Germany

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2022: Every third household has digital reception; 2.2 million more devices in households

DAB+ is winning over more and more listeners. 33.5 percent of Germans - over 2.1 million more people than in the previous year - have access to DAB+ radio reception. They live in one of the now 12.6 million households equipped with at least one digital radio, according to the new study "Audio Trends 2022 Digitalisation Report of the Media Authorities". The number of DAB+ devices at home and in the car is now around 23.8 million, which is around 2.2 million devices more than in the previous year.

Read the Digitalradio Büro Deutschland press release

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)

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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

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94% of new cars sold equipped with DAB+

In Germany, as of H2 2021, 94% of new cars were sold with digital radio as standard (Source: JATO Dynamics 2022).

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.

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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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Last update: 01.12.2022 - older versions

What about the radio button in the car?

Are audio systems and voice assistants in car user interfaces within the meaning of the State Media Treaty? This question is the subject of a legal opinion commissioned by the Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia. On 23 November 2022, the expert opinion by Prof. Dr. Ralf Müller-Terpitz entitled "Rechtliche Einordnung von Audiosystemen und Sprachassistenten mit dem Fokus Auto" (Legal classification of audio systems and voice assistants with a focus on cars) was published and can now be downloaded from the Authority's website.

The conclusion of the expert opinion is that integrated audio systems represent a user interface for linear radio reception in the car. The same applies to the manufacturers' own voice assistants which are responsible for the navigation of the audio system. Thus, car manufacturers fall under the Treaty and must in future comply with the regulations for linear radio reception in the integrated audio system. "The result of the expert opinion is essentially: What looks like a user interface and is operated like a user interface is a user interface. This is good news for radio, for journalism and for users," said Dr. Tobias Schmid, Director of the Landesanstalt für Medien NRW, commenting on the results of the expert opinion.

Read the full press release from Landesanstalt für Medien NRW

 

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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Schlager Radio plans DAB+ launch in Lower Saxony
03.11.2022 - Germany Germany
The private station Schlager Radio wants to start terrestrial broadcasting on DAB+ in another federal state. As the broadcaster announces on its website, digital terrestrial broadcasting is also planned in Lower Saxony from 2023 - in addition to Saxony. Saxony and Lower Saxony would be the 11th and 12th federal states in which the pop station can be received on DAB+.

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Four new DAB+ sites in November
02.11.2022 - Bayerischer Rundfunk WorldDAB Member - Germany Germany
BR continues to improve DAB+ reception in Bavaria by densifying the state-wide and three regional DAB networks. On 4 November, the sites at Pegnitz (Oberfranken) and Fuchsmühl (Oberpfalz) will begin broadcasting DAB+ signals. On 11 November, the transmitter near Neustadt am Main (Unterfranken) will follow. The commissioning of the DAB+ transmitter for the city of Schweinfurt (Unterfranken) is planned for 18 November.

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FFH regional news can now also be received on DAB+ radios
01.11.2022 - Germany Germany
From Tuesday, 1 November 2022, listeners of HIT RADIO FFH will also be able to hear the regional news from their region via DAB+ radios. The station has developed a new technical concept for this. In addition to news from all over Hesse, Germany and the world, HIT RADIO FFH has also been broadcasting regional information several times a day since 1989 from the six FFH studios in Darmstadt, Bad Vilbel, Wiesbaden, Fulda, Giessen and Kassel - news specially produced and only to be heard by people directly on the spot. Together with the transmitter network operator Hessen Digital Radio GmbH, HIT RADIO FFH has now developed a concept to reduce the distribution costs and to enable regionalisation on DAB+ as well.

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Radio Holiday launched in Thuringia via DAB+
01.11.2022 - Germany Germany
The holiday station Radio Holiday has started digital terrestrial on DAB+ in another federal state. The station was switched on channel 12B in Thuringia. The multiplex can currently only be heard in the Erfurt/Weimar area, but is to be broadcast in large parts of the state in the coming year by up to four additional transmitters.

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Private radio pioneer Radio Flensburg wants to launch on DAB+
01.11.2022 - Germany Germany
Local radio station and pioneer Radio Flensburg is planning to broadcast from German soil for the first time. As the provider announces, "a new opportunity has arisen to bring Radio Flensburg to the antenna. We are now taking advantage of this opportunity". This probably means broadcasting via digital radio DAB+. Among other things, a regional mux for the region around Flensburg and the North Frisian islands is to start in 2023.

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DAB+ in Woldegk and the surrounding area
01.11.2022 - Germany Germany
Radio listeners between Strasburg, Feldberger Seenlandschaft, Neubrandenburg and Friedland will now receive their NDR stations in even better quality. This is because NDR is putting another DAB+ transmitter in Block 10C (213.360 MHz) into operation at the Helpterberg site. The DAB+ station range continues to include the NDR programmes also broadcast on FM, such as NDR 1 Radio MV, NDR 2, NDR Kultur, NDR Info and N-JOY. In addition, NDR Schlager, NDR Blue and NDR Info Spezial can be heard exclusively on digital radio.

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NRW1 to be heard statewide via DAB+ as of 31 October
28.10.2022 - Germany Germany
The new radio programme NRW1 can be heard statewide via DAB+ from 31 October. This completes the audio platform's digital and analogue playout channels to reach young adults between the ages of 20 and 39 throughout North Rhine-Westphalia. With DAB+, NRW1 is developing from a state-wide FM station with numerous frequencies between Erkelenz and Bielefeld to a nationwide audio platform. "DAB+, app and web are already the future-oriented channels through which more and more young listeners are tuning in to us in addition to FM," say managing directors Harald Gehrung and Felix Kovac.

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Media Council standardises data capacities in the Upper Franconia DAB network
27.10.2022 - Germany Germany
The Media Council of the Bavarian Regulatory Authority for Commercial Broadcasting (BLM) decided in its meeting on 26 October 2022 to standardise the capacities in the DAB network Upper Franconia 10B. The capacities will be increased by six capacity units (CU) for this purpose. This is the result of an agreement with Bayerischer Rundfunk in the course of a pilot project to adjust error protection and data rates.

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Improved DAB+ reception via new location in Hennstedt
27.10.2022 - Germany Germany
Media Broadcast has further expanded the transmitter network of the first national digital radio multiplex (channel 5C) in Germany. With the connection of the site in Hennstedt, reception of the 13 DAB+ programmes is now improved in the Steinburg district between Itzehoe and Neumuenster, as the company already announced via Twitter at the beginning of October.

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Germany: A new DAB+ campaign
27.10.2022 - Germany Germany
It's almost a tradition at the end of the year in Germany: a major promotional campaign for DAB+. For three weeks from 14 November to 4 December, ARD, Deutschlandradio, private programme providers, manufacturers and other members of the Digitalradio Deutschland association will be promoting this digital radio technology.

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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