Blustream, an Australia- and UK-based manufacturer of AV distribution solutions, is making its lineup of HDBaseT, video over IP, and HDMI distribution products available to the U.S. market through a strategic partnership with RTI.
Leading Blustream U.S. are industry veterans Jason Dominique, director of sales, and Jason Fitzgerald, product manager.
“After six years of building an international footprint – with our solutions used in mission-critical installations worldwide – we are ready to bring Blustream to the U.S. market,” said Martyn Shirley, Blustream founder and general manager. “And we are thrilled to be partnering with RTI to build our U.S. operations and introduce Blustream to U.S. integrators.”
The new division will serve both the residential and commercial segments. For residential, Blustream remains fully platform-agnostic, with custom drivers to integrate with the control brands Control4, Crestron, ELAN, Savant, RTI, and URC.
From simple signal extension to matrixes to video over IP systems, Blustream matches features and performance with tech support to help integrators create successful installations.
“Our roots are as a cross-platform solution,” Shirley added. “No matter what control system you are using, there’s a Blustream solution to support you.”
For the commercial segment, the Blustream partnership with RTI creates a strong platform combining RTI control and automation with the Blustream signal management portfolio.
“We are enthusiastic to be partnering with Blustream,” said RTI CEO Joe Roberts. “This aligns with our commercial strategy by adding a purpose-built AV distribution line to RTI command and control, creating more solutions for commercial and Pro AV markets.”
Blustream offers a wide range of solutions, from matrixes to multi-format presentation switchers. The company’s philosophy is to make advanced features standard, such as enabling 4K 18Gbps 4:4:4 resolutions across primary Blustream HDMI and HDBaseT products sold in the U.S.
The Blustream Multicast UHD distribution platform uses lossless compression technology to deliver virtually latency-free HDMI video up to 328 feet over a 1Gb network switch. This video over IP solution can be set up in minutes without the need for any networking qualifications, is infinitely scalable for large systems, and installs and operates with a drag-and-drop simplicity from its web interface.
“It’s not just about the products and the specs, but the service and support we provide the integrators installing our products,” Dominique noted. “RTI has always held this commitment, and that’s why our partnership in the new Blustream U.S. is the right move to deliver on the Blustream promise of AV distribution without compromise.”