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The Worldwide Radioplayer API builds on the Radioplayer Car upgrade system

CALABASAS, Calif. — Xperi Corporation recently announced a partnership between its wholly owned subsidiary DTS and Radioplayer Worldwide , one of the world’s leading streaming radio content aggregation platforms, to develop and integrate DTS Connected Radio technology into future vehicles using the Worldwide Radioplayer API.

Utilizing a vehicle’s native IP connectivity, DTS Connected Radio delivers an innovative analog and digital (DAB and HD Radio) AM/FM experience by pairing broadcast programming with IP-delivered content. DTS Connected Radio aggregates metadata, such as artist and song information, on-air radio program information, station contact information and more, directly from broadcasters around the world to deliver an enhanced visual experience in the vehicle.

The Worldwide Radioplayer API builds on the Radioplayer Car upgrade system. The system automatically follows the listener’s favorite stations across DAB (in Europe of course), FM, and streaming, as reception varies. As well as enabling ‘hybrid’ switching between broadcast and streaming as reception varies, the new data feed can power features such as personalized radio recommendations, search results, and catch-up content.

[Read: Xperi Will Showcase DTS Connected Radio at CES]

“The number of countries adopting the Radioplayer technology is set to rise steeply in coming years, as more and more broadcasters decide to collaborate and pool resources. Automotive integrations are at the top of the list of priorities for Radioplayer, given radio’s huge importance to drivers, but they also develop world-leading radio apps, and innovative voice-control interfaces,” according to Xperi.

Xperi Corp. also announced a partnership between DTS and RCS, the world’s largest broadcast software company, to develop and integrate DTS Connected Radio technology into their family of radio automation and production platforms. The DTS Connected Radioplatform will enable broadcasters to deliver new services into connected cars of the future.

Utilizing a vehicle’s native IP connectivity, DTS Connected Radio delivers an analog and digital (DAB and HD Radio) AM/FM experience by pairing broadcast programming with IP-delivered content. DTS Connected Radio aggregates metadata, such as artist and song information, on-air radio program information, station contact information and more, directly from broadcasters to deliver an enhanced visual experience in the vehicle. 

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DTS Connected Radio utilizes metadata from a variety of sources, now including RadioDNS, Jeff Jury says

CALABASAS, Calif. —Xperi Corp. says its wholly owned subsidiary, DTS, has successfully completed RadioDNS compliance testing. The DTS Connected Radio platform will enable an engaging in-car radio experience for drivers around the world. RadioDNS’ Project Logo service utilizes the RadioDNS standard in the delivery of hybrid radio content in connected broadcast radios and provides a valuable source of broadcast radio metadata from supporting broadcasters.

“As a founding member, we have long supported RadioDNS,” said Jeff Jury, general manager, automotive at Xperi. “DTS Connected Radio utilizes metadata from a variety of sources and we are proud to support RadioDNS as part of our global connected car solution and look forward to delivering a rich, dynamic service on behalf of broadcasters around the world.”

[Read — NAB Engineering Handbook: RadioDNS]

“RadioDNS encourages broadcasters and manufacturers to work with RadioDNS compliant technology providers, and we’re really pleased that Xperi has certified their Connected Radio platform as compliant with RadioDNS’ Project Logo functionality,” said Nick Piggott, project director, RadioDNS. “Compliance testing is a service we offer to all RadioDNS members, as either suppliers or purchasers wanting independent verification.” 

(Here’s an article by Nick that explains the basics of RadioDNS.)

DTS Connected Radio pairs broadcast radio with IP-delivered content, aggregating metadata, such as artist and song information, on-air radio program information, station contact information and more, directly from broadcasters around the world to deliver a single API with a cohesive visual experience in the vehicle. 

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Sam Matheny and Joe D’Angelo addressed the future of radio technology at event in Switzerland

GENEVA — More than 120 delegates attended the recent Digital Radio Summit — part of the annual EBU Digital Radio Week — to hear from EBU members and others about the present and the future in radio technology and innovation, according to tech.EBU .

For those readers in the states that perhaps wonder just why we cover European radio so much, it’s because broadcasters over there are in many ways ahead of us and we can learn something about what will happen in North America by seeing what happens there.

A primary theme running through the summit this year was “user experience,” including automotive and voice control. Questions that kept coming up included: How can radio compete with the user experience offered by other audio services? What can radio do to go even further? And how can broadcasters actually drive change, rather than be swept away by it?

Are we asking these same questions enough in the US? The good news is that US broadcasters were in attendance and spoke to the assembly. Sam Matheny, CTO of NAB , said that broadcasters were currently fragmented, but trying to work with global companies — and that coming together and using scale to leverage change could be the winning tactic. He also pointed out that something as simple as using the same words on a global scale would help to drive this change. 

Matheny reminded attendees that in times of crisis, people continued to turn to radio as their primary source of information, as witnessed during tragic events such as Hurricane Harvey in the US or the Tōhoku earthquake in Japan. It was this reliability of broadcast over mobile networks that drove the NAB push to get broadcast receivers in mobile phones, said Matheny, according to the same article.

Radio remains of vital importance in cars and accounts for a huge proportion of listening hours through the world. The experience of radio in cars is evolving, though. 

Joe D’Angelo of Xperi called these changes “table stakes” that radio must offer to keep its prominence in the dashboard. Presentations from Xperi and Audi illustrated that graphical branding and information about what is on-air enriches the radio user experience, and Audi issued a call to action for broadcasters to provide logos, content and metadata to feed their increasingly sophisticated and capable in-car media surfaces.

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