Hall 8 is playing host to a radio roadshow with a difference. Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) was designed specifically as a high-quality digital replacement for current analogue radio broadcasting in the AM and FM/VHF bands and has been gathering support from transmitter and receiver manufacturers and other interested parties. Many of these are in attendance at IBC2014, where DRM is providing the latest news on its AM and VHF flavours – DRM30 and DRM+.
The consortium claims to have gone truly global in the past year. In addition to the current roll out of the All India Radio DRM transmitter installation programme, the consortium has recently established a strong presence in Southern Africa. A DRM30 trial has just begun in Johannesburg where it is being enthusiastically supported by the newly established local DRM Platform. Brazil and Russia are also looking at DRM as a cost-effective digital radio solution.
“This year in Amsterdam we will demonstrate that DRM is becoming established,” said Ruxandra Obreja, the consortium chairman. “During IBC we hope to make an exciting announcement to underline that global, green and extremely cost-effective DRM is the future of digital radio.”
In response to a growing interest in DRM and with the new multi-standard chipsets now commercially available there has been growing engagement from radio receiver manufacturers, some of whom are now developing new digital radio products that are DRM capable.
A DRM tour beginning on Friday in Hall 8 takes in the Ampegon stand (8.D35) from 4 pm onwards, on Saturday (1200 - 1300) at the Thomson Broadcast stand (8.C35), and at the Nautel booth (8.C49) from 3 to 5 pm, where there is an event taking place entitled DRM-Building to a Billion and Beyond.
Other DRM members present at IBC2014 include Digidia 8.E89, Fraunhofer IIs 8.B80, GatesAir 8.B10, RFmondial 8.C49/D35 and Transradio 8.D35.