WHAT IS A MATV / MASTER ANTENNA TELEVISION?
It is the means by which many apartment houses hotels, schools and other multi-unit buildings 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 A MATV 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 l00 separate antennas. Not only would It be unsightly, but reception would suffer because that many antennas would interact with each other, causing interference problems.
WHO USES MATV’S?
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.
At Perfect Picture we have installed major projects for commercial clients across Victoria.
MATV FOR DIGITAL TV
A modern MATV system can carry analogue and digital television signals through an aerial, both free-to-view and subscription, FM radio and DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) but it cannot carry satellite signals.
Some MATV systems in use today are over 30-years old and the many are unsuitable for carrying digital television signals. These will need to be surveyed and may require modification or replacement.