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Radio Voices Heard at IBC2012

Digital radio progresses in product and practice

IBC2012, which concluded on Tuesday, welcomed, according to the organizers, more than 50,000 attendees.

Industry professionals came to see the latest advances in technology on the exhibition floor and examine and discuss hot topics at conference sessions.

The event, which closed its doors at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, featured an award extravaganza on Sunday to announce the IBC2012 award winners, which honored companion apps and asset management; the latest in home content delivery; an 80-year history of groundbreaking broadcast developments; cutting-edge research and the best in exhibition stand design.

The Science and Technology Research Laboratories of Japanese national broadcaster NHK received the IBC International Honor for Excellence prize. According to IBC, its developments, of more than 80 years, have had an impact all along the content chain from broadcasters right into the home: the plasma display was one of its developments.

And while cinema and video dominated both the exhibition and conference sessions, visitors were also able to delve into the world of radio thanks to a host of companies highlighting — mainly in Hall 8 — their recent innovations for the radio market.

On the digital radio front, WorldDMB Forum held on Monday, Sept. 10 a workshop entitled: “The Digital Radio World Experience: Case Studies on Going Digital.” The event brought together commercial broadcasters and digital radio experts from around Europe to share experiences of going digital. They discussed topics such as cost, regulation, competition and revenue generation through analyzation of different international case studies.

Also during IBC2012, the DRM Consortium hosted events in collaboration with three of its key members — Transradio, Thomson Broadcast and Nautel — on Sept. 8 and 9 to demonstrate efficiency aspects of the DRM technology. Participants were able to see a new system for enhancing shortwave broadcasts, able to learn how to save energy using precorrection in DRM transmitter systems and experience the efficient use of DRM+ and DRM30 with a live transmission.