7 Great Media Rooms for Super Bowl XVLII
A round-up of creative solutions to help your clients handle a slew of sports action, including Super Bowl XVLII between the Baltimore Raven and San Francisco 49ers.
Arlen Schweiger · February 1, 2013
Another NFL season comes to an end with Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3, but that gives us another reason to remind you why having more than one display in your clients’ media rooms might be the way to go.
The biggest reason is sports broadcasts. Even beyond a busy early Sunday afternoon with several NFL games on the slate, there’s a glut of sports channels that continue to provide great options for viewing multiple games at once, in HD. If you have clients who are hockey or college hoops fans, the relatively new NBC Sports channel, for example, was made for them.
Not only can they fit more games into one viewing session, but they can cater to more friends and family members for gameday parties. We know your clients are getting ready for Super Bowl XVLII between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, but if they don’t have multiple displays set up, we’re going to show you seven great examples to get the creative juices flowing for a theater reconfiguration or upgrade down the road.
At the very least, you can start preparing them for the opening rounds of March Madness.
In one of our examples, Frisco, Texas-based Theater Advice used three 70-inch TVs to cover a wide wall rather than a super-large projection screen. “One large 130-inch TV was another option,” says David Huse, CEO and founder of Theater Advice, “but the three TVs seemed more authentic.”
In another instance, Colorado Media Systems installed four 46-inch Samsung LCD TVs to flank a 55-inch Samsung LCD on a motorized mount. The TVs are fed by five high-def Comcast cable boxes via a Video Storm component video A/V matrix and controllable under the Control4 home control system - easily controllable, too, thanks to CMS president Glenn Montjoy’s clever programming. The owners can change shows from one display to another by pressing the star key, followed by the two displays they want to switch (such as “1” & “3”). “The video matrix then swaps the programming on each of the televisions,” says Montjoy.
Arlen Schweiger is managing editor of CE Pro, Commercial Integrator and Security Sales & Integration magazines. Arlen contributes installation features, business profiles, manufacturer news and product reviews. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Arlen at ASchweiger@ehpub.com
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