Blustream, an Australia- and UK-based manufacturer of AV distribution solutions, has announced that it’s making its lineup of HDBaseT, video over IP, and HDMI distribution products available to the U.S. market. To accomplish this, Blustream has entered into a strategic partnership with RTI to launch a new Blustream US division focused on sales, service and distribution. Heading up Blustream US are industry veterans Jason Dominique as director of sales and Jason Fitzgerald as product manager.
“After six years of building an international footprint — with our solutions used in mission-critical installations worldwide — we are ready to bring Blustream to the U.S. market,” says Martyn Shirley, Blustream founder and general manager. “And we are thrilled to be partnering with RTI to build our U.S. operations and introduce Blustream to U.S. integrators.”
The new division will serve both the residential and commercial segments. For residential, Blustream remains fully platform-agnostic, with custom drivers to integrate with the major control brands: Control4, Crestron, ELAN, Savant, RTI, and URC. From simple signal extension to matrixes to video over IP systems, Blustream matches features and performance with support to help integrators create successful installations. “Our roots are as a cross-platform solution,” continues Shirley. “No matter what control system you are using, there’s a Blustream solution to support you.”
For the commercial segment, the Blustream partnership with RTI creates a strong platform combining RTI control and automation with the Blustream signal management portfolio. “We are enthusiastic to be partnering with Blustream,” says RTI CEO Joe Roberts. “This aligns with our commercial strategy by adding a purpose-built AV distribution line to RTI command and control, creating more solutions for commercial and Pro AV markets.”
Blustream offers a wide range of solutions designed for the systems of today and tomorrow, from matrixes to multi-format presentation switchers and more. The company’s philosophy is to make advanced features standard, such as enabling 4K 18 Gbps 4:4:4 resolutions across primary Blustream HDMI and HDBaseT products sold in the U.S. The Blustream Multicast UHD distribution platform uses lossless compression technology to deliver virtually latency-free HDMI video up to 328 feet over a 1 Gb network switch. According to the company, this video over IP solution can be set up in minutes without the need for any networking qualifications, is infinitely scalable for large systems, and installs and operates with a drag-and-drop simplicity from its web interface.
“It’s not just about the products and the specs, but the service and support we provide the integrators installing our products,” says Jason Dominique. “RTI has always held this commitment, and that’s why our partnership in the new Blustream US is the right move to deliver on the Blustream promise of AV distribution without compromise.”
More information about the Blustream line of solutions for the U.S. can be found at the company’s new website: www.blustream-us.com.