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Hybrid FM & Internet Radio (v2)

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New context for hybrid broadband broadcast applications using FM, RDS and mobile Internet. …

New context for hybrid broadband broadcast applications using FM, RDS and mobile Internet.

Presented in Toronto November 23 2009

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  • 1. 1 Hybrid FM & Internet Radio (v2) François Lefebvre Communications Research Centre, Canada Toronto, November 23, 2009
  • 2. 2 © Apple
  • 3. 3 Hybrid Broadband Broadcast ? The Internet ”Coming to all devices near you” © Pure © Allen Qu, Flickr
  • 4. 4 Effects on Broadcasting Market fragmentation Reduced market shares Increased competition Regulated vs non-regulated Loss of control ➢ Business models ➢ Internet ”content” industry ➢ Consumer electronics manufacturers ➢ End-user
  • 5. 5 What to do ? EBU Strategy: Define requirements and seek adoption of a CE standard for TV sets and STBs with both DTV and Internet ports.
  • 6. 6 HBB Concept (DVB) © HBBtv
  • 7. 7 EBU HBB TV ● Provide enhanced broadcast services with ”Out-of-band” enhancements delivered through 2 channels to ”converged” devices ● Offer a controlled user experience ● Leverage already deployed networks How ? ● EBU HBB specification (ETSI, ...)
  • 8. 8 HBB for Radio ? Provide enhanced broadcast-radio services (FM, DAB, DRM, HD Radio) + Internet Applications: - Now playing... - Electronic program guide - Slideshow - Dynamic text - Content tagging - Roaming: Internet from/to FM ?
  • 9. 9 Radio Devices Personal Home Car © Yamaha © Terratec © ROKU © vTech © Garmin © Pioneer © PURE
  • 10. 10 HBB Radio Delivery Options (current Canadian context) Market Penetration: GOOD POOR NO
  • 11. 11 Mobile Trends
  • 12. 12 Mobile Trends - Software platforms (Apple, RIM, Nokia, ...) - Application driven - 50.000 iPhone applications in one year Dozens of 3G Internet radio applications Many FREE applications - Independent developer and user innovation Internet-like - Trend towards open source (Android, Symbian,...) - Verticalisation of platforms less than 10 major mobile software platforms - Mobile Application Stores (MAS) Developers: upload / sell / upgrade Users: download / buy / remove / upgrade Where are the new broadcast Apps ?
  • 13. 13 Internet Radio Apps for iPhone © Apple, iTunes Store
  • 14. 14 3G – Speed and Reliability © PC World, A day in the life of 3G, June 28, 2009
  • 15. 15 3G Radio : End-User Costs ? AAC + SBR + PS = 48 kbps = 6 kB/s = 21.6 MB / hour 30 hours per month = 650 MB In Canada, 500 MB/month = 25$ - 30$
  • 16. 16 HBB FM RDS 3G Apps - Synchronized vs non-synchronized ? - Station ID, song title, artist information, ... - Dynamic text, top news (text over RDS) ? - General tagging - iTunes tagging, Zune tagging - Application triggers - Notifications (emergencies, mass phoning!) - Links to online content - Slideshow - Electronic program guide - Traffic : TMC - Emulate Microsoft's DirectBand (12kbps, not RDS) - ....
  • 17. 17 NAB : FM in mobile phones for EAS VS
  • 18. 18 iTunes Tagging Explained - On HD Radio AND FM RDS - Only HD docking for iPods / iPhones - Only iPod Nano 5th gen. - User clicks on special ”tagging” button - HD: iPod syncs with dock when connected - iPod / iPhone syncs tags with PC iTunes software - New tag section on iTunes - Click to buy... Microsoft: Zune Tagging on FM / HD Radio Works with Zune Marketplace © Microsoft
  • 19. 19 iTunes Tagging HD Radio © iBiquity
  • 20. 20 iTunes ”Tagged” © iBiquity
  • 21. 21 Other Tagging Opportunities - Music sales through various online stores - Other revenue sharing models - Open to non-iTunes content (emergent, long-tail,...) - Tagging of talk radio - Advertizing tagging - ....
  • 22. 22 iPod Nano 5th Generation Good - FM Receiver with RDS - FM Radio is ”cool” - Younger generations exposed to FM - Infrastructure in place (RDS?) - New revenues : iTunes Tagging Bad - No general tagging: only iTunes - Apple controls to ecosystem - ”iTuneization” / ”Mainstreamization” of music - Canadians will now see poor RDS offerings...
  • 23. 23 RDS in Ottawa, Sept. 2009 (as surveyed with iPod Nano) RICH=6 BASIC=9 POOR=7 NOT RECEIVED=6
  • 24. 24 FM RDS on Mobile Devices A Trend ? Past: crippled devices (FM not activated) Now: iPod Nano Zune HD ? Wikipedia lists over 50 devices ? Tomorrow: Programmable devices ? iPhone (FM + RDS + 3G + Wifi) ? Others: Nokia, HTC, ... ?
  • 25. 25 FM on iPod and iPhone ?
  • 26. 26 Broadcom FM © Broadcom
  • 27. 27 WANTED: Open FM RDS Smart Phone HTC Tattoo Android FM API ? – no mention in android code RDS ? HTC Touch Diamond 2 Windows mobile FM + RDS Open API ? Unofficial API - YES © HTC © HTC
  • 28. 28 App Example: Power Radio FM Player for WM © HTC
  • 29. 29 Radio Directories - Central listings of radio stations - Detailed stations info + more... - CE devices and others - Managed vs unmanaged - Free vs licensed Internet radio unmanaged, free Internet radio + DAB + FM + ... Managed, licensed FM Radio Unique internet link
  • 30. 30 RadioDNS - Central lookup for registered radio stations - Internet query based on RDS data - nslookup -type=CNAME 09880.c201.ce1.fm.radiodns.org - Internet replies with services available, ... STATUS - Defining international governance - Defining 3 applications: EPG, Tagging, VIS
  • 31. 31 BBC RadioDNS Open Source Demonstration
  • 32. 32 Pure Sensia Internet radio Wifi DAB (Band III only) FM + RDS Touch Apps RadioDNS, .... © Pure
  • 33. 33 Conclusions - HBB Radio = new opportunity ? - Hybrid = Out-of-band = more capacity - Enhanced via Internet = non-regulated - Democratisation of broadcast innovation ? - ”Open” devices will be needed Will FM+RDS be integrated into mobile devices ? Will FM+RDS be usable via open API ? - Participate in alignment / standardisation efforts ? RadioDNS, IMDA, ... - Need to enhance / harmonize RDS infrastructure ? Hybrid FM + RDS + 3G: the new digital radio ?

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