Thursday, 9 November 2017

DAB in Norway: Public Radio Losing One Fifth of Its Listeners

FM switch-off continues to hit NRK. P3 losing its young listenership.
AS the public service NRK has closed its FM transmitters in most of Norway, more than 20% of their listeners lost. This is evidenced by the latest listening poll from Kantar TNS. NRK had a total of 39.6% this week compared with 49.9 one year ago. It represents a decrease of over 20% in a year. The youth channel NRK P3 now has a share of 5.9%, which is half compared with a year ago.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Problems With Many DAB Radio Adaptors in Norway

Adaptors for DAB + can transmit on FM far beyond the inside of car.
DAB adaptors can be used in cars that originally lack a built-in DAB radio. They receive the DAB signal and transmit to the car stereo system either via line input (AUX) or via the adaptor that transfers the sound to the car stereo via FM. Many DAB adaptors can connect to someone else's phone call in the car. Now it turns out that this can happen even at relatively long distances from the car.  Now many in cars rather switch to local radio on FM or listen on-line than trying to get a decent reception via an adaptor.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Soon Everybody Owns a Smartphone - But FM Radio Will Stay On

The global system change might kill terrestrial digital broadcasting
In 2025 it is predicted that all young people and adults in the world will own a smartphone, which will replace other devices as stand-alone radio- and tv-receivers. As the number of internet-connected devices continues to grow exponentially, smartphone ownership now is virtually universal. On-line digital radio and FM will become the future listening platforms. The billion sets markets will rule, not the million sets markets.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Sweden Licensing Three Nationwide FM Networks for Commercial Radio

35 regional licenses are also upcoming.  Withering future for DAB.
The media authority has now issued national licenses for analog commercial radio. In order to improve commercial conditions radio companies have long been asking for wider broadcast areas,. Not unexpectedly, the licenses were awarded to three already well-established actors in Sweden; German owned Bauer (Network 1), French NRJ (Network 2) and Swedish MTG (Network 3). The licenses are valid from 1 August 2018 to 31 July 2026.

Norwegian Radio Market Faces Dramatic Changes. Local Radio Up on FM

Listeners abandoning national channels as DAB is not living up to its promises.  
Thanks to the fact that the national channels (with public broadcaster NRK in the lead) are leaving FM, many local radio stations are increasing their audiences. It shows the listening polls for the third quarter. The two most outstanding counties (fylken) is Hedmark and Telemark, but also in the other counties the increase is pronounced. Several reports show a clear trend that large-scale listeners will remain on FM while many also complement and expand their channel selection with radio via mobile broadband even by car. 

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Mobile Broadband Opening for Broadcast Radio and Television.


LTE Broadcast Development Success Reported by the BBC.
BBC R&D has experimented with the eMBMS technology over the last few years, the latest release of mobile standards adds support for broadcast services. This means content can be distributed between large numbers of users at the same time over mobile networks, rather than users receiving the content individually. - According to other reports full scale applications are expected to be in operation in some countries 2020-2022.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

National Radio Listening in Norway Down by Ten Percent in One Year

FM switch-off: Public service has lost 18% of listening. Commercial radio at risk of reduced revenue.
Week 39, 2017 was the first full week after NRK closed its FM transmitters in Oslo and three adjacent counties. On PPM measurement, in week 39 NRK total support had 40.3%. The corresponding week the previous year it was 49.0%. This means that NRK support fell by 18% in one year. NRK P1 loses most listeners from 33.2% during week 39, 2016 to 26.6 during the same period of this year. Most dramatically, youth oriented NRK P3 is almost halved, decreases from 11.6 to 6.3%.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

When Transitioning Analog to Digital Radio Rather Avoid DAB

DAB is not a healthy prospect according to U.S. broadcast industry expert
Cost, backwards-compatibility and frequency availability are just a few of the issues to ponder when implementing digital radio technology. In a
Radio World guest commentary in Chuck Kelly at the U.S. transmitter manufacturer Nautel writes that a choice of DRM or HD Radio is preferable as these systems can be used for upgrading existing analog tramitter systems to digital

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Considerations When Transitioning to Digital

Friday, 29 September 2017

Apple Should Activate FM in iPhones

But for new iPhones there are major technical obstacles 
U.S. media authority FCC chairman Ajit Pai wants Apple to turn on the FM radio that’s hidden inside of every iPhone. He asked that Apple reconsider its position, given the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. 
Apple said Pai’s request wasn’t possible for its newest phones. iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models do not have FM radio chips in them nor do they have antennas designed to support FM signals, so it is not possible to enable FM reception in these products, an Apple spokesperson said in a statement. 

Saturday, 23 September 2017

DAB Vision for Alternative Use of FM Band Fades Away

No country wants to discuss with Norway about alternative use of FM
The Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom) has been given the cold shoulder when trying to discuss alternative use of the FM band with colleagues in other countries. At the conference Frequency Forum in Oslo on September 20 a message killed the hope that the band will be used for other community or commercial purposes if Norway completely switches to DAB 2022.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

EBU Report Challenged: Is DAB Best Choice for Radio Distribution?

Internet developments and added listening values omitted by EBU study
The EBU has presented a study using a model country based on the statistics available from the five principal countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK). FM emerged as the most expensive distribution platform. Digital transition to DAB would lower the budget required for distribution, permitting greater investment in content production and employment according to the report. However,
an analysis show that there are a lot add before drawing such conclusions. Crucial technical variables and added values with Internet distribution is not considered in this study.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Public Revolt Against DAB Radio in Norway Intensifying

Enforced technology change is being questioned by citizens. Can listeners trust the public broadcaster?
The opposition to replace FM for the national networks with digital DAB+ technology was apparent already a few years before the final decision of the Storting 2016.  As the FM shutdown is currently in progress an analysis indicates that public radio NRK has reached a precarious position.  
Appearing at international conferences publi broadcaster NRK and its lobbying arm Digitalradio Norge AS is trying to hide the negative facts of the Norwegian DAB fiasco.