Pay TV Overview

PayTV or monthly subscription TV is where a service provider offers access to premium TV content, usually driven by Movies and Sports channels and other TV Channels not available on...

PayTV or monthly subscription TV is where a service provider offers access to premium TV content, usually driven by Movies and Sports channels and other TV Channels not available on free to air TV services.  This industry can be split into the following sub technology categories:

Cable TV

Coax cable

Signals are received via coax cable and are based on DVB-c / MPEG and CableLabs Open Cable and DOCSIS standards.  These specify how a network distributes the signals from the headend to the consumer premises via a hybrid fibre coax (HFC) network.  Generally Cable TV will also offer broadband and telephony via the CableLabs standards (DOCSIS and Packetcable)

 

Satellite TV

Satellite Dish

Direct to the home Satellite TV relies on sending signals to a satellite in Earth’s orbit, which re-directs the signals back to Earth and these are received on outside mounted dishes.  |The signals are then sent to a decoder such as a set top box.  These signals are based on DVB-s, DVB-s2 and  MPEG standards.

 

SMATV (Satellite Master Antenna TeleVision)

Apartment Blocks in Poland

A common satellite dish is used to receive Satellite channels and equipment is used to convert them to Cable TV signals, to be distributed to a local network.  Generally this feeds small networks below 5000 end users.  This can either be in apartment blocks or small cable networks.

 

 

Terrestrial TV

TV Aerial
The TV siganals are transmitted through the air from land based transmitters and received using a aerial.  The standards used are region specific, Europe uses DVB-t and DVB-t2.  Although Terrestrial TV generally has large amounts of free to air content there is usually some PayTV channels available on this service.

 

IPTV

telephone / telegraph poll

Generally offered by the telephone company in conjunction with broadband and telephony services, this is a managed TV service via their own closed network allowing quality of service (QoS) to be maintained.  The TV signals are packetized and travel over this private Internet Protocol network.

 

Over The Top (OTT) – IPTV

Google TV logo

These services are available to any device connected to the internet (PC / STB / Smartphone).  The TV programming is transmitted over the internet to the end device.  They can suffer from QoS issues due to being on a public network; however these services do not have the overheads of a real network and thus can reduce the cost.   This category would also include Connected TVs

 

 

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