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December 2nd, 2016

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DAB+

The 2017 edition (the 71st) of the ubiquitous World Radio TV Handbook is expected to be published on December 16th. Links will appear here when available.

Beware new DAB radios without DAB+
As the Christmas sales period ramps up, Wohnort has noticed a rash of apparently attractive new radios appearing for sale on Amazon and elsewhere without DAB+. Among the brands offering radios with no mention of DAB+ are Alba, Arbury, KitSound, Lava, Madingley Hall. Others abound. Absence of DAB+ will mean that some national and local services will appear to be completely silent.
Wohnort's Rule: If it doesn't say DAB+ on the box, there probably isn't DAB+ in the box.



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DAB+ upgrade

DAB+

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For a limited period, PURE is offering free upgrades to UK customers, unlocking DAB+ reception on compatible radios. A computer with a USB port will be required to perform the upgrade. Check compatability on the PURE website.

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DVB-T2 & HEVC reception
(* now available on more Macs/PCs)
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The latest release of Geniatech's eyeTV 3 software reduces the minimum system requirement necessary for H.265 (HEVC) on the new eyeTV T2 and eyeTV Hybrid USB sticks. eyeTV 3.6.9 HEVC (Version 7512) now requires Intel Core i5 running at at least 2.5 Ghz and a minimum of 4GB available RAM, compared with 3.5 GHz and 8Gb RAM in the previous build (7511). Both sticks are now available on both the UK and German versions of Amazon and both sticks would already receive the UK version of DVB-T2 under the previous release. HD in the UK uses the video codec H.264. In Germany, H.265 (HEVC) will be used, for which the stick has been, in the words of the manufacturer, "prepared". Wohnort notes that this latest release brings HEVC reception within the capability of the roving Wohnort MacBook Pro and stick.

System Requirements: eyeTV Version 3.6.8 / OSX 10.11.x

For PC users, Total TV Player is available to download for Windows 8 or later. (2.5 GHz Intel/AMD Core Duo (or similar), 4GB RAM)
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Own-brand DAB+ radios
In the UK, the last remaining bastion of died-in-the-wool, "original-flavour"-only DAB receivers is the range of own-brand radios sold by the major supermarket chains. Which brand will be last to switch? With the new UK digital radio tick mark now specifying DAB+ capability (among other welcome things) to qualify, it can't be long now. With DAB+ services already on air across the UK, and more certain to follow, Wohnort recommends that the own-brand ranges be avoided until they include DAB+.
Caveat emptor!

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The button below will search for DAB price reductions on amazon.co.uk. (Wohnort has noticed that Amazon's widget occasionally produces non-DAB results)
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DAB thumbnail   Pan-European Specification
To be capable of working anywhere in Europe, a "pan-European" radio needs to be able to receive DAB, DAB+ and DMB-A in Band III and L-band.



Band III thumbnail   Band III
Lband thumbnail   L-band

DMB-TH thumbnail   DMB-TH
IBOC thumbnail   IBOC
(aka HD Radio)
ISDB thumbnail   ISDB-T

 
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Stereo
conditional access   3
Stereo
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Joint
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LSF
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Mono
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LSF
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Dual
Channel
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Packet
Data
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Stream
Data
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DAB+
(Mode?)
+
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DAB+
Stereo
+
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DAB+
Mono
+
3
DAB+
5.1
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IVTII



Latest Updates and News   

December 2nd
Two new DAB+ services have popped up on Trial Manchester. Cathedral Radio is a five-week Christmas pop-up from Manchester Cathedral, running at 64 kbit/s. Dragon Radio is running at 40 kbit/s. The existing service Crackers Radio is now running at 48 kbit/s.

December 1st
Chris Country has reappeared on NE Wales W Chesh, broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

December 1st
N. Ireland snapshot updated. Addition of Magic Soul since the last one.

December 1st
On the Paris Block 9D ensemble towerCast, the packet data service Skyrock_IP has ceased.

December 1st
In Norway, a new service has popped up on the regional ensemble NRK Reg5 HedOpp. NRK Trafikk HeOp is running in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s and broadcasts regional traffic information and is running as a trial until January 10th 2017. From January 11th, corresponding services will be broadcast on all the regional ensembles.

December 1st
In Poland, the frequencies of a number of transmitters are to change during December, beginning with Kielce Święty Krzyż today from Block 11C to 10D. The second transmitter for this ensemble, ul. Targowa, will migrate tomorrow. The last to change will be Kołobrzeg - Stramnica on December 21st.
DateSiteCurrentFuture
01.12.2016Kielce - Święty Krzyż11C10D
02.12.2016Kielce - ul. Targowa11C10D
06.12.2016Lublin - Piaski10B11B
07.12.2016Lublin - ul. Raabego10B11B
07.12.2016Zielona Góra - Jemiołów12C11C
08.12.2016Białystok - Krynice5B5C
08.12.2016Zielona Góra - ul. Ptasia12C11C
12.12.2016Gdańsk - Chwaszczyno10D5B
13.12.2016Kraków - Chorągwica12D11B
15.12.2016Olsztyn - Pieczewo10C11B
20.12.2016Katowice - Kosztowy10A11A
20.12.2016Koszalin - Góra Chełmska12D11B
21.12.2016Kołobrzeg - Stramnica12D11B

December 1st
In Germany, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 11D. Gaißach improves coverage of BR Bayern in the town of Bad Tölz as well as Gaißach, Lenggries und Wackersberg. Additional transmitters are planned in 2017, including at Rattenberg (Bayerischer Wald) and Wallberg (Tegernseer Tal).


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Update History   

November 29th
Trial Brighton snapshot updated. At the time the snapshot was taken, no decodeable audio could be received from Radio Reverb.

November 28th
Trial Glasgow snapshot updated. Timeless Radio has been replaced by YOUR Xmas.

November 28th
Ayr, Edinburgh and Tayside snapshots updated. Addition of the BBC Scotland pop-up BBCRSMusExtra. On Edinburgh, BBC Scot has dropped to mono, 80 kbit/s. On Ayr and Tayside, both BBC Scot and BBC RNanGaidheal continue at their usual bitrates of 128 kbit/s.

November 28th
wohnortcomment

Austrian public-service broadcaster ORF is right about one thing. DAB or DAB+ does not by itself sell new radios.

Experience in other countries conclusively demonstrates that radios only begin to move off the shelves when there is new content and good reception. This was the case in all of the current success stories - the UK, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland. In the UK, the biggest kick (surprising many in the industry) was provided by the arrival of BBC 7, the forerunner of Radio 4 Extra, and by the introduction of digital-only services on Digital 1. In Germany, radios only began to be shifted in quantity following the arrival of DR Deutschland. DRS Musikwelle played a similar role in Switzerland. Transmitted power increases accompanied these improvements to the offering. In Singapore and Canada, where transmissions merely duplicated the existing analogue offering, DAB is now extinct.

In its response to the Austrian regulator's recent Call for Expressions of Interest, the ORF foresees five new digital-only ORF services being required to provide sufficient consumer incentive, something the broadcaster is currently prohibited by law from doing. The private sector in Austria responded to the regulator's Call with suggestions for completely new content alongside the existing offering.

In its own response to the regulator, RAS agrees that new services are essential, including from the public-service sector. ORF would like to broadcast in each region the region's own service plus the services from two others. For example, in the capital, the regional service for Wien would be broadcast alongside the services from neighbouring Niederösterreich and Burgenland.

The ORF response also recognises the necessity to reward the consumer's investment, both in terms of signal strength and audio quality. ORF seeks "deep indoor coverage" equivalent to FM and proposes minimum bitrates of 96 kbit/s for music services and 56 kbit/s for speech. Setting aside the ORF's negative view towards DAB/DAB+, its recipe contains the right ingredients for success, but it says the law (which is within the gift of man to adapt) and other conditions are not right.

Viewed this way, the Call for Expressions of Interest begins to resemble a chessboard onto which key players have assembled their pieces.


November 28th
The multiplex operator in Südtirol (Alto Adige), RAS, has expressed an interest in DAB+ capacity in neighbouring Austria. In response to the Austrian regulator's Call for Expressions of Interest, RAS states that it would like to be able to extend the coverage of its two ensembles, RAS 1-DAB and RAS2-DAB, to cover Tirol. The multiplexes contain services from public-service broadcasters in Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Austria. The objective is to provide continuous coverage through Austria and into Italy along the important München-Innsbrück,-Verona axis. Additional data services such as TPEG would provide relevant information to travellers along the entire route.

One interesting outcome of broadcasting the ensembles in their current form would be that the Austrian broadcaster ORF would achieve coverage in Tirol, something that the ORF, responding to the same Call, said it did not want. The ensemble RAS2-DAB currently contains four ORF services. Whether the ORF would oppose the RAS plan remains to be seen. One possible outcome that might satisfy both parties would be for the non-ORF services from Germany and Italy to be consolidated into one ensemble following conversion to DAB+ and for that ensemble to be broadcast in Tirol.

Such an offering, combined with the native Austrian commercial broadcasters who responded positively to the call on a second Tirol ensemble, would provide a very attractive offer to travellers and would tend to make the ORF very conspicuous by its absence. In this scenario proposed by Wohnort, the Swiss and Austrian services could be consolidated onto the other RAS mux and that mux could continue to be broadcast in Südtirol alone.

November 27th
In Austria, the regulator KommAustria has published the results of a Call for Expressions of Interest in DAB+ capacity, whether at national, regional or local level. One respondent interested in capacity asked to remain anonymous. A number of broadcasters, including the national public-service broadcaster ORF, declared themselves not to be interested in the DAB+ platform - in fact very much so. The ORF response was particularly negative:
  • The technology is 30 years old.
  • Consumers are not prepared to buy new radios to receive digital radio.
  • Other technologies are becoming available. ORF suggests the use of DVB-T2 for digital radio.
  • Nowhere (according to ORF) has the introduction of DAB+ been an outstanding success.
  • The purported high cost of receivers capable of using the additional features of digital radio, such as EPG, Service Labels, DLS, Journaline, Slideshows. In the ORF response, the cost of such a receiver is put at "around €300".
  • They're the wrong colour. [No they didn't, Wohnort made that bit up.]
The ORF response selectively mentions the decision by Sweden not to proceed with a transition from FM to DAB+ [Wohnort adds: in the form that had been proposed], but fails to acknowledge that Norway will begin to close its FM networks next year, nor that neighbouring Switzerland has just successfully completed its transition from "original-flavour" DAB to DAB+ and is expected to begin the process of decommissioning its FM networks in 2020. The ORF also appears ignorant of developments in the UK, where broadcasters, of their own accord, have chosen to use DAB+ on the successful minimux pilots.

Despite the negatively-charged clouds hanging over the Küniglberg (ORF HQ), the following broadcasters expressed an interest in national carriage:

Webradio Allelon
N&C Privatradio Betriebs GmbH
ERF Medien Österreich GmbH
RTG Radio Technikum GmbH
Radio Eins Privatradio GmbH
Arbö
Stiftung Radio Stephansdom
Livetunes Network GmbH
Radio Maria Österreich
Anonymous
Radio Arabella GmbH
Welle Salzburg GmbH

The greatest interest in regional carriage originated from Tirol and Wien, but there was also interest in Steiermark, in Oberösterreich and in Vorarlberg.

Radio Arabella GmbH
Welle Salzburg GmbH
Radio Eins Privatradio GmbH
RTG Radio Technikum GmbH
HEROLD Business Data GmbH
On Air GmbH
Radio Tirol Television S.R.L.
Freier Rundfunk Oberösterreich
Vorarlberger Regionalradio GmbH
Freier Rundfunk Oberösterreich GmbH

The regulator has concluded, therefore, that sufficient interest exists for KommAustria to advertise up to three multiplexes, two national and one regionally-organised, in January 2017. Licences are expected to be awarded by the end of the year.

November 27th
In Italy, new transmitters in Südtirol (Alto Adige) have been brought into service on Blocks 10B and 10D. Rabenstein extends coverage of the ensembles RAS 1-DAB and RAS2-DAB in Rabenstein itself and along the Timmelsjochstraße. Gsies extends coverage along the entire Gsiesertal.

November 27th
In Italy, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 10C. Passeier extends coverage of the ensemble DABMEDIA along the Passeiertal in Südtirol (Alto Adige) from Saltaus as far as Moos in Passeier.

November 27th
Central Scotland snapshot updated. Addition of the BBC Scotland pop-up BBCRSMusExtra and a Christmas pop-up produced by the Scottish Sun newspaper, ScottishSunXmas. BBC RNanGaidheal continues at its usual bitrate of 128 kbit/s.

November 27th
Glasgow snapshot updated. Addition of the BBC Scotland pop-up BBCRSMusExtra. Reduction of BBC Scotland to mono at 80 kbit/s.

November 25th
Trial London snapshot updated. Addition of Angel Digital and conversion of NuSound Radio to DAB+.

November 25th
Trial Birmingham snapshot updated. Addition of Timeless Radio. At the time the snapshot was taken, no decodeable audio stream was received. Gaydio has dropped to mono at 80 kbit/s.

November 25th
On the local ensemble Herts Beds Bucks, the service BOB HomeCounties has returned to the higher bitrate of 80 kbit/s, mono. Snapshot updated.

November 24th
Humberside and Leeds snapshots updated. Relabelling of Magic Soul.

November 24th
In Germany, a minimux is planned for Munich. Test transmissions are expected to take place soon on Block 8A. Coverage is expected to be restricted to the city centre.

November 24th
In France, the public-service broadcaster Radio France is to seek DAB+ frequencies in Strasbourg, Lille and Lyon. Speaking before the Commission des affaires culturelles et commision des finances, the PDG of Radio France Mathieu Gallet noted that its services Mouv' and Fip had practically no coverage in these cities.

November 24th
London 1, MAGIC SOUL has been relabelled Magic Soul.

November 24th
Bradfrd&Huddersf snapshot updated. Addition of Pulse Xmas.

November 24th
North Yorkshire snapshot updated. Addition of Coast & County. This ensemble is currently full.

November 24th
DAB+ services are being broadcast on Trial London. NuSound Radio has switched to DAB+. A new service, Angel Digital has popped up. Both are running at 32 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

November 23rd
Timeless Radio is reported to have popped up on Trial Birmingham.

November 23rd
In France, details of the applications deemed admissable for capacity on forthcoming ensembles covering Dijon, Lille, Lyon and Nancy have been published in the Official Journal.

November 22nd
BBC Scotland's pop-up service BBCRSMusExtra has appeared on local and regional ensembles. The temporary music service is reported to be broadcasting in mono at 80 kbit/s on Ayr, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Tayside as well as the regional ensemble Central Scotland. The existing service BBC Scotland is reported to have dropped to mono 80 kbit/s.

November 22nd
In Germany, two new transmitters have been brought into service on Block 5C. Flensburg (simultaneously with the activation of the NDR transmitter on Block 12B) extends coverage of DR Deutschland in the north of Schleswig-Holstein. Heide extends coverage in Dithmarsch and the surrounding area. Further Block 5C sites will be brought into service before the end of the year.
Roebel (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) - November 24th - Müritz and the surrounding area
Züssow (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) - November 24th - Greifswald and the surrounding area
Brandenkopf (Baden-Württemberg) - December 6th - Ortenaukreis
Hochsauerland (Nordrhein-Westfalen) - December 8th - Schmallenberg/ Hochsauerland
Bad Marieberg (Rheinland-Pfalz) - mid-December - Westerwaldkreis

November 21st
In Norway, the public-service broadcaster NRK will stop using "original-flavour" DAB on January 11th 2017. From that day, all NRK services will be broadcast using DAB+.

November 21st
Snapshot updated of the Norwegian local ensemble LOKALDAB (17). Additional services and bitrate reductions.

November 21st
In Norway, the national ensemble has been relabelled Riks. The services -SOFT- and P7 Klem have been relabelled for Christmas: 100% JUL - SOFT and P7 Klem Jul respectively. Snapshot updated.

November 21st
EuroDAB Italia snapshot updated. Changes to bitrates. The service RTL Rock has been relabelled RadioFreccia.

November 19th
The regular seasonal pop-up The Wave Xmas is running on Swansea SW Wales.

November 19th
On Trial Manchester, the service Blast has ceased. Snapshot updated.

November 17th
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster in Saarland, SR, has announced that it will end the use of "original-flavour" DAB on November 22nd. From that date, all services will switch to DAB+. At the same time, SR will bring into service a new transmitter at Tholey and increase the radiated power from two others - Funkhaus Halberg und Göttelborner Höhe.

November 17th
In Italy, the multiplex operator in Südtirol (Alto Adige), RAS, has brought a new transmitter into service on Blocks 10B and 10D. Rauth improves coverage of the ensembles RAS 1-DAB and RAS2-DAB in Eggen, Rauth and Birchabruck.

November 17th
In Italy, the multiplex operator in Südtirol (Alto Adige) is to end the use of "original-flavour" DAB on January 31st 2017. On Block 10B RAS 1-DAB, three services are still transmitted in the older codec. On Block 10D RAS2-DAB, there are still six services. From January 31st, these services will switch to DAB+.

November 17th
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster MDR is to bring four new transmitters into service on December 1st.
Sachsen: Chemnitz (10 kW) extending coverage of MDR SACHSEN in Chemnitz and the surrounding area.
Sachsen: Hoyerswerda (8,9 kW) extending coverage of MDR SACHSEN in Hoyerswerda and the northern Lausitz.
Sachsen: Neustadt (10 kW) extending coverage of MDR SACHSEN in the region Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge/Elbsandsteingebirge.
Thüringen: Dingelstädt (9,3 kW) extending coverage of MDR THUERINGEN to Eichsfeld and the surrounding area.

November 17th
In Germany, a new transmitter is to be brought into service on Block 12B on November 22nd. Flensburg-Engelsby (5kW) will extend coverage of NDR SH to the north of Schleswig-Holstein around Flensburg, with some overspill likely into neighbouring Denmark. This ensemble operates as an MFN, with Kiel on Block 9C and Lübeck on Block 9A.

November 17th
In Germany, the Gesamtkonferenz der Medienanstalten, a conference of all the regional media regulators, has agreed to advertise a second nationwide multiplex. As already reported, the new ensemble is expected to operate as an MFN. The model adopted for the new mux will be Platform, in which the number and types of services will be decided by a Platform Operator, with the role to be advertised once a Ministerial Conference has agreed to submit the formal requests for spectrum. A decision from the Ministerial Conference is expected on December 8th.

November 17th
On Trial Aldershot, The Breeze is running with a new SId.

November 16th
UK TII tables updated.

November 16th
The latest iteration of the Ofcom Technical Parameters spreadsheet reveals that new D1 National transmitters have been brought into service at Downham Market, Glossop, Headless Cross, High Hunsley, Kenton, Kidderminster, Swaffham and West Lynn.

November 16th
The latest iteration of the Ofcom Technical Parameters spreadsheet reveals that new transmitters have been brought into service on local ensembles across the UK as follows:
Birmingham: Headless Cross
Cornwall: St Mawes Water Tower
Hereford-Worcs: Kidderminster
Herts Beds Bucks: Aylesbury
London 1: High Wycombe
London 2: Harlow; High Wycombe
Mid & West Wales: Carmarthen
North West Wales: Llandonna
Oxfordshire: Over Norton
Teesside: Ashbourne House
Tyne & Wear: Kenton
Wolv'ton & Shrop: Hazler Hill

November 16th
The latest iteration of the Ofcom Technical Parameters spreadsheet reveals that new BBC transmitters have been brought into service on Block 12B at Bude, Colkirk, Glossop, Harlow, Haslemere, Headless Cross, High Wycombe, Hollywell Brynford Hill, Kenton, Kidderminster, King's Lynn, Kingswear, Kirkby Underwood, Market Drayton, Nine Barrow Down, Scunthorpe Trent View House, Shepshed Nook, Skegness Candlesbury, Swaffham and Tick Hill.

November 16th
The multiplex operator SwissMediaCast has announced that new transmitters are to be brought into service on December 1st:
SMC_D02 (Deutschschweiz):
  • Brienz
  • Rugen – Interlaken
  • Steg (Tösstal)
SMC D03 N-CH (Nordschweiz)
  • Attinghausen
SMC D03 O-CH (Ostschweiz)
  • Frauenfeld
  • Ottenberg

November 16th
In Switzerland, the public-service broadcaster SSR/SRG has announced a co-operation with commercial broadcasters in the cantons Ticino (Tessin) and Graubünden. Capacity released by the cessation of the legacy "original-flavour" DAB services, and by the reduction of bitrates of other services, has been allocated to Radio Südostschweiz in Graubünden and to radio 3i+ und Radio Fiume Ticino+ in Ticino.

November 16th
In Switzerland, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 5D. Gigeliwald improves coverage of the minimux DIG D04 - ZS in the centre of Luzern and is operating in an SFN with the existing site on the Stanserhorn.

November 16th
In Switzerland, SRF Virus+ is reported to have popped up on the second-layer ensemble RMS F02, replacing SRF SRF 4 News+ which has migrated to SRG SSR F01.

November 16th
In Switzerland, ENERGY BERN+ has popped up on the second-layer ensemble SMC_D02, joining the regional variations for Basel and Zürich and currently running in parallel with the existing instance on the regional ensemble SMC D03 BE-FR.

November 16th
In Switzerland, the service Radio Zuerisee + has migrated from the regional ensembles SMC D03 N-CH, SMC D03 BE-FR and SMC D03 O-CH to the second-layer ensemble SMC_D02, making it available throughout Deutschschweiz.

November 16th
On the second-layer ensemble for the German-speaking area of Switzerland, SMC_D02, the French-language services ESPACE 2+ and OPTION MUSIQUE+ have ceased. The SId of the Italian-language service Rete Tre+ has changed. Similarly, the service labelled LandLiebe Radio has ceased and replaced by a service (different SId) labelled LANDLIEBE RADIO+.

November 16th
In Germany, two new transmitters have been brought into service on Block 8C. Nürnberg-Schweinau (10 kW) and Dillberg (25 kW) extend coverage of Bayerischer Rundfunk's regional ensemble BR Franken to the Nürnberg conurbation.

November 16th
In Germany, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 5C. Boßen's 5kW ERP extends coverage of the national ensemble DR Deutschland to Frankfurt an der Oder.

November 16th
Listing of the Block 8A Danish regional ensemble Oestjyll updated.

November 16th
On Trial Portsmouth, the service sleepyhead radio is running at the higher bitrate of 48 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

November 16th
On the first-layer ensemble for the French-speaking area of Switzerland, SRG SSR F01, the "original-flavour" DAB and DAB+ versions of SRF 1 have been replaced by the regional variation of the service for Bern, Fribourg and Wallis, SRF 1 BE FR VS+. The German-language service SRF 3+ is now available in the Romandie. In general, the changes have been accompanied by bitrate reductions across most services.

November 15th
A new service is reported to have popped up on the Swiss minimux DIG D04 - ZS. IP Music is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+.

November 15th
In France, the website digitalbitrate reports the service PANAME to be broadcasting still on the Block 11A ensemble RNT Paris 6 but with a changed SId. This appears to correct or update a previous report that the service had ceased.

November 15th
In Switzerland, the last remaining transmissions using "original-flavour" DAB have ended. All services in the country now use DAB+. Technically, the transition has been achieved by deleting the DAB+ instances of each service and converting the DAB instances to DAB+, so that the services that remain have the SIds of the original DAB services. The seven regional variations of SRF 1 have migrated from the various regional ensembles to the Block 12C ensemble SRG SSR D01. Thus, all the regional variations can now be received throughout Deutsch-Schweiz. Additional services have popped up on the Deutschschweiz regional ensembles, included the eagerly-awaited French-language service Couleur 3 from Radio Suisse Romande. The services Swiss Jazz+ and Swiss Classic+ have migrated from Block 12C to the regional ensembles.

November 14th
On DAB+ Hong Kong, the Metro Broadcast Corporation services 11 M Finance D, 12 M Music D and 13 M Life D have ceased following the broadcaster's decision in September to surrender its digital radio licences. Metro follows two other broadcasters who have returned their licences. DBC's services ceased last month. Phoenix URadio ceased operating in September last year. Public-service broadcaster RTHK is the only broadcaster in Hong Kong still using DAB+.

November 12th
On the Swiss minimux DIG F03 - GENEVE, Radio Ouest is reported to have replaced Radio Italia Smi. The service TRAXX.FM GE+ is reported to have been relabelled SKUIZZ GE+. On the minimux DIG D04 - ZURICH, TRAXX.FM is reported to have been relabelled SKUIZZ ZH+

November 12th
D1 National snapshot updated. Relabelling of Heart extra as Heart extra Xmas.

November 12th
On the local ensemble Herts Beds Bucks, BOB HomeCounties is now running at the lower bitrate 64 kbit/s and has switched to half-rate sampling.

November 12th
On the German local ensemble Muenchen, ARABELLA MUC has been relabelled ARABELLA. 95.5CharivariMUC has been relabelled 95.5 CHARIVARI.

November 11th
In Germany, the ensemble Berlin/BRBG 7B is reported to have been relabelled Berlin K7B. The service BHeins is reported to have ceased.

November 11th
The temporary service BBC Music Jazz has popped up on BBC National DAB, running in "original-flavour" DAB at 64 kbit/s mono with 48 kHz sampling. The packet data service BBC Guide is not currently running. Snapshot updated.

November 10th
On the Danish regional ensemble MUX3-OSTSJ, service Din Radio has ceased.
The Bauer Media services have been relabelled as follows:
myRock ---> BM myRock
Radio100 ---> BM Radio 100
Radio Soft ---> BM Radio Soft
Radio Klassisk ---> BM Radioklassisk
The Voice ---> BM The Voice

November 10th
On the local ensemble Cornwall, Pirate Oldies has been relabelled MY MUSIC RADIO.

November 10th
On the local ensemble North Yorkshire, N Yorks Oldies has been relabelled MY MUSIC RADIO.

November 10th
On the local ensemble Surrey-NSussex, Eagle Oldies has been relabelled MY MUSIC RADIO.

November 9th
Trial Brighton listings updated. The majority of services on this minimux are now transmitting in DAB+.

November 9th
Snapshot of the pilot Austrian ensemble DAB WIEN updated. The ensemble now includes an EPG.

November 5th
Trial Aldershot snapshot updated.

November 5th
In Germany, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 10A. Osnabrück/Grafensundern extends coverage of regional ensemble NDR NDS to the area and introduces a fourth frequency to the NDR Niedersachsen Multi Frequency Network.

November 5th
On Trial Manchester, the service NQR.FM has been relabelled MCR Live. Snapshot updated. Previous snapshot corrected. LGR is using DAB+.

November 5th
A new service, Coast and County, is reported to have popped up on the local ensemble North Yorkshire, ahead of an official launch next week.

November 3rd
On the Swiss regional ensemble SMC D03 N-CH, the packet data service TESTUniBasel_SMC is reported to have ceased.

November 3rd
A new transmitter at Aldershot has been brought into service on Block 8A. Trial Aldershot is now operating as a Single Frequency Network in conjunction with the existing transmitter in Woking. The minimux was originally licensed by Ofcom as a single-transmitter trial.

November 3rd
Two new services have popped up on Trial Glasgow. Radio Telstar is broadcasting in "original-flavour" DAB at 128 kbit/s. Starpoint Soul is broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s. Like Radio has ceased. Snapshot updated.

November 3rd
On the Danish ensemble DAB2 OE, Danish text characters are now being used in Service Labels. DR P4 Sjaelland has been relabelled DR P4 Sjælland and DR P4 Koebenhavn is now DR P4 København. These characters may not display correctly on all receivers, depending on the receiver's firmware.

November 2nd
The website digitalbitrate.com is rolling out the welcome display of Ensemble Labels on its listings.

November 2nd
In Denmark, the regulator has announced the allocation of licences for the forthcoming third-layer regional ensembles. There was sufficient capacity on offer for all applicants to be granted licences, which will run from December 1st 2016 to June 30th 2023.

November 2nd
On Trial Portsmouth, the service Indulge Pop Up has been relabelled sleepyhead radio and is now broadcasting in stereo at Protection Level 1. Weather24/7Radio has switched to stereo. The service Test Channel has ceased. Snapshot updated.

November 2nd
On Cornwall and Plymouth, the service KISS has ceased.

October 30th
Correction: In Switzerland, the first signals from the new minimux for Valais (Unterwallis) have been reported on Block 10D.

October 30th
Four new services have popped up on the Swiss minimux DIG D04 - BASEL. IP Music BS+, Latinos FM, PHAREFM and Radio Smash BS are broadcasting in DAB+ at 80 kbit/s. The DAB+ service Maxxima is running at the reduced bitrate of 48 kbit/s.

October 29th
Mux data on the digitalbitrate website shows that DAB+ R MARIA reappeared on the Spanish national ensemble MF2 on October 28th following a two-day absence.

October 29th
A new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 10D. Scunthorpe extends coverage of Humberside south of the Humber, including North Lincolnshire.

October 28th
BBC Scotland has announced a pop-up DAB service to operate 23rd - 30th November in the run up to St Andrew's Day.

October 27th
On the Spanish national ensemble MF2, the DAB+ service DAB+ R MARIA has ceased. The "original-flavour" DAB version, RADIO MARIA, is continuing to broadcast at 96 kbit/s in Mono. KISS FM DIGITAL has been replaced by Kiss FM DAB (different SId).

October 27th
In Norway, the NRK regional ensembles have been relabelled.
RegionOld LabelNew Label
Region 1Oslo/Akers/ØstfoNRK Reg1 OsAkØs
Region 2ØstafjellsNRK Reg2 BuTeVe
Region 3Agder/RogalandNRK Reg3 SørRog
Region 4Hord/Sogn og FjoNRK Reg4 HoSoFj
Region 5Hedmark/OpplandNRK Reg5 HedOpp
Region 6Trønd/Møre og RoNRK Reg6 TrøMøRo
Region 7Nord/Troms/FinnmNRK Reg7 NoTrFi

October 27th
Listing of the Netherlands regional ensemble 6B Oost-Noord NL updated. Addition of RADIONL3 TWENTE. Cessation of Waterstad FM.

October 26th
In Latvia, the main broadcast transmission provider LVRTC has announced it will operate a DAB/DAB+ trial in the Riga region for one year, beginning "at the end of the year".

October 26th
In Italy, new transmitters have been brought into service on Block 12C, extending coverage of the ensemble * DAB Italia * to Avellino and the surrounding area and to Salerno respectively.

October 25th
On RNT Paris 7, a service previously labelled "." has been relabelled "SEQUENCE FM".

October 25th
In France, another broadcaster appears to have stopped broadcasting on DAB. On RNT Paris 6, the service GOOM HITS has been relabelled ".". This follows the recent cessation of Frequence India on RNT Paris 5 and PANAME on RNT Paris 6.

October 25th
In Germany, two new transmitters have been brought into service in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Marlow (5kW) on Block 8B brings the ensemble NDR MV to Vorpommern-Rügen. Neubrandenburg-Süd (2kW) on Block 10C extends the ensemble to Neubrandenburg.

October 25th
Encore Radio is reported to have popped up on Trial Cambridge.

October 24th
On DAB Ireland Mux2, the services Sunshine and Sunshine+ are broadcasting with new SIds. The previous SIds are being used by new services, HEED FM and HEED FM+. The services Amazing Radio, UCB, UCB+, Zenith and Zenith+ have ceased. Snapshot updated.

October 24th
A new service has popped up on London 3. Bloomberg Radio is broadcasting in "original-flavour" DAB at 64 kbit/s, Mono LSF. Snapshot updated.

October 24th
A new service has popped up on Trial Manchester. Great Manchester is broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s. The services AsianFX Radio and Cheesy FM have ceased. Snapshot updated.

October 23rd
The Swiss minimux operator Digris has announced an additional future ensemble area Rheintal, covering the Rhein valley between Buchs SG and Lake Constance (Bodensee). According to a coverage prediction map on the operator's website, fortuitous overspill could add coverage of most of Liechtenstein and the Austrian towns Feldkirch, Dornbirn and Bregenz. The new ensemble is currently expected to be brought into service in May 2017. Meanwhile, the projected on-air dates of other future minimuxes appear to have slipped, in some cases by several months. The Wohnort listings have been updated with the new target dates. The next minimux on air is expected to be Valais (Unterwallis), covering the Rhône valley between Martigny and Sion from next month.

October 22nd
In France, another broadcaster appears to have stopped broadcasting on DAB. On RNT Paris 5, the service Frequence India has been relabelled .... This follows the recent cessation of PANAME on RNT Paris 6.

October 22nd
In Italy, a new transmitter near Tavullia has been brought into service on Block 12C extending coverage of the ensemble * DAB Italia * to an area including parts of Emilio-Romagne and Marche.

October 22nd
A new service has popped up on the local ensembles Essex, Herts Beds Bucks, Kent and Surrey-NSussex. Encore Radio is broadcasting in "original-flavour" DAB at 112 kbit/s, Joint Stereo. Snapshots updated.

October 20th
In Italy, the multiplex operator in Südtirol (Alto Adige), RAS, has brought new transmitters into service on Blocks 10B and 10D. Schlinig extends coverage of the ensembles RAS 1-DAB and RAS2-DAB to Schlinig (Slingia) and the surrounding area in the Schlinigtal.

October 19th
A new transmitter at High Hunsley has been brought into service on Block 12A, extending coverage of the local ensemble Lincolnshire. A new service, KCFM, has popped up.

October 19th
In Italy, two new transmitters have been brought into service on Block 12C. has popped up on ensemble RNT Nice 1. Monte Celano brings coverage of the ensemble * DAB Italia * to the province of Foggia. Kronplatz (Plan de Corones) extends coverage to Brunico in Südtirol (Alto Adige) and the neighbouring valley.

October 19th
In France, a new service has popped up on ensemble RNT Nice 1. Skyrock is broadcasting in DAB+ at 88 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

October 19th
On the local ensemble Lancashire, the service 2BR is reported to be running with a new SId.

October 18th
On Trial Manchester, Sunrise Radio is reported to have switched from DAB+ mono to DAB+ stereo.

October 18th
In Germany, a new service is reported to have popped up on the Block 11C ensemble DR HESSEN. Antenne Mainz is reported to be using DAB+ at 56 kbit/s.

October 18th
In Germany, new transmitters are to be brought into service in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on October 25th. Marlow on Block 8B will bring NDR MV to Vorpommern-Rügen. Neubrandenburg-Süd on Block 10C will add coverage of Neubrandenburg.

October 18th
In Germany, a new service is reported to have popped up on the ensemble Hamburg K11C. ERF Pop is reported to be using DAB+.

October 17th
On DAB+ Hong Kong, the services 01DBC 1, 02DBC 2, 03DBC 3, 04DBC 4, 05DBC 5, 06DBC 6 and 07DBC 7 have ceased. The Hong Kong government has announced that DBC's request to surrender its licence has been approved. In its application, DBC indicated that it had found no prospect of making its business model commercially viable. A review on the future of digital audio broadcasting services in Hong Kong is underway. The other services on the ensemble are continuing to broadcast as before.

October 15th
On the new local ensemble Suffolk, Heart Su has been relabelled Heart Suffolk.

October 15th
A new service has popped up on the Italian national ensemble * DAB Italia *. R 101 Urban Night is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s. Many services on the ensemble are running at lower bitrates than before. Snapshot updated.

October 13th
In Italy, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12C. Martina Franca extends coverage of the ensemble * DAB Italia * to Brindisi and Taranto.

October 11th
On the Block 11A ensemble RNT Paris 6, the service PANAME has ceased.

October 11th
In France, the regulator has published details about the numbers of applicants for ensembles in Lille, Lyon, Dijon and Strasbourg. The offer involved three regional ensembles and fifteen local. All of the regional slots were oversubscribed, with almost three times as many applicants as places. The majority of local ensembles were also oversubscribed. Only in seven cases does the capacity available exceed the number of applicants.

October 11th
Snapshot of the new local ensemble Suffolk added. Cambridge, Norfolk and Peterborough snapshots updated.

October 11th
Trial Cambridge and Trial Norwich snapshots updated.

October 11th
Snapshot added of the new Slovenian ensemble MULTIPLEX R1 .

October 7th
Trial Glasgow snapshot updated. When observed today, the service Blast! was running without an audio stream.

October 4th
Trial Bristol snapshot updated.

October 3rd
Trial Glasgow snapshot updated.

October 3rd
On the Netherlands Block 11C ensemble DAB+, the service 538-538 Non Stop has been relabelled Retro Hits (same SId).

October 3rd
The festive season has already begun in the Netherlands. On the Block 11C ensemble DAB+, the service Sky Radio Hits has been relabelled Sky Radio Xmas.

October 3rd
On the local ensemble Cornwall, the service EscapeToCornwall has ceased.

October 1st
In Germany, a new service has popped up on Berlin/BRBG 7B. lulu.fm is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.

October 1st
A new service has popped up on Trial Portsmouth. Flash + is a DAB+ version at 48 kbit/s of the existing service Flash, which has dropped to 64 kbit/s mono and now carries a DLS message that the service will be exclusively DAB+ from January 2017. The service Test has been relabelled Test Channel but still carries no audio data. Snapshot updated.

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