News about Digital Radio Mondiale includes implementations in India and Russia.

Posted: 17 Apr 2010   Print   Send a link
Digital Radio Mondiale press release, 16 Apr 2010: "Diveemo, the small-scale video service enabling distance learning applications for DRM, was presented as an early preview. During the DRM event on April 11th at the Continental booth, participants could experience a Diveemo video rendering on a modified NewStar/Uniwave DRM receiver in a DRM30 shortwave configuration." Other DRM news from the NAB show in Las Vegas, plus link to DRM April newsletter.
Clear Channel Radio press release, 8 April 2010: "On a global scale, Journaline [text via radio system] is featured on air by many international broadcasters today, particularly over the DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale) and DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting, Eureka 147) platforms. In addition, Uniwave recently launched its Di-Wave 100 DRM radio featuring a graphical color screen and Journaline capability and Analog Devices has integrated Journaline into their DAB and DRM receiver reference design platform."
DRM press release, 9 April 2010: "India’s Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure on Thursday 8th April gave its approval to the proposal from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting regarding 11th Plan of Digitalisation where Rs 9.20 billion (approx 200 million USD) have been earmarked for AIR to convert to digital which will cover approx 70 per cent of the country. By converting to digital, AIR will deliver enhanced radio services that offer crystal clear sound, increase user experience with additional functionality such as automatic tuning by station name, interactive user interface through digital screens that offer slide-shows and many other services like EPG, Journaline."
Voice of Russia, 1 April 2010: "Russia's government is shifting to DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale) the digital radio system. The Voice of Russia broadcasting company was the first to implement the new digital standard 7 years ago. All industrial countries are to shift to the digital system shortly. The global digital revolution began in 1998, when DRM broadcasting emerged. The consortium features hundreds of radio stations including such media giants as BBC, Deutsche Welle, Radio France Internationale. DRM is the universal, openly standardized, digital radio system for short-wave, medium-wave and long-wave - digital radio with the ability to use existing frequencies and bandwidth across the globe. Another advantage is its high resistance to interference, compared to other standards, which is essential for broadcasting over large territories. The Voice of Russia is a pioneer of digital broadcasting in Russia. After a series of successful experiments within the DRM standard, the company has been broadcasting in the digital format daily since 2003, says Rashel Stavisskaya, VoR consultant: 'Today, VoR features are broadcasted in the digital standard to Europe in Russian, English, German and French. We are also broadcasting to China and India. The new technology opens new horizons. Digital radio has near-CD sound. The VoR plans to broadcast to Arab countries and Latin America'." I would call it near-FM sound, and I have found DRM to be rather vulnerable to interference. In some cases, it does eliminate low-level background interference.
Radio World, 14 Apr 2010, Gabriel Sosa Plata: "HD Radio, the in-band, on-channel system developed by iBiquity Digital Corp., will be chosen as the standard for terrestrial digital radio in Mexico, according to the country’s broadcast regulator, the Comisión Federal de Telecomunicaciones. ... Eureka-147 DAB, Digital Radio Mondiale and HD Radio have been tested in Mexico, though there have not been public or industry forums involved in the process to date. ... DRM said it hoped that Mexican authorities would give due consideration to all digital radio standards before making any decision."
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