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Freeview Spectrum Clearance ramps up

Freeview is ramping up support and advice for viewers in Northern Scotland, ahead of the first retune event in the region.  On 26 July 2017, parts of the Shetland Islands will have become the first to be affected by the frequency changes.  From 2 August, the changes will start to affect parts of the mainland, spreading southwards in regional stages until the beginning of October.  Viewers who lose channels will need to retune to restore them.  This will affect viewers with Freeview, YouView (BT, TalkTalk, Plusnet), EE TV or Now TV Smart Boxes.   On-screen messages will be broadcast to viewers in the affected area.  Freeview has set up a new help webpage at www.freeview.co.uk/tvchanges showing the change dates and affected areas.  A dedicated telephone support number for viewers in Northern Scotland has also been set up - 0808 1000 288. 

CAI Cable Certification & Construction Products Regulation (CPR)

The CAI is circulating a letter to remind all CAI cable certification holders that as from the 1st of July 2017 the new CPR Regulations come into force.   These regulations cover cables used permanently in buildings and civil engineering structures and made available on the market from 1st July 2017.  Any existing stock held that has been placed on the market before CPR became applicable can continue to be sold without CPR credentials. (Each batch of cable is treated as a separate product for the purposes of CPR, so any new deliveries after 1st July will need CPR credentials) 

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Keynote Talks from Evolving Connectivity 2017

Following on from the tremendous success of this year’s show a number of members have asked if they could again view the material presented.  We are therefore building a folder of all the available presentations as we receive them.  This is also an opportunity for members who were unable to attend to view to gain an overview of what they missed. (Please note you need to login is as member to view these downloads and some of the functionality may have been lost that was possible on the day of delivery following the conversion to a pdf document). View & Download Seminar Presentations.

CAI membership category for Home Networks & Connectivity

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With data networking around the home becoming more popular, as well as providing linear TV, a number of CAI installer companies are taking advantage of the a new category of membership available to members.  The ‘Home Networks & Connectivity’ category hopefully will attract more single dwelling installer members involved in networking, although these members will require an upgrade of category and therefore a small subscription rise related to the scale of the business. 

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CAI partners with Construction National Magazine to offer new member benefit

construction nationalCAI has been a regular editorial contributor to Construction National magazine and the magazine’s website www.constructionnational.co.uk is currently receiving over 270,000 hits each month of which some 7,000 are unique visits. The audience for Construction National includes contractors & developers, consultants, house builders, Government departments, quantity surveyors, architects and educational establishments.

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The CAI Gala Awards Dinner Dance 2017

arden hotelThe CAI will be holding our Gala Awards Dinner on the evening of Tuesday 25 April 2017 at the Arden Hotel & Leisure Club, Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull, West Midlands, B92 0EH.

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‘Getmeviewing’ goes live!

getmeviewing websiteThe Confederation of Aerial Industries Ltd (CAI) is celebrating another major milestone in its 38 year history by today launching its new consumer website dedicated solely to the viewer and listener needing help with signal reception and networks.

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New - ‘getmeviewing’ web from the CAI

getmeviewing websiteThe Confederation of Aerial Industries Ltd (CAI) as the UK’s leading trade association for the home entertainment installation industry is about to launch a major new initiative with the viewer and listener in mind.  The CAI has for 38 years been the first choice reference point for broadcasters, government and the construction trades when advice is needed on signal reception and network distribution around the home or business.

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New CAI document for ‘Guidelines & Templates’

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. 

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More SD TV for Freeview HD devices

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. 

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TrustMark – a new web approach

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. 

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Olympic Changes at the BBC

To make way for extensive coverage of the Olympic Games, a number of BBC services are being shuffled around to make room for programmes.  In summary these are as follows:

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