17 August 2004

Progress on television and radio reticulation

Slowly but surely the reticulation of radio and television services continues around the Division.

All the satellite dishes are now installed on Building 20 and are being commissioned. Most of the television and radio services specified in the Draft List, except for the BBC World Service and the services to be sourced from the Optus B1 satellite, are available in Buildings 1, 5 9 and 20 through the RF network. The network has been formed by joining the old local antennae feeds in Buildings 5, 9 and 20 together, by extending the reach of the networks in these buildings, and by adding a new network in Building 1. The antennae in Buildings 5 and 9 are no longer being used.

Devices like television tuners and VCRs previously using the old antennae networks for tuning local free-to-air analogue television services will need to be re-tuned to receive existing local terrestrial television services and the new radio and television services (the local television services have been moved to new frequencies on the RF network to avoid interference).

As the final few services are added to the system and fine-tuned, devices will have to be again retuned to receive them, so if you don't need to retune now it is probably easier to wait until all the services are completely commissioned: an email will be sent out at the appropriate time with a list of the services available and how to find them.

The next challenge is streaming some of the services, and providing a facility to record and replay programs, over the computer network, and to set up a facility to make DVDs from materials recorded off-air. Planning is well advanced for these services and we expect to get a proposal from our contractors within the next few weeks.