At Crestron we see IoT as a holistic solution to make technology work to seamlessly enhance the family home lifestyle, and video is a big part of that.
Maybe Dad likes to watch news after work but sport updates in the morning. When a child turns on the family TV we want to make sure they can only access cartoons, and not the more grown-up content that their parents watch after their bedtime. Maybe Mum is watching TV in the living room at night, but wants to duck into the kitchen to grab a snack and wants to keep watching her show on the TV in there. The system should automatically adjust to fit the current situation in every room. Switchers and extenders are the piece of the puzzle that allows the integrator to centrally manage all video content and distribution.
Read more: http://www.hiddenwires.co.uk/features/article/the-role-of-switchers-and-extenders-in-the-connected-smart-home