Germany

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DAB+ digital radio is currently the radio platform experiencing the strongest growth in Germany.

Launch of second national multiplex

In October 2020, Antenne Deutschland launched a second DAB+ multiplex that will host up to 16 new national commercial radio stations. In addition to distributing its own programs, Antenne Deutschland also plans to offer stations to third parties. The NRJ Group will be also be broadcasting its popular Nostalgie station on the multiplex from January 2020.

DAB+ regulation

According to Germany's Telecoms Law, all new car radios should be capable of receiving digital terrestrial radio from 21th Dec 2020 – as required by the European Electronic Communications Code.

The law also requires all new consumer radios, capable of displaying a station’s name, to be able to receive digital signals (for example, DAB+ or IP) – from the same date. Read the press release on the new German national legislation here

The 2021 Digitisation Report carried out by Die Medienanstalten is available here (in German)

Digital Radio Germany's 2020 DAB+ report is available here (in German)

Last update: 08.10.2020 - older versions

Digital radio is available in all metropolitan areas. The total coverage (combined coverage of ARD multiplexes and the national multiplex) is 98% of the population.

The 1st level road coverage of the national network is 12,700 km which is equal to 98%.

Detailed information on the network coverage can be found on www.digitalradio.de/empfang.

 

 

Last update: 03.03.2021 - older versions

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Please note:

(a)    These web pages are updated regularly to reflect current services on air, however they may not be exactly up to date.

(b)    The logos shown on these pages are for illustrative purposes only – manufacturers and broadcasters are directed here for information on implementing station logos.

In total, there are more than 270 radio programs which can be received digitally across the 16 German Bundeslaender: 24 national programs, over 60 public stations distributed by ARD members, and around 200 commercial stations (regional or local). The majority of radio programs are equipped with accompanying data services including at least Dynamic Label Segment or DL+ and Slideshow. See Slideshow on air.  In particular, all public ARD radio brands are broadcast with additional services accompanying the live audio service: Now-next information (DLS/DL+), Program previews (EPG), Weather and traffic charts, news headlines, track/title-cover (slideshow/categorised slideshow), Future mobility service (TPEG), and Hybrid EPGs and Slideshows (RadioVIS and RadioEPG). Download a presentation on Slideshow in Germany.

First national multiplex

The nationwide DAB+ network was extended by around 50 transmitters with a completion date of 2016. In January 2021, there were 147 transmitters broadcasting. Germany is now developing a DSO strategy. Now, with the first national mux, 98% of all people are covered (January 2021).

Second national multiplex

In January 2020, it was agreed that Antenne Deutschland GmbH and other partners will launch a second DAB+ multiplex with up to 16 new national radio programs. In addition to distributing its own programs, Antenne Deutschland also plans to offer stations to third parties. The launch took place in October 2020 with now 11 programs on air.

 

Simulcast on AM / FM Exclusive on digital Total of services
DAB+ programmes 200 70 270

Last update: 18.06.2021 - older versions

80% of new cars sold equipped with DAB+

In Germany, as of H2 2020, 80% of new cars were sold with digital radio as standard (Source: JATO Dynamics 2021).

Amendment to the Telecommunications Act, Section 48, para. 4 and 5

According to Germany's new national legislation on digital radio, all radios in new cars should be capable of receiving digital terrestrial radio from 21 Dec 2020 – as required by the European Electronic Communications Code. The law also requires all new consumer radios, capable of displaying a station’s name, to be able to receive digital signals (for example,DAB+ or IP) – from the same date.

The new German national legislation with explanatory text is available in English here.

Last update: 04.03.2021 - older versions

Receiver sales and revenues

In 2020, over 1.83 million DAB+ receivers were sold in Germany - this represents a 15.2 percent growth compared to 2019. 

Revenues from DAB+ receiver sales also grew by 13 percent, from €216 million in 2019 to the current record of €244 million in 2020.

As of Q2 2020, cumulative DAB/DAB+ receiver sales stood at 16,623,000 (including line fit automotive).

German Government mandates Digital Interface in most radios 

In September 2019, the German federal parliament reiterated its commitment to DAB+ by passing a revision to its Telecoms Law. The law was approved, and made official in November 2019.

The law requires all new consumer radios, capable of displaying a station’s name, to be able to receive digital signals (for example, DAB+ or IP) – from the same date. The new German national legislation with explanatory text is available in English here.

Initiative Digital Radio Deutschland Product Finder

Overview list of the digital radio receivers available on the German market

 The 2020 Digitisation Report carried out by Die Medienanstalten during IFA 2020 is available here (in German)

Digital Radio Germany's 2020 DAB+ report is available here (in German)

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DAB+ regulation in Germany

In September 2019, the German federal parliament reiterated its commitment to DAB+ by passing a revision to its Telecoms Law.

The law was approved, and made official in November 2019. According to the revised law, all radios in new cars should be capable of receiving digital terrestrial radio from 21st Dec 2020 – as required by the European Electronic Communications Code.

The obligation only applies to new cars, and does not apply to quads, trucks or other vehicles for goods transport. The law also requires all new consumer radios, capable of displaying a station’s name, to be able to receive digital signals (for example, DAB+ or IP) – from the same date.

The new German national legislation with explanatory text is available in English here.

Last update: 08.09.2020 - older versions

The following websites provide information on all available services, the latest marketing and receivers for home and on the move. 

dabplus.de

Rundfunk Forum

DAB+ promotion campaigns

In this 3-minute DAB+ promotional video published by German broadcaster ARD Digital, media personality Anni Dunkelmann explains to consumers the various benefits of DAB+, such as improved sound quality, a wider choice of listening and the ability of certain receivers to show visual displays.  

 

 

YouTube tip: to see video subtitles in your local language, click on the settings icon located at the bottom right of the video,  select settings, then auto translate, then your preferred language option. 

Summer 2019

The German digital radio industry (public and commercial radio) organised a DAB+ promotion week from 13-24 May 2019. Cross-media activities included on-air radio spots, consumer and B2B print advertisements and advertorials, social media and on www.dabplus.de.  The week included also training and promotion within the retail sector. 

Summer 2018

A new German multimedia campaign promoting DAB+ will launch on 27 August, with the slogan "DAB+. Mehr Radio" (DAB+, More Radio) to be branded across TV, radio, print and online. On 30 August, an "Editorial Theme Day" will be held at IFA Berlin by German broadcaster ARD and other commercial radio stations to discuss the benefits of DAB+. The initiative is a collaboration between German broadcaster ARD and other commercial radio stations, as part of a nationwide rebrand of DAB+.

Christmas 2017


Christmas promotion "Give a DAB + Radio"   Starting November 27th, in the four weeks leading up to Christmas, radio and TV spots will once again be broadcasting spots and actions about the DAB + listening experience at ARD, Deutschlandradio, private radio stations and other partners.

 

 

May 2017

ARD and Deutschlandradio started a cross-media nationwide marketing campaign for DAB+ radio from 2 May 2017. The campaign will include radio, television and internet, as well as images for print and online use. DAB+ has also received an eye-catching new logo, with which broadcasters, manufacturers and retailers can promote the new radio standard.

Examples of the implementation of new DAB+ logo can be viewed here:   http://www.digitalradio.de/index.php/de/haendlerbereich. Download the Press Release.

Under the motto "As clear as if I were there", the ARD has a nationwide marketing campaign for DAB+ together with Deutschlandradio and other partners. This includes TV commercials as well as on numerous online channels. In the ARD, with Deutschlandradio and private broadcasters are broadcasting various radio adspots. In addition, there are print and online motifs on the new website www.dabplus.de.

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New DAB+ station launch in Bavaria will reach 12m
27.11.2021 - Germany Germany
Radio Arabella Bayern will be broadcast throughout Bavaria via DAB+ from December 15. The technical range will be over 12 million inhabitants.

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DAB+ success in Germany with increased sales and revenues
23.11.2021 - Deutschlandradio WorldDAB Member - Germany Germany
DAB+ receiver sales in Germany have increased compared to the same period of the previous year. Just under 1.2 million DAB + devices were sold between January and September (+14%) amounting to 152 million euros (+9%). ARD, Deutschlandradio, private broadcasters and other members of the Digitalradio Deutschland association are together promoting DAB+ with a nationwide campaign running from November 22nd to December 5th, on TV and radio, as well as in print and online. Deutschlandradio supplements the joint nationwide activities with regional DAB+ campaigns that call for a switch from FM to DAB+. As the No 1 public broadcaster, Deutschlandradio has begun in recent years to implement purely digital programme distribution in selected regions.

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BR puts two more DAB+ locations into operation
23.11.2021 - Bayerischer Rundfunk WorldDAB Member - Germany Germany
Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) is putting two new DAB+ transmitter sites into operation on 25 November in Schönsee in Upper Palatinate and in Volkach in Lower Franconia. The DAB+ network will thus expand to 77 locations in Bavaria by the end of the year. For 2022, BR plans to put five more DAB+ transmitter locations into operation - across Bavaria.

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MDR Media sees positive interim results with DAB+ Radio Kombi
22.11.2021 - Germany Germany
National radio stations offered exclusively via DAB+ - Absolut Hot, Absolut Relax, Lulu.fm and Radio Schlagerparadies - have come together to form DAB+ Radiokombi Germany. "Opening up new markets and placing new channels is a market economy in the best sense of the word. This is the only way to achieve growth, further development and innovation," said Reinhard Hild, Head of Sales Communication at MDR Media.

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DAB+ in Saarland: 15 new radio programmes on air
16.11.2021 - Germany Germany
A new DAB+ multiplex with 15 private radio programmes is now on air in Saarland. “We are very pleased that a new chapter in radio history has opened in Saarland and that the diversity of information and opinions related to Saarland has found its way into digital radio” said Ruth Meyer, Director of LMS.

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ad.audio introduces advertising on displays on DAB+ radios in cars
16.11.2021 - Germany Germany
With immediate effect, advertisers can use the new DAB+ 'Display AD' to extend their campaigns directly to the screens of DAB-enabled radios. Klarmobil is one of the first customers. In the first phase of regular marketing, all five ABSOLUT radio stations are included. At the start of the second commercial DAB+ multiplex in Germany in October 2020, Antenne Deutschland and Ströer founded ad.audio, the national advertising marketer for digital audio.

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Radio Teddy is conquering Germany!
12.11.2021 - Germany Germany
Aimed at children and families, Radio TEDDY is Germany's first children and family oriented radio station launching in the German state of Saarland on 15 November. Managing Director Katrin Helmschrott said: Radio TEDDY is conquering Germany! By the end of the year we will be receivable in twelve federal states via FM or DAB+. We can proudly say that young people have pioneered the medium of radio."

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New 7-year licences for four DAB+ stations in Berlin-Brandenburg
10.11.2021 - Germany Germany
The unique radio landscape in Berlin and Brandenburg is gaining even more programmes thanks to a decision made by the Media Council to issue four 7-year radio licences for the following radio stations: Grosstadtradio, Radio Holiday, Radio BHeins and MEGA Radio Berlin.

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Germany: 91% expect radio as standard in the car
10.11.2021 - Germany Germany
According to a study published by the Edison research almost all (91 percent) of German respondents said that terrestrial radio should be standard equipment in every car. This trend runs through all age groups. The survey also shows that a factory-installed radio has a major influence on consumers' purchasing decisions: 81 percent of potential car buyers in Germany stated that they would rarely buy or lease a vehicle without a built-in radio. Drivers in Germany listen to the radio significantly more than any other audio source: 45 percent of those surveyed stated that they often listen to the radio in their cars. 20 percent use online music streaming services, 13 percent listen to CDs.

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Lower Saxony private broadcaster keen to expand
03.11.2021 - Germany Germany
The Lower Saxony private broadcaster ffn wants to expand distribution of "Radio Bollerwagen", across more German states. Managing director Harald Gehrung has said the station will broadcast soon in Hamburg (presumably on the planned second, regional DAB+ mux) and "in a southern federal state" on DAB+ digital radio. Radio Bollerwagen launched last week on DAB+ in North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Key Information

Status: regular
Population: 83.8 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 98%
Services: 270 DAB+
New cars with DAB/DAB+ as standard: Sparkline Graph 94%
Total Sales (cumulative): 21,600,000 devices
Penetration by household: Sparkline Graph 27%
Last update: 18.11.2021

Useful Links

Intelligent transport systems Action Plan and Directive
Bill of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy - Fourth Law amending the Telecommunications Act 
The Action Plan for the Transformation of Radio Broadcasting in the Digital Age Roadmap - Progress Report for the Digital Radio Board
dabplus.de
Digitization Report
DAB Technical Forum