Intrinsic says its new IP driver range unleashes the full capabilities of Apple TV.
Intrinsic Group, AV driver developer, says it has introduced a new, fast and reliable Apple TV range of IP controlled driver modules, enabling full integration and convenient access to the feature-rich experience of Apple TV.
“Apple TV is an incredibly popular, yet continually evolving, media player that features in the vast majority of home technology projects,” says Will Hopkins, CEO at Intrinsic Group. “Standard control methodology is via IR. Whilst this works, it has its limitations since it offers no way of accessing the product’s renowned and intuitive set of features.
“Also, it’s common for the IR bud to drop off, or for the deflector to slip, resulting in the homeowner losing control and beaming IR signals to multiple units at the same time. Our new Intrinsic Connected range of driver modules fulfils a clear and immediate market need, allowing installers to deliver a much better, more reliable and more cost-effective IR-free approach to controlling Apple TV in the home.”
The Apple TV driver range provides two-way IP control of Apple TV devices. Providing full access to metadata, including album artwork, now playing name, current position and duration, as well as offering the ability to navigate to a specific position by dragging on the slider and jumping to a required point. On compatible platforms, this feature can be linked to voice control for extra convenience.
Certified Intrinsic Connected, these modules also include features specifically designed to make life easier for the installer. They work using the IP address, eliminating the need to acquire sensitive usernames and passwords. Also, every driver is designed to be very lightweight and fast, providing improved stability and reliability which, ultimately, results in fewer call outs. The code is optimised to minimise resource use on control processors and is fully field and beta tested, with support provided via Intrinsic’s 24/7 online ticketing system.
Intrinsic currently offers Apple TV drivers for Elan, Crestron and Crestron Studio. Control4, RTI and URC modules are currently in development and will be available soon. Drivers are licensed on a per install rather than per device basis at £75 each, so that any number of Apple TVs can be integrated onto a single project for just one price. Free copies are available for dealers to use in their own homes or on demo systems, prior to installation.
Intrinsic Connected is the quality standard that allows both manufacturers and installers to identify quickly and easily where a certified Intrinsic solution is available, says the provider.
A growing number of certified Integrated by Intrinsic drivers are now available created for fast and reliable integration and control by Crestron, Control 4, Elan, RTI and other control platforms.
These cover integration for Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Philips Hue, Sky+ and SkyQ alongside products from leading industry brands, such as, HDAnywhere, Heatmiser, Meridian, Naim, Sonos and Speakercraft.
Manufacturers will be able to display the Intrinsic Connected badge on products where an Intrinsic driver exists, giving added confidence to installers that they can easily integrate the best-performing technology from their favoured brands into any system.