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Tried and tested: DAB car stereo with Bluetooth from Halfords
17.09.2014 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
DAB radio has got so much better nowadays, especially in the car. I remember the signal on my husbands old window mounted DAB from the noughties used to break up when we went into town and defeated the whole object, but nowadays signal strength has improved immensely with so many great channels to choose from depending on your location. You will need a DAB aerial for your receiver and there's two options, either the screen mounted or the magnetic roof mounted antenna. If you go through numerous windscreens on the motorway like I do, I'd recommend the roof mounted choice.
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DAB + and FM switch-off: "There is no turning back"
16.09.2014 - Germany - Germany
The competition between FM and DAB + should not be determined by "dictatorship", Helmut Markwort called on the German Radio Award. Rather, the listener should decide how they want to receive radio. He expressed himself clearly against the plans of some German radio makers who see in 2025 the end of the classical FM radio. Germany Radio-director Willi Steul is one of those who are behind this date. "The medium of radio will lose in the long term if we do not digitise it," said the 63-year-old in an interview with RADIO SCENE.
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Asian Sound coming to Bradford and Huddersfield DAB
16.09.2014 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
Asian Sound Radio will join the line-up of DAB digital radio stations in parts of West Yorkshire from 1st October 2014. Ofcom has published its approval of an application to add the station to the Bradford and Huddersfield DAB multiplex. The application confirms that the station will be available in mono at 64kbps.
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Kia joins the "DAB as standard" family
15.09.2014 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
The Kia Soul has been launched with digital radio as standard and the company says other Kia models will be upgraded as soon as possible within the product life-cycle. The Kia Sportage, the brand’s best-selling car in the UK, will get digital radio when the all-new version is launched this year. The news was announced by the Korean Hyundai Kia Automotive Group at the international IBC conference in Amsterdam today.
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Somerset DAB change approved
12.09.2014 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
The local DAB multiplex has been given permission to launch later this month on VHF Block 10B, instead of Block 10D, where it will broadcast five local stations, including BBC Somerset, Capital FM, Heart Somerset, Smooth Radio and a new service from Triple Hits.
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EmiTel selects DAB+ Multiplexers VDL for Polish Radio Digital Radio Roll-Out
12.09.2014 - Poland - Poland
Following recent long-term, trials EmiTel (Warszawa, Poland) has chosen VDL (Lyon, France) Multiplexing equipment for Polskie Radio (Warszawa, Poland) DAB+ digital radio network roll out across the major cities in Poland. Digital radio in Poland will increase coverage in another six cities. As a result, Polskie Radio programmes should be available in digital form to 30% of Poles by the end of the year.
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Finance radio station to launch on DAB
11.09.2014 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
A new radio station all about finance is launching on DAB in London this autumn. Share Radio will be dedicated to providing information on handling money and investments, and will primarily talk-based. It says it will have programmes to inform and empower listeners with the information they need to help them make better financial decisions. The station will be available online and DAB in London from Westminster but no launch date has been set.
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Swedish commercial radio CEO in favour of digitalisation
10.09.2014 - Sweden - Sweden
In a recent article Staffan Rosell, CEO of Swedens largest commercial broadcaster SBS Radio, calls for more objective views on the switchover from FM to DAB+. In a segment in the “SR EKOT” radio programme to the Review Board, the switchover is reported to bring high costs with no or uncertain consumer benefits. "There is absolutely no evidence that the switchover from FM to DAB+ would cost hundreds of millions of crowns claimed in the article. Rather, distribution costs will be lower in the long term, and competition will be on equal terms when commercial radio can broadcast nationally," writes Rosell.
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New radio station, Triple Hits, is set to launch next month on the Somerset DAB multiplex
10.09.2014 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
Triple Hits will play a mix of “21st century hits, Old Skool anthems and fresh new songs” and comes from the previous owners of Fire Radio in Bournemouth which was recently sold to Celador. The Triple Broadcast Co’s content subsidiary Fire Media will run the service and say the Triple Hits format is designed to appeal to the ‘radio in between’ generation – the gap between the Radio 1 audience and Radio 2.
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Radioplayer creates hybrid car adaptor
09.09.2014 - United Kingdom - United Kingdom
A new prototype hybrid car adaptor has been unveiled by Radioplayer at the Next Radio Conference in London. The new device, which is fitted behind a dashboard, includes a dedicated app to use on the driver’s smartphone which acts as the radio interface. Michael Hill, Managing Director of Radioplayer, demonstrated the technology which scans DAB, DAB+, FM, and internet sources automatically selecting the best platform to deliver any station. If a signal is lost, it switches to the same station on another platform.
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