Consultation on Standard Terms of Use for Broadcaster Metadata

Nick Piggott,

We’re consulting on a standard agreement for radio stations and automotive manufacturers and we’d really like your input.  Here’s all the info, including the link to review and feedback to us:

RadioDNS Hybrid Radio enables more metadata and content to flow from radio stations to cars. Now we’re consulting with radio stations and automotive manufacturers globally to create a common agreement on how radio stations’ content should be presented in the dashboard. The consultation closes on 12th April 2019.

The Standard Terms of Use is a template agreement for radio stations and automotive manufacturers which avoids the need to explicitly sign contractual agreements. The proposed terms were drawn up after discussions with our broadcaster and manufacturer members, and informed by the success of the Creative Commons licensing model, which allows content creators to distribute their content widely, but still retain control on how it’s used and shown.

The ambition is for the majority of radio stations and automotive manufacturers to agree to the standard terms, making it easier to create a large network of content without significant legal and paperwork costs. Automotive manufacturers are keen to use the content that radio stations can provide, but want to understand clearly what radio stations consider acceptable use. The standard terms aim to provide that clarity for both sides, and for radio stations to retain control of how content is used.

Nick Piggott, Project Director of RadioDNS said: “We want radio stations to use the consultation period to tell us if they could offer their content to automotive manufacturers under these proposed terms, and if not, why not. We’ll use that feedback to modify the proposed terms so that as many radio stations as possible can adopt them.”

The consultation document can be found here and responses must be received by 12th April 2019. We will publish an update after reviewing the responses

EBU Digital Radio Week 2019

Nick Piggott,

Every February, the EBU hosts a week of events which bring together the community of people looking at radio’s digital future. It’s where we schedule our most important meetings of the year.

Here’s our schedule of meetings, which follows the format of previous years.

13th General Assembly

Monday 11th February, 14:00

The General Assembly is only open to our members, by invitation. It’s where we review our progress, discuss our plans, and agree strategy with our members. This year we’ll also be electing a new Steering Board and Technical Group Chair.

RadioDNS Hybrid Radio Update

Tuesday 12th February, 10:00

Our Hybrid Radio Update is open to everyone to find out the latest progress and growth of RadioDNS globally. We’ll have updates from manufacturers, broadcasters and technology providers.

Automotive Workshop IV

Tuesday 12th Feburary, 14:00 – presented in conjunction with WorldDAB

The Automotive Workshop IV is a round-table discussion of the top 5 issues that vehicle manufacturers would like radio broadcasters to address

This informal and interactive session allows us to talk about what we want to do to make radio better in the car, what the obstacles to doing that are, and how we can collaborate to overcome them. We’ll pick 5 of the most important issues manufacturers face and discuss each one for 30 minutes, coming to a conclusion and actions for the participants.

Digital Radio Summit 2019

Wednesday 13th February – an EBU Technology Event

Find out all the details of the EBU’s Digital Radio Summit on their website.

Making it easier to discover station logos with RadioDNS

Nick Piggott,
RadioDNS Station logos in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

We’re always here to answer questions about how to implement and use RadioDNS, and our most frequently asked question is

How do I find radio station logos using RadioDNS?

So we’ve put together this step-by-step guide to finding station logos. It’s not exhaustive, but it should get you familiar with how RadioDNS works.

Once you’ve walked through the example, and maybe tried with a couple of radio stations local to you, you need to remember to do two important things:

  • Read the official documentation. The walk-through covers the most common scenario, but make sure you cover them all properly, and take care of things like cache-control.
  • Remember that broadcasters still own the rights in their metadata, so you can’t use it just as you please. If they have a licence signalled in the “terms” attribute in their SI.xml file, read it and check you’re OK with their allowed usage. If they don’t, contact them, and ask if it’s OK. (Or contact us, and we’ll put you in contact with them).

We’re still developing our Standard Licence, which gives everyone certainty on how to use metadata. Update on that when it’s ready for you to look at.

RadioDNS Certification – What and Why?

Nick Piggott,

Last week, Xperi (one of our members) announced that their Connected Radio platform had certified compliance with RadioDNS standards for Project Logo functionality. Whilst our testing and verification process has been running for a while, this seemed like a good time to explain why we offer this service to our members.

RadioDNS is a collection of open technology standards that allow anyone to build platforms and services around hybrid radio, without a licence or similar agreement with RadioDNS. It’s free in both senses of the word – unrestricted and without cost.

To broadcasters and manufacturers looking to buy RadioDNS solutions from technology providers we have one clear message – make sure that what you’re buying is a proper implementation of RadioDNS by looking for the RadioDNS logo. As more suppliers come to the market, some of the less scrupulous ones will offer solutions that aren’t interoperable and create technology lock-ins.

RadioDNS certification is a service we offer to our members that allows them to test their implementations against a reference implementation, and if they pass, receive certification. Once certified, a provider is allowed to use the RadioDNS logo in the marketing of their service or platform. So if you see the RadioDNS logo alongside an implementation, it means it’s been verified as working correctly.

There’s some points to be aware of:

  • Testing and validation isn’t exhaustive, so you should make sure that your technology provider will make good for free any faults that they find in respect to implementing our standards
  • Technology providers aren’t required to implement all of the RadioDNS standards – there’s a lot of them. So check the details to see what functionality has been verified with RadioDNS, and what might not be.
  • Some technology providers might offer different levels of RadioDNS service. Ask how much it will cost you if you want to enable more functionality than their baseline offering.

We currently offer automated testing of client implementations (that’s radio receivers), and we’ll be implementing automated testing of server implementations (which is what radio stations use) during 2018.

Automated Fault Reporting

Once we’ve have rolled our both client and server testing, we’ll also enable automated fault reporting. If someone spots a problem with a RadioDNS service on a receiver, the manufacturer can use the platform to work out if the problem is with their client implementation, or a fault at the broadcaster. If it’s a broadcaster fault, then they can raise a fault report quickly and directly with that broadcaster. We think this is valuable to manufacturers, and helps improve the quality of RadioDNS powered experiences.

Licensing of Broadcaster Content and Metadata

Certification tests the technical performance of the system, including functionality like expiration of assets and documents. This will sit alongside the requirement for manufacturers to abide by licences offered by broadcasters for their metadata and content, which we’ll explain separately.

This diagram explains how everything fits together; the licence for metadata and content offered by a broadcaster to a manufacturer; the compliance of the technology providers to their customers; the test points for compliance, and the ultimate protection of the interface between both systems using our open standards.

So look out for RadioDNS certified solutions from technology providers when you’re choosing to invest in hybrid radio. It’s your guarantee of durability and interoperability.