Comux has selected Arqiva to provide transmission services for the UK’s new network of local TV stations.
The first 19 channels are being launched between the end of the year and the start of 2014. They have been allocated Freeview Channel 8 in England and Wales.
Ed Hall, chief executive, Comux said: “Arqiva’s history in programme transmission services, and their ability to deliver local television within a very short timescale made them an obvious choice for Comux. Arqiva’s 24/7 support services will enable the local stations to maintain a good reliable service which is critical to ensuring quality and professionalism.”
Arqiva will provide main transmission services including network access and managed transmissions. The network access agreement will enable Comux to use Arqiva masts, power supplies and new antennas on transmission sites. Arqiva will also manage the transmission of Comux’s high power playout signal, providing local TV stations with the final link they need to broadcast their programming.
Comux has been awarded the licence to operate the UK’s local TV infrastructure by communications regulator Ofcom.