Monday, April 17, 2017 9:03:39 AM America/New_York
The technical support team at Metra Home Theater Group is getting more and more calls about issues with DirecTV receivers and their HDMI cables. This applies to active HDMI cables and longer passive HDMI cables. In each case that we have heard about, the system had been working fine (sometimes even for years), until something within the last 90 days occurred which caused it to fail. When the failure occurs, the TV displays the dreaded HDCP incompatibility message on the screen.
Integrators saw this same compatibility warning last summer, which you may remember from when we covered the good and bad news about the HDCP Pro 2.2 rollout on our Home Tech Tips Blog. That article included information on how the automatic update feature would affect custom integrators. While the DirecTV issue is an entirely new problem that we’ve been trying to diagnose, we think we’ve figured it out.
But first, let’s review some important background information on HDMI.
Monday, April 3, 2017 10:03:07 AM America/New_York
Holly Hill, Fla. - April 1, 2017 - Metra Home Theater Group is proud to receive CE Pro's Gold Quest for Quality Award for Best Training Program in 2017. Jessy Crabb, General Manager, says that “Metra Home Theater Group is dedicated to developing products that not only solve today’s problems, but products that are built to support future technology. By doing so, we also understand the need for providing integrators with training programs that support the products we’re innovating.”
Thursday, March 30, 2017 2:30:25 PM America/New_York
The announcement of HDMI™ 2.1 being released in the near future has raised many questions among custom integrators, and rightly so. As technology changes faster than most of us can even keep up with, changes in HDMI specs could results in outdated accessories or systems.
Since the initial announcement about the jump to 48 Gbps made one day before CES 2017 opened, the final details of this new spec are set to be announced this spring, with products potentially being shipped late 2017 or early 2018. Are you ready for this change? Metra Home Theater Group’s Brent McCall takes us through the top questions (and answers) that every integrator is asking about HDMI 2.1.
What does HDMI 2.1 change from the 2.0 version?
From what we know so far, the HDMI terminal will not change but the data rate will increase quite a bit. In a nutshell, it will allow for a much higher bandwidth, from 18Gbps to 48Gbps, in preparation for higher resolutions of content. Specs are still being finalized, so more information should be coming soon.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 11:31:13 AM America/New_York
The Internet has revolutionized the way we shop. Because of the numerous advantages and benefits, more and more people prefer buying things online. One year ago, we launched the new and improved Metra Home Theater Group website, which offers our complete product lineup available for dealer or distributor purchase online. It’s been a huge benefit for our customers, but not everyone is aware of all of the online store features. Below are our top reasons for dealers and distributors to shop the online store:
Convenience to Buy Anytime, Anywhere.
This is by far the best reason to shop online. No need to worry about getting back to your office to browse through a catalog to place an order with a sales rep during business hours. Our office is open online 24/7. Order whenever and wherever it is convenient for you. The new Metra Home Theater Group website is optimized for ordering from any device; smartphones, tablets or desktop computers.
Dealers can also see inventory levels and choose the most convenient shipping locations for their business.
The Fast Adoption of 4K Technology Proves Education and Quality Products are Critical for Integrators
Thursday, October 20, 2016 2:44:56 PM America/New_York
Metra Home Theater Group has stressed the importance of being educated on 4K technology and explained last year how it was going to impact Custom Integrators, Installers and Home Technology Professionals. Some people were uncertain it would be adopted quickly by consumers, since initial sources for 4K video content were limited. Others felt 4K would be like the 3D TV fad, and may not catch on at all. Then there were those who thought that the high price tag combined with limited content would make mainstream 4K adoption something that happens far into the future, if adopted at all.
Fast forward to Q3 of 2016 and the adoption of 4K by the consumer is now faster than the adoption to HD, as stated in this article by the Consumer Technology Association. Just about every TV over 50 inches and almost half of all TV sets sold are 4K Ultra HDs. While price tags on certain brands or models can still be pricey, they’ve come down quite a bit and consumers can buy a 43” 4K TV for as low as $299. Watching 4K content has also been made easier, with many newly released movies in 4K, along with instant streaming for all of Netflix’s original series and a sizeable selection of content from Amazon Video.