June 2016

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Dear Friends, Colleagues and Partners,

Asia is again in focus for DRM with a good presence at Broadcast Asia and endorsement of the recognised efficiency of the DRM standard and the xHE-AAC codec during the digital radio events there. In true global fashion this newsletter will bring you news and views from countries as far apart as India, United States, Brazil and Germany

We have thus taken a look at the many benefits of terrestrial digital broadcasting when compared with the popular IP.  And we are giving details about our Enterprise Award. So start nominating the best entrepreneurs willing to promote the standard and create receiver solutions. 

Please scroll down to find more about all this. If you have exciting news about you and you want your company to feature in the next Newsletter can tell you how!

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Latest News

DRM at Broadcast Asia 2016

The quality of DRM was presented at Broadcast Asia where delegates learned about DRM’s efficient coverage and sound quality.  Several members of the DRM Consortium were in attendance, including, Ampegon, Fraunhofer IIS, GatesAir, Nautel, Thomson Broadcast and Transradio. Alexander Zink, DRM Vice-Chairman offered us a few details:

If you did not go to Broadcast Asia in Singapore you will be able to get more information on the super-efficient codec by reading more here: MPEG xHE-AAC Unleashes Possibilities

With Successful Trials of DRM, AIR will Fully Convert to this digital Medium for Radio

In a recent interview with the online publication, Mr Yogendra Pal, Chair of the DRM India Chapter, set out the importance of terrestrial broadcasting.  Read more

80 Years of All India Radio - From Analogue to Digital

Congratulaions to India’s public broadcaster, All India Radio (AIR) who on 8th June celebrated 80 years of broadcasting!  Like any 80-year old AIR has witnessed many technological changes.  Currently it is undertaking one of the world’s largest digital radio deployments having chosen DRM technology to achieve its ambitions.  As it moves into the future, DRM technology will give AIR the ability to serve its listeners with access to a wider range of programmes for 80 years and more!

The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to Provide Traffic Alerts

A pilot project to provide traffic information to drivers between Delhi-Jaipur in India is to be rolled out nationally.  The traffic alerts will be available to drivers with digital radios in their vehicles and broadcast by the All India Radio digital radio stations.  Many car manufacturers are incorporating digital radios in their new cars and these drivers will be amongst the first to receive these alerts for a safer, faster and trouble-free journey.  Read more

DRM on the Agenda in the US

DRM featured prominently at this year’s National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters (NASB) conference held recently in Nashville Tennessee, USA.   The DRM all-digital migration progress by All India Radio, currently the largest digital migration globally, was amongst the topics discussed alongside test updates from Guam and DRM broadcasting insights from SonSet Solutions.  Christopher Rumbaugh reports.

DRM Chairman’s Blog: Podcast, Broadcast or Simulcast?

Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Chairman writing a blog in Radio World, maintains that reach, cost and accessibility continue to keep radio listening relevant.  Read more

MW in Brazil 

Radio is of vital importance to many Brazilian populations but the lack of decision to deploy digital radio in Brazil is hampering progress.  An immediate decision in favour of the digital radio standard capable of covering shortwave and tropical wave to meet the needs of Brazil is essential for the benefit of all. DRM is the only available standard that covers shortwave and tropical wave.  Marcelo Goedert explains more (with additional reporting from Rafael Diniz and Braulio Ribeiro).

Another Innovative Use of DRM30!

Hiroyuki Okamura from Japan was able to receive KTWR Guam's DRM transmission on 17780 on his SDR, 0800 UTC onwards - data only.

DRM Enterprise Award – Asia Pacific Region 2016 

Nominations are now welcomed for the second DRM Enterprise Award for the Asia Pacific region. The Award aims to stimulate interest in the DRM standard in various parts of the world that can benefit from the full introduction of digital radio, like the various countries of the Asia Pacific region. The first DRM annual prize was aimed at the Pacific Islands and was awarded in 2014 to SIBC, the public broadcaster in the Solomon Pacific Islands.  Read more  Nominations should be sent to: by September 30th.  

In case you missed this article:

Software Defined Radio is Multi-Standard

 Software Defined Radio (SDR) does the full DRM standard. To understand SDR we asked specialists a few basic questions. Read more 

Around the Web

AIR to get Rs 75 crore in Annual Plan 2016-17 of I and B Ministry

FM Chips in Smartphones

Via NAB SmartBriefRadio should embrace digital 

Did you know?

  • Over 30 broadcasters carry regular DRM transmissions, covering almost half the world’s population.
  • The DRM standard is now fully endorsed by the ITU (International Telecommunications Union) and ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute).
  • The DRM standard as recommended by ITU and ETSI includes built-in Emergency Warning tools for swift and effective mass-notification in crises.   Listen here.
  • DRM publishes a special monthly Noticeboard for India, and a new India page pulls together key DRM information on India.  


Upcoming events:

22-23 June DRM German Platform meeting, Berlin, Germany

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