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DRM not inferior but complimentary says Ruxandra Obreja

Thursday 10 October, 2019

The expansion of digital radio to regional areas in Australia’s vast continent is an issue that has been challenging broadcasters and regulators for some time.

While DAB+ has been highly successful in Australia’s main population centres, its expansion to the rest of the country has slowed due to cost, technology and frequency issues.

Some of the submissions to the recent ACMA consultation on the Future of Radio revived discussion on the possibility of using DRM to solve some digital radio coverage issues in regional Australia.

Relax and Chill as Nova's Koffee goes cold

Wednesday 25 September, 2019

Nova has quietly let its Koffee go cold and replaced it with two new relaxing music formats on digital under the smooth brand.

Following the trend set by other networks, Nova Entertainment has streamlined its brand identity so that the new digital stations align with the main smooth brand, which has rated so well in Sydney and Melbourne.

Coles tops the DAB+ brands

Wednesday 04 September, 2019

This week AirCheck Australia has compared the Top 10 DAB+ Radio Brands in Sydney and Perth.

Coles took out the top spot in both cities due to the overwhelming number of spots on Coles Radio, however there were 174 more spots placed in Perth.

In Sydney, OnDeck was in second place running ran less than half the spots than Coles followed by Vodafone airing 1,460 advertisements.

In Perth, Harvey Norman was in the No.2 spot with 2,334 ads, followed by Booking.com with 1,510 instances.

The Swiss are on target to turn off FM by 2024

Tuesday 03 September, 2019

The Swiss Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) has announced that FM broadcasting in Switzerland will be switched off by the end of 2024 at the latest.
 
An agreement by the countries broadcasters to phase out FM is well underway with studies available to OFCOM, showing that at the end of June 2019 only 17 per cent of stations were using this reception channel exclusively.
 

Commenting on digital radio

Wednesday 14 August, 2019

If you are not a regular reader of our comments section  you may have missed a learned and well informed debate has been raging (well perhaps ‘raging’ is an overstatement) about DAB+ in response to a recent article on ten years since Australia's digital radio launch.
 
It has built up a good cross section of opinions about the success of DAB+ in Australia and about the audio quality of transmission.
 
Here’s your summary of the debate so far:
 

DAB+ turns 10 in Australia

Thursday 08 August, 2019
DAB+ was launched 10 years ago promising a unification of the industry, clearer sound, replays and more information.

DAB/DAB+ digital radio sales reach 75 million worldwide

Wednesday 12 June, 2019

WorldDAB’s latest market report reveals that by the end of Q4 2018, over 75 million consumer and automotive DAB/DAB+ receivers had been sold in Europe and Asia Pacific, up from 65 million in Q4 2017 with 4,733,000 having been sold in Australia.

Norway, 1 year on and lessons learnt post DAB+ #NABShow

Monday 08 April, 2019
As DAB+ begins further expansion in Australia, it is a good time to look back on what has happened in Norway in the past year since they turned off their analogue service.

Australia is a long way from considering full adoption of DAB+, with CRA pushing for all markets they represent to be on DAB+ before that could happen.

While Norway suffered an initial 15% loss in radio listenership, it has almost fully recovered to pre DAB+ levels, but what demographics were more affected and who adapted the best? The answer may surprise you

Europe mandates compulsory digital radios in cars

Friday 01 February, 2019

Europe has mandated that all new cars sold within the EU will now be required to have digital radios.

Car manufacturers have two years to comply with the new directive, that was ratified just before Christmas.

Meanwhile, in France, digital radio penetration has reached a point where it has triggered a law requiring that by the end of 2019, all new consumer radios to include DAB+.

EU Vehicle Directive

New software library enhances DAB+

Wednesday 15 August, 2018

German company, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, has upgraded its DAB+ software library to enhance the reception sensitivity of radio receivers.

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