Freeview is ramping up support and advice for viewers in Northern Scotland, ahead of the first retune event in the region. On 26 July 2017, parts of the Shetland Islands will have become the first to be affected by the frequency changes. From 2 August, the changes will start to affect parts of the mainland, spreading southwards in regional stages until the beginning of October. Viewers who lose channels will need to retune to restore them. This will affect viewers with Freeview, YouView (BT, TalkTalk, Plusnet), EE TV or Now TV Smart Boxes. On-screen messages will be broadcast to viewers in the affected area. Freeview has set up a new help webpage at www.freeview.co.uk/tvchanges showing the change dates and affected areas. A dedicated telephone support number for viewers in Northern Scotland has also been set up - 0808 1000 288.
The CAI is circulating a letter to remind all CAI cable certification holders that as from the 1st of July 2017 the new CPR Regulations come into force. These regulations cover cables used permanently in buildings and civil engineering structures and made available on the market from 1st July 2017. Any existing stock held that has been placed on the market before CPR became applicable can continue to be sold without CPR credentials. (Each batch of cable is treated as a separate product for the purposes of CPR, so any new deliveries after 1st July will need CPR credentials)
With data networking around the home becoming more popular, as well as providing linear TV, a number of CAI installer companies are taking advantage of the a new category of membership available to members. The ‘Home Networks & Connectivity’ category hopefully will attract more single dwelling installer members involved in networking, although these members will require an upgrade of category and therefore a small subscription rise related to the scale of the business.