Available now, the new IP-based solution is positioned as a way for sports bars, fitness centers, hospitals, and retail establishments to remotely tune and manage their digital displays and content without having to use multiple remote controls or tune individual set-top boxes to TV channels.
Pro:Centric Catena also offers a new, unique benefit for customers: a simple web app that allows patrons to select from the available live TV broadcasting and listen to the audio through their own smartphones and earbuds. LG Catena uses a unique way to manage lip synch by separating the audio from the video stream on the premises and delivering it to the smartphone independently synchronized with the TV broadcast.
Bars and restaurants can play background music while each table or customer chooses which game or show they want to listen to via their smartphone. LG Catena also is an ideal solution for gyms, hospitals and transit centers where multiple TVs display various channels, but their sound is muted.
The solution comprises a server and a TV application that is accessed through a webbased user interface, providing control of every display, either individually or in prearranged groups of displays. TVs can be remotely tuned, powered on and off, rebooted and display custom messaging created by the owners. Catena is designed to work exclusively with LG Pro:Centric Smart IP televisions and set-top boxes and supports both High Definition and 4K UHD resolutions. For new installations, using an IP-based design reduces equipment costs by replacing long HDMI cable runs and video matrices with simple Cat6 cabling, while also eliminating the need for each display to have its own settop box or media player for live TV content delivery.
To provide these new functions to the widest market of business owners, including those using other displays, LG’s Pro:Centric Smart set-top-boxes (STB) support Pro:Centric Catena. This provides a cost-effective path for integrators and end-users to upgrade to the Pro:Centric Catena experience.
Pro:Centric Catena supports cable and satellite box sources as well as commercial videoon-demand services using the Pro:Idiom digital rights management system that provides owners access to premium content and protecting content with an end-to-end digital rights management system.