Armonk, NY — Autonomic Controls has introduced the first Apple TV module for Crestron control systems that enables direct, two-way IP-based control, media browsing, album art feedback, and support for AirTunes.
The Crestron plug-in can connect to multiple Apple TV media servers and AirTunes devices via Ethernet, enabling multi-zone control and media browsing from any touch panel in the home. Browsing capabilities support playlists, music, HD movies and TV shows, music videos, audiobooks, and podcasts. While no computer is required, Apple TV devices can be configured to automatically synchronize or stream content from multiple iTunes libraries on the same network. The control module can also natively control iTunes on a Mac or PC without requiring any additional software.
Michael de Nigris, CEO of Autonomic, argues that his technology provides a more sophisticated and full-featured solution than an iPod dock, which, he says, is saddled with storage limitations, the inconvenience of manual synchronization, and dependence on keeping the iPod connected.
“The addition of integrated, two-way control of Apple TV makes it an exciting alternative to iPod Docks, traditional media servers, and other Video On Demand devices,” Nigris said. “The on-screen interface, availability of HD movies and TV shows, DRM compatibility and its ability to leverage unlimited network storage is revolutionary.”
Leveraging built-in AirTunes support, integrators can use AirPort Express zones and other Apple TVs to create a wireless, multi-room, IP-based audio network with synchronized audio, all under the control of a Crestron automation system.
The Autonomic package comes with a Crestron Simpl module with sample programming and multiple VT-Pro(tm) touch panel templates to enable integrators to quickly incorporate Apple TV into projects.
Apple TV modules for AMX and RTI control systems are currently under development, with more to follow. To view five sample screens from the new module, click here.