QVC Extra launches on local TV multiplex

Home shopping channel QVC Extra has launched on the Freeview digital-terrestrial TV platform in the UK on the multiplex set up to deliver local TV services.  The channel, available 24 hours a day, showcases the best of QVC’s product range in one-hour long themed or branded programmes. QVC Extra was previously available to Freeview homes […]

Notts TV goes live

Local UK TV station for the Nottingham area, Notts TV, is due to launch tonight on Freeview channel 8. The channel has been granted a 12-year licence and will initially run seven days a week from 16:00 to midnight, and then from earlier in the day as more programming becomes available. A consortium of the […]

Comux switches on new transmitters for local TV

Comux, the infrastructure joint venture set up to support the launch of local digital-terrestrial TV channels in the UK, yesterday switched on new transmitters at Winter Hill to bring services to Liverpool, Manchester and Preston. The transmitters, overseen by Comux and operated by Arqiva, will extend the reach of the local TV network increase by […]

Ofcom grants Welsh local TV licences

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has awarded licences for local TV services in Swansea and Mold, Wales, in the latest stage of its regional television rollout. The licences are for Bay TV Swansea and Bay TV Clywd in Mold. Both will be broadcast on DTT by the local multiplex – a discrete amount of spectrum reserved […]

UK local TV network goes live

The UK’s planned network of nearly 50 local TV stations starts to roll out today with the launch of Estuary TV in Grimsby. Comux, the infrastructure provider for the UK’s new terrestrial local TV services, will start to operate its Birmingham-based TV Network Operations Centre (NOC) with the channel launch. This centre will provide the infrastructure […]

Ericsson to supply headend for Comux

Ericsson is to supply the compression platform to power the delivery of local TV services in the UK, provided by platform operator Comux. Comux UK has selected Ericsson to enable it to package the content delivered from the 19 local TV areas – Belfast, Birmingham, Brighton and Hove, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Grimsby, Leeds, Liverpool, […]

Comux chooses Techex for local TV infrastructure

Comux, the infrastructure provider for the UK’s new terrestrial and online local TV services, has chosen broadcast technology provider Techex to design, commission and support the end-to-end broadcast network for the local TV broadcasting platform. Techex will design and install all the critical broadcast services from licensee contribution and central network management through to distribution, […]

Local TV provider Comux launches ‘manifesto’

Comux UK, the group mandated by regulator Ofcom to build and operate the infrastructure for the UK’s new local TV channels, has launched the ‘Comux Manifesto’ outlining opportunities that it believes local TV will provide to commercial and community organisations. Ed Hall, chief executive of Comux said: “Local TV will offer a more personalised and […]

Comux UK signs vendor deal with Nevion

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. […]

Ofcom awards Comux local TV infrastructure licence

UK regulator Ofcom has awarded Comux UK the licence to operate the UK’s local digital-terrestrial TV infrastructure. Local TV signals will be distributed over the same network that delivers Freeview, the UK’s free-to-air DTT service. DMOL, the organisation responsible for the management and allocation of channel numbers on DTT, has reserved channel numbers for new […]