It has been impossible to buy TV's that aren't HD Ready for a number of years now - most are full HD (1080P). It's a shame to see these high quality TV's showing Sky+ over poor quality RF links.
We can install systems to distribute HD sources to TV's around the home. This can include Sky+HD, Virgin Tivo, Apple TV, Blu-ray, and more. There is no loss of quality and the systems we use support all current HDMI video formats, including 3D and 4K (Ultra HD).
In the case of Sky+, this means that receivers can be hidden away and accessible to any room - avoiding the common problem of recordings being on the wrong box, without suffering the loss of quality intrinsic to RF systems.
HDBaseT - HDMI over Twisted Pair
We use HDBaseT products exclusively for twisted pair distribution. The HDBaseT Alliance requires that all manufacturers submit their products for independent testing by the (sole) manufacturer of the chipset used. This in effect provides a guarantee that, when properly designed and implemented, a HDBaseT product will perform as advertised - at least as far as signal transmission goes.
HDBaseT offers other advantages over proprietary HDMI over CAT5 solutions. Only a single CAT5e or better cable is used to transmit HDMI, full 100Mb Ethernet, RS232 and infra-red data. All products support the latest HDMI standard and are 3D and 4K compatible.
When wiring a home for HDBaseT distribution we prefer to use shielded CAT6a cable. This offers much greater bandwidth than the CAT5e that HDBaseT is designed to work with. Bandwidth is directly related to all of resolution, frame rates and colour depth, so doing this provides a degree of future proofing. Use of shielded cable helps with a phenomenon called 'alien cross-talk', which can cause errors when groups of cables are bundled together.
For long distance transmission (over 100m nominally), it becomes necessary to use fibre optic cables rather than twisted pair. Multi-mode and single-mode fibres can be used, depending on the distances concerned.
For video purists, fibre also suffers from much lower error rates and will ensure that video is as bit-accurate as possible.
Our preferred supplier of Crestron fibre-optic video matrices is Crestron with their Digital Media range. However, we can also supply AMX Enova, Extron XTP and Kramer Core systems.