Netstreams Streams Whole Home Theater
Netstreams, a company that bills itself as an innovator in whole house audio distribution over IP networks, said in its press conference yesterday that itís now launching a whole new category, multi-room home theater. Company founder and president Herman Cardenas referred to CEA research that 50 percent of all US households now have home networks and 25 percent have multiple home theaters in their homes. That led them to create a solution that allows consumers to stream their home theater audio and video content throughout the home over a network, thereby eliminating the need for some redundant hardware.
The new system’s key component is CinemaLinX, a networked home theater processor with digital audio inputs, a network connection, an 8-port switch for IP speakers. Connected sources can be streamed to other rooms or sources in other rooms can be streamed back, essentially linking all the consumersí sources together. Additionally, the company’s new TheaterLinX product creates a connection between whole house audio systems and home theater audio systems.
The company emphasized that this approach to distributing content makes for simplified installations and lower cost.