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4K VIDEO DISTRIBUTION - WHY BANDWIDTH MATTERS, AND HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE
Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2020
4K VIDEO DISTRIBUTION - WHY BANDWIDTH MATTERS, AND HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE

Definition: Bandwidth is the maximum rate of data transfer across a given path.

Ok, We know what bandwidth is, but how can it affect the custom integrators? 

Many video distribution systems have bandwidth limitations of 10.2 Gbps or less. When using modern 4k devices, this will cause major havoc to your system—creating the need for truck rolls back to the site, changing out products, and an overwhelmingly large amount of wasted time. Now what's going to happen when the next step comes, 8K, 10K, and beyond?  How are installers going to pass these high bandwidth signals that could potentially exceed 100Gbps?

The answer is Fiber Optics.

The optical signal does not get altered because of electromagnetic interference. It can send a signal over miles and miles, which makes it clear, fiber the future of audio/video distribution. Installing fiber optics in your systems ensures your ability to upgrade the system down the road with very little work. Giving you future business, keeping your customers happy, and their costs down. Before we get into how to use fiber for HDMI signal distribution, let's look at some bandwidth numbers to show how important it is to have a system that meets today's requirements. 

  • DVD Player: .173 Gbps (Maximum Bandwidth)
  • Blu-ray Player: 6.68 Gbps (Maximum Bandwidth)
  • PS4: 10.2 Gbps (Maximum Bandwidth)
  • Xbox One: 10.2 Gbps (Maximum Bandwidth)
  • UHD Blu-ray Player: 18 Gbps (Maximum Bandwidth)
  • Xbox One X: 18 Gbps (Maximum Bandwidth)
  • Apple TV 4K: 18 Gbps (Maximum Bandwidth)
  • PS5 (late 2020): 48 Gbps (Maximum Bandwidth)
  • Xbox Series X (late 2020): 48 Gbps (Maximum Bandwidth)

You can see that bandwidth is increasing very rapidly and won't stop anytime soon. AVPro Edge has the solution.

By converting any HDMI signal into a fiber optic signal, you can deliver the signal anywhere you please with much less distance and bandwidth restrictions. AVPro Edge offers two different fiber optic extension products that convert the HDMI signal to fiber and back to HDMI. You can use these kits in any video installation, including home theater, whole-home AV, restaurants, corporate environments, schools, universities, digital signage, or any other video distribution path. 

Here is a look at our fiber optic extenders:

  • AC-EXO-444-KIT
  • AC-EXO-UNC-KIT