Is DLNA Coming to Crestron Series 3?

VP technology Fred Bargetzi says new platform will enable Crestron control systems to render audio and video, not just control it.

Julie Jacobson · May 7, 2010

While my conversation with Crestron VP Technology Fred Bargetzi was mostly about Prodigy, I did have to ask: What can you tell me about the forthcoming 3-Series?

Besides the typical oohing and aahing and claims that the new platform is revolutionary, Bargetzi gave me this:

“Control systems today typically are used only to control other devices, not to actually play audio or video. Why shouldn’t control systems render A/V instead of just control it?”

As he puts it, Series 3 will “play into A/V distribution.”

When we think about A/V rendering, we usually think about DLNA, the standard than enables compatible devices to render content streamed from DLNA sources, without the need to create drivers or interfaces. The interface is built into the DLNA server, and simply presented via the rendering device, such as a PS3, Xbox, compatible Blu-ray player and perhaps a Series 3 controller?

“With the new platform, that [DLNA] will become more relevant,” Bargetzi says.

It’s not surprising that Series 3 was codenamed Logos, as in the principle of order and knowledge in the Universe.

Details on the new platform will be revealed at Infocomm.

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Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at [email protected]

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