Digital radio infrastructure completed in the Netherlands

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 11:50am

A press release from Harris Broadcast and Broadcast Partners today announced that the DAB+ (Digital Audio Broadcasting) infrastructure has been completed in The Netherlands. The Dutch government has set 2017 as a deadline for a national switch-over to digital broadcast.

The system uses IP (Internet Protocol) delivery rather than cable, which offers great signal delivery flexibility, according to the notice.

The Radio.nl website reports that some regional stations in The Netherlands might switch to digital by next summer. 

Digital radio now a third of all UK listening

Friday, February 1, 2013 - 1:30pm

According to new ratings figures, digital radio (broadcast DAB) in the UK now accounts for a third of all listening. That's 14% growth from last year, the BBC reports, "helped by better access to DAB receivers."

All digital stations saw their weekly audiences grow year-on-year, despite several stations losing listening in the last quarter of 2012. Digital Radio UK CEO Ford Ennals said, "Digital radio continues to transform the way people listen to the radio and one third of all listening to digital platforms represents an important milestone."

Figures from ratings service RAJAR show BBC 6 Music has overtaken Radio 4 Extra to become the leading digital-only station, now with 1.9 million listeners a week, 31% more than last year. Smash Hits is the largest commercial digital station, reaching nearly a million listeners. Smooth 70s hits more than 700-thousand.

Read more from the BBC here.

Cridland details benefits, drawbacks, and rough costs of UK's radio platforms

Monday, August 20, 2012 - 1:10pm

To tie in to our RAIN Summit Europe event coming up October 5th in Berlin, we'd like to point out this very handy guide to radio listening in the UK prepared by Media UK Managing Director and "radio futurologist" James Cridland.

Radio listeners in the United Kingdom have local AM and FM stations just as in the United States. But even their Internet radio options can be different (as services like Pandora don't have the necessary licenses to stream there, and sources like the BBC often wall off their content to U.S. listeners).

Instead of satellite services dedicated to radio (like SiriusXM), radio delivered via television platforms seems to be the UK solution. There are the Sky and Freesat channels on digital satellite TV, Freeview radio channels on digital terrestrial TV, and digital radio delivered via cable television (such as on Virgin Media). Of course, U.S. cable- and satellite-television customers in the often get radio sources like Music Choice and SiriusXM along with their video channels.

You likely know that broadcast digital radio -- HD Radio here in the U.S. -- is on a different platform there. There's DAB Digital Radio (which actually began in 1990), but also a newer technology that's available in Europe outside the UK: DAB+ (which uses improved audio compression and error correction technology).

Cridland runs down each of these platforms in detail, and includes links to lists of stations on each. Read more here. We hope you'll be able to join us for RAIN Summit Europe on October 5th in Berlin. All you need to know is here.

UK net radio device maker Roth adds colors to its K Radio line

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:25am

This sure caught our eye!

It's the Roth K Radio, with an FM receiver, Internet radio tuning (through wifi or ethernet), DAB (digital radio), and an iPhone dock.

The Roth K Radio isn't new, and it isn't even available in the U.S. But they just rolled out this new line of colors for the unit, and we couldn't resist adding this picture to today's issue.

Maybe the next time we're in the UK, we'll snag one!

See more on the Roth K here.


Friday, September 2, 2011 - 12:00pm

The new Revo K2 is capable of streaming Internet radio (including Last.fm), not to mention FM and DAB brodacasts. It also features a dock for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and can be controlled by an app for said devices. The K2 will go for around $488 when in launches on October 17. Engadget has more coverage here.

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