Let’s Get Rid of Headends – Flamingo Tea Talks Episode 6

Damien Lucas, CTO & co-founder

A couple of months ago we issued a press release about a brand new hotel in Paris that deployed our TV solution. And guess what? There was no TV headend. No satellite dish. No DTT antenna. Absolutely no such infrastructure.

So you might be wondering: How did they do it? And also: Is this an oddity – or will it soon be the new normal?

In fact, there have been other attempts in the past for hotels to deploy a TV service without using a headend. The first time I saw this was in the French seaside resort of Deauville in 2006, when Anevia deployed a TV system for two hotels for the French luxury hotel group Groupe Barrière. But only one of the two had a headend. That’s because they were about 300m away from each other. So the group decided to deploy a headend in the first hotel, and then just deploy an IP link between the two hotels to bring all the channels from one hotel to the other.

A few months later that same year, Orange won a deal for the six hotels of Paris’ Disneyland resort.  And none of those six hotels had a headend!

So how does this work? How can you deploy TV without a headend, and where will the future take us?

Watch this video to get my insights:

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