Introduction to MATV & RF Distribution

The Art and Science of Distributing A/V Content over Coax

Not so long ago the practice of incorporating a roof-mounted antenna system or CATV feed, modulating local video sources and injecting them into the antenna feed, and distributing the resulting RF signal to multiple displays was a common element in communications system design. Over the last several years, the change to a digital broadcast system and attendant deployment of HDCP encrypted signals, the proliferation of streaming video sources, and the rise of personal portable devices has moved the art of MATV design and installation into the background of the A/V industry. You may be surprised to find, contrary to common belief, that MATV design and installation is far from the dead technology many would have you believe. In fact, RF distribution remains a vital element of contemporary digital signage infrastructure and has countless additional applications in the design of premise media systems. Add in the ability to access dozens of free HDTV and digital radio channels from a simple, fixed antenna and there has never been a stronger argument for having MATV design and installation in your bag of tricks.

In this seminar participants will be learn about the contemporary RF spectrum, including recent changes that redefine the concept of a "channel." We will explore fundamental MATV concepts including RF power levels and the dBmV (decibel-millivolt) unit of measure, RF equalization, taps, splitters and the need to balance an MATV distribution system. From schools to office buildings to sports bars to residential installations, the importance of fully incorporating broadcast capabilities into any A/V design will only grow in importance. At the completion of this seminar, participants will have a solid understanding of why MATV is critical, how it has changed in recent years and what concepts must be mastered to turn opportunity into profit.