Foxtel signals can be integrated with Free To Air channels using a number of different technologies. One Foxtel Approved system that is popular at large Multi Dwelling Unit or other large multiple outlet facilities is called a Foxtel TDT System. This system allows for Foxtel Satellite signals and Free To Air TV signals to be combined onto the one cable (coaxial or fibre) and broadcast to many TV points within the one building or precinct.
What is a Foxtel TDT System?
TDT stands for “Transparent Digital Transmodulator”. TDT systems are used extensively throughout various countries in Europe, and also used by Foxtel in Australia.
A Foxtel TDT Headend converts Foxtel Satellite (DVB-S or DVB-S2) signals to Cable (DVB-C), using QAM modulation. After this conversion takes place, Foxtel channels can be broadcast together with Free To Air TV channels over the same single cable. As a result, it gets described as a ‘single cable solution’.
A Foxtel TDT System will comprise the following main parts:
- Foxtel Approved 1.2m Satellite Dish
- Foxtel Approved Quad LNB
- TDT Headend (Base Unit, Twin or Quad Cards, Power Supply)
- Distribution Amplifiers
- Splitters and Taps
Beware that all parts used in a Foxtel TDT System should be Foxtel approved, in accordance with their latest Foxtel Approved Product List.
In addition, given that there are sometimes software updates and setting changes required, Foxtel have made it compulsory that all TDT systems are to be part of a maintenance agreement under a Service Level Agreement (SLA) with a Foxtel Endorsed Installer in order to ensure these updates are made in a timely fashion.
Nu Life TV Antenna maintain many Foxtel TDT Systems under SLAs with building managers throughout Sydney, providing a cost effective solution to buildings and precincts.
Spaun is a German manufacturer that produces a Foxtel Approved TDT Headend. The Spaun BluBox comes in a number of different models, including the following:
- Spaun BluBox 8/16
- Spaun BluBox 32
- Spaun BluBox 32v1
See below for an image of a Spaun BluBox. Nu Life TV holds limited spare parts for Spaun BluBox systems.
Astro TDT Sat-Headend
Astro are another European manufacturer that make a Foxtel Approved TDT Headend. The Astro TDT Headend also comes in a number of variations, including:
- Astro V16 SAT-HEADEND
- Astro V16.3 SAT-HEADEND
- Astro V16.4 SAT-HEADEND
Terra S2C Box
Terra’s S2C Box is the third Foxtel Approved TDT Headend. S2C stands for “Satellite to Cable” of course. It can be found in the following two varieties:
- TERRA 32 Channel TDT Headend (S2C box Terra)
- TERRA 16 Channel TDT Headend (S2C box Terra)
If you have a faulty TDT system, or are looking for a reliable maintenance service provider at a very affordable price, feel free to contact Nu Life TV Antenna to discuss options for your Foxtel TDT System.