Optimised Compact Headend for the Hospitality Industry – Easy and Efficient Decryption of Pay TV Channels
Niefern, July 19, 2017 – With the versatile micro headends OM 10 (DVB-S/S2 -> DVB-C/T) and OM 11 (DVB-C/T/T2 -> DVB-C/T), WISI launches a new optimised headend solution in an ultra-compact design for operators of TV distribution systems in hotels, hospitals and residences. With these new solutions WISI meets the market’s high expectations of functionality, flexibilityand user-friendliness. Because of their multiplex functionalities before and after the CI-modules, the micro headends are perfect for the very efficient central decryption of pay TV channels. Unique features in this headend class are the options to feed in and stream own video content, such as an info channel in a hotel or a hospital, and the use of static service IDs at the output. Thanks to these new features, no new TV scan is necessary if there are service changes at the input of the headend.
The micro headend OM 10 for received satellite channels is available in two versions: OM 10 0648, which is suited for the transmodulation of six DVB-S/S2 transponders into eight DVB-C (QAM) or into eight DVB-T (COFDM) channels and OM 10 0646, which transmodulates six DVB-S/S2 transponders to six DVB-T channels. DiSEqC 1.0 increases the flexibility by controlling up to four satellites. For example, OM 10 0648 enables the operator to feed in up to 50 satellite channels to watch on TV sets with integrated DVB-C tuners. If the connected TV sets have an integrated DVB-T tuner, up to 40 channels can be displayed.
OM 11 0648 transmodulates up to six DVB-T/T2/C channels into eight DVB-C or DVB-T channels. This micro headend addresses mainly hotels and hospitals that receive TV channels via a cable network.
All three micro headends are equipped with four CI slots for the central decryption of pay TV channels, and they can be operated in smaller TV distribution installations for a basic supply with free-to-air channels. It is also possible to create a multiplex before the CI slots, and in this way allow the operator to combine services from different channels while decrypting these by only one smartcard. This enables operators to make a very efficient use of professional CAMs. In addition, all three micro headends support the deletion of unwanted services from a channel and enable the reduction of output channels by using the output multiplex functionality. Moreover, the operator can feed in video clips as TS files via USB or the LAN connection. This is especially advantageous for hotels, as they are then able to show their own hotel TV channel or presentations. The integrated 4-in-6 switch matrix reduces the installation effort to a minimum.
Additional comfort is provided by the PID remapping functionality. This functionality allows the setting of a static service ID at the output. Hence, it is not any longer necessary for the operator to make a TV scan whether there is any transponder modification at the input. Another important feature for the hospitality industry is the LCN functionality. This functionality allocates a number to each TV channel that is fed in and creates a channel order. NIT processing prevents potential search run issues and outputs the transmodulated transponders as DVB compliant channels with all required network tables. The integrated DHCP server enables an automatic connection to a PC for programming and maintenance of the micro headend and its integration into an existing network. WISI also supports access via smartphone, tablet or Bluetooth.