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May 21st, 2019

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The Swiss terrestrial DVB-T television network will close on June 3rd 2019. Viewers of the SRG/SSR services must switch to satellite (DVB-S), cable (DVB-C) or internet streaming (IP-TV). The public-service broadcaster estimates that only 2% of Swiss households receive their programmes using DVB-T.

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Caveat emptor!
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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For a limited period, PURE is offering free upgrades to UK customers, unlocking DAB+ reception on compatible radios. A computer with a USB port will be required to perform the upgrade. Check compatability on the PURE website.

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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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Stereo
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Joint
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Joint St.
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Mono
LSF
3
Dual
Channel
1
Packet
Data
3
Stream
Data
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DAB+
Stereo
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3
DAB+
Mono
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3
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5.1
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Latest Updates and News

May 22nd
In France, a new local ensemble has popped up in Nord-Pas-de-Calais on Block 7A. Valenciennes has eight audio services on board.

May 21st
In Slovenia, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 10D. Beli Križ improves coverage of Slovenia DAB+ R1 in Izola, Piran, Portorož and Lucija. Four more sites are expected to be brought into service later this year.

May 21st
In Slovenia, the advertisement of vacant capacity for two services on the national ensemble Slovenia DAB+ R1 is massively oversubscribed, with eleven applications for services being received from eight broadcasters.

May 21st
In Germany, the transmission power of the Block 11D transmitter Nordhelle has been increased from 1,5kW to 10kW, improving coverage of Radio fuer NRW in Herscheid, Attendorn and Meinerzhagen. The public-service broadcaster WDR says this is the first of a number of measures this year and next that will improve coverage in Nordrhein-Westfalen.

May 20th
In Poland, capacity has been advertised on the first of four batches of local licences. The seven licences advertised today are for
  • Toruń - Block 6C
  • Rzeszów - Block 9B
  • Warsaw - Block 10B
  • Katowice - Block 12C
  • Częstochowa - Block 12D
  • Tarnów - Block 9C
  • Poznań - Block 5C
If demand outstrips capacity, a selection process will take place. The regulator will appoint an operator for each multiplex once capacity has been awarded. The selected broadcasters will be able to indicate their preferred operator. Applications must be submitted within 45 days of the publication in Monitor Polski.
A second batch will be advertised in Q4 2019.
A national multiplex is expected to be advertised after public consultations.

May 20th
A new service has popped up on Trial Glasgow. News Radio UK is broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

May 20th
On Trial Portsmouth, the service Test A has been relabelled News Radio UK.

May 19th
On the Austrian ensemble CityMUX Wien II, the service EWF has ceased.

May 19th
In France, the regulator has fixed July 2nd 2019 as the date of the start of transmissions of the Block 5D ensemble Nantes étendu, the Blocks 7B and 12A local ensembles for Nantes, the Block 9A local ensemble for La Roche-sur-Yon and the Block 8D local ensemble for Saint-Nazaire.

May 19th
In France, transmissions of the new Block 7A local ensemble for Valenciennes in Nord-Pas-de-Calais are expected to begin on May 22nd.

May 19th
Snapshot of the Italian ensemble CR DAB Piemonte updated. Multiple changes since the previous snapshot, including additional services and bitrate changes to existing services.

May 19th
Two new services have popped up on Trial Portsmouth. Goldmine DAB and Test A are broadcasting in DAB+ at 24 and 32 kbit/s respectively. The existing "original-flavour" DAB services Sam FM and The Breeze have switched to DAB+, running at 40 kbit/s each. The service MetalMeyhemRadio has ceased. Multiple other changes to bitrates. Snapshot updated. There is one remaining "original-flavour" DAB service on this ensemble.


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Update History

May 17th
In Germany, the regulator for Saarland advertised capacity on a future ensemble for private-sector broadcasters and advertised for a platform operator. bigFM, CityRadio Saarland, Krix.FM, Saarfunk 1 and Saarfunk 2, RADIO SALÜ and CLASSIC ROCK RADIO, Kuschel.fm and Kraftpaket - das Radio have sought capacity. DIVICON MEDIA HOLDING and MEDIA BROADCAST have applied to operate a platform. The regulator's decision is expected to be made on September 12th.

May 16th
On the local ensemble Cornwall, Smooth Cornwall is reported to have replaced Capital UK.

May 16th
In Austria, the first transmissions have been reported additionally from Graz-Schöckl on Block 8A in preparation for the launch of the national ensemble DAB+ Austria. Four DAB+ audio services are currently being broadcast.

May 16th
Snapshot added of the Norwegian local ensemble broadcast in Solør Hedmarken and Østerdalen, now labelled HO lokal. Multiple changes since the previous listing.

May 16th
Snapshot updated of the Norwegian regional ensemble broadcast in Agder/Rogaland, including Stavanger and Kristiansand, NRK Reg3 SørRog. Multiple changes since the previous snapshot.

May 16th
Snapshot updated of the Norwegian local ensemble broadcast in Jæren Dalane and Ryfylke, Lokale kanaler. A mix of "original-flavour" DAB and DAB+ services is broadcast. The recent additions use DAB+.

May 16th
In Germany, a new transmitter has been brought into service on Block 8B. Garz on the island of Rügen, improves coverage of the regional ensemble for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern NDR MV on the south of the island, including Samtens, Gingst, Trent, Altenkirchen, Sagard, Binz, Sellin and Göhren.

May 16th
Snapshots updated of the Italian regional ensembles Umbria DAB, DIGILOC UMBRIA and C.R. DAB UMBRIA. Multiple changes on all three.

May 15th
In Switzerland, the unsuccessful applicant for the newly-awarded fourth-layer ensemble for Suisse Romande, Romandie Médias SA, is reported to have announced its intention to challenge the regulator's decision in court. The legal process appears likely to delay the start of work to build the new network.

May 15th
In Switzerland, the multiplex operator Digris has brought a new transmitter into service on Block 8B. Brambrüesch extends and improves coverage of DIG D04 - CS in Chur. The new site is considered to be under test currently and may be liable to interruptions or periods of reduced power.

May 14th
In Switzerland, the regulator has awarded a concession to operate a new fourth-layer ensemble in Suisse Romande, the French-speaking region, to a new entrant, DABCOM AG. There were two applicants, the operator of the existing second layer, Romandie Médias SA being the other. The new network is expected to operate on Block 10C.

May 14th
Two new services have popped up on Trial Glasgow. BFBS Scotland and RadioRamadhan365 are broadcasting in DAB+ at 32 and 24 kbit/s respectively. The existing DAB+ service YOUR Radio has switched to "original-flavour" DAB and is now broadcasting at 112 kbit/s, Joint Stereo. The service Cyber Radio has ceased. Snapshot updated.

May 12th
In France, the regulator has published further authorisations for the services selected to broadcast on the forthcoming national ensembles (referred to as M1 and M2). The latest batch includes commercial services selected to operate on M2.

May 11th
In Poland, a new service has popped up on the Polskie Radio ensemble broadcast on Block 5B in Gdańsk. Radio Gdańsk EN is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.

May 10th
In Austria, the test transmissions taking place for the forthcoming national ensemble, previously labelled MUX DAB+ ORS1, have been relabelled DAB+ Austria.

May 10th
In France, the regulator has published the authorisations for the services selected to broadcast on the forthcoming national ensembles (referred to as M1 and M2), including those of the public-service broadcaster Radio France, all of which have been allocated capacity on M2. All of the commercial services published today have been awarded capacity on M1. (see update on May 12th)

May 10th
A new service has popped up on the Danish regional ensemble DAB2 OE. DR Test currently points to the same audio stream as DR P5.

May 10th
On the Danish national ensemble DK DAB1, the services _ENERGY NRJ and _Classic Rock have been relabelled ENERGY (NRJ) and Classic Rock respectively.

May 10th
In Germany, the public-service broadcaster NDR has brought a new transmitter into service in Schleswig-Holstein. Husum, operating on Block 12B, extends coverage of NDR SH over an area from Bredstedt to Langenhorn, including the Halligen Süderoog, Hooge, Langeneß, Oland, Gröde, Habel, Hamburger Hallig and Nordstrandischmoor.

May 8th
The UK regulator has announced that it plans shortly to advertise two new local ensembles. One will cover Morecambe Bay while the other will serve North and West Cumbria and Southwest Scotland.

May 8th
In Australia, following over eight years operating as a trial, the commercial services in Darwin have migrated from Block 10B to 9A and are now considered to be in official service from a 20kW transmitter at Shoal Bay.

May 8th
In the Czech Republic, the TELEKO DAB transmitter Velemín - Milešovka in Northern Bohemia has migrated from Block 10A to Block 6D.

May 7th
The operator of the German national ensemble has brought a new transmitter into service on Block 5C. The Pfänder, on Austrian territory, illuminates the Bodensee region with DR Deutschland, adding to an already rich DAB environment. The regional ensembles of two German Länder are already broadcast from the site as are Swiss ensembles. Later this month, the new Austrian national ensemble is expected to begin transmissions from the Pfänder also.

May 7th
In Gran Canaria, a new service "Do You Remember Radio" is reported to have popped up on the new pilot ensemble broadcasting in Maspalomas and Playa Ingles.

May 7th
In the Czech Republic, a new service is reported to have popped up on the public-service broadcaster's ensemble CRo DAB+. CRo RZ Sport is reported to be broadcasting a continuous loop, announcing the start of programmes on May 10th.

May 6th
On the local ensemble Lancashire, the service Capital Lancs. has ceased. The newer instance Capital Lancs continues. Both instances had pointed to the same audio stream.

May 5th
In Poland, a new ensemble is reported to have popped up on Block 8D in Andrychów with two services on board - Radio Andrychów and Radio Profeto. Each is reported to be broadcasting at 192 kbit/s.

May 5th
In Germany, a new service is reported to have popped up on the ensemble Berlin/BRBG 7B. _RadioGermanyOne is reported to be broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s.

May 5th
Trial Manchester snapshot updated. Since the previous observation, the service MCR Live, which had been running without an audio stream, has been replaced by Cyber Radio.

May 4th
In the Netherlands, the service GNR 2 is reported to have ceased on the Block 11A instance of MTVNL broadcast in Noord-Holland. According to the same reports, the service is still broadcast on the other instances of MTVNL on which is was also present.

May 2nd
On the local German ensemble Nuernberg, the service that was at 96 kbit/s has dropped to 88 kbit/s, while some of the service that were at 80 have risen to 88. Of the eleven services on this ensemble, six are now at 88 kbit/s, five are running at 80.

May 2nd
In Belgium, a new service has popped up on the second commercial ensemble in Vlaanderen, DAB+ VLAANDEREN2. RTBF MIX is broadcasting in DAB+ at 96 kbit/s and makes available to listeners in the Flemish-speaking region the services of the public-sector broadcaster for the French-speaking region, according to the following schedule:-
05:00 - 10:00 La Première
10:00 - 20:00 Classic 21
20:00 - 24:00 VivaCité:
00:00 - 05:00 Classic 21

May 2nd
On the Netherlands ensemble MTVNL, the service LXCLASSIX is reported to have ceased.

May 2nd
In Poland, a new ensemble is reported to have popped up in Gdańsk on Block 5D. DABCAST is reported to be broadcasting four audio services.

May 2nd
A new service has popped up on Trial Glasgow. Revival 93FM is broadcasting in DAB+ at 24 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

May 1st
A new service has popped up on the German ensemble Bremen K7D. 90.vier is broadcasting in DAB+ at 144 kbit/s. Snapshot updated.

May 1st
A new service has popped up on Trial Bristol. Classic Hits is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s.

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