Digital Cable TV
Where the audience is in multi-accommodation blocks, on camp or in areas with existing cable TV infrastructure, it is fairly easy to install Digital Cable TV.
Digital Cable TV has the advantage that it does not usually require host nation permission, and all that is needed is either a cable infrastructure or, where that already exists, installation of a new head-end by BFBS engineers. BFBS has developed Digital Cable TV models to suit ever smaller deployments. Digital Cable TV is currently used in Qargha (Afghanistan), Al Musannah (Oman), Kifaru Camp (Kenya) and in many accommodation blocks in Germany and Gibraltar. It is the basis of distribution on board Navy ships and on the local commercial cable network in Canada.
It is worth noting that this cable TV system uses RF coax cable, not CAT5. The reasons are reliability, expandability, flexibility, low cost and minimum maintenance. CAT5 infrastructure, whilst sometimes regarded as “universal” is often poorly suited to distribution of broadcast TV services, requiring specialist head-ends and new set top boxes for each TV, is limited by distance, is significantly more complex to manage and maintain particularly if part of a LAN or IT network. If you are planning new accommodations, insist that all rooms are wired for RF coax as well as CAT5. BFBS can assist with cable and network design specifications.
|Digital Cable TV is suitable for|
|Individual users (in multi accommodation)||✔|
|Mess/Communal viewing (in multi accommodation)||✔|
|Users in multiple living accommodation||✔|
|Camps, MOBs or larger compounds||✔|
|Existing cable networks||✔|