Headend in the Sky
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At a traditional cable television headend, multitudes of satellite dishes and antennas are used to grab cable stations from dozens of communication satellites. In contrast, HITS combines cable stations into multiplex signals on just a few satellites; cable television companies can then pull in hundreds of channels at the local headend with relatively little equipment; the HITS feed effectively replaces the more complex traditional headend operations.
HITS was founded in 1994 and its namesake product is commonly recognized as the pioneer of digital television in the United States. HITS was launched by TCI before their later 1999 purchase by the old AT&T, then merged with the smaller Comcast in 2002 as part their purchase of AT&T Broadband (formerly TCI). The HITS headquarters in Centennial, Colorado, formerly known as the National Digital Television Center, is now called the Comcast Media Center.
As of 2010, HITS offers 6 standard-definition multiplexes on SES Americom's SES-1, 12 standard-definition multiplexes and 8 HD multiplexes on AMC-18, 1 standard-definition multiplex on AMC-10, and 1 standard definition multiplex on Intelsat's Galaxy 17. As of 2010, HITS delivers more than 280 digitally compressed video and audio television programming signals to more than 2000 cable operation sites across the US.
HITS offers the following services:
- HITS Quantum, which expands the legacy HITS channel lineup for digital systems, packaging in additional HDTV channels and introducing several advanced services such as video on demand and other interactive applications.
- HITS Quick Take+, which provides an even lower-cost but still digital service for small cable systems.
- VOD In a Box, which provides a low-cost, remote, access to a video on demand library operated by Comcast.
- HITS AxIS, which provides a solution to launching EBIF and/or tru2way based applications on set-top boxes.
- HITS Broadband, which provides hardware solutions for starting broadband operations.
On January 30, 2007, HITS introduced HITS Quantum, which was launched later in the year.[when?] HITS also announced the shutdown of its older HITS2Home service which allowed small cable companies to provide customers with digital service through satellite dishes at each home because they needed to move their signals off of the Ku satellite band to the C satellite band because too many cable operators were complaining about rain fade and providing the HITS2Home customers with the larger dishes for C band was impractical. 
As of January 1, 2011 HITS2Home service became available to home users via two third party vendors Satellite Receivers Ltd (SRL) and Skyvision. The home user is responsible for obtaining and maintaining their own C Band satellite dish and Motorola DSR-922, DSR-905, DSR-920, or DSR-410 satellite receiver.
The Indian Government on November 12, 2009 approved guidelines for Headend In The Sky (HITS) broadcasting service. The approval comes several months after the information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry had first sent the HITS policy draft to the Cabinet. HITS players have been allowed a foreign direct investment (FDI) of up to 74%, on par with the telecom sector. They can operate on either C band or Ku Band (till now reserved for direct-to-home).
JAINHITS, first HITS service in Indiahttp://www.jainhits.co.in/about-jainhits/ Noida Software Technology Park Ltd (Jain TV Group) started India's one and only HITS service, JAINHITS. NSTPL is a world-class service provider of a comprehensive range of quality services such as TV Broadcasting, News Gathering & Video uplinking etc. Our experience in the Satellite and Networking business empowers us to meet all your diverse Telecommunication needs. We have constantly endeavored to imbibe and implement the latest technology. JAINHITS is a Satellite–based Digital Cable TV Distribution Platform which provides digitised and encrypted satellite TV signals directly to the Cable Network Owners. This is the only Direct-to-Network (DTN) service in India. This system has an advantage of having a centralized Conditional Access System (CAS) and Subscriber Management System (SMS).
JAINHITS has partnered with Motorola – world’s leading technology solution provider as its Technology Partner and Intelsat – world’s largest Satellite Company, as its Satellite Partner. JAINHITS services are available at Intelsat 902 Satellite.
JAINHITS offers Triple Play Service throughout India – Video, Data & Voice. It delivers more than 250 digital channels (including SD & HD), Broadband Services, Interactive and other Value Added Services.
JAINHITS aims to build digital highways through an active network of Independent Service Operators (ISOs)/Local Cable Operators (LCOs) across the country. JAINHITS service is now available all over India. Way Know Media Village is one of the Distribution partner of JAINHITS in India serving the areas of Kerala, Tamilnadu, Lakshadweep and Pondichery.
YOU Broadband & Cable India Pvt Ltd, a Citigroup owned broadband player and MSO will soon announce its plans regarding HITS.
-  About Comcast Media Center
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- Comcast Media Center — official website