Page Updated:
November 18th, 2018

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Caveat emptor!
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 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+.
Caveat emptor!

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DAB thumbnail   Pan-European Specification
To be capable of working anywhere in Europe, a "pan-European" radio needs to be able to receive DAB, DAB+ and DMB-A in Band III and L-band.



Band III thumbnail   Band III
Lband thumbnail   L-band

DMB-TH thumbnail   DMB-TH
IBOC thumbnail   IBOC
(aka HD Radio)
ISDB thumbnail   ISDB-T

 
Ensemble Label
EId
3
Stereo
conditional access   3
Stereo
3
Joint
Stereo
4
Joint St.
LSF
3
Mono
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Mono
LSF
3
Dual
Channel
1
Packet
Data
3
Stream
Data
3
DAB+
(Mode?)
+
3
DAB+
Stereo
+
3
DAB+
Mono
+
3
DAB+
5.1
+
IVTII



Latest Updates and News

November 18th
In Italy, new transmitters have been brought into service on Blocks 10B, 10C and 10D at Sulden in Südtirol (Alto Adige), extending coverage of the ensembles RAS1-DAB, DABMEDIA and RAS2-DAB respectively.

November 17th
Snapshots updated of the new Belgian regional ensembles HAINAUT 1 and LIEGE 2.

November 17th
On EuroDab Italia, RTL Via Radio has been relabelled #RTLNewsViaRadio. Snapshot updated.

November 17th
Snapshot updated of the new Belgian regional ensemble NAM-LUX 1.

November 16th
Flippin'eck, it's Christmas in Yorkshire! MincePie NonStop has popped up on North Yorkshire, broadcasting in "original-flavour" DAB at 64 kbit/s.

November 16th
It's Christmas on the Gower! The Wave Xmas has popped up on Swansea SW Wales, broadcasting in Joint Stereo at 128 kbit/s.

November 16th
It's Christmas in the Potteries! Signal Xmas has popped up on Stoke & Stafford, broadcasting in Joint Stereo at 128 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

November 16th
It's Christmas in Norway! A new service has popped up on the national ensemble Riks. JULERADIOEN is broadcasting in DAB+ at 56 kbit/s. P7 Klem has been relabelled P7 Klem Jul.

November 15th
Snapshot updated of the new Belgian regional ensemble LIEGE 1.

November 15th
Snapshots updated of the new Belgian regional ensembles BXL-BW 2, HAINAUT 2 and NAM-LUX 2. Info DAB+ has popped up on BXL-BW 2 since this morning's snapshot.

November 15th
On EuroDab Italia, eight of the services now have a hash "#" added at the start of their Service Labels. Is RTL trying to appear top of everyone's services lists?

November 15th
Snapshots updated of the new Belgian regional ensembles Test BXL-BW 1 and Test BXL-BW 2 following the addition of "real" services yesterday. As of this morning, there was no change to RTBF DAB.


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Update History

November 14th
In Belgium, private-sector stations and DAB+ versions of RTBF services have begun appearing on the regional Test ensembles.

November 14th
Inverness and Tayside snapshots updated.

November 14th
Snapshot of the local ensemble Aberdeen updated. At the time the snapshot was taken, the services Virgin Radio, talkRADIO and talkSPORT 2 were labelled as previously.

November 14th
EuroDab Italia snapshot updated. Further changes. All services except two are now broadcast at EEP-2A.

November 14th
In Germany, the media regulator in Bayern has advertised vacant capacity on the Augsburg and Nuernberg local ensembles that are available for immediate use. Two slots of 66 CU each are on offer in Nürnberg and one slot of 54 CU in Augsburg. Closing date is December 12th.

November 14th
In Germany, the media regulator in Nordrhein-Westfalen has announced that 47 prospective service providers and/or platform operators expressed interest in DAB+ capacity in response to the recent Call, including local, regional and national broadcasters and nationally-active multiplex operators. The regulator has proposed nine regional ensembles within Nordrhein-Westfalen, to serve, respectively, Aachen, Köln-Bonn, Wuppertal, Südwestfalen, Ostwestfalen, Münster, Essen, Dortmund and Düsseldorf.

November 14th
In Germany, the media regulator in Nordrhein-Westfalen has announced that 47 prospective service providers and/or platform operators expressed interest in DAB+ capacity in response to the recent Call, including local, regional and national broadcasters and nationally-active multiplex operators. The regulator has proposed nine regional ensembles within Nordrhein-Westfalen, to serve, respectively, Aachen, Köln-Bonn, Wuppertal, Südwestfalen, Ostwestfalen, Münster, Essen, Dortmund and Düsseldorf.

November 14th
In Belgium, DLS messages on "original-flavour" DAB services on RTBF DAB are announcing that they will be replaced by DAB+ versions from tomorrow and advise listeners to rescan.

November 14th
In France, test transmissions continue to be reported for the forthcoming ensembles for Alsace and Strasbourg. From the signals reported, Blocks 6D and 7C may be broadcasting the same multiplexer currently, with both frequencies labelled DigitalRadioH1 and apparently broadcasting the same configuration.

November 14th
Test BXL-BW 2 and Test Nam-Lux 2 snapshots updated.

November 14th
The Belgian regional ensembles Test Bruxelles 1, Test Bruxelles 2, Test Namur 1 and Test Namur 2 have been relabelled Test BXL-BW 1, Test BXL-BW 1, Test Nam-Lux 1 and Test Nam-Lux 2 respectively.

November 14th
A new service had popped up on EuroDab Italia. Radio Italia Rap is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s. Some existing services have switched to lower bitrates.

November 13th
Two new services have popped up on Trial Cambridge. HCR104fm and Visitor Radio are broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s stereo and 32 kbit/s mono respectively.

November 11th
A new service has popped up on Trial Norwich. Crackers Radio is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s. The service Jazz FM Norwich has ceased, following the expansion of SDL National to cover this area.

November 11th
On the local ensemble Suffolk, the service Fun Kids has ceased, following the expansion of SDL National to cover this area.

November 10th
In France, the regulator has advertised capacity on ensembles in Paris, Marseille and Nice. In three cases, the entire capacity of an ensemble is on offer. In Paris (11B), Marseille (5B) and Nice (11B) the service providers awarded capacity in a previous round had failed to reach agreement on a multiplex operator and the regulator withdrew the licences for those providers. The current call amounts to a re-advertising of those ensembles. In other cases, the regulator is advertising vacant capacity on existing ensembles. In the case of Nice 9A, a part-time slot is on offer according to a rather complicated schedule, suggesting that the regulator is aware of two prospective providers who would like to share capacity on that basis. The transmission format T-DMB (as "DMB-A", aka "DMB-R") is still part of the national specification and the advertisement offers each prospective service provider the choice of using either DAB+ or T-DMB. However, the government recently put out to consultation a proposal to remove T-DMB from the specification. Should the government proceed to remove T-DMB during the course of this advertisement, the regulator will amend the terms of the offer to comply with the resulting national specification. The closing date for applications is January 16 2019.

November 10th
The UK regulator has announced details of the expressions of interest received for minimuxes ("Small Scale DAB"). The list is divided into three sections:
1) areas where expressions of interest were received from prospective operators of minimuxes
2) areas where expressions of interest were received from prospective service providers interested in carriage, and
3) areas where expressions of interest were received from prospective operators in which one or more programme services were specified
The level of interest is remarkable. In many areas, multiple expressions have been received. Some areas are exceptional. For example, in the third category, eight expressions of interest were received for Glasgow, six for Leeds and five for Liverpool. For the areas London - central, London - north, London - south, London - east and London - west, a total of 21 expressions of interest were received for one or more of those areas. The UK government is working on the required licensing legislation to enable Ofcom to proceed further. Expressions of interest were received for the Channel Islands. Ofcom notes that as Crown Dependencies, UK legislation would not automatically cover Guernsey or Jersey and it would be for the respective administrations to adopt similar enabling legislation.

November 10th
In Belgium, the two new ensembles in Liège have been relabelled such that Block 8D is now Test Liège 1 and 6B Test Liège 2. A similar thing also happened at the end of September to the Bruxelles tests.

November 8th
In Belgium, two new regional ensembles have popped up on Blocks 6B and 8D. Test Liège 1 and Test Liège 2 join other pairs of regional ensembles operating in Bruxelles, Hainaut and Namur.

November 8th
In Germany, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 8B. Kreuzberg is located in Bayern but is able to transmit the ensemble MDR THUERINGEN thanks to an agreement between Bayern and Thüringen. There was no comparable infrastructure available on the Thüringen side of the border. The new site improves coverage in the southwest of Thüringen.

November 8th
In Germany, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 10C. Dillberg extends coverage of the local ensemble Nuernberg to the south-east of the city.

November 8th
Snapshot updated of the Danish regional ensemble MUX3-OSTSJ. Addition of Classic Rock KBH and Addition of NRJ-DK since the previous snapshot. Protection Level changes on BM myRock and BM The Voice.

November 6th
A new service has popped up on the German ensemble Berlin/BRBG 7B. Top100 Station is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

November 6th
On the Netherlands regional ensemble 9D Noord-West NL, the service Radio Seagull has ceased.

November 6th
The UK regulator Ofcom is to advertise a local ensemble for the Channel Islands in the first quarter of 2019. In the meantime, the licences of local FM services Island FM Ltd in Guernsey and Channel Radio Ltd in Jersey are to be extended by one year until the new DAB licence has been awarded.

November 6th
A new service has popped up on the Danish regional ensemble MUX3-OSTSJ. NRJ-DK is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.

November 6th
On Slovenia DAB+ R1, the bitrates of Radio Maxi and Radio Student have dropped to 16 and 24 kbit/s respectively.

November 6th
Snapshot of the Belgian ensemble DAB+ VRT updated. With one exception, all services on this ensemble now broadcast their slideshows as PAD. The slideshow accompanying VRT NWS continues to be transmitted in a discrete subchannel as a data component, VRT NWS SLS.

November 6th
In France, the regulator has authorised the service Vivre FM to migrate from RNT PARIS 3 (Block 6D) to RNT Paris 2 (Block 6A) and has given the broadcaster and multiplex operator RMux until November 22nd to complete the transfer.

November 4th
Another station has hung up the Christmas tinsel. On D1 National, Heart extra is now running as Heart extra Xmas.

November 4th
Snapshot updated of the pilot Serbian ensemble in Belgrade, DEMO.

November 3rd
Snapshot updated of the Norwegian local ensemble for Haugaland, LOKALDAB RIKS II.

November 3rd
Snapshot updated of the Norwegian local ensemble for Sør-Trøndelag uten Fosen, Lokalradio 1. A new service has popped up since the previous snapshot. Nea Radio+Jul is broadcasting in DAB+ at 96 kbit/s. NRJ Trondheim and P5 Hits Trhm have ceased.

November 3rd
On the local ensemble Aberdeen, the services Virgin Radio, talkRADIO and talkSPORT 2 have been relabelled retune 1, retune 2 and retune 3 respectively. The changes follow the expansion of the SDL National transmitter network to cover the area.

November 2nd
Snapshot updated of the Norwegian local ensemble for Oslo & Akershus, Lokalradio. Multiple changes since previous snapshot.

November 2nd
In Switzerland, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 12D. Lumbrein Surin extends coverage of SRG SSR R01 in Lumnezia, Lumbrein and Vrin in canton Graubünden. The new site is considered to be under test until December 1st.

November 1st
In Norway, a new local ensemble has popped up on Block 11B in Valdres & Gudbrandsdalen. HO lokal has 15 DAB+ audio services on board. Snapshot added.

November 1st
Christmas has come to Cornwall. Pirate Xmas is broadcasting in mono at 80 kbit/s. The existing services Pirate FM and Pirate 80s are now each running at 80 kbit/s mono.

October 30th
In Belgium, the Flemish regulator has awarded a 15-year licence to operate a third-layer ensemble for commercial broadcasters to Norkring België NV, who already operate the region's second-layer network. There were two other applicants - TVV Digital CVBA and Broadcast Technology & Development BV.

October 29th
On the Belgian ensemble DAB+ VLAANDEREN, the services BBC WORLDSERVICE and NOSTALGIE are reported to have switched to 48 and 80 kbit/s respectively.

October 29th
Sound Digital, the second national commercial multiplex operated by Arqiva, Bauer and Wireless has announced the bringing into service of 19 transmitters to expand coverage of SDL National in South West England, South Wales, East Anglia, Kent and North East Scotland. Many of the new sites have been under test for several weeks.
 
Beacon Hill NorthTorbay/Devon
Bincombe HillDorset/Dorchester
Bluebell HillKent
Caradon Hill SCCornwall/West Devon
Colchester Depot (E)Essex
DaventryNorthamptonshire
EglwysilanS Wales
HastingsE Sussex
Mendlesham SCSuffolk
Naish Hill MFSwindon
PlymptonPlymouth
Puttocks Hill (E)Suffolk/Bury
Redmoss MFAberdeen
RedruthW Cornwall
Ridge HillHerefordshire
St Thomas (Exeter)Devon
Stoke Holy CrossNorfolk
The WrekinShropshire
Wye (Ashford)E Kent

October 27th
Trial Portsmouth snapshot updated.

October 27th
In France, the regulator has authorised Cmux to operate the regional ensembles Rouen étendu and Nantes étendu on Blocks 10A and 5D respectively. Start dates have not yet been announced.

October 27th
In France, the regulator has authorised La Coopérative de Radiodiffusion to operate the local ensembles in Nantes, Saint-Nazaire and La Roche-sur-Yon on Blocks 7B, 8D and 9A respectively. Start dates have not yet been announced.

October 27th
In France, the regulator has announced December 5th 2018 as the launch date for Lyon étendu (Block 6A) and the local ensembles Lyon (Blocks 5B and 11B), Bourg-en-Bresse (Block 6D), Bourgoin-Jallieu-La Tour-du-Pin-Le Pont-de-Beauvoisin-La Côte-Saint-André-La-Verpillière (Block 5C), Tarare-Cours-la-Ville-Lamure-sur-Azergues-Marnand-Chambost-Amplepuis (Block 10D), Mâcon-Cluny (Block 8A) and in Alsace (Strasbourg étendu) (Block 6D) and the local ensembles Strasbourg (Blocks 6C and 7C), Colmar-Munster (Block 11C), Haguenau-Saverne-Reichshoffen-Niederbronn-les-Bains-Phalsbourg-Ingwiller-Wissembourg-Puberg (Block 7A) and Mulhouse-Guebwiller-Altkirch-Saint-Amarin (Block 11D).

October 26th
In Denmark, a new service has popped up on the regional ensemble MUX3-OSTSJ. Classic Rock KBH is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s. The existing service Nord FM has switched to the lower bitrate of 72 kbit/s.

October 25th
Peterborough snapshot updated. Return of Connect FM. Previous snapshot corrected.

October 25th
Update: DAB+ transmissions have begun in Serbia. A trial ensemble DEMO has popped up in Belgrade on Block 11A with three audio services on board. Snapshot added.

October 25th
Trial Norwich snapshot updated. Cyber Gold replaces The Beat.

October 25th
Snapshot added of the Belgian regional ensemble Test Hainaut 2.

October 25th
On the local ensemble Sussex, the service Test Channel is reported to have ceased.

October 25th
On SDL National, the service JACK 3 (UK) has been relabelled JACK Radio (UK).

October 25th
On Trial Portsmouth, the service Mango Vibe + has been relabelled Mango Vibe and has switched to Protection Level EEP-2B. Flash + has been relabelled Flash. Totally Radio has switched to the higher bitrate of 64 kbit/s. Weather24/7Radio has switched to the higher bitrate of 96 kbit/s at Protection Level EEP-4A.

October 23rd
On Trial Portsmouth, the service Mango Vibe + has switched to the higher bitrate 64 kbit/s.

October 22nd
A new service Test Channel is reported to have popped up on the local ensemble Sussex.

October 22nd
UKTII list updated.

October 21st
Listing updated of the Monaco ensemble MCR2. Two new services have popped up since the previous snapshot was taken. BZD RADIO and MELODY are broadcasting in DAB+ at 128 kbit/s each. The services RADIO BAIKAL and RADIO FRECCIA, RADIO ZETA and RTL 102.5 + have ceased.

October 19th
Two new services have popped up on Trial Glasgow. Angel Vintage and Crackers Radio are broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s mono and 48 kbit/s stereo respectively. Snapshot updated.

October 17th
A new service has popped up on Trial London. The Beat London was reported to be running at 32 kbit/s when observed, but at that time without an audio stream. Snapshot updated.

October 16th
Christmas is coming! On the Australian ensemble DAB Perth, Elf Radio is reported to have replaced The 80s. Similar changes are likely to have taken place in other cities.

October 16th
Snapshots added of the Belgian test transmissions Test Bruxelles 1, Test Bruxelles 2 and Test Namur 2.

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