WorldDMB announces automotive event in Brussels “Radio – the best connection in the car”

WorldDMB today announce further details of the 6th WorldDMB European Automotive Event which will be held in the heart of the European Union in Brussels at the Autoworld Museum on Wednesday 20 May 2015. The theme of the event is ‘Radio - the best connection in the car’. Topics covered will include DAB/DAB+ market updates, the connected car and the OEM perspective, user interface, EC ITS directive on emergency warnings using DAB+, the Europe-wide initiative for a digital tick mark, and more.

Silicon Labs Pumps Up the Volume for Automotive Infotainment with Scalable Car Radio System Solutions

Silicon Labs, a leading provider of broadcast audio solutions for automotive infotainment, have introduced a complete portfolio of receivers/audio processors and multi-standard digital radio ICs designed to deliver best-in-class AM/FM and digital radio performance for the global car radio market. According to IHS Automotive, global automotive sales for 2015 will reach 88.6 million light vehicle units. Silicon Labs developed the Si479xx and Si46xx portfolio to address the global demand for advanced car radio technology supporting all worldwide broadcast radio bands.

Arqiva and Premier sign new D1 agreement

Premier Christian Radio will stay on national digital radio for another 12 years after a new contract was signed with Arqiva. Peter Kerridge, CEO of Premier Christian Radio, said: “On behalf of our nationwide audience and army of supporters, we are naturally delighted to secure our continued presence on Digital One in this, our 20th anniversary year. We are very much aware, from the hundreds of testimonials we receive from listeners, just how important Premier’s round-the-clock voice is to so many people.”

Local DAB expansion begins in the U.K

Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, officially switched on the new local DAB expansion programme at SMMTConnected, a major car conference hosted by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders at the QEII Centre in London. The official start of this major programme of work to build out coverage of local DAB stations includes 182 new transmitters which will extend coverage of local DAB stations to more than 90% of the population, and add over 4,100 miles of roads into coverage, benefitting drivers as well as listeners at home.

Focusing on DAB in the car

A new project to ensure an even broader range of solutions for radio in car will ensure availability of of good DAB adapters across the country.

The migration to DAB+ for Switzerland detailed

An agreement was signed on Wednesday in Bern, Switzerland by partners of the radio industry on the migration from analogue to digital broadcasting. This agreement details the migration, financial, organisational and marketing responsibilities that that will need to be undertaken for the move to DAB+

Trondheim in DAB+ trial

A DAB+ trial began in the region of Trondheim on 20 March. Five channels have been confirmed.

New Regional DAB+ Networks Planned for the Netherlands

From 15 March new DAB+ stations are available in the south west region of The Netherlands. This is first of several regional DAB+ networks that are being constructed across the country. In the upcoming months, more regional DAB+ networks are due to be switched on.

Content is King but Distribution is King Kong: DBS 2015

In a final session at last week’s Digital Broadcasting Symposium, a panel of experts looked at monetising new digital developments. In the same session, Les Sabel talked about the opportunities to monetise digital radio transmissions, using a combination of IP and broadcast technologies. “Digital radio gives stations the opportunity to broadcast more channels, bringing new revenue streams,” he said.

SRG and private radio associations plan marketing campaign for DAB+

Representatives of the SRG and the private radio stations on Wednesday signed an agreement which defines the transition from analogue to digital. In the paper, the arrangements regarding finances, organisation, responsibilities and marketing will be regulated.