head end


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head end

The originating point in a communications system. In cable TV, the head end is where the cable company locates its satellite dish and TV antenna for receiving incoming programming. In online services, the head end is the service company's computer system and databases. See cable modem and CMTS.
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Requirements for a contractor, acting as Systems Integrator, to undertake the full replacement of the Annunciator Head End TV System:
Each central office-based cluster is designed to control and integrate VOD and program information elements and the video head end encoding systems.
The company, which started as a family run enterprise in 1947, has owned and operated its own Minerva video head end since 2003, offering 150 channels of digital television to its current 2000-customer base.
For example, it provides end-to-end monitoring, test and troubleshooting from the video head end, through the delivery of the TV signal, to the end user.
It tracks VOD system health and highlights abnormalities, allowing head end personnel to quickly identify issues that may be out of the norm.