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My name is Lem Gage and I represent our local telephone exchange. We are a Co-Op that provides telephone services to about 2000 subscribers. We are currently deploying DSL and myself along with other board members believe we should have video options, but the managment says that a headend would be to costly for us. I would like another opinion which is maybe not so bias. If anyone could help me please email at by

If you are going to have video you need a headend. Even if you use something like Echostars new upcomming service you will still need some type of headendSattmaster (talk)

Line amplifierEdit

What? Does no article discuss the wideband amplfiers that distribute CATV signals? Jim.henderson (talk) 04:25, 1 March 2008 (UTC)

Yes we do need that along with line extender amps. Sattmaster (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 17:31, 25 May 2010 (UTC).

Added photosEdit

Added my own photos and corrected error. Analog over the air TV does require equipment to receive it said all you need is an antenna with is incorrect. You also need a channel processor and modulator. Also photo of dish is from a larger system most systems have many dishes. Will try to get a photo of a standard headend. Sattmaster (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 17:49, 25 May 2010 (UTC).


Its not true that you need a antenna for each over the air channel. Many systems receive several signals off the same antenna if they are from the same direction and band. Sattmaster (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 17:56, 25 May 2010 (UTC).

Agreed. A dedicated commercial-grade receiving antenna is NOT needed for each channel that the cable company wishes to receive and distribute. Will edit article to reflect this. algocu (talk) 16:28, 10 October 2019 (UTC)


For cable, what is a typical distance from the headend to the home? For telephone the term Last mile is used, but can be up to 5km. I've not heard Last mile applied to cable (but that article indicates it does) --Bob (talk) 05:14, 3 March 2011 (UTC)

The article is full of problems. A "headend" is usually at the trunk of a branch-and-tree system, not at the branches as the article suggests. Our headend is 20+ miles from some of the rural subscribers. I'm going to find some credible sources and overhaul this page... it's a factual mess. Alphachimera (talk) 18:18, 22 April 2011 (UTC)

Alternative methods of distributing to the headendEdit

The article states that other ways to distribute programmes to the headend include telephone and the internet. Does this mean that IPTV channels could, if there was some demand, be sent to the cable headend and distributed over a cable channel? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:01, 22 June 2012 (UTC)

Informe de errorEdit

headend es el Master de emision saludos daniel rivero-- (talk) 14:14, 20 August 2017 (UTC)

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