RadioDNS at IBC

Caroline Brindle,

RadioDNS will be at IBC from September 7-11, demonstrating the latest developments in RadioDNS applications and implementations.

You can come to meet us on the stand of the EBU (10.F20), one of our members, where we’ll be showcasing demos of visualised radio, service following and more on various devices including an Android mobile phone. Our broadcast partners for the demos are NPO, WRS and Global Radio.

RadioDNS will be at IBC from September 7-11, demonstrating the latest developments in RadioDNS applications and implementations. You can come to meet us on the stand of the EBU (10.F20), one of our members, where we’ll be showcasing demos of visualised radio, service following and more on various devices including an Android mobile phone. Our broadcast partners for the demos are NPO, WRS and Global Radio.
The EBU are promoting a hybrid radio approach based on the RadioDNS specifications, and have developed free/open tools and a platform where both EBU Members and non-members can experiment with developing hybrid radio for their station and produce visual radio content. Read more about this here.

We’re delighted that several of our members and supporters will also be demonstrating the RadioDNS smart combination of broadcast and IP connectivity.

The BBC recently announced that from the last week of August, RadioDNS enabled services will be live on all national networks. Radio 1 and 1Xtra now support RadioVIS featuring now playing info, text and images, and images are shown for the other networks. This great news marks the culmination of 2 years work from the BBC R&D team – visit them to find out more at 8.F48.

Just prior to IBC, the ARD (the association of German public-service broadcasters) used IFA in Berlin to announce their launch of RadioVIS across 68 of their member stations, covering the majority of Germany on FM and DAB+. This is a significant commitment to RadioDNS hybrid radio services by major broadcasters in a key European market. The ARD’s RadioDNS services are provided by the IRT (Institut für Rundfunktechnik), who will be at IBC on stand 10.F51.

Our member AIM will be at 8.D90 demonstrating version 2 of Rapid – their content publishing system for digital radio. AIM’s management systems support RadioDNS services and allow radio stations to centralise the delivery of visual radio services and electronic programme guides for digital radio stations across a range of platforms and formats.

IBC is the biggest broadcasting convention of the year, and attracts thousands of international visitors. RadioDNS is platform neutral (FM, HD, DAB, DAB+, DRM, DRM+) and we look forward to welcoming our members and supporters from outside Europe. There’s a strong RadioDNS collaboration in America, and broadcasters are recognising that RadioDNS is a significant contribution to the future of radio globally. James Cridland recently blogged about some recent activities within the project on Media UK.

The consumption of media is changing rapidly, and radio is evolving to take advantage of new opportunities offered by RadioDNS hybrid radio. Our members are developing services to cater to the challenges of on-demand content and radio’s unique place as a mobile medium.

Working with receiver manufacturers and industry bodies, the RadioDNS project can significantly enhance the radio experience in car and on mobile: making more use of the colour screens in dash and on phones, and giving audiences a better experience. OEMs for the automotive industry see great potential in RadioDNS’s service-following, allowing listeners to flawlessly enjoy their favourite radio station across FM, digital radio and the internet.

The opportunities for hybrid radio in the mobile space are just as exciting, promising to deliver the functionality normally associated with streaming radio apps, but for broadcast radio.
Enhancing broadcast radio like this dramatically improves battery life on the handset, and significantly reduces the amount of data transferred across the mobile network, alleviating congestion and bill shock for users.

The RadioDNS project is growing rapidly, and at IBC 2012 we’re looking forward to showing more broadcasters with more functionality on more devices than ever before.