Advanced Television

Comux names infrastructure partners

August 20, 2013

Comux UK, the community-owned business selected by Ofcom to build and operate the local TV broadcasting platform, has announced details of its technical infrastructure and the companies selected as infrastructure partners and suppliers.

Ed Hall, Chief Executive at Comux, said: “We are delighted to announce that we have now agreed contracts with all of our key infrastructure partners and suppliers.  This means we can now offer the complete technical framework we promised to Ofcom, and the 19 local licensees, due to start broadcasting in the coming months.”

The infrastructure includes;
Arqiva – Transmission services
IBC (Innovation Birmingham Campus) – Buildings and facilities
Phoenix7 – licensee Channel Management Software (CMS) for scheduling
Techex  – Lead technical architect for the broadcast layer, (compression and multiplexing, contribution, broadcast IP network, IP/ASI transport and transmitter monitoring)
TSL – Lead System Integrator, using the Evertz Mediator system for storage and playout
WarwickNet – Network

With the technical infrastructure in place, the first 19 licensees can focus on getting ready to start broadcasting. Lia Nici, Executive Producer, Channel 7 Grimsby, said: “We are very excited about our upcoming launch on Freeview, and the completion of the technical infrastructure framework is a big step towards this.”

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