Digital TV signal over coax
My IT director just charged me with finding out what kinds of video distribution we have at each of our 5 schools. No problem there.
Here's where things get more interesting. He wants a recommendation on where we should go from here, when retrofitting these schools for digital signals.
...the typical setup at our high school is a cable TV type input, running from a main box via coax all to each classroom in the building; all classrooms have a mounted TV. Our middle school and elementary schools use a similar input signal via coax, but most classrooms do not already have TV's installed - instead they are checked out when teachers request them.
-Buy digital tuners for each of our classroom TV's to pick up the digital signal being broadcast in 2009
-As possible, replace older TV's with digital tuner-equipped TV's
-Buy monitors with converters for use with video over IP, using our network wiring
-Will our current coax wiring handle a digital signal
Has anyone ever tackled this sort of issue before? I'm pretty weak in the video signal department and will be doing a good bit of research on this next week.
My initial thoughts are basically:
For the fewer TV's in the MS and elementary schools, price digital converter boxes, as the # of TV's is small.
For the HS, compare the price of going to video over IP versus other options (both seem expensive when talking the # of TV's).
I'd love any ideas you all have. Thanks! :)
..In editing this post and thinking further about the issue, I think I need more information from my director. I'm not getting a clear impression of the problem. ...more to come next week, for sure.