With just over seven weeks until Evolving Connectivity 2016 – the show for signal reception and distribution – the CAI has almost completed its keynote speaker slot allocation for this year, to be held at the National Motorcycle Museum on Wednesday April 27.
After a welcome and introduction by the CAI’s chairman, Les Hampson, the CAI will welcome the Digital TV Group’s chief executive, Richard Lindsay-Davies who will deliver an overview of where he sees the UK’s digital TV future, covering mobile broadband, spectrum and Ultra HD TV.
Richard will be followed by Ofcom’s principle broadcast specialist, Graham Plumb, who is working on the Ofcom strategy that will see 700 MHz – part of the UK TV frequency spectrum – handed over for more mobile broadband.
He is working closely with Digital UK, which now has a new programme director for 7OO MHz – Kate Macefield. Between Graham and Kate, the industry will have an exclusive opportunity to hear about how the sell-off of 700 MHz will affect aerial business.
At least 100,000 homes are estimated to need an aerial change when existing services migrate to new spectrum area. How the affected viewers will be helped through this ‘switchover’ will doubtless involve CAI members.
Returning for the third time in a row is Thomas Wrede, vice president of Reception Systems at SES, who will bring with him the satellite perspective of 4K and Ultra High Definition.
Following this, CEDIA’s education director, Simon Buddle will speak about the custom installation trade, an area more and more CAI installers are finding themselves involved in.
The CAI is also in talks with having someone speak about the latest approach to integrated reception systems in readiness for Sky Q.