Page Updated:
September 22nd, 2018

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 DAB Ensembles Worldwide
 
   

DAB thumbnail   DAB
("original flavour")
DAB+ thumbnail   DAB+
RNT thumbnail   Radio Numérique Terrestre - DMB-Radio
DMB thumbnail   DMB TV



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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)
DVB-T thumbnail  DVB-T2 thumbnail

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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
3
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

September 22nd
Trial Manchester snapshot updated. Addition of XS Manchester.

September 21st
In Italy, a new ensemble has popped up in Sardegna on Block 12D. Apparently labelled identically to the existing ensemble on Block 10A, DAB Sardegna has seven DAB+ services on board.

September 20th
In Germany, a new service has popped up on the Block 11B ensemble DRS BW. radioB2 SCHLAGER is broadcasting in DAB+ at 72 kbit/s. The service has also been authorised to use capacity on the two ensembles in Hessen, covering, respectively, Rhein-Main/Südhessen and Nordhessen, and is expected to appear at the beginning of 2019.

September 20th
In Italy, the public service broadcaster RAI has announced that five new transmitters have been brought into service. Bassa Val Lagarina (TN) and Spiazzi di M. Baldo (VR) close gaps in coverage along the A22 (Autostrada del Brennero), allowing continuous reception between the Brenner Pass and Bologna. Agugliana (VI) improves coverage along the A4 between Verona and Vicenza. Como M. Tre Croci covers the entire Como area and allows uninterrupted coverage between Como and Milano. Lastly, Col de Courtil (AO) extends the service along the AS (Turin-Mont Blanc).

September 20th
In Belgium, intermittent test transmissions have been reported on Blocks 6D and 11D. Test Bruxelles 1 and Test Bruxelles 2 follow similar test transmissions that have taken place in Hainaut and Namur.

September 20th
A new service has popped up on Trial Cambridge. Crackers Radio is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s.

September 19th
The public-service broadcaster in northern Germany, NDR, has brought a new transmitter into service on Block 10C. Kaltenkirchen extends coverage of NDR SH to an area of Schleswig-Holstein previously only able to receive the regional variations for Hamburg.

September 18th
On the Swiss minimux for Basel, DIG D04 - BS, the service Latinos has switched from 80 to 72 kbit/s. The service Skuizz BS+ has ceased.

September 18th
In Italy, new transmitters on Block 10B, 10C and 10D have been brought into service at Pfelders in Südtirol, extending coverage of RAS1-DAB, DABMEDIA and RAS2-DAB respectively.

September 17th
A new service has popped up on Trial Manchester. XS Manchester is broadcasting in DAB+ at 48 kbit/s.

September 16th
Snapshot added of the new French local ensemble for Béthune, Lens, Arras and Douai - BLAD. Some services appear to have been relabelled since the initial data.


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Update History

September 14th
On the French Block 11D ensemble RNT Paris 7, the service CAPSAO has ceased, completing its migration to the Block 9A ensemble RNT Associative. This is the first of a number of changes to rationalise capacity in Paris. Other services on this and other ensembles are due to migrate by the end of the month.

September 13th
On the German Block 11D ensemble Bayern, the service B5 plus has switched from 96 to 64 kbit/s.

September 13th
In Belgium, the Blocks 5C and 6A test transmissions are reported to have been relabelled TEST Hainaut 1 and TEST Hainaut 2 respectively. Each ensemble has one service on board, TEST Hainaut 1 and TEST Hainaut 2 respectively.

September 13th
In France, the first transmissions of the new local ensemble for Bethune, Lens, Arras and Douai in Nord-Pas-de-Calais have been reported on Block 11D. BLAD has ten audio services on board.

September 12th
Snapshot of the local ensemble Leicestershire updated. Cessation of LRB Digital.

September 12th
In Belgium, test transmissions are being reported on Blocks 5C and 6A in the French-speaking region. Both ensembles are broadcasting the multiplex of the region's public-service broadcaster, RTBF DAB. Last month, a test ensemble Test Namur 1 was reported on Blocks 5B and 6C.

September 9th
Trial Manchester snapshot updated. Cessation of Penky Wind-Ups.

September 9th
Snapshot updated of the local ensemble NE Wales W Chesh showing the configuration both with and without the part-time service BBC R Cymru 2.

September 8th
On the local ensemble Herts Beds Bucks, the services MKFM and The BEAT now point to the same audio subchannel. Snapshot updated.

September 5th
On Trial Manchester, the service Penky Wind-Ups is reported to have ceased.

September 5th
In Germany, the media regulator for Rheinland-Pfalz has published the results of a study into the costs to be expected by private-sector broadcasters considering carriage on DAB+ networks. A number of different scenarios are considered, involving different combinations of regions within Rheinland-Pfalz. The regulator and the Saatskanzlei Rheinland-Pfalz expect to hold a "round table" at the end of October with private-sector broadcasters and representatives of the public-service broadcasters Südwestrundfunk and Deutschlandfunk and the Bundesnetzagentur to design the future DAB/DAB+ supply.

September 5th
Snapshots updated of the local ensembles Mid & West Wales and Swansea SW Wales, showing the configurations when the part-time service BBC R Cymru 2 is broadcast.

September 4th
Snapshot of the German ensemble S-ANHALT updated. The service ROCKLAND S-A has been relabelled ROCKLAND and has switched to the lower bitrate 72 kbit/s since the previous snapshot.

September 4th
In France, authorisations relating to the rationalisation of capacity in Paris have been published in the Journal Officiel. The migration of CapSao is already underway. The other services have until September 30th to migrate. Two of the services (*) stopped using their current capacity some time ago, so September 30th is effectively a deadline to reappear on the new assignments.
ServiceCurrent AssignmentNew Assignment
Beur FMBlock 6DBlock 6A
Radio OrientBlock 6DBlock 6A
France Maghreb 2Block 6DBlock 6A
Fréquence India(Block 9B)*Block 9A
CapSaoBlock 11DBlock 9A
Espace FMBlock 11DBlock 11A
Radio MonacoBlock 11DBlock 11A
Séquence FMBlock 11DBlock 11A
Radio Tèr(Block 11D)*Block 9A

September 4th
A new service has popped up on the Swiss minimux for Neuchâtel. Canal 3F is broadcasting in DAB+ at 80 kbit/s.

September 4th
A new service has popped up on the Swiss ensemble SRG SSR I01. RSO+ is broadcasting in mono DAB+ at 56 kbit/s. The bitrates of the existing services SRF 4 News+, COULEUR 3+ and SvizzeraClassic+ and the packet data services TPEG_SRGSSR and SRG_SPI have been reduced. Snapshot updated.

September 4th
Off-Topic: In Switzerland, the regulator has granted the public-service broadcaster SRG/SSR a new four-year licence that will come into effect on January 1st 2019. Among its provisions are the possibility to close the second Italian-language TV service RSI La 2 and transform it into an online service (UK readers will recall BBC 3) and to close, by the end of 2019, the terrestrial television transmitter network used to broadcast all SRG/SSR television services, these days used by very few households compared with satellite and cable.

September 3rd
A new service has popped up on Trial Glasgow. Nation Radio is broadcasting in "original-flavour" DAB at 128 kbit/s.

September 2nd
In France, the regulator has placed more broadcasters on formal notice as a result of their failure to use DAB+ capacity allocated to them.
Diva FM - Marseille Block 7A
Radio Garlaban - Marseille Block 8C
Fréquence India - Paris Block 9B

September 2nd
Snapshot added of the German minimux DAB+ Leipzig. Multiple SId changes since initial listing.

September 2nd
Snapshot updated of the German minimux DAB+ Freiberg (in Sachsen). Multiple SId and bitrate changes (upward!).

September 2nd
On the Netherlands national ensemble DAB+, the packet data service TPEG 538 has ceased. The audio service Radio 10 60s&70s has switched to the higher bitrate 64 kbit/s.

September 2nd
On the Netherlands regional ensemble 6B Oost-Noord NL, the service Continu Oost has ceased.

September 2nd
In France, the rationalisation of capacity in Paris has begun. CAPSAO has popped up on the Block 9A ensemble RNT Associative. The existing instance is still running on the Block 11D ensemble RNT Paris 7, although this is expected to cease soon. Both instances have the same SId, so some interesting behaviour may occur on some receivers, depending on their tuning strategies, during this interim period... hopping to the weaker signal, for example. All Block 9A services that were previously running at Protection Level EEP-2A have dropped to EEP-3A.

September 2nd
A new service has popped up on Trial Glasgow. Chris Country is broadcasting in DAB+ at 40 kbit/s. The services Asian Star and Colourful Radio have ceased.

September 2nd
Bristol, Cornwall, Devon and South East Wales snapshots updated.

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