[SatNews] Entropic (Nasdaq:ENTR) and Unitron Group have announced that the Unitron Johansson multi-switch, powered by Entropic's EN5218 channel stacking switch (CSS) technology, gives Sky subscribers in the UK and Ireland multi-dwelling units (MDUs) full access to the Sky+ PVR and multi-room services, where prior Sky+ was not previously possible.
Sky, along with Sky ASHAs, the Authorized Sky Homes Agent installer network, was looking for flexible multi-switch satellite solutions to work across a mixed class of set-top box (STB) installations. By leveraging the Johansson 9742 multi-switch, Sky and its installers can simplify whole-home deployments and allow consumers to experience entertainment their way by delivering Sky+ content to multiple rooms in their home, without affecting the homeowners or MDU's specifications for aesthetics. The Johansson multi-switch leverages Entropic's CSS technology to seamlessly distribute signals for eight receivers when in legacy mode, and can expand up to 24 receivers when in Single Cable Router (SCR) mode. By cascading several 9742 switches, entire MDU systems can be supported. By enabling SCR mode in Unitron's Johansson 9742 multi-switch, Entropic's technology enabled Sky to simplify the deployment and lower the overall cost of satellite service installation.
Further information at the Entropic infosite: http://www.entropic.com/