisp images that are readily available on the Internet. Additionally, you can show content off the new Android Kitkat processor using XBMC software media player – also with stunning results. For original content you can use the new Panasonic GMC-GH4 that will do 4K @ 24p or the new GoPro Hero 4 Black that does 4K @ 30p – the Hero 3 Black did 4K @ 15p which was kind of goofy…
Zigen Buyback Program – Modular makes it Easy
An HDCP 2.2 HDCP option is imminent for Zigen switches. The good thing about our 4K switches is that they are modular – a service call will have to happen – but it can happen in conjunction with installing that new 4K disc player or 4K TV – it will take minutes to perform the card swap and firmware update.
The modular cards will become available in Q1-2015 for HDMI, 70 and 100 meter card modules and Zigen will offer a 100% buy back/card swap program for dealers who adopted early before HDCP 2.2 chips became available.
To clarify the Zigen 4K extenders – they are good to go and will pass any flavor of HDCP including 2.2
All Zigen Extenders have been tested with HDCP 2.2
Contact Ed or I directly with questions. Best Regards,
Jeff Murray Zigen Corp 605-951-4742