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Restaurant and Bar Video Systems

Restaurants & Bars Solutions

Many owners and managers say having great video systems in their restaurants and bars is as important as what is on the menu – and it must work flawlessly so they can concentrate on serving customers.

Whether you are outfitting an upscale steakhouse bar or building wall-to-wall video screens in a pub, video keeps patrons engaged. The more engaged they are, the longer they stay, eat and drink – and the more they keep coming back.

Video and AV system design starts with room size, floor plan and sight lines to calculate the number and sizes of screens. Then determine if consumer or pro grade, LED or LCD, or perhaps projectors are needed.

Finally, you must have reliable, high-quality video distribution and a way to manage it screen by screen.

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Is AV over IP the Solution?

Video distribution in restaurants and bars may incorporate programming from multiple sources, including satellite or cable boxes, computers, tuners, cameras, and digital signage players.

Streaming may be a good choice for some uses, depending on available bandwidth, number of endpoints, and network infrastructure. Inadequate bandwidth can result in jittery video and slow internet speeds for key business functions, including reservations, payments, and security systems.

AV over IP can be expanded quickly by adding switches without disrupting the existing network, and because it is modular it localizes system failures so they can be found and fixed faster.

Contemporary Research IPTV video distribution solutions are cost-effective, reliable, and scalable end-to-end, with control designed for integration in bar and restaurant AV systems.

Video Distribution Using RF

Distributing HDTV and television control over RF coax delivers high quality video and digital media content efficiently. AV over RF is affordable, reliable, scalable, easy to install and maintain, and it assures video quality over long distances. Contemporary Research RF video distribution solutions are cost-effective, reliable, and scalable end-to-end, with control designed for integration.

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Hybrid Video Distribution

A hybrid approach of RF and IP technologies often is the best video distribution and control solution for bars and restaurants. Contemporary Research hardware and software is unmatched for this type solution.

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Display Control

Restaurants and Bars often choose Contemporary Research's display control software, Display Express or Display Express Lite, to control power on and off, channel selection, and volume for hundreds of displays throughout the venue with only a few finger taps on any device with a web browser

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HDTV Modulator-IPTV Encoders

Contemporary Research HDTV Modulator-IPTV Encoders were designed and developed for IP/RF convergence. These units create QAM digital cable channels or 8VSB air modulated channels as well as MPEG-TS IPTV streams. Contemporary Research IPTV encoders create MPEG-2 or H.264 IPTV streams from various video sources.

CR modulators and encoders include feature built in scalers that ensure the whole image is displayed edge-to-edge. We also include dual-language SAP audio, and Emergency Alert messaging capabilities.

IPTV Decoder/Controllers

Contemporary Research IPTV Decoder/Controllers provide integration-friendly IPTV decoding. They are compatible with unicast or multicast UDP and RTP IPTV streams and will accept MPEG-2 or H.264 single program or multiple program transport streams.

AV Tuners

The ATSC HDTV Tuner Series is available for commercial integration systems with projectors and professional displays without built-in TV tuners.

Case Study

Oklahoma Establishments Serve TV as the Main Course

What do hardcore Oklahoma City football and basketball fans have in common? Two high profile sports celebrity-themed restaurant/bar venues with AV systems designed and installed by Pro Presenters of Norman, OK, and featuring solutions from Contemporary Research.

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