Trial Brighton snapshot updated. At the time the snapshot was taken, no decodeable audio could be received from Radio Reverb.
Trial Glasgow snapshot updated. Timeless Radio has been replaced by YOUR Xmas.
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.
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.
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
, 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.
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:
N&C Privatradio Betriebs GmbH
ERF Medien Österreich GmbH
RTG Radio Technikum GmbH
Radio Eins Privatradio GmbH
Stiftung Radio Stephansdom
Livetunes Network GmbH
Radio Maria Österreich
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.
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.
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.
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.
Glasgow snapshot updated. Addition of the BBC Scotland pop-up BBCRSMusExtra. Reduction of BBC Scotland to mono at 80 kbit/s.
Trial London snapshot updated. Addition of Angel Digital and conversion of NuSound Radio to DAB+.
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.
On the local ensemble Herts Beds Bucks, the service BOB HomeCounties has returned to the higher bitrate of 80 kbit/s, mono. Snapshot updated.
Humberside and Leeds snapshots updated. Relabelling of Magic Soul.
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.
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.
London 1, MAGIC SOUL has been relabelled Magic Soul.
Bradfrd&Huddersf snapshot updated. Addition of Pulse Xmas.
North Yorkshire snapshot updated. Addition of Coast & County. This ensemble is currently full.
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.
Timeless Radio is reported to have popped up on Trial Birmingham.
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.
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.
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
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+.
Snapshot updated of the Norwegian local ensemble LOKALDAB (17). Additional services and bitrate reductions.
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.
EuroDAB Italia snapshot updated. Changes to bitrates. The service RTL Rock has been relabelled RadioFreccia.
The regular seasonal pop-up The Wave Xmas is running on Swansea SW Wales.
On Trial Manchester, the service Blast has ceased. Snapshot updated.
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.
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.
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+.
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.
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.
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.
On Trial Aldershot, The Breeze is running with a new SId.
UK TII tables updated.
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.
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
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
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.
The multiplex operator SwissMediaCast has announced
that new transmitters are to be brought into service on December 1st:
SMC D03 N-CH
- Rugen – Interlaken
- Steg (Tösstal)
SMC D03 O-CH
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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+.
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.
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.
Listing of the Block 8A Danish regional ensemble Oestjyll updated.
On Trial Portsmouth, the service sleepyhead radio is running at the higher bitrate of 48 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.
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.
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+.
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.
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.
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+.
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+
D1 National snapshot updated. Relabelling of Heart extra as Heart extra Xmas.
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.
On the German local ensemble Muenchen, ARABELLA MUC has been relabelled ARABELLA. 95.5CharivariMUC has been relabelled 95.5 CHARIVARI.
In Germany, the ensemble Berlin/BRBG 7B is reported to have been relabelled Berlin K7B. The service BHeins is reported to have ceased.
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.
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
On the local ensemble Cornwall, Pirate Oldies has been relabelled MY MUSIC RADIO.
On the local ensemble North Yorkshire, N Yorks Oldies has been relabelled MY MUSIC RADIO.
On the local ensemble Surrey-NSussex, Eagle Oldies has been relabelled MY MUSIC RADIO.
Trial Brighton listings updated. The majority of services on this minimux are now transmitting in DAB+.
Snapshot of the pilot Austrian ensemble DAB WIEN updated. The ensemble now includes an EPG.
Trial Aldershot snapshot updated.
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.
On Trial Manchester, the service NQR.FM has been relabelled MCR Live. Snapshot updated. Previous snapshot corrected. LGR is using DAB+.
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.
On the Swiss regional ensemble SMC D03 N-CH, the packet data service TESTUniBasel_SMC is reported to have ceased.
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.
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.
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.
The website digitalbitrate.com
is rolling out the welcome display of Ensemble Labels on its listings.
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.
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.
On Cornwall and Plymouth, the service KISS has ceased.
Correction: In Switzerland, the first signals from the new minimux for Valais (Unterwallis) have been reported on Block 10D.
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.
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.
A new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 10D. Scunthorpe extends coverage of Humberside south of the Humber, including North Lincolnshire.
BBC Scotland has announced
a pop-up DAB service to operate 23rd - 30th November in the run up to St Andrew's Day.
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).
In Norway, the NRK regional ensembles have been relabelled.
|Region||Old Label||New Label
|Region 1||Oslo/Akers/Østfo||NRK Reg1 OsAkØs
|Region 2||Østafjells||NRK Reg2 BuTeVe
|Region 3||Agder/Rogaland||NRK Reg3 SørRog
|Region 4||Hord/Sogn og Fjo||NRK Reg4 HoSoFj
|Region 5||Hedmark/Oppland||NRK Reg5 HedOpp
|Region 6||Trønd/Møre og Ro||NRK Reg6 TrøMøRo
|Region 7||Nord/Troms/Finnm||NRK Reg7 NoTrFi
Listing of the Netherlands regional ensemble 6B Oost-Noord NL updated. Addition of RADIONL3 TWENTE. Cessation of Waterstad FM.
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".
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.
On RNT Paris 7, a service previously labelled "." has been relabelled "SEQUENCE FM".
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.
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.
Encore Radio is reported to have popped up on Trial Cambridge.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In France, a new service has popped up on ensemble RNT Nice 1. Skyrock is broadcasting in DAB+ at 88 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.
On the local ensemble Lancashire, the service 2BR is reported to be running with a new SId.
On Trial Manchester, Sunrise Radio is reported to have switched from DAB+ mono to DAB+ stereo.
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.
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.
In Germany, a new service is reported to have popped up on the ensemble Hamburg K11C. ERF Pop is reported to be using DAB+.
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.
On the new local ensemble Suffolk, Heart Su has been relabelled Heart Suffolk.
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.
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.
On the Block 11A ensemble RNT Paris 6, the service PANAME has ceased.
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.
Snapshot of the new local ensemble Suffolk added. Cambridge, Norfolk and Peterborough snapshots updated.
Trial Cambridge and Trial Norwich snapshots updated.
Snapshot added of the new Slovenian ensemble MULTIPLEX R1 .
Trial Glasgow snapshot updated. When observed today, the service Blast! was running without an audio stream.
Trial Bristol snapshot updated.
Trial Glasgow snapshot updated.
On the Netherlands Block 11C ensemble DAB+, the service 538-538 Non Stop has been relabelled Retro Hits (same SId).
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.
On the local ensemble Cornwall, the service EscapeToCornwall has ceased.
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.
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.
Stories prior to this date are now stored on the DAB Archives pages.