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Sky Homes launches communal TV specifications for new build sector

25 Jul 11 Sky has developed new detailed specifications for communal TV systems aimed at helping new build developers.

The specifications outline all elements needed to install a coaxial Integrated Reception System (IRS) and are in line with industry regulations.

Offering entertainment options such as Sky TV can give a property added appeal, but it is critical to have the correct specifications in place to fully realise the marketing advantages. A major catalyst to developing the specification document was the need to ensure new build developers are installing a suitable TV system from the outset, in order to future proof their homes as much as possible.

Pascal Wharton, Head of Sky Communal TV Solutions explains: “Today’s tech savvy homebuyers expect new developments to have the latest in entertainment technology, so installing the correct TV system, aerial and wiring is essential. For example, to provide Sky+, with features such as the ability to pause live TV and record two programmes at the same time, requires a ‘5 cable IRS’ communal solution with two signal feeds for each satellite point in the home - rather than a single feed.  The new specifications contain all the information new build developers need to ensure they install the correct system from the very beginning – avoiding costly re-wiring at a later date.”

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Pascal continues: “Having access to Sky TV in properties can be a great selling point, as with Sky+ HD you get the very best TV experience with up to five times more detail and incredibly vibrant colours. If developers specify the correct wiring at the outset, buyers could also be able to sign up to services such as Sky Multi Room which allows them to watch Sky TV in different rooms.”

By using the document to specify the correct system at the planning stage, developers can also provide an infrastructure for local security and information systems.In addition the specification document describes the procedures required for planning the individualsystems, for reporting and keeping records of work done, and for managing changes agreedwhile work is in progress.

Via just one communal satellite dish and aerial, Sky’s comprehensive Integrated Reception System provides the full range of entertainment options from Sky and other providers - including digital terrestrial (where available), DAB/FM radio and digital satellite TV from Sky (subscription required) or Freesat.  Sky has a dedicated team of specialist installers who can help set up the system to make the process as hassle-free as possible.

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