HbbTV and RadioDNS working together to enable hybrid TV

Nick Piggott,

Our mission is to promote and enable hybrid radio by using DNS to seamlessly join together broadcast radio and IP. We use IP to deliver enhanced content and functionality for broadcast radio. That mission is very similar to that of the HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) Association.

We’ve been working with them to add DNS discovery of IP applications for TV, and we’re pleased to announce that we’re now going to be doing for TV what we’ve been successfully doing for radio – operating DNS lookup servers.

All the details are in this release from HbbTV. We’ll continue to offer exactly the same high-quality reliable service for radio stations, but alongside that we’ll be offering the same for TV.

It’s a really exciting development for RadioDNS, and it’s great that our strategy of using DNS to link broadcast and IP is being adopted by the TV industry.

RadioDNS Hybrid Radio to be included in new Audi A8

Nick Piggott,

First line-fit automotive deployment showcases an outstanding hybrid radio experience

We are excited to have reached a significant milestone with an announcement from Audi that they are the first automotive manufacturer to adopt our open standards for their new line-fit hybrid radio platform, which debuts in the new Audi A8, and will follow soon into more cars. Audi have adopted RadioDNS’ open and interoperable standards because broadcasters and manufacturers are not locked into using any one technical provider’s proprietary solution, guaranteeing durability across the life of a vehicle.

Audi’s hybrid radio implementation is market leading for both functionality and quality of experience. There’s a single intelligent station list which always picks the best way to receive the station, removing the need for the driver to decide between FM, DAB or streaming. That intelligent decision making also means that station presets can always recall the radio station, regardless of whether the car is in the broadcast coverage area.

Reception switching between broadcast and IP can be entirely seamless as the car drives in and out of broadcast coverage, and the driver can enable it to happen automatically. The receiver adjusts time delays and audio levels to create the perfect transition without interruption.

Station logos are kept updated automatically using the RadioDNS standards, and displayed at high quality on the large high-resolution touchscreen display used for station navigation.

The internet component of the hybrid radio experience can use a SIM card embedded in the car.

Any radio station can use all the exciting new functionality simply by publishing their metadata and content using RadioDNS’ open standards, and as other manufacturers implement our standards, that same metadata and content will automatically appear in their vehicles.

Nick Piggott, Project Director of RadioDNS said – “Audi have embraced our open standards because it guarantees that every radio station can have a place in their new radio experience. We’re here to help broadcasters take advantage of that, and to help manufacturers create great implementations of hybrid radio. We encourage every radio station to take the first steps today to implement RadioDNS”

Christian Winter, Engineer at AUDI Infotainment Development, and RadioDNS Steering Board member, said – “Internet Services come and go in the consumer world. To build a Hybrid Radio which will function throughout a car’s lifecycle, we decided to use the ETSI technical standards created by RadioDNS”

 

Find out more at our dedicated RadioDNS + Audi A8 pages

Expanding our US Coverage 🇺🇸

Nick Piggott,

Jump2go switches on over 150 stations to RadioDNS’ open standards for hybrid radio.

[UPDATE: 26th April 2017] jump2go have now secured over 250 stations to join RadioDNS.

Today marks a dramatic change in our US coverage, as jump2go announces that they will support our standards in their InnovativeFM platform. Jump2go provides technology services for hundreds of radio stations in the US, and will be initially switching on RadioDNS services for stations owned by Cox Radio, Beasley Broadcast Group, Summit Media Corp and Radio One Inc, marking a significant growth in US participation in RadioDNS.

Jump2go’s InnovativeFM product helps broadcasters provision their content for a variety of platforms, and has supported innovations like RDS RT Now Playing Information, HD Radio Album Art, and Apple iTunes music tagging. With the addition of RadioDNS support, rich information from radio stations can be delivered on IP alongside FM and HD radio.

Allen Hartle of jump2go said “We want to help our clients participate in hybrid radio and do so in a way that’s open and won’t leave them either locked in or locked out of proprietary solutions. We’re pleased to be working with RadioDNS to enable metadata, visuals and interactivity for hybrid radio”.

This is tremendous news for the US. Automotive manufacturers tell us they’re ready to launch RadioDNS enabled radios into North America as soon they see broadcaster support. This is a tangible sign that US broadcasters are prepared to support open standards alongside their existing projects

If you’re at the NAB Show this week (24th-27th April), come and see us at Booth N8417, where we’re offering free sign ups for all radio stations thanks to our friends at Pluxbox and Aiir.