The CAI has produced an explanatory document following a number of calls and enquiries regarding the availability of channels on additional Freeview Commercial HD multiplexes (COM7 & COM8) that have emerged in some areas, along with a local carriage mux. Members can issue this single page document to clients when the message of areas being ‘out of range’ of the additional muxes is not being understood or accepted. Some members are having a difficult time convincing clients that the additional muxes are not receivable in any robust condition on the outskirts of transmitter coverage. It is non-technical document that simply lays out the fact that some broadcasts are low-powered when compared to the public services transmissions and are sometimes difficult to receive on the fringes of the service area covered by some transmitters. - http://cai.org.uk/downloadables/viewcategory/22-system-specifications-and-signal-records.
The number of standard definition channels only available to viewers with newer Freeview equipment continues to grow with the addition of new channels using newer DVB-T2 technology. Using capacity that once promised to rapidly increase the number of HD channels on Freeview, Viacom's 5STAR+1 has launched on the platform, where it's available in some areas on channel 55, replacing My5, which has moved to channel 54. 5STAR+1 alongside The Craft Channel, which is found on channel 88 are taking bandwidth freed up with the end of the temporary BBC Olympic Red Button service.
The BBC has issued another warning about TV and radio problems due to the current atmospheric conditions across parts of the UK.
In the second warning in recent months, the broadcaster has confirmed that the current area of high pressure bringing hot weather to the UK is causing problems for some viewers and listeners.
Forecasts indicate that many parts of England and Wales will have enhanced conditions for TV and radio reception - meaning reception from distant transmitters will be improved, but often at the cost of local reception, when distant transmissions drown out reception of locally broadcast services causing pixelation, break-ups or loss of channels.
The ever-moving feast of aerial changes for 700 MHz clearance goes to 160,000 households this month as Ofcom announce further consultation with stakeholders on the project. The Government is considering whether there is a case for making public funding available to support viewers and wireless microphone owners with these changes. It has requested advice from Ofcom on the effects the changes will have on stakeholders, the options for addressing these effects and the associated costs.
TrustMark, the organisation for government supported standards in service trades, have commenced the rollout of their new, updated website and associated database. Undertaking a phased approach, Phase 1 is nearing completion. They are rolling out a significant number of changes to the website including a change to the ‘look and feel’. Due to this being such a significant update to the all the systems and the website please let us know if you should come across any areas that do not function as you expected and will pass on your findings.
By now all CAI members will have opened a letter from the CAI outlining our quest to establish an apprenticeship scheme for our trade. We need 10 member companies or individuals who can form a working group that will write the standards for a new ‘Trailblazer’ apprenticeship scheme. Trailblazers are a fairly new concept endorsed by the government and established by the industry for the industry – not a qualification developed in the normal school or college frameworks. There is a general feeling that we need our own pathway for our specialism – rather than a scheme ‘bolted’ onto an existing framework – as was the now defunct NVQ in Signal Reception that was joined up with consumer electronics and domestic appliances. The CAI being a trade association can only spearhead this campaign and facilitate or moderate the group. There is a restriction on the part trade bodies can play here.
Another milestone in CAI history was recorded at the end of January when a visit from City & Guilds to Communications House, the CAI’s Watford HQ, led to confirmation that a major percentage of the CAI’s Education and Skills programmes would be carrying the City & Guilds logo on certificates issued by the CAI. A global leader in skills development, the City & Guilds Group connects skills and jobs so people and organisations can progress. Made up of City & Guilds, ILM and City & Guilds Kineo, they work with education providers, businesses and governments in over 80 countries, to provide work-relevant education and training.