We just upgraded and deployed a system such as this. We now have a digital headend that serves about 130 channels. We use fiber to distribute the signal from the headend to remote locations. This is then converted back into RF over Coax for distribution throughout the building. We will soon be testing a IPTV solution on top of this. If things go as planned, our resident students will be able to watch live TV on their laptop or even via a Roku device connected to a TV.
I'd be happy to talk about what we are doing and what we have planned if interested.
Director, Mobile Communications
Service Owner, HuskyTV
University of Washington
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On Jan 11, 2013, at 4:11 PM, Jeff Kell <[log in to unmask]>
> Anyone else also involved with RF/Cable/Video distribution in addition
> to their data? We're exploring some options for replacing our
> legacy/commercial cable TV distribution with something more under our
> control in hopes of cost savings. The likely candidates look like
> having a central head-end, fiber distribution out to the existing coax
> fan-outs, and providing standard RF cable from there.
> We have some of the fiber infrastructure in place, but most of the
> hybrid cable/fiber schemes want singlemode, with APC terminations. We
> have singlemode into most of the buildings (primarily targeting resnet)
> but distribution of data from there is multimode, so looks like we'll
> need some additional singlemode (which I've been trying to justify from
> a data future-proofing perspective, so this is just more ammunition).
> We're keeping this cable/RF as we're not setup for IPTV, and trying to
> avoid the set-top box complications and multicast uniformity required
> for that.
> Interested in hearing any advice / suggestions / recommendations /
> pointers / war stories or other related anecdotes :)
> Or is everyone else seeing the shift to Hulu / Netflix / internet-driven
> content? We still seem to have a demand for legacy cable.
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