Learn more about the integrated reception system, how it works and how you can benefit from it.

Integrated Reception System

Integrated Reception System

An integrated reception system (IRS) uses one aerial cluster to broadcast multiple sources of signals to multiple receivers or outlets. IRS can supply signals from terrestrial television, FM radio, digital audio broadcast (DAB) digital radio and satellite TV. IRS is typically used as a communal TV system for for communal housing areas such as apartment blocks. The predecessor to IRS was called MATV or master aerial television. MATV was used for communal housing blocks but was only able to transmit terrestrial TV signals.

An IRS is ideal in communal residential and commercial areas because one aerial cluster will replace individual aerials for each unit. This is more convenient for the tenants, and easier for the landlords as well.

What are the benefits of having an IRS?

  • The residents or tenants have freedom to decide where to tune in to and are not forced to use the supplier of TV programming that the landlord favors.
  • Residents and tenants have access to analog and digital terrestrial, digital satellite, FM radio and DAB.
  • There is less clutter and the area is more aesthetically pleasing.
  • IRS has potential access to UK’s wide variety of HD channels and 3D channel, thereby “future- proofing” your units.
  • There is an option to add foreign satellite services to cater to diverse communities.

An integrated reception system requires that installation is done by professional. Satellite transmissions use very high broadcast frequencies and the installation needs high quality cabling. The installation will also need an aerial cluster and a sophisticated booster-distributor box. All this requires the knowledge and expertise of a professional aerial installation company.

If you have questions about the integrated reception system, or concerns about installing one in your communal housing block, call us and we’ll help you out.

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