Over the years there have been several attempts at bringing local TV to the UK. These have by and large been unsuccessful until Comux launched with an innovative offer and technology – with Estuary TV going on air on 26 November 2103 with more successful launches during 2014
The reasons for this are many and varied. The UK is a very different broadcasting environment compared to that in other countries. North America being a case in point, where almost every town of any size seems to boast its own local TV station.
Some five years ago, UK Government started formulating policy that was ultimately to dictate that Local TV be encouraged, and given a platform to launch. Ofcom then invited technical bids from parties interested in providing the infrastructure to carry and deliver the local TV services on the digital terrestrial platform in the UK.
Comux UK were successful in their bid and were awarded the LTV multiplex licence on 22 January 2013.
This talk will describe the challenges, the difficulties, and innovative solutions adopted by the Comux team in delivering this project to a successful launch on 26 November 2013, when the Uk’s first Digital Terrestrial l Local TV service - Estuary TV - went on air, soon followed by many more during 2014.
Arshad Rasul CEng FIET., Director Blue Octagon Ltd.
Technical Consultant to Comux UK.
Arshad is a Chartered Engineer and a fellow of the I.E.T. He heads up Blue Octagon Ltd, and is also a member of the Comux Board.
He has been in broadcasting since graduating from UMIST in 1976 and has worked at senior technical levels as Project Manager at Channel 4 during the design and build of its London Digital broadcast centre, General manager of Systems at Panasonic Broadcast Europe, and as Director of Broadcast and distribution at S4C. During this time he has also given evidence at two UK Parliamentary select committees on broadcast, and was a Digital UK board member during the highly successful UK digital switchover program.
Chris Romily is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the IET, he currently works as a freelance consultant in Broadcast Engineering.
He built a successful early career in electronics design and design management, including working as a Communications Engineer on the Jubilee Line Extension Project.
He then spent fifteen years in the commercial arena, working for, NDS, Tandberg Television, ntl: and Arqiva, providing authoritative technical support to sales and key accounts in digital TV systems worldwide and account management of major UK terrestrial broadcast accounts .
Chris was responsible for the design and build of the Local TV Multiplex and for its smooth running once launched. In addition to the delivery of the transmission infrastructure, Chris managed the build of the playout and multiplexing centre in Birmingham and the wide area IP network used to connect to the individual local TV studios and transmitter sites.
Birmingham City University City Centre / Millennium Point Campus is just outside Birmingham City centre – see map
There is a multi-storey car park owned and managed by Birmingham City Council situated adjacent to Millennium Point. The car park can be accessed via Jennens Road. After parking, take the lift to level 2. Leave the car park at that level and into Millennium Point. Then go past the lifts; the entrance to the University is opposite the ThinkTank
Millennium Point is clearly signposted from all main routes into the city – simply follow the brown tourist signs. The nearest motorways are the M6, M5 and M42.
NB. If using sat nav please use the following postcode- B4 7AP.
Millennium Point is just 10 mins walk from Moor Street Station and a quarter of an Hour From New Street Station – exit following signs to Moor Street Station
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