ZeeVee Unveils ZvMXE+ IP Set-Top Box at InfoComm

Providing a bridge to customers for the process of upgrading from RF distribution to AV over IP, ZeeVee has unveiled the ZvMXE+, a set top box that decodes both RF and IP HD content. The device, which supports three compression formats, including H.264, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4, enables instant viewing of channels once it is plugged into the display and connected to a network.

It also auto-discovers IP feeds generated from ZeeVee’s ZyPerMX, ZyPerMX4, HDbridge3000 H.264 and MPEG2 blades; and the iSeries models of ZeeVee’s popular RF products, automatically creating a lineup of available content. Additional channels and streams can be added manually. It also supports many kinds of IPTV programs.

Physical inputs include both F-type connectors for RF and RJ45 for Ethernet; outputs include HDMI for connection to the display and a 3.5mm jack providing analog stereo audio. A USB connection is also provided for firmware updates. An infrared remote control with programmable buttons allows direct control of the television and channels can also be controlled remotely via IP commands delivered via the network. The ZvMXE+ is powered by an external AC Adapter (12V/1.0A) included with the device.

The ZvMXE+ is available now for $199 and here are the specs.

Gary Kayye

About Gary Kayye

Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (www.amx.com), a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (www.extron.com), rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at gary@ravepubs.com..