The UK Drive to Digital Event

In 2012 we saw real momentum in the invehicle digital radio market. This is set to  continue and in Q4 2013 we will see a UK  Government decision and announcement … Continue reading

February 23, 2013

WorldDMB at Telematics Update 2012; Digital Radio the Forgotten Connection

WorldDMB brought together high profile  speakers from the broadcasting industry for a  panel discussion ‘Digital Radio the Forgotten  Connection’ at Telematics Update conference,  Munich, Germany on 30 October 2012. The … Continue reading

February 23, 2013

Digital Radio and the Automotive Industry

WorldDMB calls for the automotive industry to include DAB digital radio as standard at the 4th European Automotive Event The 4th WorldDMB European Automotive  Event was hosted at the Federal … Continue reading

February 23, 2013

UK update on digital radio

Digital radio platform listening stands at 31.3% of radio listening hours (RAJAR Q3 2012) – up 6% year on year. Coverage Today, digital radio already has wide coverage:  94% of … Continue reading

February 23, 2013

DAB rollout in Italy

After the release of the first licenses for regular  DAB+ services in Italy during the summer,  December saw the first transmitters go online  in the Trentino region. This area has … Continue reading

February 23, 2013

18th WorldDMB General Assembly – Celebrating a year of successes and individuals in Germany

The WorldDMB 2012 General Assembly took place in Leipzig, a media  hub of Germany. The event was attended by over 100 international  delegates from as far afield as China, Australia … Continue reading

February 23, 2013

Hybrid radio on the agenda at Mediantage

WorldDMB’s long term collaboration with the Mediantage event continued at the end  of 2012 with a WorldDMB hosted panel on hybrid Radio in Munich, Germany. The panel discussion was held … Continue reading

February 23, 2013

Digital Radio in Germany: a spotlight on Bavaria

Bavaria, a state in the south west of Germany,  has a long history with the DAB standard of  families. It was the first region to see a DAB  station network … Continue reading

February 23, 2013

Issue 18: Trends and capabilities of the DAB family of standards

Today and into the future Since its launch, digital radio has seen an evolution in the manner in which it is understood, applied and utilised by all sectors of the radio … Continue reading

October 25, 2012

Future trends in receiver technologies

When DAB radios were first introduced to the mass market the available technology at the time placed limitations on the receivers available, resulting in bulky, energy hungry and expensive devices, … Continue reading

October 25, 2012

The device revolution starts

 Up to now most radios on the European market have, with a few exceptions, been rather old-fashioned. They have offered audio, a line of text and not much more. Absent … Continue reading

October 25, 2012

Emergency Warning Systems in DAB

While digital radio evolves and the radio industry plays around with the possibilities of features for a multiplatform future, we must not forget that core underlying strengths of the DAB … Continue reading

October 25, 2012

Sweden: Proposals made to review possible FM switch off

Following the announcement made by Norway about a possible FM switch off date in 2017, Sweden has joined other countries that are now also looking to review their own switch … Continue reading

October 25, 2012

An update on the German digital radio market: One year on from launch

New research, new receivers and new marketing campaigns have all been released to coincide with the one year anniversary of DAB+ going on-air in Germany. Digitalradio listening on the up … Continue reading

October 25, 2012

Netherlands move towards digital radio

Since the announcement by NPO (Netherlands Public Broadcasting) that DAB+ was the successor of FM in the Netherlands in November 2011, significant steps have been made towards the digitalisation of … Continue reading

October 25, 2012

Of course my new car has digital radio… what do you mean I have to pay for it?

If you work in the digital radio industry you will have heard many stories of listeners buying a new car which they assume will have digital radio as standard only … Continue reading

October 25, 2012

The automotive industry’s digital radio…

WorldDMB attended the Telematics Update event ‘Content and Apps’ for the car industry where digital radio was represented on the panel by Laurence Harrison, DRUK, John Du, General Motors, Derek … Continue reading

June 25, 2012

Issue 17: Breaking barriers – The next steps for digital radio

The uptake of the DAB standards (DAB, DAB+ and DMB) has seen exponential growth across Europe and much of Asia Pacific with market data and activity from these two regions … Continue reading

June 25, 2012

Technical Committee Update

The Technical Committee, chaired by Lindsay Cornell, convenesto oversee the standardisation of the DAB family of standards.It ensures that receiver equipment and broadcast technologies are compatible. The Technical Committee also … Continue reading

June 25, 2012

Hackers enter EBU Digital Radio Week 2012

Don’t worry, this has nothing to do with criminal activities. These hackers were developers, engineers and students interested in tweaking, modifying software and playing with prototypes to make radio more … Continue reading

June 25, 2012

Should we expect a reduction in broadcasting due to shortage of frequencies?

The European Union Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (RSPP) published Decision No. 2012/243/EU which took effect from 10 April 2012. It is the strategic planning and harmonization document containing the request … Continue reading

June 25, 2012

Barriers to the success of digital radio have now on the whole been overcome

For broadcasters and government it is vital when undertaking the transition to a digital platform that the chosen standard is both robust and mature enough to enable a smooth and … Continue reading

June 25, 2012

The quiet revolution – France pushes for the start of digital radio

At the time of Eureka! going to print the consultation on whether to include DAB+ as part of the French digital radio standard is closing. Once again the French market … Continue reading

June 25, 2012

German digital radio industry takes next steps

The first half of 2012 has seen the German digital radio industry focus more on educating the retai industry at the same time as increasing coverage and ensuring services go … Continue reading

June 25, 2012

Europe continues with its progression of digital radio adoption

An overview of the latest market information from European markets Gibraltar The Gibraltar Regulatory Authority (GRA) has signed a contract worth around $1.5M with Arqiva in the United Kingdom to … Continue reading

June 25, 2012

Issue 17: Letter from the President

Hybrid, the automotive aftermarket, mobiles and tablets are the next big issues that the international digital radio industry must address My experience of working with digital radio in Norway and … Continue reading

June 25, 2012

Issue 16: Digital radio – on the money

A study on how digital radio can make and save big money There are an increasing number of voices in the international radio industry calling for guidance on good practice, … Continue reading

March 25, 2012

A strong case for the switch to digital

The growth and adoption of the DAB family of standards over the past few years has been extensive. The majority of the radio industry are keen proponents for bringing the … Continue reading

March 25, 2012

The second phase of roll-out commences in Germany

Overview – Over 130 DAB+ receivers are now available to the German consumer – The German digital radio campaign was supported by the manufacturers PURE, NOXON and digital national station … Continue reading

March 25, 2012

Calls for digitalisation of the French radio industry gathers momentum

It is expected that 20 further trials will go on-air across France in 2012 showing the commitment of broadcasters in France to move radio into the digital age. -Amongst the … Continue reading

March 25, 2012

Poland DAB+ trial to be launched

National public broadcaster, Polski Radio, together with four regional public radio stations (Radio Wroclaw, Radio Gdansk, Radio Poznan and Radio dla Ciebie), are preparing the launch of a DAB+ public … Continue reading

March 25, 2012

Regulatory Spectrum Committee update on the battle of the frequencies

Two important things happened within the last few weeks of February. – 15 February: The European Parliament approved the first Radio Spectrum Policy Program. – 17 February: World Radio communication … Continue reading

March 25, 2012

New Service Following specifications to be submitted to ETSI

Service Following allows cross-referencing to other modes of reception of the same programme, such as AM, FM, and other DAB ensembles. Receivers allowing this function will automatically switch to other … Continue reading

March 25, 2012

Announcements Workshop

In January, SRG SSR hosted an ‘Announcements Workshop’ to clarify the behavior and functionality of DAB announcements. The announcement feature allows a listener to choose to be interrupted by short audio announcements … Continue reading

March 25, 2012

WorldDMB continues work with the international automotive industry

WorldDMB Car Manufacturers Workshops The next European WorldDMB Car Manufacturer’s workshop which will be held in Germany in May 2012. This year’s event will once again give car manufacturers information … Continue reading

March 25, 2012

Issue 16: Letter from the President

The case for switching to digital radio has been made; the proof is evidenced by the successful business models seen around the world The growth of the DAB family of … Continue reading

March 25, 2012

Issue 15: Looking back – Thinking ahead

2011 been a year of many changes for WorldDMB, its members and the international digital radio industry. Throughout 2011 there has been a growing sense of momentum and enthusiasm for … Continue reading

December 25, 2011

The importance of business case scenarios for commercial broadcasters

The commercial broadcasting sector is in need of support and information in relation to the complex decision making process for migration to digital radio broadcasting. The WorldDMB Steering Board has … Continue reading

December 25, 2011

2011 Project Office Annual Monthly Summary

2011 was a very busy and productive year for the Project Office. Many events and conferences, committees and workshops were both hosted and attended. Strategically 2011 was a year where … Continue reading

December 25, 2011

Radio Industry Key Events 2011

During 2011 the WorldDMB Project Office attended a number of key industry events. This enabled the Project Office not only to connect with members but also to elevate the position … Continue reading

December 25, 2011

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