Advanced Television

DirecTV IP for MDUs

September 12, 2007

DirecTV and Thomson are launching the first satellite TV distribution system for multi-dwelling units (MDU) using IP technology. The introduction of DirecTV's MFH3 (Multi-Family Housing version 3) distribution system, jointly developed with Thomson, is timed to support the satcaster's highly-anticipated HD expansion later this year.

The DirecTV MFH3 system, designed to solve satellite distribution issues in dense living spaces such as apartment complexes, condominiums and master planned communities, enables the delivery of all DirecTV satellite TV programming and services using existing in-building and distribution wiring. As an IP distribution platform, service providers that have won the rights to deliver communications services to MDUs or planned communities can integrate the MFH3 with their existing voice and internet services to deliver triple-play services over a single infrastructure, the company said.

The MFH3 system uses IP technology as a distribution platform to deliver satellite television and other services from a private “on-property” headend facility to each customer dwelling.

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