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Sponsored session on “What’s New, What’s Next” at ABU Symposium

KUALA LUMPUR — We recently reported about DAB at the just-completed Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union Digital Broadcasting Symposium. Also there was Digital Radio Mondiale, which sponsored Session two on “New Technologies & Standards — What’s New, What’s Next” and a DRM workshop.

A presentation was given on “DRM in Asia-Pacific” by the DRM Consortium Chair, Ruxandra Obreja, on March 5 ​followed another on the India Roll-Out, by Alexander Zink (of Fraunhofer IIs) on March 7. Zink was immediately followed by the DRM Implementation workshop, the participants of which included Radu Obreja (DRM Marketing Director); Lindsay Cornell (BBC, Chair DRM Technical Committee); Chuck Kelly (Nautel); Tom King (Kintronics) and Ruxandra Obreja.

The participants attending the workshop were “very interested in digital radio and represented countries with genuine interest in DRM” (Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, etc.), according to DRM news .

During the recent BES conference , DRM had several presentations. During the morning Session on day two, Bernd Linz (of Fraunhofer IIS) gave a presentation on xHE-AAc for DRM and web streaming; in the afternoon, Nigel Fry (Head of Distribution, BBC World Service Group) addressed the subject of “Revitalization of AM Bands.” The point of his presentation was that, while AM bands have seen a decline in use due to the limited audio quality they could provide, the unique benefits and advantages of the AM bands for radio broadcasting and short-wave transmissions in particular are being rediscovered due to their unique coverage opportunities to reach listeners around the world. 

“Upgrading the AM transmissions to the DRM digital radio technology not only brings the audio quality to the level of local FM transmissions, it also adds advanced features such as free-to-air Journaline text articles and takes away the hassle of memorizing frequencies — all while retaining the unique advantages of most efficient large-area coverage,” also according to DRM news .

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DRM Consortium to Exhibit at BES Expo

A three-day conference coincides with the exhibition, will include two DRM sessions on Feb. 28

NEW DELHI — The DRM Consortium, represented by its Indian and international members and partners (including All India Radio, Ampegon, BBC, Fraunhofer IIS, Gospell Digital Technologies, Nautel, NXP, and others), will be exhibiting at the international BES conference and exhibition on terrestrial and satellite broadcasting, taking place in New Delhi, India, Feb. 26–28.

BES EXPO is rated as the biggest broadcast technology show in India with nearly 300 exhibitors from 25 countries and an estimated 3,000 professionals and decision-makers attending.

The DRM Consortium and Gospell Digital Technology (http://www.gospell.com/ ) will welcome visitors to booths 21 and 22, where it is exhibiting its latest DRM receiver models (including a DRM and Bluetooth car kit). The latest model of one of the leading automobile manufacturers in India, outfitted with a DRM receiver will be on display as well, according to DRM news .

On February 27th, DRM Consortium member Fraunhofer IIS will unveil the synergies between DRM terrestrial digital radio broadcast and latest mobile-friendly Internet streaming services, both based on the latest MPEG xHE-AAC audio codec.

A three-day conference with the theme “Non-Linear Broadcasting – Technology and Business Models” will be held during with the exhibition and will include two DRM sessions on Feb. 28. One will be on “Unique, Superior Features of DRM – The Latest Digital Radio Standard” and another on “The Progress of DRM in South Asia – Latest Updates and Technical Developments”.

“As DRM digital radio makes India potentially the largest digital radio market in the world, the DRM Consortium is keen to showcase the current developments and areas of great benefit delivered by DRM. Its many additional features and its capacity to link to IP creates new possibilities for listeners and the industry,” said DRM Consortium Chair Ruxandra Obreja. “Our BES presentations and demonstrations aim to show practically the progress made in India by DRM, its potential for listeners, broadcasters and industry, while learning from our Indian colleagues how the Indian media landscape is changing.”

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