Today we see hundreds of Eureka 147 compatible receivers available on the international market. With over half a billion consumers tuning into the many diverse radio programmes transmitted every day, it is evident that digital radio has become an integral part of daily life for millions of people worldwide. With the DAB, DAB+ technologies firmly established in numerous countries and under trial in many more, it is not surprising that these standards are increasingly viewed as the only reliable mass market ready terrestrial digital radio specification of choice by a growing number of countries – the most recent being Germany, who launched its first national DAB+ multiplex in August this year.
Letter from the President: Working together for the future sustainability of the radio industry
At WorldDMB we are delighted to be witnessing a period of transition towards a more progressive and internationally cohesive digital radio industry. With the German market beginning the rollout of its national DAB+ broadcast, the momentum towards establishing the Eureka 147 standards as the only viable digital radio technologies has been soundly reinforced.
WorldDMB Project Office Update
The last few months for the WorldDMB Project Office have been very busy with numerous events attended, meetings held and new staff coming on board. This period has seen the Eureka 147 standard go from strength-to-strength with positive news coming out of the Asian Pacific market where Australia is currently planning extension of its DAB+ networks, Indonesia announcing DAB+ as its broadcasting standard of choice and Hong Kong preparing for the launch of its own DAB+ multiplexes later this year.
Exciting times for the future of radio: Tips for a successful digital radio country roll-out
With more and more countries adopting the Eureka standard and with many more countries reviewing the future of their own radio industry it is vital that we all learn from countries that have previously adopted and rolled out digital radio. In the light of the German digital radio launch it is vital that we examine the processes behind making a country digital radio roll-out a success so that these valuable lessons can be used to assist and guide others who are looking towards making their own digital radio future a reality.
Germany: On the road to a digital future – Collaboration, coordination and preparation
On the 1st of August 2011 Germany broadcast digital radio services on their first ever digital nationwide multiplex. Fourteen new stations from a football programme, to rock, pop, classical, talk and Christian radio can now be heard across Germany and with the national multiplex being shared between both public and private broadcasters it is expected that the new stations on air will increase in number in the very near future.
DAB+ in Australia
Digital radio celebrates two years on air in Australia with the announcement that more than half a million DAB+ digital radios have been sold and there are nearly 1 million people* (940,000) listening to stations on digital radio.
Norway – an advanced digital radio eco-system
Norway successfully adopted the Eureka 147 family of standards and has now set a date for FM switch off.
The reason digital radio has been such an outstanding success in Norway is not only due to the manner in which the broadcasters and government have worked together, but is also down to the fact that all radio industry stakeholders felt that radio was more than simply an outlet for entertainment and could see the immense opportunities offered by digital radio. It was also very clear that unless a move to digital was taken, radio would fall behind other forms of media entertainment.
UK – working towards a digital radio future
The UK was one of the very earliest adopters of the Eureka 147 standards in 2002, and many important developments have taken place since then.
In the UK, 26.9% of radio listening takes place via digital platforms (70% of this is via DAB, 20% DTV, and 10% internet). Currently, 38.2% of UK homes have a digital radio, up from 33% a year ago (RAJAR Q2 2011). To date, a cumulative total of 13 million digital radios have been sold in the UK (GfK).
Asia Pacific Region Update
Many countries in the Asia Pacific region are making decisions about their digital radio future. In October Commercial Radio Australia is hosting a group of public and commercial broadcasters from Indonesia on a digital radio study tour.
CRA has hosted a number of study tours over the last two years to provide broadcasters from other countries with the opportunity to see DAB+ digital radio successfully functioning and meet with those people directly involved in the industry.
RNT Lyon Trial
In April this year VDL, a French network provider, launched the RNT Lyon digital radio demonstration. This project brings together 15 commercial and community radio stations broadcasting in digital on one multiplex with content reflecting the diverse and rich landscape of French radio from rock and pop to African and Christian programming.
Sweden: Licenses For Commercial Digital Radio To Be Issued
DAB+ is the preferred technology and the licensing process is expected to start in autumn 2011.
The Swedish Authority for Radio and Television has now decided on a strategy for licensing of digital commercial radio has been formed together with the Post and Telecom Agency following a public consultation. It states that the terrestrial network is an important distribution platform for radio and that digitalisation is needed to further develop the platform.
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