Digital MATV System

MATV stands for Master Antenna Television. A MATV system enables TV and FM signals to be distributed to a large number of TV receivers, as opposed to individual antennas for each TV.

In simple terms, an MATV system is a network of cables and specifically designed components that process and amplify TV and FM signals, then distribute them from one central location.

MATV systems are separated into two parts, the ‘Head End’ and the ‘Distribution System’. It is essential to carefully plan and engineer both parts using the best MATV equipment and best practice installation techniques to ensure video and audio signals are distributed with minimal loss of quality.

Without a MATV system, any premises that require multiple TVs would need to install and maintain an antenna or satellite dish per TV. This would be expensive, not to mention unsightly. The TV reception would also suffer, because multiple antennas would interfere with each other, causing signal issues.

How a typical MATV system works:
A UHF TV aerial or satellite dish is appropriately positioned to receive digital TV signals. Signals received by the aerial or dish are then processed using the Head End equipment.​

A distribution network then delivers all television signals to a socket outlet in each room/area. There can be more than one outlet per area, and splitters can be used in a limited way so that more than one TV can be used on each outlet. Configuration of the distribution network will depend on the number of dwellings and/or floors at the premises.

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