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

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Aug 20 2012 - 1:10pm

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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.

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