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- UK local TV licensees announce technical infrastructure partners
Local TV is finally coming to the UK, rolling out across 19 cities over the next few months. Comux UK, the community-owned business selected by Ofcom to build and operate the local TV broadcasting platform and owned in equal measure by the local TV licensee, has announced details of its technical infrastructure and the companies selected as infrastructure partners and suppliers. Comux UK is owned in equal measure by the local TV licensees.
The infrastructure includes Arqiva for transmission services, Evertz Mediator system for storage and playout, and Phoenix7’s Zeus Channel Management Software for scheduling.
Arqiva will provide main transmission services,including network access and managed transmissions. The network access agreement will enable Comux to use Arqiva towers, with new antennas on transmission sites. Arqiva will also manage the transmission of Comux’s high power playout signal.
Comux has chosen TSL as the systems integrator for the network operations center (NOC). The core function of the playout will be provided by the Evertz Mediator System to provide an integrated content workflow and playout solution, combining content preparation, media management and playout — including on-screen graphics and secondary events. The Mediator system will be located in the NOC and will be presented to the Licensees via a regular Web Browser in their offices by connecting across the Comux IP network.
Mediator will accept the advanced and transmission schedules produced by the Phoenix7 CMS and scheduling system, and use these to drive the media management and playout functionality.
Comux is based at the IBC (Innovation Birmingham Campus) at Aston, Birmingham,in central England. Comux has leased three main areas from IBC to create a Central Apparatus Room (housing the main electronic equipment), a Master Control Room (providing facilities for the operating staff), and office space (for admininstration, marketing, compliance and other back-office functions).
The Comux NOC will be linked to the local stations and the transmitter sites though a high-speed, high-bandwidth MPLS network from WarwickNet, supporting both data and voice.
Alongside broadcasting on the DVB-T network, some of the local channels are planning carriage on satellite and cable TV, and online.