Digital UK issue Freeview TV guide update

DUK have issued notice that the Freeview TV guide is being updated on Wednesday, 3 September 2014 to create extra capacity for new services. As a result, Children’s and News channels will move to new channel numbers. The Children’s genre will move from LCN 70 to start at LCN 120 and the News genre will move from LCN 80 to start at LCN 130.

To update their guide viewers simply need to retune their Freeview TVs and digital boxes where equipment does not pick up the changes automatically. On-screen messages will prompt viewers to retune on or after 3 September 2014.

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To all Aerial Manufacturers and Distributors - LTE Batch Tests

Your attention is drawn to the fact that NPL will be batch testing submitted LTE aerials from Monday 2nd of June through to Friday 13th June. The cost savings are considerable so any product distributors wishing to submit aerials for testing should contact David Knight at NPL (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) as soon as possible to book a test slot.

Safe Working at Height – Republic of Ireland

Good news for the trade in the Republic of Ireland. The CAI is pleased to announce that their consultant partners – CSS Worksafe Ltd – have secured premises in Mullingar, in Westmeath, Ireland from which they can deliver the CAI’s Safe Working at Height with ladders training course. The course is essential to new applicants for membership who may not have completed any formal certification of competence is using ladders as a working platform.   Proving you are competent with PPE and a fall restraint system is fundamental when applying to join the CAI. The CAI wishes CSS every success with this new extension to their growing business and hopes more installers will make use of the facility and so ensure installers are working as safely as possible when using ladders for work.

The address for the course venue is; Unit 2, Zone C, Mullingar Business Park, Mullingar, Westmeath. For full details of how to enrol on CAI approved training for any aspect of health & safety in the work place - http://cai.org.uk/t/training-courses/59-safe-working-at-heights-with-ladders


Vestel Freeview Box Software Updates

There is a v2.58 software fix available for Vestel T8300 Freeview HD boxes, badged using various brand names listed in this bulletin. Boxes running v2.54 or older will find that they can only pick up a single HD (DVB-T2) mux and with the COM7 mux rollout well underway, this means that the box has to be updated to v2.58 in order to pick up all the HD channels available.

It looks like there will be no over-the-air update as the DTG’s engineering channel site is not showing any scheduled releases. However, the relevant receivers can be manually updated via USB or RS232 connections.

There is service bulletin with full details on how to manually apply the update and obtain links to the software files.  CLICK HERE

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New Freeview Update 2 April

With the launch of more local TV Freeview have issued updated multiplex listings. A new service for London, ‘London Live’ started service from 01 April 14.   Other additions and changes are;

CBS Reality has now launched on LCN 66 (SDN/COM4 mux).
Bid on LCN 23 is now on ARQ A /COM5 mux
Price drop on LCN 37 in Standard Definition has moved to the ARQ C (COM7) temporary HD mux.

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Latest Freeview and 4G at 800 MHz

Mobile phone operators are now preparing to roll out 4G networks in more UK towns and cities to provide super-fast wireless broadband in the coming weeks and months.

at800 is the organisation tasked with ensuring viewers continue to receive Freeview when 4G mobile services at 800 MHz are launched. It is sending postcards to households and businesses telling them about the forthcoming mast activation in: 

  • Aylesbury, Bucks.
  • Uttlesford, Essex.
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New CAI Distributing Member - SAL Trading Ltd

SAL Trading Ltd Logo FullCongratulations to confirm SAL Trading Ltd, based in Gloucester on your new membership holding membership number, M.1823. SAL Trading are a distributor specialising in TV Distribution equipment supply to the Aerial and Satellite Installation trade. They also represent Fagor Electronica exclusively in the UK, as well as importing in Fracarro IRS and SMATV equipment. SAL represents Sinuta Satellite Dishes, while also stocking a wide range of satellite and terrestrial components. Full company information can be found on the following link, http://www.cai.org.uk/component/mtree/manufacturers-distributors/1161-sal-trading-ltd?Itemid=

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New CAI Distributing Member - LeM Electronics UK Ltd

We are delighted to confirm LeM Electronics UK Ltd, based in Maidenhead are members holding membership number, M.1822. They are a distributor for products manufactured by LeM Electtronica SRi. of Italy, who are a long established manufacturer of Antenna electronics. Their main products are SCR multiswitchs, amplifiers and modulators. Full company information can be found on the following link, http://www.cai.org.uk/component/mtree/manufacturers-distributors/1160-lem-electronics-uk-ltd?Itemid=

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