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Hello my name is Angel and I'm new in the forum but have been working in the AV field for a few years. I want to start a small Cable tv provider in my homeland, I have no idea of what I need. I want to transmit HD channels but using set-top-boxes and also I will like to have  special channels were I can air my own content.

I would like to  know what are the equipment needed for this task and also the logic of the system.
 

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Money. That's what you need. And some legally binding contracts. With both your local municipality as well as the broadcasters who own the TV stations. You can't just retransmit signals you receive for free and then charge others a fee. Which is why cable and satellite companies are always having contract disputes with the broadcasters over retransmission fees. And you can't just start your own cable company in any given community where there are often exclusive contracts with a designated cable provider. Such legal matters that must be considered. Unless you go with an Areo type plan, which is another legal issue altogether.
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And... enough of a customer base that is willing to pay for the service to make the business profitable.

Also, you need an infrastructure to get the signal from the headend to each subscriber. And a staff to perform installations and trouble calls in the field as well as staff in-house to monitor and maintain proper service to the subscribers.
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Thanks guys for your quick response. It seems to be complicated, but them what if I only want to provide my own content?

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What country? How big a market? It is unlikely that it could ever be viable for you to wire your community, so you would need to transmit wirelessly, and to collect revenue, you'd have to have encryption and decoder boxes. In certain metropolitan markets, it might be viable to use a microwave system. Here in Washington, DC, there are a few such companies that still beam maybe 60 analog channels to highrise buildings as an alternative to franchised cable, but they are basically carrying a scaled down basic cable system, with the familiar news entertainment and sports channels, so there is a breadth of demand for that product. I find it hard to imagine that very many people would be willing to pay much for whatever unique content you could develop.

Does your country and market have broadcast TV now? Are people legally being served by DBS satellite in that country?
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Even if you only want to broadcast only your own content, the same issue/questions/problems still apply. Even if it's porn. tongue.gif
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  • Thanks everyone. @AntAltMike, is in Dominican Republic. my plan is to work only with a few customers first (only on block) Is something like the service offered by Hotels. Im planing to supply a small STB. I will be playing movies form BR players or media servers if possible.
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Dominican Republic has Intellectual Property Laws that align with what "Hollywood" movie distributors have adopted for DVD's, Blu-Ray, et.al.:
http://www.wipo.int/wipolex/en/profile.jsp?code=DO

When you buy or rent a Blu-Ray, it is for your OWN PERSONAL USE, and is NOT authorized for a wider audience "Performance"...unless you go through the process to obtain and pay for Distribution Rights.
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Thanks a lot for the Info. Still guys I need to know which type of equipment is involve for a small deploy. Please help.   

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. . . And a staff to perform installations and trouble calls in the field as well as staff in-house to monitor and maintain proper service to the subscribers.

But CableCo's in the U.S. seem to get along perfectly well without having these things.... biggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

Don't ever make the MISTAKE of buying a Samsung TV..
They consider THIS
normal on a two month old set..

It's a shame that in the end TCU's playoff chances all came down to this . . .
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How many channels, and digital or analog? Blonder Tongue can assemble a headend to let you microwave up to I think 70-something channels. Of course, using that presumes that you can get licensed to transmit at those frequencies in the Dominican Republic.

Are you willing and able, if necessary, to spend $100,000 for your headend? To emulate basic analog cable and distribute it my microwave, it will cost you the better part of that if you have a robust lineup. How big a market share do you hope to claim? I would think that DirecTV Latin America, if it still even exists, or bootleg subscriptions to and domestic satellite service would blow away any offering you could put together.
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