RadioDNS

Skip Pizzi joins RadioDNS’ Steering Board

July 1st, 2014 by Nick Piggott

Skip Pizzi

I’m very pleased to be welcoming Skip Pizzi back to the Steering Board of RadioDNS. Skip was involved with the formation of RadioDNS, and it’s great to have him representing the interests of our members and supporters in the Americas. Skip works for the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters), who were also one of our founding members.

You can meet myself and Skip at the NAB Radio Show in Indianapolis, IN on September 10th/11th this year.

Skip’s appointment to the board was made possible through Ben Husmann of Emmis deciding to stand down, to focus on the continuing success of the NextRadio project. Ben was also a valuable contributor to the direction of the organisation, and we’d all like to thank him for his time and thoughts on how to continue growing RadioDNS.

Pluxbox – the new radio experience

June 25th, 2014 by Caroline Brindle

Pluxbox is one of our newest members, and we’re delighted to have such an innovative company on board. We’ll be demonstrating RadioDNS services and devices with Pluxbox, at this year’s IBC. See below for a Pluxbox press release on RadioDNS.

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The NEW radio experience is here NOW – integrating web, stream, social media and video!

Already recognised as a leading innovator in radio, Pluxbox has also become a major player in RadioDNS with new technologies for combining robust, scalable internet technology with radio broadcast in FM, DAB, HD, etc. Pluxbox’s innovations in production, visualisation, distribution and archiving continually push the boundaries of the radio world to deliver a truly multi-media radio experience.

Amongst these innovations is the pbRadiomanager which enables programme makers and presenters to create visible slideshows for digital radio through DAB+ and RadioVIS. Controllable at the push of a button, these are effectively apps – for weather, amber alerts, traffic information, etc – made with HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript. With the ability to contain dynamic data and be automatically generated in real time, they allow the presenter to develop a rich interactive relationship with the listeners.

Pluxbox will be demonstrating its products at this year’s IBC in Amsterdam – a great opportunity to find out why Pluxbox is the new name everyone’s talking about in the world of RadioDNS.

About Pluxbox

With its HQ in Mediapark, the heart of Dutch media, Pluxbox is an innovative developer of radio solutions with prominent Dutch radio clients including 3FM and Radio 1 as well as a growing international client base. Pluxbox’s solutions for the production, visualisation, distribution, archiving and organisation of radio are known for their versatility, easy implementation and ability to work in the cloud. For further information visit us at www.pluxbox.com

More Private Radio Stations in Germany launch RadioDNS Services

June 20th, 2014 by Nick Piggott

We’re really pleased to see the continuing expansion of hybrid radio in Germany, a key European market.

Here’s an English translation of a press release from the VPRT (The Association of Private Radio and TV Companies), and a link to the original German version.

Smart Radio: More private radio stations choose hybrid distribution.

Berlin, June 18, 2014

More and more German private radio stations are choosing to transmit Smart Radio, adding additional visual information such as congestion information, weather and music information to their existing FM signals via (mobile) Internet. It’s increasingly important to deliver this information to the displays in cars or on smartphones. Device manufacturers are also thinking more about the convergence of radio devices and smartphones and tablets – not least because of the ability of automatic switching between FM reception and on-line streaming dependent on location and quality of received signal.

Klaus Schunk, VPRT Deputy Chairman and Chairman of the VPRTs Department of Radio and Audio services said: “Private Radio continues to make itself available across all platforms. We’re following through on our undertaking to the automotive industry, as well as to chip and equipment manufacturers, to support the European trend towards Smart Radio. We’re making additional information easily usable for our listeners, enhancing their experience of radio. ”

104.6 RTL, 105‘5 Spreeradio, Antenne Niedersachsen, Antenne Thüringen, radio TOP 40, HIT RADIO FFH, planet radio, Radio Regenbogen and harmony.fm have already started their Smart Radio programming, and will be closely followed by Antenne Bayern and Rock Antenne. ego FM, RadioKöln, JAM FM und LandesWelle Thüringen will go live shortly.

Note: Smart Radio demonstrates the convergence  of FM and Internet in one device, so that the listener receives the normal FM radio signal, but with additional information, graphics and visuals. Hybrid Radio also makes interactive applications possible in the future. Smart Radio is based on RadioDNS’ open technical standards. This approach allows the radio station to complement their broadcast signal with additional content delivered over IP. The specific distribution channel is irrelevant – the technology works both for FM, digital radio and web radio.

The VPRT is encouraging the automotive industry, chip and device manufacturers to support Smart Radio via RadioDNS and to give listeners using hybrid a more visually rich experience of their favourite radio stations.

Event: The next VPRT radio lounge “Radio On All Channels” (June 23 in Munich) will address, among other things, the benefits of smart radio. More info here

For additional information contact:

Press Officer Hartmut Schultz, Hartmut Schultz Kommunikation GmbH
T | +49 30 3 98 80-101, e | schultz@schultz-kommunikation.de

About the VPRT:

The VPRT represents the interests of private radio and TV companies. With their TV, radio, online and mobile services, the approximately 140 members in Germany enrich the media landscape through diversity, creativity and innovation. Their voice is important in ensuring regulatory, technological and economic conditions are appropriate in a digital world. As a trade association, we support our member companies in their discussions with policy and market partners in achieving this goal – nationally and at EU level.

Association of Commercial Broadcasters and Audiovisual e.V.

StromStraße 1, 10555 Berlin
26 Rue des Deux Eglises, B-1000 Bruxelles – Brussels Office

T | +49 30 3 98 80-0, F | +49 30 3 98 80-148
E | info@vprt.de

www.vprt.de

Originale Deutsche Version dieser Pressemitteilung

RadioWEB – A new technical Working Team

June 13th, 2014 by Nick Piggott

RadioDNS’ technical standards are developed by our Technical Working Teams. Any member can propose to develop a new standard.

I’m pleased to let you know that the Steering Board has agreed to start a Working Team looking at the integration of HTML content alongside broadcast radio – the RadioWEB team.

The Team Leader is Alex Erk, from the IRT (Institut für Rundfunktechnik) in Munich, Germany.

Combining HTML, CSS, Javascript and other web-technologies into our hybrid radio standards is a very logical step, which will add new functionality for broadcasters. If you’ve any interest at all, head on over to the Team’s discussion page, where you’ll find Alex’s first post with the Team’s plan of work. You can also subscribe there to get updates by email.

Hello from NAB, Las Vegas

April 8th, 2014 by Nick Piggott

After a super-quick turnaround from Radiodays in Dublin, RadioDNS is here at the NAB Show in Las Vegas – the world’s largest electronic media show, with over 93,000 attendees.

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We’re in the Central Hall, on Stand C755, where we’ve been demonstrating RadioDNS Hybrid Radio to broadcasters and service providers from Aruba to Brazil.

We’ve got the Samsung Galaxy Express 2 LTE smartphones featuring integrated RadioDNS functionality, an HTC One X, and a Revo PiXiS. They’re all demonstrating RadioDNS services from Cox and Clearchannel stations, two of our US members, as well as a prototype hybrid radio app from Global Radio. Clearchannel provided demonstrations from my93.1, Sunny 106.5 and 95.5 The Bull, all local stations here in Las Vegas. Cox built demos for Power 95.3 and The Eagle 107.3. Our thanks to Mediacoders for building a technical solution for us too.

 

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The amount of visitors to our stand makes it clear that hybrid radio is a compelling concept for broadcasters. We’re happy that RadioDNS is the open source, global reference point for hybrid radio standards.

Come and say hello to us on C755 if you’re here. Our members and friends NextRadio and HD Radio are close by as well.

 

RadioEPG – Providing metadata to TuneIn and other directory aggregators

March 31st, 2014 by Caroline Brindle

When people listen to ‘the radio’ via broadcast (FM, DAB, HD etc.), they find out what stations they can listen to by scanning the dial.

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On connected devices, there isn’t a dial to scan, so instead these devices rely on directories of stations to listen to. These directories contain rich meta-data on stations, to allow for better navigation (logos, proper station names), searching (genre and programme information), and a variety of stream formats (MP3, HE-AAC etc.). The amount of meta-data held by these directories is growing all the time, which creates challenges for both the directory service provider and for the broadcasters to keep the information accurate.

One of the biggest directory providers is TuneIn (who are one of our members), who as well as having a wildly popular mobile phone app, also provide the listings for other connected devices. vTuner (also our member) are another significant directory provider, with a large installed base of devices. Together they have tens of thousands of stations listed, and millions of users. With that many devices and users, errors get noticed very quickly.

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RadioEPG is often seen as being a way of providing meta-data to end devices, but it’s equally as useful as a way of transporting meta-data (and lots of it) from broadcasters to directory service providers. Nearly all the meta-data a directory requires can be held within the structure of the XSI and PI files, and along with the established HTTP protocols, it’s a very efficient delivery mechanism.

So we’re very pleased that TuneIn have said that they’re now able to ingest RadioEPG (XSI and PI files) from broadcasters, as an alternative to their existing transport mechanisms. If you’re publishing RadioEPG now, and you tell TuneIn about it, they can switch to automatically importing it to keep the information on your radio stations completely updated. We hope that will give broadcasters another good reason to embrace rich, structured meta-data, and make it available to the directory service providers as well as end devices.

If you’d like TuneIn to start pulling in your RadioEPG, then get in contact with the Project Office (feedback@radiodns.org) and we’ll introduce you to the right people at TuneIn. Similarly, as and when other providers adopt RadioEPG, we’ll announce it here.

Fáilte from RadioDays Europe, Dublin

March 24th, 2014 by Nick Piggott

RadioDNS at RadioDays EuropeRadioDays Europe has quickly established itself as the leading meeting place for radio professionals in Europe, and we’re here in the exhibition area, demonstrating and explaining RadioDNS Hybrid Radio to people.

On show we’ve got a variety of devices, including the Samsung Galaxy Express 2 LTE smartphones which feature integrated RadioDNS functionality. We’re really pleased that RTE, the Irish national public broadcaster, has put together a great set of RadioDNS demos with their service provider, All In Media. It’s great to be able to show all the clever functions of RadioDNS Hybrid Radio with local stations on the FM and DAB dials. All80′s Radio, the commercial DAB Radio station based in Dublin has also put together a demo of RadioVIS.

One thing that’s clear at this conference is the growing confidence that broadcast is a unique and powerful technology that we can use to keep connecting to listeners, and that it ought to co-exist alongside IP. Many of the session have talked about initiatives to bring broadcast radio into IP-enabled devices, specifically smartphones. I’m pleased that RadioDNS continues to be the global reference point for Hybrid Radio technology and standards, and that we’re contributing to or involved in those initiatives.

If you’re at RadioDays Europe, come and find 10 minutes between sessions to talk Hybrid Radio with us. We’re conveniently close to a coffee stand.

(Don’t forget that in two weeks time, we’ll be at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, NV)

 

 

RadioDNS 8th General Assembly Presentations

March 13th, 2014 by Caroline Brindle

Our 8th General Assembly was held on 11th February 2014, at the EBU in Geneva.

For the first time during the General Assembly, we hosted a conference on Hybrid Radio. It was great to see so many members and supporters attending, and the news about Samsung phones supporting RadioDNS services was very well received.

The presentations for the afternoon conference are available here. The videos are available on our Youtube channel.

Our members will be emailed the RadioDNS presentations from the morning.

 

 

Radiodays Europe 2014

March 6th, 2014 by Caroline Brindle

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Radiodays Europe is the meeting point for radio in Europe, bringing together private and public radio stations. Come and visit RadioDNS on Stand 12H and see the new Samsung Galaxy Express 2 smartphone with integrated Hybrid Radio.

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RadioDNS will be on Stand 12H at Radiodays Europe, where we’ll be showing how Hybrid Radio can help to make your radio station better. Nick and Mathias (Chair and Secretary of RadioDNS) will be showing demonstrations of:

Visuals – synchronised to the audio, clickable to the Internet, scalable to any screen resolution.

Station branding – letting listeners find your station by logo and full name.

Switch to Streaming – when the broadcast signal gets weak, switch over automatically to your station’s Internet audio stream. Using IP can cleverly reduce data consumption, increase battery life, and improve the listening experience.

Contact the Project Office if you’d like to arrange a meeting.

Radiodays Europe is an annual pan-European radio conference for leaders from public service and commercial radio as well as related industries. Radiodays Europe is the largest and most important radio conference in Europe, with top expert speakers and sessions with a wide range of topics.

TWiRT 201 – Radio Futurologist, James Cridland

February 26th, 2014 by Caroline Brindle

We’re proud that James Cridland, a co-founder of RadioDNS, has talked about the RadioDNS Project in this great episode of This Week in Radio Tech.

As a radio futurologist, James advises radio’s leaders across the world on radio’s multiplatform future, the effect of smartphones on radio listening, and radio’s place in social media. He writes about what happens when radio and new platforms collide – for Media UK and other websites and magazines, and works with the brightest brains to ensure radio remains relevant.

In this episode, James talks about RadioDNS as one of the key technologies for radio remaining relevant and useful to a mass audience.

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