Atlona is pleased to announce that a firmware update to its award-winning
OmniStream AV over IP platform will expand the innovative solution with a wide range
of new features and capabilities that will greatly benefit its corporate, educational, and
government AV customers. Scheduled for release in late September, these new
enhancements include comprehensive 4K and HDR compatibility, video wall
processing, HDCP 2.2 compliance, and AES67 audio over IP interoperability.
“In keeping with our mission to help our AV over IP customers solve their integration
challenges, streamline infrastructure, enhance connectivity, and simplify
management, this OmniStream upgrade will continue to enable many new and novel
AV system design and problem-solving opportunities, today and tomorrow,’ said Nick
Bethard, Atlona’s senior product manager.

4K HDR and 4:4:4 Compatibility

Topping the list of new features is the addition of high-performance encoding and
decoding of UHD @ 60 Hz 4:4:4. This feature will be available as an optional licensed
upgrade for the OmniStream 111 (AT-OMNI-111) single-channel encoder but will be
standard with the OmniStream 112 (AT-OMNI-112) dual-channel encoder as well as
the OmniStream single and dual-channel decoders (AT-OMNI-121 and AT-OMNI-122).

The firmware upgrade also adds support for popular HDR formats, including HDR10.
In particular, the OmniStream platform will now handle 4K @ 60 Hz with 4:2:0
chroma subsampling, 10-bit colour, and HDR, making it compatible with Ultra HD Blu-
ray, streaming media players and other emerging consumer video sources that deliver
HDR content.

The OmniStream product family consists of five distinct products that integrate and
distribute critical-quality 4K/UHD video, audio, and RS-232 control over a standard
Gigabit Ethernet network with off-the-shelf switches. This enterprise-grade network
platform also offers extensive levels of system redundancy and failover, AES-128
encryption, forward error correction, and other measures for reliable, secure IP
content distribution.

“With the addition of UHD @ 60 Hz 4:4:4 and HDR10 support for 4K video over 1 GbE
networks, among other higher-end video capabilities, Atlona is responding to the
requests by our quality-conscious corporate, educational and government customers
for better video resolution, low-latency compression algorithms, and standards
compliance,’ commented Bethard.

HDCP 2.2

HDCP 2.2 compliance adheres to the latest specification for High-bandwidth Digital
Content Protection (HDCP), and is backwards compatible with older HDCP 1.x
compliant devices if permitted by the source content. HDCP 2.2 compliance also
ensures seamless integration with new and forthcoming sources and displays.

Scalable video wall processing

The upcoming OmniStream firmware update will also allow encoded video to be
delivered to an array of video wall displays, regardless of size. Additionally, the newly
expanded video wall processing capabilities include bezel compensation and image
rotation, as well as frame-accurate synchronisation between decoders.

Compatibility with AES67 devices

With this firmware upgrade, Atlona is expanding the platform’s audio networking
capabilities further by adding compatibility with AES67-enabled audio over IP devices
and systems for OmniStream encoders and decoders.

The AES67 standard enables audio over IP streaming interoperability between
OmniStream and a wide range of AES67-enabled professional audio products from
other manufacturers. AV consultants, system designers and integrators will greatly
benefit from the ability to interface OmniStream encoded audio directly with popular
third-party audio DSPs.

Scrolling text display

The firmware update will also provide text scrolling, a feature unique to OmniStream
which allows the display of announcements, alerts, captions and notifications with
scrolling capability for the presentation of extended messages.

Dedication to addressing customer requirements and needs

“We are committed to continually upgrading the features and capabilities of our
OmniStream AV over IP platform and adding compatibility that supports key, next-
generation AV integration requirements,’ said Bethard. “By responding quickly to
evolving market demands, we can ensure that our customers continue to benefit from
OmniStream AV over IP network capabilities and operational efficiencies well into the

OmniStream products are available for order through authorised OmniStream
partners, and pricing is available through regional Atlona representatives. For more
information about OmniStream, please visit