An Integrated Reception System (IRS) is usually installed in multi dwelling environments such as blocks of flats. Sometimes IRS is also installed in large houses and other environments such as Schools, Colleges, and Offices

The installation of an Integrated Reception System (IRS) in a development has benefits for both developer/landlord and resident, as it delivers to the home the full range of TV and Radio services, both analogue and digital, Terrestrial and Satellite. The resident can then decide what they want to receive.


An IRS not only increases the availability of multi channel Digital TV, but also adds value to the property and the services provided. It also eliminates the need for residents to install their own satellite dishes or aerials, spoiling the appearance of the development.

Installing IRS means that the resident is free to decide to either connect their existing TV equipment to the system to pick up the existing free-to air terrestrial analogue channels, (until they are switched off), or take up digital satellite or digital terrestrial, now or in the future. This solution means the Developer/Landlord installing IRS does not have to favour any one particular supplier of TV programming. The choice is left to the resident.

An IRS distributes all terrestrial services (analogue & digital Terrestrial TV plus FM and DAB radio) and also satellite frequencies from a selected satellite, usually the Sky Digital satellite Astra 28° East

All of these signals are then distributed to a 4-socket wall outlet.

Once an IRS is installed, residents can obtain their own Digital receiver (Sky, Freesat, or Freeview), plug into the system and receive and subscribe to whatever channels they wish.

As an IRS provides two satellite feeds per flat, the resident has the option of having the Sky Plus/HD service (which requires two feeds).

These days, the availability of multi channel TV and its services in a home should be as commonplace as a telephone and broadband connection.


Specification for IRS

An IRS (Integrated Reception System) distributes the following:

  • Existing terrestrial analogue channels at UHF frequencies
  • Digital terrestrial multiplexes
  • Digital satellite I.F. frequencies from Astra 28º East satellite (Sky Digital)
  • Local FM and DAB Radio broadcasts

hotbirdOptions for an IRS

A normal IRS delivers all the frequencies from the Sky Digital Satellite, but there are many European satellite channels available from other satellites such as German, Arabic, Italian, French, and Spanish. Frequencies from another satellite such as Eutlesat Hotbird 13° could be delivered on an IRS by having a 9-cable backbone system.