HBB FM Internet Radio

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

Presented first at the Digital Radio Coordinating Group, Canada

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HBB FM Internet Radio

  1. 1. Hybrid FM – Internet Radio François Lefebvre Communications Research Centre, Canada DRCG Ottawa, October 7, 2009
  2. 2. © Apple
  3. 3. Hybrid Broadband Broadcast ? The Internet ”Coming to all devices near you” © Allen Qu, Flickr © Pure
  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 © Yamaha © vTech © Terratec Car © Garmin © ROKU © Pioneer
  10. 10. HBB Radio Delivery Options (current Canadian context)
  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. th iPod Nano 5 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...
  15. 15. RDS in Ottawa, Sept. 2009 (as surveyed with iPod Nano) RICH=6 BASIC=9 POOR=7 NOT RECEIVED=6
  16. 16. 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 Makretplace © Microsoft
  17. 17. iTunes Tagging HD Radio © iBiquity
  18. 18. iTunes ”Tagged” © iBiquity
  19. 19. 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 - ....
  20. 20. 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) - ....
  21. 21. 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, ... ?
  22. 22. WANTED: Open FM RDS Smart Phone HTC Tattoo HTC Touch Diamond 2 Android Windows mobile FM API ? FM + RDS – no mention Open API ? in android code Unofficial API - YES RDS ? © HTC © HTC
  23. 23. App Example: Power Radio FM Plyer for WM © HTC
  24. 24. Radio Directories - Central listings of radio stations - Detailed stations info + more... - CE devices and others - Managed vs unmanaged - Free vs licensed FM Radio Unique internet link Internet radio unmanaged, free Internet radio + DAB + FM + ... Managed, licensed
  25. 25. 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
  26. 26. BBC RadioDNS Open Source Demonstration
  27. 27. Pure Sensia Internet radio Wifi DAB (Band III only) FM + RDS Touch Apps RadioDNS, .... © Pure
  28. 28. 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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