Two new ‘City DTT’ Video Streams deliver access to 10 million DTT homes
Chalfont St. Peter, UK, 11 July, 2013 – Canis Media, the UK’s leading independent broadcast consultancy and TV services group, today made new ‘City’ based DTT video streams available for long term lease. Canis Media is acting on behalf of multiplex owner, Comux UK, and is offering broadcasters and channel owners access to approximately 10 million DTT homes on two brand new 24/7 UK free-to-air digital terrestrial (Freeview) video streams. The streams have the capacity to carry two different SD channels or one HD channel.
The two streams will have the same footprint as the local TV network that Comux UK is building out across the UK. This will include London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Leeds, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast in Phase 1 of its roll out. The sale will generate revenue for the local TV initiative, which will support the development and promotion of local TV channels.
Fergus Lawson, Managing Director of Canis Media said: “These new ‘City DTT’ video streams are unique in so far as this is a free-to-air digital terrestrial multiplex that is available only in the UK’s major towns and cities. This means they have the potential to deliver an affluent urban audience. We anticipate a lot of interest from a wide range of broadcasters and channel owners who are keen to talk to this highly sought after demographic.”
Ed Hall, Chief Executive of Comux UK, said: “City DTT will be available in around half of all the UK’s DTT homes, and offers a low cost opportunity for operators to reach a young, buzzing and measurable metropolitan audience with their own dedicated channel number on the UK’s DTT (Freeview) platform.”
The launch of local TV in the UK is an exciting development designed to help unite and inform local communities. As well as creating new jobs for local people, local TV meets the needs of a new generation of viewers who are keen for more personalised and relevant TV content and reflects the fact that existing broadcasters do not serve viewers at a local community level.
Operators interested in the ‘City DTT’ video streams should contact Fergus Lawson on 01494 878 078 or email email@example.com for a comprehensive sales pack.
About Comux UK
Comux UK was created 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 operate the UK’s local TV infrastructure by communications regulator Ofcom. The team behind Comux has previously worked with most of the UK’s 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 our stakeholders, the licence holders themselves, and the local TV industry as a whole. www.comux.co.uk
About Canis Media
Canis Media is a UK-based company that manages digital television businesses for clients around the world. Established in 2001 by Ed Hall, the company has four divisions providing Commercial, Production, Broadcast, and Local TV expertise to support a wide range of clients. Canis Media has been involved in around 100 UK channel launches, and is also the UK’s leading television channel broker and consultant for the buying, selling and management of television channels and ‘EPG’ positions in the UK market. www.canismedia.com