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SMATV is Single Master Antenna Television (or Satellite Master Antenna Television),[1] that can be used for hotels, motels, dormitories, hospitals and commercial properties with multiple tenants. Most often it is found in temporary lodging facilities. A SMATV headend is used to receive and rebroadcast Satellite TV channels throughout a property from a single satellite feed.[2]

There are several methods of distribution that is often used in a SMATV headend including:

In the United States the satellite carriers utilized to provide the satellite TV signal for SMATV headend systems are:


  1. ^ EN 300 473: "Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB); Satellite Master Antenna Television (SMATV) distribution systems". ISBN 2-7437-1655-X. 
  2. ^ Frank Baylin; Steve Berkoff (August 1992). Wireless cable and SMATV. Baylin Publications. ISBN 978-0-917893-17-9. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Wendy Van den Broeck; J. Pierson (2008). Digital television in Europe. Asp / Vubpress / Upa. pp. 241–. ISBN 978-90-5487-541-3. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Mark Long (1999). Digital Satellite Television Handbook. Newnes. pp. 165–. ISBN 978-0-7506-7171-2. Retrieved 24 May 2013.