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.

Pluxbox – the new radio experience

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.

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

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

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.