Best Solutions for Restaurant TVs?

Devin Becker
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I was asked to help setup some TVs for a small restaurant. I wouldn't be doing the actual install of the physical TVs but was asked to figure out the best way to control the TVs. There will be 6 TVs spread across the restaurant.

I was asked for a couple things: That each TV be able to play it's own "unique" media and that any number of the TVs could be set to view the same channel/input(ie Channel 200 on a Reciever, or a DVD on a DVD player).

What are the best solutions for something like this? I know that places like Applebees and Buffalo Wild Wings have "sophisticated" racks that they use to control all the channels on all the TVs from, but for something this scale I don't think it needs to be that "sophisticated". I know that some of the newer smart TVs can also receive signal by Ethernet, but we will most likely go with HDMI for this Application.

Thank you for the help!
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For this functionality i used alot of hdmi matrix 8x8 boxes. 8 hdmi inputs and 8 outputs. with you can connect the way you want. all outputs the same input or a mix what you want.

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then you only need sources to feed the screens.
Devin BeckerIdentity Management and Security
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Ben,

Just to wrap my head around this, are the individual outputs controlled by the PC that is connected? Or how do you decided which input goes to which output(s)?

Thanks for all the help

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The unit has also a switch matrix on the front, you can make presets you will use the most. there are alot of brands that make this kinda boxes.
we used them in holiday inn hotels. to normaly show the same screen on all. and in the evening have football matches or things like that in the bar screens.

how many screens you have and how many sources. then we can help you select the correct box. also cable length from the central box to the screens. there are matrix boxes with cat6 connections for longer cables and things like that.
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Devin BeckerIdentity Management and Security
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Ben,

I see what you are saying, after a quick search on Amazon that looks lie something that we are after!

Thank you!

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Youre welcome.

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if you need more help, just let me know

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