Freeview technical changes in parts of the West Midlands

Some viewers in the West Midlands may need to retune their Freeview receivers on the 1st June 2016 in order to continue receiving all BBC channels.  Technical changes are being made to the signal from The Wrekin transmitter, as well as transmitters in Bromsgrove and Lark Stoke, which will affect BBC standard definition channels on Freeview. 

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Welcome connectivity by all at EC 2016

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In these uncertain times one thing is certain – you can never be sure how a trade show is going to register with those who register! We need not have feared the outcome of this year’s visit to the National Motorcycle Museum for ‘Evolving connectivity 2016’. 

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It’s Show Time!

Evolving Connectivity 2016 is upon us.  Hosted by the CAI, the only national event for the UK’s signal networking industry returns to the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham, on Wednesday 27th April.  As well as the only national exhibition arena dedicated to our trade in media reception and distribution we have a formidable talk-show line-up of speakers directly involved in how Britain’s TV landscape is shaping up for the future.  Spectrum changes are high on the agenda as more TV space gives way to internet protocol applications. 

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The countdown begins – 3 weeks to go until Evolving Connectivity 2016

Just as Easter came early – so will ‘Evolving Connectivity 2016’EC2015 E Burst Image The timing has gradually pushed backwards into the year from the old regular summertime slot of June during the heady days of digital switchover.   The show now reflects the quantum leaps our trade has made as we move into a connected digital environment based on internet protocol.   CAI distributors will be showing and explaining their new product that now distributes around homes basing their extra viewing on broadband connectivity.  However, the UK terrestrial market is still strong as millions of households still employ an aerial as means of viewing real-time TV around their home.  With major moves now Basic aerial and satellite training still forms the main demand backbone of CAI courses delivered today.  The CAI’s Education & Skills programmes have made the bold step into City & Guilds accreditation.  To mark that, the CAI training stand will be manned for the whole of the show on Wednesday 27th April so that members and non-members can come along and talk about upskilling requirements as trade moves towards broadband connectivity and all the other devices viewers use to watch moving pictures around the home.  Click on the link below for the finalised speaker list:


Plans now underway for 700 MHz clearance

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.

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Evolving Connectivity 2016 – Speaker line-up nearly complete

With only  weeks to go until the only national show for signal reception and distribution the CAI has almost completed it keynote speaker slot allocation for this year’s event at the National Motorcycle Museum on Wednesday 27th April.

After a welcome and introduction by the CAI’s Chairman, Les Hampson, we are pleased to have the EC2015 Floor ImageDigital TV Group’s Chief Executive – Richard Lindsay-Davies.  Richard will set the scene for the show by delivering his overview of where he sees the UK’s digital TV future with all the progression towards mobile broadband, spectrum and Ultra HD TV.  Following Richard we will have Ofcom’s Principle Broadcast Specialist – Graham Plumb.  Graham is working on the Ofcom strategy that will see 700 MHz – part of the UK TV frequency spectrum - handed over for more mobile broadband.  He is working closely with Digital UK who now have a new Programme Director for 7OO MHz – Kate Macefield.  Between Graham and Kate the industry have an exclusive opportunity to hear about how the sell-off of 700 MHz will affect aerial business. At least 100,000 homes – maybe more - will need an aerial change when existing services migrate to new spectrum area.  How the affected viewers will be helped through this ‘switchover’ will doubtless involve CAI members. 

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City & Guilds accreditation for CAI courses

CG Accreditation Logoline blackAnother 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.​

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Sad News

William VickersFor those of us with a long history in this industry we remember fondly the influence of Bill ‘Willy’ Vickers.  A Scotsman with a terrific sense of humour, we have just learned Willy has sadly passed away.   He will long be remembered by us at CAI for his forthright views delivered with a powerful, straight face that then turned to quirky grin. 

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CAI courses win City & Guilds accreditation

Another milestone in CAI history was recorded at the end of January when a visit from City & Guilds to 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. 

The CAI’s Office Manager and Education & Skills Co-ordinator, Amanda Ward alongside Senior Executive, Tim Jenks had been piecing together all the necessary criteria that applies towards being accredited by one of the best known qualification brands in the UK.  The main demanding requirements by City & Guilds were providing assessment and administration systems within a specified, tested framework.  The CAI’s team dedicated to providing bespoke training for our industry proved itself to be robust enough to come under close scrutiny.  With some fine tuning an approval application that documented the CAI training managment system passed all the required verification and the CAI is in the process of signing a contract with City & Guilds for the use of their logo on the following courses;

  • Basic Aerial & Basic Satellite
  • Making the Bond
  • An Introduction to IRS
  • Basic Home Networking & Connectivity
  • Fibre Optics in Signal Distribution
  • SMATV & IRS Networks Design & Build

Details on how to book all CAI courses can be found at: http://www.cai.org.uk/t/new-training-booking or call Amanda Ward on 01923 803030 – email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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