Comux UK, the company responsible for operating the UK’s local TV infrastructure, has signed a vendor deal with media transport technology firm Nevion.
The agreement, announced at NAB in Las Vegas, will enable local TV stations using the Comux infrastructure to integrate with the UK’s DTT service Freeview and cross-carry service information and EPG data.
This will be possible using Nevion’s service information technology, SI Manager – the standard technology for each UK multiplex that integrates with Freeview, designed specifically to provide regional adaptation of DTT services in the UK.
“The next few months are going to be some of the most exciting in the history of British television. At the end of the month, the second round of local TV licensees will submit their proposals to the media regulator Ofcom, while the first local launches could go live by the end of the year,” said Comux UK chairman and CEO Ed Hall.
“From today, Comux has started building the broadcast infrastructure that will support local TV service across the UK. Nevion’s technology is the first piece of the jigsaw, and a vital one,” he added.