S1Digital, Autonomic Announce ‘Cloud’ Server
At a New York City-held dealer event last week that doubled as an integrator tutorial on its Digital Entertainment Platform (DEP) product “ecosystem,” S1Digital announced the introduction of a cloud-based media server it developed in conjunction with software company Autonomic Controls.
Autonomic Controls’ Mirage Media Server, made by S1Digital, keeps digital content in a secure “locker” in the Internet cloud – giving the device the ability not only to allow access to stored content and streaming media from anywhere with mobile devices like iPhones but also to automatically synchronize multiple devices in remote locations.
The product, available for $3,995, supports five audio outputs, a 7.1 digital output, and formats including iTunes, Windows Media, FLAC and WAV. It is designed with two-way control modules for Crestron, AMX, URC and RTI for the convenience of installers.
S1Digital’s founder, Paul Heitlinger, also took the occasion of the dealer/integrator gathering to speak on how to present and sell S1’s array of digital entertainment solutions to clients. He enumerated reasons why doing so could prove profitable, saying they offer generous margin-making opportunities while providing clients content storage and distribution solutions that are priced more reasonably than competitors’ solutions. Selling Media Centers, he added, affords dealers upsell opportunities and scalable solutions that fit customers’ needs and budgets.
Digital Projection’s vice president of sales for the company’s Home Cinema Div., George Walter, gave an overview of the science behind 3D technology and fielded integrators’ questions, later offering them the chance to experience his company’s TITAN 3D front projector’s performance characteristics. “We’re still in the introduction stage,” he averred, “but 3D is about raising the bar. It will allow us to present premium products to our customers. Is it for everyone – or everything? No. It’s a special experience. In the next two or three years, 90 percent of movie experiences will still be in 2D – but people won’t forget the 3D they saw.”