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  • 30 September 2019 08:31

Streaming radio becoming the norm

Radio is changing; while traditional analogue (AM FM) services remain the mainstay of radio listening. Despite more up to date alternatives, analogue persists due to accessibility. Still attracting substantial audience and revenue. However, these services are limited in terms of capacity for technical change and sound quality.


Since it's launch in 2005 Digital Audio Broadcasting Plus (DAB+) radio was seen as the terrestrial radio successor to legacy analogue services. But in a country, the size of Australia rolling out such a service across a large geographic area to service a sparsely populated landscape is seen as presenting a significant challenge for the industry.

At the same time, Australians are rapidly adopting new platforms and ways of listening to radio content. Listeners can stream music and radio directly over the internet.
 
Most major Australian broadcasters now deliver radio service online via a web browser, thru mobile apps and even over digital TVs channels.

The changes to radio content formats we are witnessing has a knock-on effect on other parts of the radio delivery. These changes present the kind of challenges that one Australia company is ready to meet. 

Australia's IPTV experts Combitel recently shared details about their Omniscreen Radio Streamer at the Integrate 2019. Omniscreen Radio is a fully configurable AM/FM/DAB+ radio streaming appliance designed for use with their IPTV headends, radio broadcast monitoring and auditing. 

Features of the 1 RU Omniscreen Radio Streamer include:

  • Up to 16 DAB/DAB+ radio stations
  • Up to 16 AM radio stations 
  • Up to 16 FM radio stations
  • PCM, MPEG-1 Layer2 and MP3 support
  • Remote management
  • DAB+ graphics + slides

The unit is completely configurable via an easy to use interface. Once set up the unit is ready multicast onto the network to display radio as a TV channel. 

If you would like to find out more about Omniscreen Radio Streamer contact Combitel at www.combitel.com.au. They also have a full range of IPTV and digital signage solutions for hotels, corrections or aged care.

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