Foxtel Installation

Install My Antenna are able to assist you with nearly all types of Foxtel Installations. Whether you are looking to add a Foxtel satellite dish to your house to prepare for a Foxtel service, if you are pre-wiring your house to have Foxtel installed upon completion, or if you require a 40-storey building pre-wired for PayTV, Install My Antenna are available to help.

Foxtel services are transmitted over a combination of a cable network or via satellite. Given recent developments in the future use of the cable network for the NBN, all future Foxtel installations will use a satellite transmission. Satellite installations cannot be performed by any antenna installer. They require additional expertise in order to design the system and align the satellite dish, as well as a different type of spectrum analyser. In addition, there are significantly different parts that comprise satellite installations, including:
Satellite Dishes: made in a variety of sizes, depending on the type of installation.
Low-Noise Block Downconverters (LNBs): can be single, double or quad input.
Headends: typically TDT, 5wire or Satellite Multistacker.
Multiswitches: can be a range of different inputs and outputs, depending on the type of system and the number of outlets in the system.
Launch Amplifiers
Line Amplifiers
Power Insertors

In addition, there are further specialised parts that can be installed to combine Foxtel with Free To Air TV channels, CCTV camera systems, in-house channels, and more.

Install My Antenna’s team of highly qualified technicians and office based design staff have expert knowledge of the correct Foxtel procedures, Foxtel Approved equipment and Foxtel compliant installation standards to ensure your Foxtel installation is done right the first time.

Foxtel In Multiple Rooms

Many of our customers think the only way to receive Foxtel at more than one TV in their house is to subscribe to additional Foxtel boxes. However, the team at Install My Antenna are able to take the signal from your single Foxtel box and deliver that channel to many different TVs around your house without the ongoing subscription fees. We can even install an infra-red transmitter/receiver that can allow you to change the channel from any room in your house.

Commercial Foxtel Installations & Foxtel Commissioning

Install My Antenna are proficient at installing and maintaining all satellite based Foxtel installations. This includes single wire, TDT, 5wire and satellite multistacker designed systems. Install My Antenna retain a number of TDT maintenance contracts with body corporates around Australia with minimum SLAs designed to minimise and eliminate downtime of Foxtel services. For installation of new systems, please consult with Install My Antenna prior to running any cabling to ensure that the appropriate system can be used at your premises. Install My Antenna’s commercial team will be happy to provide you with a Foxtel approved design to ensure any Foxtel Commissioning process (including the relevant Foxtel Scope of Works (SOW)) will be passed by Foxtel and their quality assurance partners.

Foxtel Multistacker

SMS Headend

Foxtel’s satellite multistacker is a revolutionary new technology that allows channels served on both Horizontal and Vertical transponders to be accessed by multiple end users simultaneously. Practically, this means that only a single cable needs to be run for the backbone cabling and to each outlet in the system. This is compared to the ‘5 Wire’ design, whereby 5 cables are required for the backbone and 2 cables are required for each outlet. However, it is very important to do all signal attenuation calculations when designing multistacker systems so as to avoid slope signal performance issues. Multistackers will surely provide significant benefit to those sites looking to switch from Foxtel cable to Foxtel satellite in the future.

5 Wire

5wire Headend

The 5 wire Foxtel system requires a 5 cable backbone and 2 cables to be run to each outlet. This design has been the base standard for many years and is very common in all types of developments, including high rise apartments, aged care centres, hotels, hospitals, retail, office buildings, etc. However, since the introduction of the Satellite Multistacker system, it is likely that 5 Wire designs will decline in popularity due to cost constraints.


TDT Headend

TDT (or Transparent Digital Transmodulator) is a single wire system employed by Foxtel and still in use at many sites across Australia. All TDT sites must be setup under an ongoing maintenance contract with a Foxtel service provider to ensure the services are maintained in an adequate form and with no significant downtime. However, since 2018, Foxtel have stated that they will no longer allow the new installation of TDT systems (except those already sent and provided with approval). This is mainly due to the fact that TDT systems are not able to broadcast Foxtel’s 4K channels, which are available on the Foxtel iQ4 set top boxes.

Foxtel Digital Modulators

Modulators are used to distribute signals that are not typically supplied on an RF frequency around a large scale MATV or SMATV system, by converting the input source to an RF Channel Frequency. As an example, you might have a Foxtel iQ4 Set Top Box installed and displaying Fox Sports on a TV in a pub or club. If you would like that Fox Sports channel to be distributed to each and every TV in your pub, you can install a Foxtel Digital Modulator to take the HDMI input from your Foxtel iQ4 Set Top Box and convert the audio and video to an RF channel, which your TV channels can then tune in.

As the broadcast of Free To Air TV has migrated from analogue to digital, almost all TVs these days have digital tuners. As a result, many sites using Analogue Foxtel modulators have upgraded to using Digital Foxtel Modulators. There is often a better quality and more reliable picture when using digital modulators. If you are the manager of a pub, club, hotel or any other venue looking to upgrade your analgoue modulators, Install My Antenna can provide a very cost effective solution to supplying and installing Foxtel Digital Modulators.

Case Studies

See a few examples of recent MATV installations we have completed in our Case Studies. A few examples are listed below:

The team were called out this residential building containing 320 apartments in Sydney’s southern suburbs. The building had two separate TV systems running through the building – there was a Foxtel Satellite system installed many years ago, as well as an independent Free To Air television system. The Foxtel system previously in place is described as an ‘Extra Lite’ system, which means that there is only a single lateral cable to each TV point in the building. Customers were only receiving a small selection of channels on offer in their subscription package… Read More

Satellite Dish Front

Install My Antenna were called out to provide an assessment and quote for this iconic location in Sydney’s Woolloomooloo. The building had previously been cabled for Foxtel Cable ‘off the street’, which was subsequently used by NBN as a part of their HFC network. The building manager contacted Install My Antenna to upgrade or switchover the site’s Foxtel delivery method from cable to satellite using Foxtel’s latest technology, the Foxtel Satellite Multistacker… Read More

Foxtel Multistacker

This new construction comprised 2 towers of luxury apartments. The team at Install My Antenna designed, supplied and installed the 5-wire, combined Free To Air and PayTV SMATV system… Read More

Erskineville Apartment - Outdoor 2

Thankfully, Install My Antenna has performed many small and large scale Foxtel installations across Australia. You will be in safe hands with our fully trained & experienced technicians, as well as our technical and administrative office staff.

Foxtel Approved Parts

Please note that for all Foxtel installations, there is a requirement to use Foxtel approved parts. There is a Foxtel Approved Parts list for different types of installations (Domestic and Commercial), which gets updated quite regularly to reflect new products introduced to the market. If you have any queries about what parts are or are not Foxtel approved, feel free to contact us and we are happy to help you. We have created a list of critical parts that are included on the Foxtel Approved parts list as at the time of writing.

Call Install My Antenna today on 1300 800 123 and we can organise a time to visit you and provide a free quote for all your TV Antenna needs.

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Contact Australia’s trusted Antenna Installation, Antenna Repair and Audio Visual Installers on 1300 800 123 for more information on all of our services.

Other Foxtel Resources

Can I Get Free to Air Channels on Foxtel?

Does Foxtel iQ5 Need A TV Antenna?

Foxtel iQ4 Upgrade – Strata Manager Guide For MDUs

14 Ways to Lower Your Foxtel Bill

Foxtel’s Shift Away From Cable: A Transformative Decision

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