NAB Radio Show 2014

Nick Piggott,

Today and tomorrow (9th/10th September) we’re at the NAB Radio Show in Indianapolis, Indiana. You’ll find us on the show floor at booth 126, close to the Indy Car simulator.

We’ve got demonstrations of Hybrid Radio for you to look at, produced in association with local Indy stations Alt 103.3 and Q95. You can have a look at Hybrid Radio on HTC and Samsung smartphones and a Revo PiXiS tabletop radio. There’s useful documents you can take away with you, and guided tours of our new XSI Meta-Data creation tool.

I presented yesterday to the NAB’s National Radio Committee and tomorrow presenting again at the National Radio Standards Committee. I’ve had some great conversations already about hybrid is fitting into radio’s digital future – in the home, in cars and in smartphones – and what RadioDNS can do to help broadcasters leverage maximum value out of their established broadcasts.

Don’t forget you can also meet us at IBC in Amsterdam from Friday onwards.

RadioDNS Launches New Website

Caroline Brindle,

Welcome to our new website. We wanted to make it easier for broadcasters and manufacturers to understand and get started with RadioDNS Hybrid Radio

Our new site is fully responsive, with an intuitive navigation structure, and a fresh, clean design. There’s lots of information on hybrid radio, and easy to read documents to help broadcasters, developers and manufacturers launch RadioDNS Hybrid Radio Services.

The new website features:

  • Clear explanations about RadioDNS Hybrid Radio functionality
  • A library of presentation resources (presentations and videos)
  • A library of easy to read HOWTO documents to make starting with RadioDNS Hybrid Radio much easier
  • An online tool to help stations create RadioDNS Hybrid Radio metadata (XSI) files
  • New source code for developers

The new structure means that non-technical people can immediately understand what RadioDNS Hybrid Radio is, and how it could work for their business, while developers have a wealth of tools and technical information immediately available to them.

As the leading organisation promoting Hybrid Radio across the world, it’s important that we recognise and reflects our international status. This new website will provide the information, support and technical tools to make RadioDNS services as easy as possible to implement worldwide.

As always, we’d love to hear what you think. Please email Caroline in the Project Office with any comments or suggestions.

 

RadioDNS in the Czech Republic

Caroline Brindle,

A very warm welcome to Lagardère Active ČR, who are the first broadcaster group in the Czech Republic to register their stations with RadioDNS.
Lagardere Active CR is a media group operating a  few private radio stations and web projects in the Czech Republic. They are a member of the international media company Lagardère Group.

The stations registered include:

Evropa 2 is the most listened music station in the Czech Republic for young people.

Frekvence 1 broadcasts music, news and fun all in one radio station.

Radio Bonton is a relaxing radio station for everyone, playing Czech hits and golden oldies.

Dance Radio started as an internet radio station and then expanded to broadcasting on FM and DAB, playing dance and trance music

BBC (Studio ZET) - broadcasts English BBC World Service news with information from the worlds of business, science, culture and society in the Czech language.

EBU Premiere Visual Radio at European Athletic Championships in Zurich

Caroline Brindle,

For the first time, our member the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is enabling sports fans listening to radio coverage of the Zurich 2014 European Athletics Championships this week to ‘see’ as well as hear the action.

Available on Hybrid Radio receivers, as well as DAB+ slideshow and embedded into broadcaster’s web pages, the EBU has created a RadioDNS server for broadcasters that want to start using hybrid radio without having to deploy their own infrastructure. The slideshow is also available with an English audio feed, via the EUROVISION Sports LIVE App.

“The Visual Radio project will deliver start lists, results, pictures of the athletes in action and quotes from participants directly to radio audiences,” said Christophe Pasquier, Senior Sports Producer for EURORADIO.

In collaboration with European Athletics and their partners Swiss Timing and Getty Images, the brand new live data slideshow will display results and pictures live from the event to EURORADIO.

Mathias Coinchon, Senior Project Manager for EBU Technology and Innovation, and the Secretary of RadioDNS said, “The Visual Radio project is a welcome advance for radio broadcasters who now have to think about producing an attractive slideshow while also keeping production costs down. EURORADIO can help them by offering pre-produced international slides that they can add to their existing visual radio flow. The EBU’s Technology, Sport and Radio departments have worked together to create a fully immersive radio experience. The fact that new developments are available as open source on the new ebu.io server, enables direct interaction with users and the ability to develop, integrate and adapt this service for other sports events in the future.”

For more information, click here for the EBU blog post or contact Christophe Pasquier, Senior Sports Producer, EURORADIO on pasquier@ebu.ch or +41 79 794 7946.

Skip Pizzi joins RadioDNS’ Steering Board

Nick Piggott,

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.