According to Ofcom*, Britain is a binge-viewing nation.
Eight in ten adults in the UK (40 million people) use subscription services such as Netflix or catch-up technology like BBC iPlayer or ITV Hub.
51% of people watch TV in their bedroom and two in five adults say they watch TV alone every day.
Why is this relevant?
People away from home environment amenities and looking for ways to pass time, crave a“home-from-home” experience. Naturally, a home-from-home television system is a top priority.
No longer will a large-screen TV and a scheduled line-up of terrestrial channels impress; patients armed with portable devices and used to catch-up TV and streaming services expect to choose their own content and watch it when they want.
How can my hospital/care home do this?
Catch up TV services are available on Samsung, Philips and LG commercial SMART TV displays. Whilst many consumer SMART TVs offer thousands of apps, we recommend a basic line-up of the most popular catch-up TV apps (BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4 & My5) and YouTube.
In a commercial environment, the provision of subscription services such Netflix is a little more complicated due to licensing restrictions. This can be remedied by the installation of a casting device, allowing the simple casting of content from a portable device (smartphone, tablet, laptop etc) to a television. It’s important that a specific commercial casting device is installed in an away-from-home environment – lockable, more robust in nature and most importantly, preventing interference between rooms.
In essence, a home-from-home experience can be provided via a commercial SMART TV with a casting device attached – simple as that!
Sounds good but I don’t have / can’t afford ethernet infrastructure?
Not a problem, a DOCSIS system enables the distribution of smart services over existing coaxial infrastructure.