Compare TV systems

Compare TV systems

Klicktv supplies TV and video distribution systems of all types. Where a stock system will not provide the best fit for a particular set of requirements, Klicktv will construct a hybrid system which integrates different technologies. Systems are supplied either fully installed or for third party/ customer installation with the option of Klicktv support for installation.

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What are the different types of Klicktv TV distribution system?

IPTV is the latest in TV distribution technology distributing hundreds of channels of TV and video in full broadcast quality over your existing data network to an unlimited number of TV and PC screens without any extra cabling. TV signals received at a central point are converted into streams of data which pass over an existing or seperate data network. TV screens require a small IPTV receiver. PC viewers do not need any additional hardware. more...

HDMI over Cat5 enables HDTV sources with HDCP content protection (such as the output from a Sky HD receiver or Blu Ray player) to be distributed over Cat5e / Cat6 cable and accessed from multiple TV screens more...

TV over Cat5 (or TV over UTP or structured cabling) provides functionality similar to a SMATV system but uses Cat5 cable in place of coaxial cable to distribute TV channels as video + audio signals. more...

RF over Cat5 distributes a TV signal as received by an aerial over Cat5 structured cabling to multiple viewing points. Small devices called baluns are required at each end of the Cat5 cable. more...

An IRS (Integrated Reception System) connects multiple viewing points via coaxial cable to a single common array of aerials and satellite dishes at a central point. Depending on which channels are required, Freeview and satellite Set Top Boxes with smart cards for encrypted channels are required at individual viewing points more...

A SMATV (Satellite Master Antenna TV) system connects multiple viewing points via coaxial cable to a central distribution point where a limited number of channels are received and decrypted. Set top Boxes are not required at viewing points. more...

MATV as above but without the satellite

CATV (cable TV) is the generic name for coaxial cable based TV disribution systems more...


The table below compares Klicktv TV distribution systems  - IPTV, TV(AV) over Cat5, IRS, SMATV, RF over Cat 5 and HDMI over Cat5. It is often the case that the best solution to a particular requirement is a combination of systems or technologies producing a hybrid system for best fit. Contact us for advice.

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TV over Cat5

IRS with user Set Top Boxes


RF over CAT5

Digital switchover ready

Practical maximum number of sources

No limit


2 satellites + Freeview




Practical maximum number of users

No limit


About 300

About 300

About 64


Equipment required at viewing point

Small IPTV receiver

Small AV receiver

2x satellite Set Top Boxes and 1x Freeview Set Top Box


Small receiver

Small HDMI receiver

PC screen viewing

√ (no IPTV receiver required)






HDTV support




Easy user relocation




Type of outlet cable required

Cat 5

Cat 5



Cat 5e/ Cat 6 

2x Cat 5e/ Cat 6

Option to share existing data network cable







Max outlet distance



70m (from distribution point)

70m (from distribution point)


100m (with repeater)

Consistent picture quality at every outlet




Easily expandable






Video on Demand option (eg access to media library for training and entertainment)






Control of access to channels point by point






Customizable interactive user interface with corporate branding and unlimited information pages






System remote monitoring and management from any PC






Channel record and replay function for PC viewers






Option for integration with telephony, Internet and email over a single cable






Channel distribution to remote sites via WAN links






Pay Per View option for hospitality industry






Speed of deployment



Low disruption installation



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