The Analog Sunset
As we near the end of 2013, it is important to recognize the “analog sunset”. This is an accepted industry term for audio visual equipment moving permanently away from use of analog peripherals, such as composite video and VGA computer connections, to newer digital peripherals like HDMI, DisplayPort, and DVI.
These changes were made in a licensing agreement between content providers and device manufacturers called the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) to accommodate digital copyright protection in efforts to dissuade piracy and illegal duplication. Most new bluray players, laptops, and other digital content players will no longer be made with the analog connections like the ones listed above.
What does this mean for your business?
This can impact your audio visual usage in different ways. For starters, it is imperative to know that you will need to upgrade your audio visual integrated system sometime in the future. It is not something to take lightly or ignore. The consequences will take effect over the next few years. Slowly but surely, you will run across instances where your analog projectors will not have a way to be plugged into your newer laptops. Adaptors may provide a physical connection, but digital copyright protection will not be able to display your content on the screen at all. Images that were high quality before may lose quality in down conversion. Ignoring the necessity will drive business away unless you adequately plan for this.
What do you need to do?
There are simple solutions that can help you out in the interim, but expect to require a full audio visual integrated system for the long term. Costs are very dependent on the scope of your needs. Audio Visual of Milwaukee (AVM) provides custom systems that are tailored to your business. We may offer to provide a simple converter or switcher, or we may need to replace all the wiring for your A/V in your building. Our integration sales specialists will be able to give you an accurate quote based on the needs you will have for a full integration upgrade. This will give you an idea of what you need to budget for. As with all things in a fast changing technological world though, prices can vary in the future, so it may be best to pad your budget to accommodate change based on the original quote.
The next step is to determine what you need now. It maybe nothing as we start 2014, but certainly, it won’t be long before the frustrations with keeping your analog system will affect your business. AVM integration specialists can provide novel temporary solutions as your business prepares to get ready for your future upgrade.
The most important thing: Be decisive. If you have waited up until now for the Analog Sunset to commence, you have already waited too long.