Upgrading offshore TV?
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Up until around the mid 1990s if you worked in the offshore industry ~ on either a vessel, rig or a platform ~ the televised entertainment available would often have been one TV in the main recreation room and a library of well used VHS videos, and latterly DVDs. Unless you worked on a fixed platform which was near enough to the coast to receive terrestrial analogue TV, you would have been unlikely to have seen any live broadcasts. Since then the entertainment supplied offshore has advanced to plasma screen televisions in recreational areas and many cabins, offering a wide range of live TV streams, video on demand, recording services and welfare information. Original TV distribution systems using head- end satellite decoders started to appear in the late 1990s. The single outputs from each decoder would be converted to an analogue output within the frequency range of the TV sets; the different frequencies would be combined onto one coaxial cable as if simulating a terrestrial broadcast of the TV channels. Woodsons of Aberdeen began to install TVRO ( Television Receive- Only) stabilized satellite antennas in 1998 on fishing vessels as well as oil & gas supply vessels. Consequentially it has become something of an expert of various TV products and installations. As the majority of existing customers operate in one of the harshest environments possible, the North Sea, they have the experience and background to offer the best TVRO systems for satellite TV, along with the various methods of TV distribution throughout the accommodation areas. From experience, when upgrading a TV system if a new infrastructure is to be implemented, this is best done during vessel or rig refits, or future proofed on a new- build. So in this day and age it is best to think ahead and plan the distribution accordingly.