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March 19th, 2019

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Update: Another seller, "Mlec tech", has been found selling this* cheap portable FM radio on Amazon UK and describing it as "DAB". In the detailed spec, DAB isn't mentioned. Wohnort has contacted this seller and will post any responses received here. Both this seller and the one mentioned below appear to be based in China.

As Christmas approaches, it's unfortunately still best to be alert when buying DAB/DAB+ radios. Wohnort has noticed a number of "new" models that fail to mention DAB+ in their descriptions. Remember Wohnort's Rule: If it doesn't say DAB+ on the box, it probably doesn't receive DAB+. More worryingly, a portable FM radio L-938, described as "Mini Pocket Digital FM Radio DAB"* is being offered by "Househome" on Amazon UK for GBP 8.79, but with no mention of DAB in the specification. Wohnort has contacted the seller for clarification and will post their answer here. Caveat emptor!

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eyeTV T2
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+.
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Stream
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DAB+
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Latest Updates and News

March 20th
Snapshot updated of the Australian ensemble DAB+ Brisbane 1. Since the previous snapshot, taken last month, the service 4TAB ONE has been relabelled Radio TAB. The service 4TAB TWO has been relabelled 4TAB 2 and running at half the previous bitrate. A 4TAB 3 has popped up, running at 32 kbit/s in DAB+ and making use of the capacity released by the other service.

March 19th
Two new services have popped up on Trial Portsmouth. CelticMusicRadio is broadcasting in DAB+ at 24 kbit/s. A new Test Channel has popped up, running in DAB+ at 24 kbit/s. The service that had previously been labelled Test Channel has been relabelled Weather24/7Radio. The existing service 60s has dropped from 64 to 32 kbit/s. Snapshot updated. The number of services on this ensemble is expected to rise to 24 in the near future.

March 19th
According to an announcement on the website of broadcaster FFH, the German ensemble HESSEN SÜD is expected to migrate from Block 11C to 12C on April 2nd at 13:00.

March 19th
Snapshots of the Danish ensembles DAB2 OE and NivaaDAB updated.

March 18th
On the Monaco ensemble MCR1, the service R.MARIA FRANCE is running with a changed SId and has dropped to 56 kbit/s mono DAB+.

March 18th
The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has approved the digital access rights undertakings given by Joint Venture Companies in respect of forthcoming commercial multiplexes that they will operate in Canberra, Darwin and Hobart respectively. The ACCC's role in this is to ensure that broadcasters are granted access to digital radio multiplex transmission services on reasonable terms and conditions and ensure that licensees do not discriminate anti-competitively between broadcasters. The Decision Paper reveals that the trial licences for Canberra and Darwin are being extended to July 31st 2019. New transmission equipment for Canberra is expected to be delivered in June with a planned start-up date of July 1st. Darwin was expected to begin testing mid-March. The trial licence extensions permit a comfortable overlap between the trial broadcasts and the forthcoming official public service. Hobart has recently completed testing. Darwin and Hobart are expected to be ready to begin broadcasting once the media regulator has set a start-up date.

March 18th
On Trial Bristol, the services Cyber Hot Hits and Cyber Rock have ceased. At the present time, Cyber Gold is still broadcasting on Trial Norwich.

March 18th
On the Danish ensemble DAB2 OE, the services DR P4 Fyn and DR P4 København have switched to the lower bitrate of 80 kbit/s. Now all five versions of DR P4 on this ensemble are running at the same bitrate.

March 18th
On the Danish ensemble NivaaDAB, the DAB+ service NRJ DK has been relabelled ENERGY (NRJ) and is now running at the higher bitrate of 96 kbit/s.


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Update History

March 17th
In France, the media regulator has published the formal announcement modifying the advertisement of capacity on the two forthcoming national ensembles. Priority is to be granted to the services of national public-service broadcaster Radio France and its services France Inter, France Culture, France Info, France Musique, FIP and Mouv'.

March 17th
Snapshots updated of the ensembles operating in the Seoul Metropolitan Area. Multiple changes.

March 17th
In Switzerland, the multiplex operator Digris has revised the expected on-air dates of its forthcoming ensembles as follows:-
  • St. Gallen - August 2019
  • Oberwallis - August 2019
  • Glarus - October 2019
  • Fribourg - November 2019
  • Rheintal - November 2019
March 16th
In France, the media regulator has licensed the company Grand Ouest Mux to operate the forthcoming local ensembles in Rouen, which will operate on Blocks 9C and 10C, and the local ensemble for Le Havre, which will operate on Block 10D.

March 15th
In Germany, the media regulator for Nordrhein-Westfalen is to seek frequencies for two layers of coverage. One is intended to cover the whole of the Land, while the other will provide Land-wide coverage divided into either six or five regions. The Land's government will issue a Statement of Need to the federal spectrum regulator.

March 15th
In the Netherlands, a new service has popped up on the trial ensemble RNN 9B DAB+ Test. JOY RADIO 32 is broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s.

March 15th
In Belgium, a new service had popped up on the Block 5D ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN2. N R J is broadcasting in DAB+ at 96 kbit/s.

March 15th
Three new services have popped up on #EuroDab Italia. #RTL news salute, #RTL rewind and SUBASIO XL are broadcasting in DAB+ at 24, 24 and 48 kbit/s respectively. #RTL Guardia Cost has been relabelled #RTL club. #ZETA DAB has been relabelled #ZETA dab. Its bitrate has dropped to 64 kbit/s. Multiple other bitrate changes and relabellings. Snapshot updated.

March 13th
Central Scotland snapshot updated. Addition of Sunoh Radio.

March 11th
The public-service broadcaster in northern Germany, NDR, has announced that the appropriate Land suffix (SH, MV, NDS, HH) will be added to the labels of the respective versions of NDR 2 at 13:00 tomorrow.

March 10th
Leeds and Sheffield snapshots updated. Addition of Magic Chilled.

March 8th
On the Block 9D ensemble in Paris, towerCast, the temporary service Salon Radio has finally ceased after falling silent some time ago.

March 8th
A DAB+ trial is expected to being next month in Vietnam. Announced at the ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium in Kuala Lumpur and reported by WorldDAB, the trial will involve 2.5kW transmitters in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

March 8th
A DAB+ trial is expected to being next month in Thailand. The 20-month trial, announced at the ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium in Kuala Lumpur and reported by WorldDAB, will take place in Bangkok and is expected to involve 11 services.

March 8th
WorldDAB, citing a Turkish website shiftdelete.net, reports that the national public-service broadcaster in Turkey "aims to improve the quality of digital radio broadcasts by moving to DAB+ broadcasting model". However, TRT has been broadcasting exclusively in DAB+ for at least a year, on its ensemble labelled (even a year ago) TRT DAB+. (See Wohnort's snapshot dated 18.03.2018).

March 8th
In Germany, new transmitters have been brought into service at Memmingen, on Blocks 8B, 10A and 11D, improving coverage of the ensembles Allgäu, Obb/Schw and Bayern in western Unterallgäu.

March 7th
In Belgium, the transmission provider Broadcast Partners has taken over the operation of the Block 12A transmitter network broadcasting the Flemish public-service broadcaster's ensemble DAB+ VRT, following a competitive tender process. Broadcast Partners is using different sites compared with the previous provider Norkring, so coverage will differ in places compared with previously. Norkring continues to operate the Block 11A ensemble and will operate the forthcoming Blocks 5A/5D commercial ensemble.

March 7th
DAB+ transmissions are expected to begin in Belarus next month. A pilot ensemble is expected to operate from the transmission site RTPS Kalodziščy (Калодзішчы), which should provide good coverage of the capital Minsk.

March 6th
Could DAB+ be coming to North America? (and it's still not April 1st!).
Today's announcement by the French regulator regarding the forthcoming national ensembles predicts that transmissions should begin in the first quarter of 2020, beginning in the most densely-populated areas. Thereafter, coverage will be extended to cover the less-populated areas of France. The regulator has announced that planning will then begin for the deployment of DAB+ overseas, meaning the Départements and Territoires Outre-Mer. One such overseas collectivity is Saint Pierre et Miquelon, near the Canadian provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador. The collectivity returns one député to the French National Assembly and one senator to the French Senate. DAB+ in North America? An intriguing possibility!

March 6th
In France, the media regulator has announced the services selected for inclusion on the forthcoming national ensembles. As previously reported, the national public-service broadcaster Radio France has been reserved capacity for six services. A seventh is to be reserved capacity on the "Étendu" local ensembles. The selected broadcasters now have two months in which to decide on an operator for the multiplex. The regulator expects transmissions to begin in the first quarter of 2020. Some of the selected broadcasters are already making use of capacity on the local ensembles. Some rationalisation is to be expected once the national ensemble reaches areas already covered by the local ones.
  • France Inter
  • France Culture
  • France Musique
  • France Info
  • FIP
  • Mouv'
  • Air Zen
  • BFM Business
  • BFM Radio
  • Chérie
  • Europe 1
  • Fun Radio
  • Latina
  • M Radio
  • Nostalgie
  • NRJ
  • Radio Classique
  • RFM
  • Rire et Chansons
  • RMC
  • RTL
  • RTL 2
  • Skyrock
  • Virgin Radio
March 6th
In Germany, the media regulator for Bayern has advertised capacity for two services on the forthcoming ensemble for the Voralpenland. The new ensemble is expected to begin broadcasting on Block 7A from Wendelstein on July 1st and services are expected to use protection level EEP-2A. Applicants may choose between 72, 80, 88 and 96 CU, which at that protection level would correspond to a bitrate of 72, 80, 88 or 96 kbit/s. Two additional transmitters are scheduled to enter service later in the year, with further sites planned for 2020. Closing date for applications in April 1st 2019.

March 5th
On the Belgian ensemble DAB+ VRT, the Slideshow associated with the service VRT NWS is no longer running in its own separate sub-channel. The Secondary Component VRT NWS SLS has ceased. The overall bitrate of VRT NWS's sub-channel has increased as a consequence. Snapshot updated.

March 5th
The national public-service broadcaster Radio France is to participate in DAB+ (finally, and it's not April 1st!). The culture minister Franck Riester, speaking this morning on France Culture, announced that capacity is to be reserved on the forthcoming national ensembles for all six of the broadcaster's national services. He also announced that capacity will be reserved on the "Étendu" ensembles for the local version of Radio France's France Bleu. [Wohnort: Some adjustment to the existing capacity usage will be necessary to accomodate this additional service.] The French regulator is expected formally to announce this new development tomorrow, March 6th.

March 5th
On the local ensemble Swansea SW Wales, the recently-added services talkRADIO, talkSPORT 2 and Virgin Radio have ceased.

March 5th
On Trial Norwich, United DJs has replaced Cyber Rock. The newcomer is broadcasting in DAB+ at 40 kbit/s.

March 5th
Brisbane snapshots updated. Multiple changes since previous snapshots.

March 4th
On the local ensemble Berks & N Hants, the service Sam FM has been replaced by The Breeze, running at the lower bitrate of 56 kbit/s, in "original-flavour" DAB.

March 4th
Humberside snapshot updated. Addition of Magic Chilled.

March 4th
North Yorkshire snapshot updated. Cessation of Rathergood Radio.

March 4th
On the French regional ensemble LILLE Etendu, the service CROONER RADIO is reported to be running with a changed SId. The new SId matches other instances broadcast elsewhere.

March 4th
In Australia, the commercial ensemble for Hobart has been licensed from March 1st and is expected on air soon. Intermittent tests are reported to have taken place on Block 9A during February, but the official public service has not yet begun. The ABC/SBS ensemble for Hobart began broadcasting a year ago.

March 3rd
In Belgium, following the appearance of the new Block 5D ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN2, the existing Block 11A ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN has been relabelled DAB+ VLAANDEREN1.

March 3rd
Trial Bristol snapshot updated. Multiple changes since the previous snapshot, including some services having switched to DAB+. All the Trial ensembles now include DAB+ services.

March 3rd
A new service has popped up on the Netherlands regional ensemble 9D Noord-West NL. COASTLINE is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s.

March 3rd
A new service has popped up on the Swiss regional ensemble SMC D03 N-CH. LUZERN Pop is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s.

March 1st
In Belgium, the new third-layer ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN2 has popped up with test transmissions on Block 5D and with two DAB+ audio services on board. Snapshot added.

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