Designing, Installing, Maintaining MATV/SMATV Systems

Retro-Com delivering the optimum quality in digital broadcast.

What is MATV?

MATV stands for Master Antenna Television’. It is the means between apartments, hotels, houses and other multi-unit buildings the means to distribute TV and FM signals to a number of receivers. In order to accomplish this without a loss of signal quality, these systems must be carefully planned and engineered through the effective use of MATV equipment and techniques.

How does it Work?

An MATV system is basically a network of cables and specially designed components that process and amplify TV and FM signals and distribute them from one central location . If there were 100 TV sets in a building, it would be extremely expensive to Install and maintain 100 separate antennas. Not only would It be unsightly, but reception would suffer because that many antennas would interact with each other, causing interference problems.

A mass of commercial premises including hotels, offices, housing developments and holiday parks, now utilise some form of structured cable system to supply an array of different programmes and information services to their end-user customers.

A modern MATV/SMATV system can carry digital television signals from an antenna and satellite signals from a satellite dish, while a MATV system carries only free-to-air signals.  Some MATV systems in use today are over 30 years old and many are unsuitable for carrying digital television signals.  These will need to be surveyed and may require modification or replacement.

In a typical MATV system:

  • The antenna can be UHF, VHF or a combination UHF/VHF dependent on the location of the project, receiving the digital TV signal.
  • A distribution network then delivers all television signals to a socket outlet in each household. There can be more than one outlet per household, but only one TV set can be connected to each outlet.
  • How the distribution network is configured will depend on the number of dwellings and floors in the building.

Retro-Com have acquired a large amount of practical experience of installing /maintaining these types of systems, by completing major projects for commercial clients across Australia. Retro-Com can provide the solution to your installation requirements.

What is SMATV?

SMATV stands for ‘Satellite Master Antenna Television’ and refers to a system that uses multiple satellite and broadcast signals to create a single integrated cable signal for distribution to a cabling network.

How does it Work?

SMATV systems generally work alongside an MATV system.  We install a satellite dish and TV antenna to receive the signal from the service providers.  This signal is fed into electronic equipment, a headend, which enables the signals to be balanced and distributed throughout the TV system. This system can also allow for the provision of in-house channels to be transmitted alongside the free-to-air and subscription channels.

Retro-Com can offer a full, design, installation and maintenance service for SMATV systems. From 5 channels to 30 channels, Free-to-Air or subscription channels, all equipment is of a professional standard. An off-site remote access can be offered to monitor the system and make channel changes.  Whether this is a new installation or an upgrade of an existing system, it is carried out with the least amount of disruption.

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