Comux selects Techex as broadcast services partner for local TV platform
The community-owned multiplex operator, Comux UK, has selected broadcast specialists Techex to design, commission and support the end-to-end broadcast network for the local TV broadcasting platform.
Comux has been awarded the Ofcom licence to build, operate and manage the local TV multiplex, with a plan for local TV broadcasting for the next 12 years. It needed a technology partner that shared the company’s long term view, whilst also bringing the flexibility that is vital to a new operator. Techex will design and install all the critical broadcast services from licensee contribution and central network management through to distribution, transmission and monitoring.
Techex has supplied IP-based broadcast systems to all tier-one UK broadcasters, and work with many smaller service providers, bringing a unique understanding of the nature of the local TV platform and the need to be supportive of the individual requirements of each licensee. Comux firmly believes that selecting a partner with significant past experience of launching services will help to guarantee the technical success of the platform.
Comux Technical Director Chris Romilly said, “Building a digital terrestrial network based on an IP network in such a short timescale will require expert knowledge and a detailed design process. It will however deliver significant cost savings and assist greatly with the future scalability of the platform for the second and third phase of rollout. We selected the Techex team because they demonstrated to us the right combination of innovation and experience needed to deliver this project.”
Techex Technical Director Richard Bailey said, “We are proud to be delivering such a key part of the new local TV platform, and we strongly believe that Comux’s community approach will lead to success for UK local TV.”
Techex will liaise with equipment vendors, third party service providers and regulatory authorities to ensure the platform is launched within the proposed schedule whilst meeting all technical requirements. They have significant experience working with Arqiva, Ofcom, DTG and many broadcast vendors. Leveraging existing relationships and commercial agreements, the partnership will help Comux to deliver maximum value for money.--
Techex’s core business is assisting its partners to benefit from the advantages brought about by IP transmission. It has unrivalled experience in implementing IP based solutions and has built up an impressive list of clients including BSkyB, BBC, Arqiva, Globecast, Disney and Discovery.
Comux UK was created by chief executive Ed Hall to meet the demand from potential local TV operators for an equitable, efficient and co-operative approach to providing a cost-effective distribution infrastructure for local TV in the UK.
In 2013 Comux was awarded the licence to build, operate and manage the UK’s local TV infrastructure by communications regulator Ofcom. The team behind Comux has previously worked with most of the UK’s local broadcasters providing physical and commercial services. The team has unique experience in assisting smaller channel operators to create realistic business plans.
The Comux UK approach has been developed to provide a commercially sustainable and robust solution to the unique challenges facing local TV operators, whilst providing an attractive return to stakeholders, the licence holders themselves, and the local TV industry as a whole. www.comux.co.uk