ZeeVee, the manufacturer of HD video distribution products using broadcast and cable technologies, says that all ZvBox 170s now will include a new Firmware Version 3.0 upgrade to deliver improved picture quality and other video adjustments. In addition, all existing ZvBox 170s in the field can be upgraded to the new firmware though a free download.
All ZvBox 170s are eligible for the free Version 3.0 firmware upgrade.
Based on the same technology used by cable companies and TV stations, ZeeVee’s ZvBoxes convert any HD video source into an HDTV cable channel, for distribution over existing coax cabling to any number of HDTVs. The new Zv channel is then tuned in at any HDTV.
The ability to use existing coaxial cabling and standard HDTVs allows the creation of HD video and digital signage distribution systems at breakthrough pricing, according to the company.
ZeeVee’s new Firmware Version 3.0 allows the ZvBox 170 to recreate fast-action scenes more smoothly, and to deliver better edge definition for moving objects on-screen. The company points out that the improvements are especially apparent when watching sporting events, which is a key benefit, because ZvBoxes are widely used to distribute HD sports channels in sports bars and other hospitality settings.
The new firmware also allows the user to adjust video settings like contrast and color saturation for each source, right at the ZvBox. The improved picture then flows out to all connected displays, rather than adjusting each display individually.
“The new firmware took months of development, but the hard work was well worth it,” said Vic Odryna, CEO of ZeeVee Inc. “At this point the performance of the ZvBox 170 rivals that of HD encoder/modulators costing many times more.”
ZvBoxes are commonly used to distribute HD video and digital signage in commercial settings to multiple displays in bars and restaurants, stadiums, arenas, educational settings, corporate centers, hospitality settings, and on campuses, including schools and assisted living facilities. In residential applications ZvBoxes enable the sharing of HD video sources like cable box DVRs, DVD changers, and media servers among all HDTVs in a home.
ZvBoxes are available to value-added resellers through a distribution network including AMT, JB&A, Capitol, and AVAD in the U.S., plus Positive Marketing in Canada, and Duoson in Mexico.