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February 28th, 2020

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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.

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Latest Updates and News

February 28th
In the Netherlands, a new service has popped up on the Block 6B regional ensemble 6B Oost-Noord NL. TUKKER FM is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s. The existing instance of Radio Continu 1 has been relabelled Radio Continu 3. A new instance of Radio Continu 1 has popped up. Both services are running at 64 kbit/s.

February 28th
In Austria, a packet data service EPG ORS has popped up on the national ensemble DAB+ Austria.

February 26th
In France, AFRICA RADIO, KISS FM and RADIO MARIAFR have popped up on RNT Marseille 3 (Block 7A). Phare FM and RADIO PITCHOUN are now broadcasting on RNT Marseille 5 (Block 8D). Some services have been relabelled on RNT Marseille 2 (Block 8A).

February 26th
In France, Chante France is reported to have popped up on RNT Nice 1 (Block 11A).

February 26th
In France, the planned massive expansion and reorganisation of services in Paris appears to have begun, with changes to three ensembles. LOVELY and RADIO MARIAFR have popped up on RNT Paris 3 (Block 6D). MBS has migrated to RNT Paris 3 from RNT Paris 6 (Block 11A). CAUSE COMMUNE has appeared on RNT Associative (Block 9A). RADIO PITCHOUN is now broadcasting on RNT Paris 5 (Block 9B).

February 26th
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster in Nordrhein-Westfalen, WDR, has brought a new 10 kW transmitter into service on Block 11D. Eggegebirge extends and improves coverage of Radio fuer NRW in an area that includes Höxter, Marsberg and Paderborn.

February 25th
Snapshot added of the Norwegian local ensemble Sunnmøre.

February 24th
New transmitters have recently been brought into service in Switzerland as follows:
SRG SSR F01 (Block 12A): Troistorrents Morgins; Delémont/Delsberg; Les Hauts-Geneveys, Route de la République; Bourrignon Les Ordons; Soyhières
SMC_D02 (Block 7D: Willisau Ankenloch
SMC D03 N-CH (Block &A): Willisau Ankenloch

February 24th
On the local ensemble Coventry, the service BBC Cov & Warks has been relabelled BBC CWR. Snapshot updated.


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Update History

February 23rd
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster in south-west Germany, SWR, has announced that the twice yearly Sun Outage may affect its digital radio transmissions between 12:43 and 12:50 CET from February 28th until March 3rd. According to the announcement, the following sites may be affected: Alf-Bullay (Block 11A), Diez an der Lahn (11A), Bitburg-Stahl (11A), Hillschied (11A), Memmingen (8A), Weingarten (8A), Schramberg (8D), Baiersbronn (8D), Lahr (8D), Bad Urach (8D), Sigmaringen (8D), Villingen-Schwenningen (8D), Murgtal (9D) and Buchen (9D)

February 23rd
In the Netherlands, the Ministry for Economic Affairs has announced the application procedure for 22 forthcoming temporary local allotments. Each ensemble will have space for twelve audio services and licences will run until August 31st 2022. During the first four weeks of the contest, each broadcaster may apply for only one slot per multiplex. This is to ensure that all broadcasters in an area have an equal chance of being granted capacity. After the first four weeks, broadcasters may apply to use any remaining capacity for additional services. A map showing the areas to be advertised is included in the revised frequency plan for the local allotments.

February 23rd
In France, the regulator has announced that Topaz Radio will be replaced by the following services on forthcoming ensembles as follows:
  • Annemasse = Radio Pitchoun
  • Chambéry = Sequence FM
  • La Rochelle = AMI
  • Orléans = Alouette
  • Poitiers = AMI
Formal authorisations have not yet been issued for these ensembles.

February 23rd
In Spain, the regional news website Valencia Plaza has continued its reporting of the licensing situation in the country. Prospective digital radio operators have sought assistance from the courts in the face of "administrative silence" in an effort to compel the regional governments to conduct public tenders.

Regional frequency planning for DAB took place in 1999 and local planning in 2001. The governments argue that the allotments have expired as they were allocated more than ten years ago. The prospective operators counter that the frequency allocations were affirmed in the revised national frequency plan (which, incidentally, abandoned L-band for the use of DAB) that was published last year and is still in force.

The Valencia Plaza has summarised the current state of the various legal processes in each region:

Asturias: Final decision in favour of the prospective operators. The government has yet to call a contest.
Galicia: Situation pending resolution in the regional court.
Basque Country: Government refused to conduct a contest. Court ruled in favour of the government. Case now with the Supreme Court.
Navarra: Court ruled in favour of the prospective operators. The government has advertised the capacity.
Aragon: Situation pending resolution in the regional court.
Catalonia: Capacity was advertised and awarded years ago. Prospective operators have sought to have the abandonded licenses readvertised.
Castilla y León: Situation pending resolution in the regional court.
Castilla-La Mancha: Situation pending resolution in the regional court.
Valencia: Situation pending resolution in the regional court.
Murcia: Situation pending resolution in the regional court.
La Rioja: Regional court ruled in favour of the prospective operators. The government has appealed to the Supreme Court.
Andalusia: Situation pending resolution in the regional court.
Extremadura: The government is considering the request. No contest has yet been called.
Balearic Islands: Capacity was advertised and awarded years ago. Prospective operators have sought to have the abandonded licenses readvertised.
Canary Islands: The government refused to call a contest. The regional court ruled in favour of the operators. The government has appealed to the Supreme Court.
Cantabria: Situation pending resolution in the regional court.
Madrid: The regional court ruled in favour of the prospective operators. It is understood that the government has time to appeal to the Supreme Court.

The Valencia Plaza article has further information and background.

It is worth noting that some small-scale commercial ensembles are currently operating in areas where no contests have been called. For example, one group has announced that it is operating an ensemble in Tenerife and that it plans to launch ensembles in Madrid and Barcelona "soon".

February 21st
On the Belgian ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN2, the service N R J has been relabelled N R J VL.

February 21st
On the Paris ensemble towerCast, the annual temporary service Salon Radio has ceased.

February 20th
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster NDR has brought two new transmitters into service in Niedersachsen. Cuxhaven-Altenwalde on Block 8D extends and improves coverage of NDR NDS in a region including Dorum, Nordholz, Otterndorf and Bad Bederkesaand. Rosengarten on Block 9B serves an area that includes Stelle, Hanstedt, Schneverdingen, Heeslingen and Neu Wulmstorf.

February 20th
In Spain, the regional news website Valencia Plaza reports that the government in the autonomous province may be obliged by a court decision to advertise capacity for digital radio broadcasting. The situation is similar to one in Navarra, where capacity was advertised last month, and to another in Asturias, although the government there has not yet opened a public tender.

February 20th
A packet data service has popped up on Trial Glasgow. muxcast.com is broadcasting at 64 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

February 17th
On Trial Portsmouth, the service formerly labelled Birdsong has been relabelled Teseuteu and is now running at 40 kbit/s. The service formerly labelled Birdsong +1 has been relabelled Birdsong. The existing service Atmosphere.Radio is now at 48 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

February 17th
On the Swiss ensemble SMC_D02, the service LUNA+ has been relabelled SCHLAGER RADIO.

February 16th
Snapshot updated of the Danish regional ensemble Oestjyll. Addition of Radio Vinyl since the previous snapshot.

February 16th
Snapshot updated of the Danish regional ensemble Viborg-Skive. Multiple changes since the previous snapshot.

February 16th
On the Belgian regional ensembles, Chérie FM is now simply Chérie.

February 16th
In France, the regulator has issued authorisations to multiplex operator Opémux RNT for the ensembles Bordeaux étendu, Bordeaux Local 2, Toulouse étendu and Toulouse Local 2.

February 14th
In Spain, a group AMSC has announced that ensembles will begin operation in Madrid and Barcelona "soon".

February 13th
In France, the regulator has published authorisations for the operators of local ensembles in Bordeaux and Toulouse:
Bordeaux Local No. 1: Block 7A: La Coopérative de Radiodiffusion
Toulouse Local No. 1: Block 7C: Coméquip

February 13th
In France, the regulator has revoked the authorisations for certain services on the Marseille multiplexes where they are currently broadcast, in anticipation of their migration to other multiplexes as follows:
Radio Star: RNT Marseille 3 ---> "Marseille étendu"
Sud Radio: RNT Marseille 3 ---> "Marseille étendu"

February 13th
In France, the regulator has revoked the authorisations for certain services on the Nice multiplexes where they are currently broadcast, in anticipation of their migration to other multiplexes as follows:
Nice Radio: RNT NICE MUX 5 ---> RNT Nice 1
Sud Radio: RNT Nice 3 ---> RNT Nice 1
RCF Nice Azur: RNT NICE MUX 5 ---> RNT Nice 3

February 13th
In France, the regulator has revoked the authorisations for certain services on the Paris multiplexes where they are currently broadcast, in anticipation of their migration to other multiplexes as follows:
CHANTE FRANCE: RNT Paris 2 ---> "Paris étendu"
EVASION: RNT Paris 2 ---> "Paris étendu"
VOLTAGE: RNT Paris 2 ---> "Paris étendu"
GENERATIONS: RNT Paris 6 ---> "Paris étendu"
MBS: RNT Paris 6 ---> RNT PARIS 3

February 13th
On the German ensemble MDR THUERINGEN, services have been relabelled as follows:
MDR THÜR ERFURT ---> MDR THÜR Mitte-W
MDR THÜR GERA ---> MDR THÜR Ost
MDR THÜR HEILIGN ---> MDR THÜR Nord
MDR THÜR SUHL ---> MDR THÜR SÜd

February 13th
In France, the regulator has issued the first set of authorisations for forthcoming ensembles covering Toulon - three services so far on Block 9A and six on Block 11C. Further authorisations are expected.

February 13th
In France, the regulator has advertised still-vacant capacity on the forthcoming national ensemble M1. 66 CU are on offer, corresponding to a service running at 88 kbit/s at EEP-3A. Closing date for applications is March 25th 2020.

February 11th
On the local ensemble Hereford-Worcs, the service ATLAS RADIO has ceased.

February 11th
A new service has popped up on the ensembles Surrey-NSussex and Trial London. Podcast Radio is broadcasting on both in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s. Snapshots updated.

February 9th
In the Czech Republic, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 9C. Klínovec is broadcasting the ensemble RTI cz DAB for the Karlovy Vary region and replaces the L-Band transmitter at that site. According to published data, the country has just one L-Band site still in operation. Barvičová is transmitting TELEKO DAB1 for Brno on Block LE, but probably not for much longer.

February 5th
In Poland, the new service Radiu Bezpieczna Podróż is reported to be broadcasting in Gdansk and Warsaw, in addition to the previously-reported Wroklaw.

February 5th
On the local ensemble Suffolk, the service Town 102 Ipswich is reported to have been relabelled Town 102.

February 4th
In Austria, the service Mein Kinderradio is reported to have migrated from the Vienna ensemble CityMUX Wien II to the national ensemble DAB+ Austria. The service has a different SId and is broadcasting in DAB+ at 40 kbit/s.

February 4th
On the Polish ensemble DABCAST Wroklaw, the service Radio RAM is reported to have been replaced by Radiu Bezpieczna Podróż, broadcasting at 112 kbit/s in DAB+.

February 4th
In France, the regulator has revoked the authorisation granted to Neo to broadcast on LYON 6 as a result of its failure to make use of the capacity awarded.

February 3rd
In Ireland, there is a FreeDAB ensemble operating in Sligo. There are reported to be eleven services on board, although some are currently silent.

February 3rd
On the French ensemble LILLE Local 2, the service G. LILLE INFO has been relabelled BFM GRAND LILLE.

February 3rd
On the local ensemble Herts Beds Bucks, the service MKFM has switched from Mono LSF to Joint Stereo and is now running at 112 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

February 3rd
On the Danish ensemble MUX3-OSTSJ, the service RADIO TEST LW has ceased after only a few days. Snapshot updated.

02.02.2020
On the Swiss ensemble DIG I02, the service JazzAscona has been relabelled FineJazz Gumbo. Snapshot updated.

02.02.2020
A new service is reported to have popped up on the local ensemble Berks & N Hants. 210 - 80s & 90s is reported to be broadcasting in "original-flavour" DAB at 56 kbit/s.

February 1st
The service Hits Radio, carried on many local ensembles in the UK, has been relabelled HITS RADIO UK, with the exception of London 2, where it has been relabelled HITS RADIO LDN.

February 1st
On Trial Norwich, Cossoro Radio replaces TEST01 that popped up a few days ago.

February 1st
In Italy, a new service has popped up on RadioDigiToscana. R.ZAINET is broadcasting in DAB+ at 64 kbit/s.

February 1st
In France, the authorisations to operate the forthcoming national ensembles have been published in the Journal Officiel. The ensembles are expected to launch in November.

February 1st
In Germany, an out of court settlement has been agreed between the media regulator for Sachsen (the SLM) and Digital Audio Broadcasting Plattform GmbH (DABP). The SLM was the designated regulator responsible for advertising and awarding the second national multiplex. DABP was the unsuccessful applicant. Antenne Deutschland, who were awarded the licence, was formed by a merger of two other applicants, Absolut Radio Digital and Media Broadcast. The merger took place after the closing date of the competition and one of DABP's objections was that the licence had been awarded to an applicant that did not exist at the time of the competition. The Leipzig Administrative Court partially upheld DABP's complaint. The SLM appealed to the Federal Administrative court in September last year. The out of court settlement clears the way for a second national ensemble with up to 16 services.

February 1st
On the Australian ensemble DAB Perth, the service Macquarie Sports has been relabelled Magic Perth.

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