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Overview
ChannelBox sells, installs, and maintains Private Cable TV systems for MDU/MTUs (multiple dwelling/tenant units) such as condominiums, townhouses, apartment complexes, hospitals, marinas, prisons and office buildings.

As the MDU markets continue record growth, Property Associations, Managers and Owners alike, are looking for alternate ways to provide cable TV service to their residents and tenants. The desire to customize the properties’ channel lineups based on resident and tenant demographics is increasing. 

Though the local cable company provides an encompassing channel packages, it is too cost-prohibitive and technically challenging for them to provide a specific channel lineup for each individual property. Additionally, property residents would most likely be required to purchase a tiered package, pay for unwanted “filler” channels, and rent a converter box, in order to provide something similar to the property’s intended needs. Needless to mention, the price grows with each tiered package and service.

Until recently, Property Associations and Managers had no choice regarding channel selection for their properties. Instead they had to install one of the tiered packages offered by the local cable company. Unfortunately, this meant that the Property Association had to pay for channels they did not need, or that simply didn’t fit into the demographics of their property residents.

Now, Condominium and Property Associations, as well as Developers, Builders and Property Managers have an alternative choice to the local cable company. That choice is ChannelBox. Learn how your property can purchase or lease its own Private Cable System; customize your channel lineup, gain independence from the cable company, and still save money. You don’t need to be a cable expert to own your own cable system. ChannelBox will even maintain it for you. Get more, pay less. 

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The Technology
We build, install and maintain your property cable TV system. ChannelBox delivers 100% digital programming to MDU properties via a satellite-delivered, private cable system. Once the signal is captured from satellite, it is then carried to the head-end located on your property, then distributed throughout the property to each of the residents’ units. Here’s a more detailed look:

  • Satellite Dish – Unlike the cable companies who use huge satellite dishes to receive their programming before they distribute it through miles of cable, we install a small dish and a choice of penetrating or non-penetrating mount, either on the roof or located on southwest corner of your property. The satellite dish is inconspicuous and usually not noticeable. The satellite dish function is to gather programming signal from satellites, and then send it to your head-end equipment.

  • Head-end Equipment – The head-end is where your cable system starts and ends. Since all the equipment is located directly on your property, usually in your equipment room/closet, it is called a “Private cable TV system.” The primary difference between your system and the local cable TV company is that by installing your own Private Cable System, you have eliminated miles of cables and failure points, thus virtually eliminating outages due to cable cuts. Each channel in your head-end requires 1-receiver and 1-modulator. A receiver tunes in to a specific single channel gathered from the satellite dish. The signal from the receiver is then sent to a modulator. The modulator allows you to choose what specific TV channel you would like to see a certain channel/program. For instance, if you would like to watch HBO on channel 3 and have NBC on channel 4, modulators make this possible. Additionally, other video and data sources can be “piped” through your private cable system with modulators. Surveillance cameras, on-screen channel guides, and internet access is all modulated the same way. We make choices possible. 

  • Cable Distribution system – This system is the cable wiring within the building, which runs from your equipment room, throughout the building (or risers), and then branch off to each resident unit. These are typically already in place if your property already receives cable TV. Most properties own their own cable distribution systems. Once we install the head-end equipment, we simply integrate and plug into it your existing cable distribution system, sending your new channels to every unit within the property. No need for converter boxes. No more cable cuts. No additional fees for extra TVs or bedrooms. No more excuses. 

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Channel Lineup
ChannelBox cable TV systems deliver satellite programming to MDUs. Unlike the analog system of many cable companies, satellite-delivered programming from ChannelBox is 100% digital. Whereas cable companies have a limit to how many channels they provide, ChannelBox offers a choice from our a-la-carte menu, of over 250 all-digital, satellite-delivered channels. 

Choose from a selection of Packages:


ESPN Package: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, and ESPN Classic
Fox Sports Suite: Fox Sports Net, F/X and Fox Sports World
The Fundamentals: Bloomberg Television, Cartoon Network, CNN, C-SPAN2, Fox News,
Headline News, TBS, The Weather Channel, TNT and USA Network
Family Favorites: ABC Family Channel, American Movie Classics, Animal Planet,
Discovery Channel and The Learning Channel
Business Networks: CNBC, Bloomberg Television, Fox News, MSNBC and techtv
Great Entertainment: Comedy Central, Lifetime, MTV, MTV2, VH1 and Nickelodeon/Nick at
Nite (East and West)
Music Extra: Country Music Television, MuchMusic and The National Network
Facts & Fantasy: Court TV, The SCI FI Channel and E! Entertainment Television
Local Channels: See Local Channel Areas Lookup for available channels
Jadeworld: JADE-East, JADE-West, Jadeworld Super Channel, The Chinese Movie
Channel and CCTV-4

Choose from a selection of Premium Channels:

HBO® (7 channels)
CINEMAX® (3 channels)
SHOWTIME UNLIMITED® (5 SHOWTIME® channels, The Movie Channel®, FLIX® and Sundance Channel®)
SHOWTIME®, FLIX® and Sundance Channel® (7 channels including 5 SHOWTIME® channels), SHOWTIME® (5 SHOWTIME® channels)
STARZ Super Pak®† / Encore® (12 channels including all 6 theme channels)
STARZ! / Encore® + 3 Themes† (9 channels)
STARZ! / Encore® + 1 Theme† (7 channels)
STARZ! / Encore® (6 channels: 2 STARZ!, 1 STARZ! Theater East, 1 Black STARZ! Movies and 2 Encore)
Encore® + 6 Themes† (8 channels)
Encore® + 3 Themes† (5 channels)
Encore® + 1 Theme† (3 channels)
Encore® (2 channels: East and West)
† Theme Channels include: Western, Action, Mystery, True Stories, Love Stories and WAM!

Choose from a selection of A-La-Carte Channels:

A&E, The History Channel, Discovery Health, BBC America, Newsworld International, TRIO, Black Entertainment Television (BET), Game Show Network, Bravo, International Film Channel (IFC) and We: Women’s Entertainment, CNN International/CNNfn and Turner Classic Movies, C-SPAN and C-SPAN2, Disney Channel (East and West), ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, Fox Movie Channel, Fox Sports World, F/X, Galavisión and Univision, The Golf Channel, Home & Garden Television (HGTV), Food Network and Travel Channel, MUSIC CHOICE® (includes all channels), NBA TV, Phoenix TV®, Speed Channel, Sundance Channel®, WGN Superstation, Regional Sports Networks, Fox Sports Net, YES Network

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Bulk-Rate Pricing
This is the ChannelBox edge. Not only do we work with the Property Manager or Association to pick-and-choose a lineup that best matches the property residents demographics, but all of our pricing is based on Bulk-Rate discounts. 

Bulk-Rate Pricing offers huge discounts over retail cable TV pricing. Where retail pricing for an HBO channel from the cable company might be an additional cost of $12-15 per month on average, ChannelBox’s Bulk-Rate price for HBO is $3.50 per month, but not just for one HBO channel, for SEVEN different HBO channels. And what’s even greater is that the residents don’t need a cable converter box!

In fact, with 100% Property participation and with ChannelBox’s Bulk-Rate Pricing, your programming costs and cost to lease or purchase your system is still less expensive than ordering programming from the cable company.

Here’s an example of a channel lineup for a 180 unit condominium located in Miami, Florida:

# Channel Description $/unit/mo # Channel Description $/unit/mo
2 Channel Guide optional  37 Fox Sports World included 
3 Surveillance Channel optional  38 Nick at Nite (West) included 
4 PBS – WPBT $24.95** 39 Nick at Nite (East) included 
5 CBS – WFOR included  40 Disney (East) $.75*
6 NBC – WTVJ included  41 Disney (West) included 
7 Fox – WSVN included  42 A&E $.35*
8 ABC – WPLG included  43 History Channel included 
9 PBS – WLRN included  44 Discovery Health included 
10 Ind – WEYS included  45 ABC Family Channel $.50*
11 UPN – WBFS included  46 Discovery Channel included 
12 PAX – WPXM included  47 Learning Channel included 
13 WB – WBZL included  48 AMC included 
14 Ind – WJAN included  49 Animal Planet included 
15 TMO – WSCV included  50 Cartoon Network included 
16 TFT – WAMI included  51 techtv included 
17 Ind – WEYS included  52 Court TV $.25*
18 Galavision $.15 53 The SciFi Channel included 
19 Univision included  54 E! Television included 
20 Bloomberg Television $1.25* 55 Comedy Central $.50*
21 Fox News included  56 Lifetime included 
22 Headline News included  57 MTV  included 
23 TBS included  58 MTV2 included 
24 Weather Channel included  59  VH-1 included 
25 TNT included  60 HBO® $3.50
26 USA Network included  61 HBO® West included 
27 C-SPAN2 included  62 HBO® 2 included 
28 CNN  included    63 HBO® 2 West included 
29 CNBC included    64 HBO® Signature included 
30 MSNBC $.50*   65 HBO® Family included 
31 ESPN $2.40   66 HBO® Family West included 
32 ESPN2 included    67 SHOWTIME East $3.00
33 ESPNEWS included    68 SHOWTIME West included 
34 ESPN Classics included    69 SHOWTIME TOO included 
35 Fox Sports Net $1.35   70 SHOWTIME Show. included 
36 F/X included    71 SHOWTIME Extreme included 
      Total Monthly Property Cost $2634.95
      Or cost per Unit (resident) $14.64***
      *Package includes other channels.
**Local channels are $24.95/mo per property.
***Maintenance fees and applicable taxes not included.


As you can see from the example, this Condominium has over 75 different channels, which include 12 Premium Movie Channels, a Property-Specific Channel Guide, and they have their lobby camera, swimming pool camera, and front-gate camera broadcasting on Channel 39, their own Property Surveillance Channel

The Condo Association pays a little over $2600 per month for programming costs, which comes to $14.64***/mo per resident!

(Payment for equipment on a 60-month lease is an estimated $515.00/mo. or $2.86/resident. Property owns system after 60 months.)

In order for a property to be eligible for ChannelBox’s Bulk-Rate pricing, the property must qualify as:

1) an MDU property, and 
2) 100% of residents/tenants participate
3) Property must have a minimum of 50 units
4) Must obtain ChannelBox credit and site approval

Yes, it is that easy!

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Custom Lineups
One of the greatest advantages we offer over the local cable company is providing Property Managers and Associations the ability to pick and choose and customize their entire channel lineup. There are many reasons why this is a key advantage:

1) Lower your costs. When a Property Association decides to include a premium movie channel from the local cable company, they must order up a ladder of services. This means that a property cannot simply order “Basic” cable with a movie channel. Instead, they must order through a tiered system. In order to receive the premium movie channel, the property must order the “Digital” package, which includes all the “Basic” package channels, the “Extended Basic” package channels, converter box rental, and finally, the movie channel fee. With ChannelBox, properties can simply select from our a-la-carte menu of channels. No limits, unlimited choices. 
2) No converter boxes. ChannelBox’s channels and programming are 100% digital. This eliminates the need for a converter box, and only requires that the resident have a cable-ready TV. Most cable companies today still have their old analog systems with a separate digital system that carries the majority of popular and premium channels.
3) No “Filler Channels”. Because of the ability to customize your own channel lineup, properties do not have to pay for channels they don’t want. Most cable companies must dedicated a percentage of their channels to religious and government subjects. Since the ChannelBox system is a Private Cable system, properties can reduce their costs by eliminating channels they aren’t required to carry and channels they don’t want.
4) Happy Residents and Tenants. Property Managers and Associations can customize their entire channel lineup based on resident and property demographics and desires. It’s no secret that people love to get what they pay for. When the Association or Manager is able to eliminate “filler channels” and provide the channels their residents want, and pay only for the channels they order, the result is a happy community.

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Multiplex Movie Channels
Many people are unaware of the fact that many premium channels such as HBO have a “suite” of other HBO channels. Instead of just one channel of HBO, ChannelBox offers:

Aside from the Multiple Movie Channels, ChannelBox can also provide you all 7 HBO channels for the price of one. You’ll never hear, “there’s nothing on TV” again!

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Channel Guide
ChannelBox also offers a Property-Specific On-Screen Channel Guide. No more fumbling with remotes to find the program-guide. Simply turn to the On-Screen Channel Guide and see what programs are playing. Our On-Screen Channel Guide is also Internet-enabled, allowing Property Managers access to post community information directly onto the On-Screen Channel-Guide. This means that the next condo meeting, trash pickup dates, and other community information can be seen my residents on their Channel Guide. Imagine how well internal communications are improved between Property Managers and residents. 
And now for our grand-finale: imagine having the ability to sell advertising space on your On-Screen Channel Guide, and offset your video costs! All things are possible! 


Benefits Matrix
Benefits Comparison -- ChannelBox vs. Cable Company

BENEFITS

ChannelBox

Cable Company

Ability to Customize your channel lineup

YES

No

Eliminate converter boxes

YES

No

Reduce cable outages

YES

No

Increase uptime

YES

No

Eliminate cable cuts 

YES

No

Add channels anytime (Bulk Rate)

YES

No

Channel guide (specific to Property)

YES

No

Property information channel

YES

Optional

Integrate Surveillance System

YES

No

Multiple Movie Channels for the price of 1

YES

No

100% digital service

YES

No

Property-dedicated high-speed Internet

YES

No

Friendly, professional service

YES

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Build Equity
Some of the greatest benefits you will enjoy from owning or leasing your own Private Cable System from ChannelBox are the immediate savings in programming costs. Not only are our programming prices usually lower than the local cable company, we can also provide you with the exact channels you want and help you stop paying for channels you don’t need. Additionally, you get more for the money with our Multiple Movie Channels. For the same price that the cable charges for an HBO Premium channel, ChannelBox can provide you with 7 HBO channels!

The savings on programming can help you build equity in your property. The extra savings can be used for other amenities, such as surveillance systems, high-speed internet access, a website, or maybe a new lobby make-over. Additionally, equity can also be increased because your property stands out over your competition when you can provide cable TV programming customized to your residents or tenants needs. This attracts news residents and keeps the existing residents happy.

Finally, and just as importantly, you can gain and enjoy freedom for the local cable company. No longer is your property bound to what the cable company thinks you should watch. You now have a choice of what to watch and how to choose it, and by owning your own cable system, your property is self-sufficient and can adapt to the residents’ changing needs and desires. 

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