The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has announced an update to its Recommendation 138 (R138).
First published in 2013, the recommendation addresses the deployment of digital radio in Europe and advises that, wherever possible, DAB+ be used for new services. Put together by EBU’s Strategic Programme on Radio and representing EBU’s 64 public broadcaster members across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, the group works on identifying how broadcasters can best reach their current and future audiences.
The recommendation was updated to reflect the progress and evolution of DAB+ digital radio across Europe, and now looks at the innovation enabled by digital radio and how digital enables radio to evolve and develop its offering with both content and services.
DAB+ remains at the core of the updated document, with the standard clearly established as the future platform for radio in Europe:
“Digital radio broadcasting in VHF Band III, where it is available, be established and DAB+ (ETSI TS 102 563) audio services be used for new services.”
R138 was updated to also include a recommendation for the use of open standards for hybrid radio and for the use of RadioDNS.
“Additional hybrid services be deployed alongside linear radio services to enable a seamless user experience, using RadioDNS (ETSI TS 103 270), the open solution for Hybrid Radio.”