Hybrid FM / Internet Radio

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Presentation made at the annual Central Canada Broadcast Engineers (CCBE) convention in Barrie, Ontario, Canada.

It introduces the concepts of hybrid radio and RadioDNS and provides the basic knowledge to start a RadioVIS service

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Hybrid FM / Internet Radio

  1. 1. Hybrid FM / Internet Radio François Lefebvre Communications Research Centre, Canada Central Canada Broadcast Engineers Conference September 17 2010, Barrie, Ontario, Canada 1
  2. 2. 10 Messages 1. Broadcast radio can get ”better” 2. Various enablers 3. Internet can't do it all (yet) 4. Hybrid Radio: a progressive approach 5. RadioDNS makes the connection 6. Hybrid FM / Internet devices 7. Building a RadioVIS service 8. There are challenges 9. CRC can help 10. References 2
  3. 3. 1. Broadcast Radio Can Get Better 3
  4. 4. Broadcaster  Offer better service  New business opportunities  Keep the radio media relevant Consumer  New expectations due to new media landscape  Multimedia  Interactivity  Integration into new devices and platforms  Integration into social applictions  ... 4
  5. 5. 2. Various Enablers 5
  6. 6. Devices Digital Delivery Internet Connectivity Internet 6
  7. 7. 3. Internet can't do it all 7
  8. 8. OK for the Home  Broadband works © Yamaha  Costs OK for © vTech user and broadcaster  Many connected © Apple devices already © Terratec © PURE © ROKU 8
  9. 9. Many Mobile Options BUT ... © Novatel © Autonet © Livio © Blaupunkt © Microsoft © ROKU 9 © BMW Mini Cooper
  10. 10. Mobile (3G) Internet streaming does not scale infastructure can't support thousands of simultaneous constant high bitrate streams (yet) Expensive proposition for consumer 2 hours per day of radio = 1Gb / month > 30$ / month (in Canada) 10
  11. 11. 4. Hybrid Radio: A progressive approach 11
  12. 12. Broadcast Audio (FM, DAB, …) + + Optional Internet “add ons” 12
  13. 13. Hybrid FM / Internet Broadcaster Broadcast Network Internet FM RDS PI Slides Interaction Audio PS EPG Buy RT Targetted Tag ODA content Tell me RT+ ... more TMC ... .... Radio “Listener” 13
  14. 14. 5. RadioDNS Makes the connection 14
  15. 15. Proposed Standard radiodns.org “Associate a tuned radio station to Internet enhancements automatically in receiver” 15
  16. 16. © EBU 16
  17. 17. 6. Hybrid FM Internet Devices 17
  18. 18. Pure Sensia Chumby Global Radio App Nokia N900 18
  19. 19. 7. Building a RadioVIS Service 19
  20. 20.  Rigister your station at RadioDNS.org  Make sure to broadcast the right PI code – http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/h_sf08741.html  Setup a RadioVIS server (EBU open source)  Populate RadioVIS server with fresh images  Test with demo receivers / Apps  Roll-out  Monitor “page views”, clickthrough rate, …  Increase advertising revenues ! – 20
  21. 21. 8. There are Challenges 21
  22. 22. RadioDNS is based on the frequency tuning paradigm. Users may want unified broadcast / broadband “search” – – – 22
  23. 23.  Device manufacturer / App developper have ultimate control of end-user experience  Multimedia must be aligned in devices (codecs, image formats, text formats, …)  New players: aggregators (Internet radio listings)  FM/RDS and API in mobile devices – 23
  24. 24. 9. CRC Can Help 24
  25. 25. Free / Open mmbTools FM RDS Modulator / Receiver with ODA 25
  26. 26. Android FM RDS App for Smartphones 6 Screenshots 26
  27. 27. 10. PRESENTATIONS www.slideshare.net/tag/crcmmb www.youtube.com/crcmmb PROJECTS www.crc.ca/mmb mmbTools.crc.ca openmokast.org BLOG Broadcasting20.org Twitter: @fralef francois.lefebvre@crc.ca 27

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