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| NEWS | New Report - 5.5 million premises across the UK will be without high-speed broadband connection in 2040

As a partner of the Broadcast 2040+ campaign’s coalition, we’re concerned about the findings from EY's report. With 5.5 million UK households projected to not be connected to high-speed broadband by 2040, safeguarding broadcast services is imperative. Let's ensure access to vital programming for all, especially for vulnerable groups like the elderly, low-income and fixed-income households, and people with mental or physical disabilities. As you know, these are the communities the campaign is trying to support by calling for the protection of broadcast services.
 
Read more about what the report found, or see the full copy here.
 
#Broadcast2040 #ProtectTraditionalTV #digitaldivide
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| NEWS | Sonos Exclusive Live Demo Sessions at Evolving Connectivity

We’re excited to announce that Sonos will be demonstrating their breathtaking 7.2.4 home theatre system at Evolving Connectivity 2024. These demonstrations will have limited places available, so you can experience the products at their best.  Watch this space for more information and to book your time slot once we open them up. 

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| NEWS | Which? Trusted Traders are halving their assessment fee

Which? Trusted Traders are halving their assessment fee - get 50% off and as an added bonus, CAI members get 50% off your monthly fees for your first six months.

Offer ends 26 February 2024. You must have been trading for a minimum of 6 months with no more than 29 employees. Eligibility criteria and T&Cs apply. 

Find out more here: https://for-traders.which.co.uk/advice/how-to-make-the-most-of-the-trusted-trader-assessment-process

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| NEWS | Old Sky receivers to become obsolete

First generation Sky boxes will finally become redundant next year, after Sky confirmed to customers that it will be making major technical changes to its service next year.

•   Further standard definition (SD) channels on Sky will close in 2024.
•   Broadcast parameters will change meaning older boxes will no longer receive services
 
This follows the BBC’s decision to close all of its standard definition channels in January. Viewers hoping that their older Sky receivers will continue to receive service other channels will be disappointed. Sky has indicated these receivers will become obsolete during 2024. It’s been writing letters to customers still using an older box.  This will affect subscribers in both the UK and the Republic of Ireland with any of the first generation, non-HD Sky receivers.
 
Sky+HD and Sky Q boxes are unaffected, and will continue to receive satellite TV channels, although Sky+HD boxes don’t have access to the interactive and streaming services offered by Sky Q.

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| NEWS | Lobby your local MP - Developers and TV Systems

In order to help us lobby Government and Ofcom to try to stop building developers from de-specifying TV Systems from new developments, we’d like as many members as possible to lobby their local MP on this matter. This has proved an effective means of opening channels of communication in the past, so we’re keen to try again.

In order to help this, we’ve prepared a letter template that you can adapt and send to your local MP. You can include an example of a local development that you know has no TV system being installed – the part that’s current in italics, or remove that section if you don’t want to give a specific example.

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| NEWS | Which? Trusted Traders - Google My Business

Becoming a Which? Trusted Trader gives you access to an on-site profile linked to the trusted Which? brand, helping to boost your online search rankings and making sure potential customers can find you online. Read on to find out how to combine a W?TT profile with a free Google My Business account to make sure you reach as many customers as you can. 

Read Article: https://for-traders.which.co.uk/advice/google-my-business-how-to-promote-your-company-for-free?utm_source=partner&utm_medium=cai&utm_campaign=ttadvice

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| NEWS | Member Benefit Partner Dell launches biggest sale event of the year!

Save up to 40% on selected products.

Take advantage of additional members only savings with free shipping.

  • Save an additional 10% discount on XPS NB’s &DT’s
  • Save an additional 7% discount on PowerEdge Servers
  • Save an additional 5% discount on Lattitude, Optiplex, Precision & Vostro (DT & NB)
  • Save an additional 5% discount on Alienware NB’s & DT’s (new platforms).
  • Save an additional 6-10% discount on Monitors.
  • Save an additional 6-20% on Accessories.

Sale Dates: 1st November – 27th November 2023

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| NEWS | Developers no longer specifying TV systems in new build schemes

It has come to our attention that a few developers are looking to specify data only networks in some new developments, probably due to misleading information from ISP’s or consultants. This is simply an attempt to increase their margins at the expense of their customers, although probably due to the misinformation they receive.  We believe that developers should be made aware of the following before reaching similar decisions:

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| NEWS | TRIAX adds a further product to DTG Testing and CAI’s European IRS Certification Scheme (EICS)

Triax has successfully submitted an additional multi-switch product to the European IRS Certification Scheme (EICS).

Developed through an industry collaboration of satellite/DTT platforms and major equipment manufacturers, DTG Testing and CAI’s European-wide assurance scheme for TV and Satellite distribution equipment provides reassurance of end-to-end device compatibility, interoperability and robust RF performance within satellite and DTT distribution systems.

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| NEWS | Update on Cables and the Construction Product Regulation (CPR)

As explained in our previous communications, the Construction Product Regulation (CPR) came into effect in 2017 to regulate cable and its reaction to fire. In addition, in July 2018, the 18th Edition of the Wiring Regulations were released, which recommend that installers follow British Standard BS6701.  CAI recommends that when members are quoting, they should also follow BS6701, which states that all internal telecommunications cables should be a minimumEuroClass Cca-s1b, d2, a2.

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| NEWS | CAI Welcome Leading Technology Brand as New Benefit Partner

Dell Technologies UK is delighted to offer the CAI a range of exclusive discounts on selected IT and other benefits to members.

These include up to 20% discount off laptops, desktops, monitors, and accessories. Plus, additional discounts during promotional periods. Access to our highly trained Small Business Technology Advisors to help members with free advice to grow their business. Dedicated account managers to work with your membership team.

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| NEWS | Global Invacom adds products to DTG testing and CAI’S EICS

Global Invacom has successfully submitted a range of products to the European IRS Certification Scheme (EICS).

Developed through an industry collaboration of satellite/DTT platforms and major equipment manufacturers, DTG Testing and CAI’s European-wide assurance scheme for TV and Satellite distribution equipment provides reassurance of end-to-end device compatibility, interoperability and robust RF performance within satellite and DTT distribution systems.

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| NEWS | BBC urges SD-only satellite viewers to prepare for switch-off

The BBC has confirmed it is putting out additional messages on its satellite version of BBC One SD ahead of the service’s closure in early 2024.  Viewers with legacy Sky and Freesat receivers will now see extra messaging, in addition to that currently shown during regional news slots.  Sky satellite viewers will also see the messaging on the standard definition copy of BBC One that is carried on channel 801.  The message currently pops-up in between selected programmes.

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