SATS FOR LONDON FLATS

Original: 31.10.03.

Revision: 19.12.13.

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INTERNATIONAL TV FOR LONDON FLATS

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Useful overview for both UK architects/developers of proposed new apartment buildings and property owners/managers responsible for existing blocks of flats in areas with significant numbers of international tenants/flat owners like Londonís West End, Chelsea & Kensington.

Satellite reception of TV & radio services remains the most economic method of distribution & is ideal for providing residents from overseas with their home channels.

The purpose of this site is to highlight the requirements for these international services within both proposed 'new build' and existing apartment buildings.

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Sky is the prime source of domestic satellite services for the UK. As Sky transmits its services from only one orbital position*out of the 30+ accessible from the UK, the available bandwidth precludes a wide range of international channels . Two other orbital positions, Hotbird and Astra 1, have a substantial number of international services (TV/Radio/Data) and also free TV/Radio in English. In addition, some of the remaining orbital positions are of interest to specific nationalities. These may also be incorporated seamlessly into an apartment block's system for a particular flat.

* an orbital position consists of one or more satellites positioned at a defined point over the equator. Several satellites are needed within one orbital position to provide the maximum number of services.

Both Sky, Freesat & international satellite services (together with terrestrial digital TV ('Freeview'), digital DAB radio & analogue FM Radio can be distributed together around a building.

Planning exemptions usually allow two or more 1.0/1.2 meter dishes to be installed on an apartment building's roof. A better rain- fade performance is achieved than, say, with the Sky mini-dish as usually fitted to a house.

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Cable TV, as currently configured in the UK, also has insufficient bandwidth or commercial incentive to match the breadth of transmissions available from a multi-satellite system, including both Sky and international services. High Definition TV ('HDTV'), which started in mid-2006 on Sky, may not be available on Cable TV in some areas due to bandwidth issues. Sky now broadcasts 65 High Definition TV ('HDTV') channels- more than any other EU broadcaster.

NB: Some apartment blocks offer tenants a choice between Sky or Cable TV, if they wish to take up a UK subscription commitment. If not, there are a wide range of free TV/Radio services on Sky, packaged under the Freesat label. Many of the latest flat panel TV's have Freesat built-in, alternatively Freesat Set-Top Boxes are available from basic models to those that include PVR/or HDTV capability.

If Cable TV is selected, the same TV can also receive, where available, international satellite TV/Radio & free-to-air Sky with a General Satellite Receiver- see the 'TV & PC Connectivity' link below.

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