SMATV stands for a collective television reception and distribution system serving a local population of users co-located in a block of apartments, a hotel or group housing complex. SMATV systems use one or more high quality, centrally located antennae to receive the satellite signals. The satellite signals are distributed to the end-users via a dedicated cable distribution network. The pictures are sent around a communal dwelling, hotel, multi-TV or multi-user dwelling, giving each TV point/outlet a number of satellite channels and local terrestrial channels without satellite receivers being in each room/location.