Nautel-Digital-Radio-Showcase-Hal Kneller
Hal Kneller is a 40 year veteran of the broadcast industry working both as an engineer for WGCU, WGSM, WCTO, WPAT as well as owner/operator of five of his own stations.
 
Hal is a past International Sales Manager for Europe for Nautel. He also worked for iBiquity Digital Corporation as Director of International Broadcast Development where he played a pivotal role in the promotion of Digital Radio.
 
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by Hal Kneller

 
Welcome to this edition of Digital Showcase.
Lots of news from both DRM and HD Radio™ developer iBiquity.

HD Radio News

On the HD Radio automotive front more brands sign on with standard or optional digital receivers plus more and more HD Radio receivers are in the market mostly due to the increases in the automobile production.

Insignia (in-house brand for US big-box chain Best Buy) has announced an HD Radio receiver specifically designed for blind and print-handicapped people with “talking menus”. The Narrator radio includes audible voice responses, access to local HD Radio broadcasts of reading services, and an ergonomic design created in collaboration with the International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS) to be accessible for people with visual impairments. It was introduced last week at the IAAIS annual conference in Houston.

In partnering with the IAAIS, the design team was able to identify those radio features most requested by the roughly 20 million Americans who live with vision loss or impairment, explains David Noble, chairman of government relations of IAAIS. Best Buy also introduced another new HD Radio receiver product at $49.99.

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iBiquity also announced nearly 8 million HD Radio receivers have been sold. The automotive highlights include:

  • General Motors announced that for the first time, new cars from their Chevrolet, Buick and GMC brands will come standard with HD Radio Technology and feature the new Artist Experience feature.
  • Chrysler also made a first time launch announcement for its Ram and SRT brands.
  • Acura had its own first HD Radio launch news, announcing the technology’s availability on the 2013 RLX.
  • Expanded HD Radio offerings from Cadillac, Scion, Subaru, Toyota and Lexus.

And from Mexico – HD Radio progress:

  • 20 HD Radio stations are now broadcasting in Mexico with five in Mexico City.
  • HD Radio Technology is already widely available in Mexico: in cars from automakers Ford and Toyota, and in more than 100 retail outlets including Best Buy, Coppel, Liverpool, Sears, Woolworth carrying products from Alpine, Kenwood, Insignia and Pioneer.

In Dominican Republic, a non-commercial station on 102.9 MHz has commenced HD Radio transmissions with HD2 and HD3, as authorized by INDOTEL, that island country’s broadcast regulator.

DRM News

Things have been busy at the DRM Project Office which has just completed its relocation from the Historic Bush House which was home for BBC World Service from World War II until just recently. All operations including the DRM PO are consolidated at the BBC facility a short distance away at Brock House. The new PO phone number is +44 (20) 36142310 but email address remains the same at [email protected].

Nautel-Digital-Showcase-Newstar-DR111-DRM-RadioA group of Parliamentarians from Brazil visited Germany in mid-July to see some DRM operations in Berlin. They were also hosted by Fraunhofer in Hannover. Brazil is deciding whether to accept DRM or the HD Radio standard for their country. Various members of the DRM Consortium based in Europe hosted the delegation and made presentations. Previously the delegation was hosted by iBiquity in the US and toured several stations.

The Newstar 111 DRM table-top radio is now in full production and available on Amazon.com’s UK site. As production quantities increase, prices will continue to fall.

IBC-2012-DRMFor those of you attending IBC this year, there will be three special vendor events plus a DRM networking event on Sunday. Nautel’s annual event will be held Sunday from 3-5 PM and will feature the latest technology demonstrations along with the theme “DRM is Green Technology”.

ETSI (European Technical Standards Institute) has recently published final specifications for DRM+ in all VHF frequency bands (30-300 MHz) completing this work and aligning it with the ITU-R issued in December, 2011.

DRM is also working on a new user guide with much updated technical information; this should be available some time in the fall.

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