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Does anyone know what type of technology setup hotels use to get DirecTV???

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Milkman, Aug 22, 2013.

  1. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    I doubt that luck had much to do with it! Congrats, too!
     
  2. longrider

    longrider Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    Stuart, just out of curiosity are you required to use one of these technologies in a hotel/motel environment or in the case of a smaller property just use regular receivers and a SWM-16? (Obviously this would be with the correct service from DirecTV) I ask because a couple years ago I stayed in a small (maybe 20 room) property in Dubois, WY and they had Dish. Granted my knowledge of Dish hardware and software is limited but it looked to me just like what I would have at home including the interface
     
  3. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    My guess -- and I don't want to point fingers -- is that hotel in Wyoming wasn't operating strictly within the rules. Until recently, DISH really hasn't done anything in the hotel industry other than sell receivers for headends, so having receivers in the room was probably something... extracurricular.

    In a small hotel you can use unmanaged DRE which is essentially just the same as a residential or bar system... just the SWMs you need and H25 receivers in the room with a special software load. The real difference in a hotel is the pricing, which is put together differently especially for the premium channels.
     
  4. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    DISH has had a "Q-Box" and other QAM type systems for several years. The headend is set up with a tuner for each transponder to convert that transponder to QAM. All the outputs are combined and sent on a single cable for distribution similar to a cable TV system. (That is one reason why every DISH transponder has at least one channel ... with the vacant transponders having a fake channel. Transponders with no channels confuse the commercial equipment.) The receivers are either standard receivers with a Q-Box or special QAM capable receivers.

    That isn't to say that the small hotel was not doing something outside of the rules. Just that they could have been using DISH's QAM technology which has been in use for years.
     
  5. HoTat2

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    Yeah ... the tech. specified three SWiM-32s were used in that installation, so is why I said "SWiM-32s cascaded or fed by intervening taps and amplifiers where necessary" likely as in the following example diagram from PDI Sat. of a multiple SWiM-32s which as you will note has a maximum of only two SWiM-32s in cascade at any point.

    Pages from SWM32 install guide.jpg
     
  6. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    James,

    I took it to mean that the poster had seen the actual UI in action, meaning that actual receivers were accessible. In a headend system, I can't imagine how the UI would be visible unless one of the receivers were in an error state.

    Of course a headend is free to use whatever video source you want (as long as you have rights to use it) but correct me if I'm wrong, DISH doesn't have a solution where guests interact with the receivers, right?


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  7. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    The Q-Box/QAM receiver system placed a receiver in the user's room. One would need to look at the setup screens to discover if their receiver was being fed from a traditional satellite switch or a headend system.

    http://www.paceintl.com/solutions/hardware/QAM.asp
     

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