The Best Television System for Hotels, Hospitals and Multiple Dwelling Units

By | November 6, 2018

A (SMATV) Satellite Master Antenna Television or (CATV) Community Access Television can go a long way in a Free to Guest atmosphere. These systems are usually referenced when a Hotel, Hospital or large multiple dwelling complex needs television service from a satellite provider like DIRECTV and DISH Network or Cable Company like Time Warner and Charter Communications. Also known as a Headend, these systems are ideal for large businesses and properties because the equipment works within the buildings own infrastructure.

Today, these systems can be found in Hotels, Hospitals, Casinos, Prisons and Nursing Homes or virtually anywhere there’s a multiple dwelling unit. The Video Signal is commonly sent out over a distribution network to each monitor or television set. Service is generally accessible with the room’s television remote control.

There are typically two forms of service being distributed to every room.

Free to Guest service may include:

Up to 100 Channels

Cable or Satellite programming

Local Stations

Digital Standard or High Definition

Cable and Satellite Services are generally Free to Guest as additional charges are not passed along directly to the consumer. Second, Interactive Television is commonly used as an interface media that is stacked together with the cable or satellite channels for an unforgettable in-room entertainment.

Interactive Services may include:

Video Link :

Hotel or Hospital Welcome Screen

Hotel or Hospital Services – Bill Summary, Check Out, Room Service, Laundry, etc.

Information Channel that displays news, weather and local information

Video On Demand

Internet, Messaging and Email

Video Games & Fun Activities

Applications like Twitter, Facebook and other social networks

Internet Television or rental services like Netflix and Hulu

Option to shop for Hotel Amenities, products and services

Common SMATV and CATV Signal Distribution Configurations

L-Band – requires a set-top box for every room, no modulation necessary

Pro:Idiom – distributes High Definition over coaxial cable with digital encryption to Flat Panel Monitors

IPTV – internet protocol television delivered over the internet

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