URC Total Control Adds Roku, Popbox, Dune Support via EV
Extra Vegetables to demo Roku, Dune, Popbox support for URC Total Control at CEDIA 2013. Previews $200 movie management system.
URC already announced a two-way Sonos driver for its Total Control home automation and whole-house A/V system. Now the developers at Extra Vegetables are delivering three more streaming media drivers: Roku, Popbox/Popcorn Hour and Dune HD.
All three modules, debuting at CEDIA Expo 2013, provide tailored graphics for URC touchpanels, remote controls and iOS Apps straight out of the box.
For example the Roku module will automatically display Roku channel logos on all URC interfaces. If the customer adds another Roku channel it will automatically be added all the URC interfaces.
Both the Dune and Popbox drivers display player state information and progress.
“The beauty of these media modules is that they require minimal set-up by the installer,” says EV COO Jane Scotland. “All the installer has to do is bring the module into URC Accelerator and make the connections. The graphics are automatically tailored for each media player while maintaining the familiar look and feel of Total Control. Installers can now provide their customers with a superior experience without having to burn hours of programming time.”
While Roku is well known in custom and consumer channels, Popbox and Dune are nichier players looking to court integrators by integrating with popular controllers.
Both companies are exhibiting at CEDIA Expo.
CE Pro broke the news earlier this year at ISE 2013 that URC was partnering with Extra Vegetables to add support for third-party subsystems starting with Sonos. Previously, EV had worked exclusively with Control4.
In addition to the new drivers, EV also will preview full movie database integration with URC Total Control.
EV principal Simon Scotland says the new solution is “kind of” like the My Movie application it created for Control4 “except this is in real time and works directly off a media player, not a computer.”
He adds, “Oh, and it retails for less than $200.”
Here’s what you get from URC’s new partners:
Roku provides an easy and inexpensive way to access over 750 channels including Netflix, Hulu, HBO GO, Pandora and Spotify via any TV. The integration with URC enables easy control of the entire TV and home theater experience.
- Enables easy channel selection direct from a URC remote, touch panel or iPad.
- Logos of channels appear automatically on the TKP-2000 and TKP-7000 touch panels, URC iOS Apps and TRC-1280. If the customer adds or deletes channels the logos automatically update on the URC interface.
- Keyboard for search and browse on URC touch panels and iOS Apps. Eliminates the need for tedious and slow searching via point and click on the TV screen.
- Full transport controls
- Complete integration possible via the power of URC Total Control. Select Netflix and the home theatre comes to life
Dune media players enable playback of stored movies and TV shows. The module enables the following features in Total Control:
- IP control of all past and present Dune players
- Tailored graphics including coloured buttons, Mode, Search and Subtitle
- Player state information and real-time playback progress.
PopBox media players enable playback of stored movies and TV shows. The Popcorn Hour includes a dedicated networked media jukebox (NMJ). The module enables the following features in Total Control:
- IP control of the Popbox 3D and V8, Popcorn Hour C-200, C-300, A-300 and A-400
- Tailored graphics including coloured buttons, Home, Time Seek and Subtitle
- Player state information and real-time playback progress
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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at email@example.com
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