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RadioDNS Update to Improve Radio via IP

Goal of a Hybrid Radio experience to be extended to streaming radio

The RadioDNS project is circulating a proposal to update its specifications to better managed radio delivered via IP streaming.

The proposed amendments would support RadioDNS application discovery from an IP stream and would allow the RadioEPG application to follow services between broadcast and IP streams.

“The primary aim of this change is to give listeners the same experience regardless of whether they’re listening to a station via broadcast radio or streaming it over the Internet,” stated RadioDNS Project Chair Nick Piggott. “This means that broadcasters’ enhanced applications will now be available to all their audience, not just those who listen via broadcast radio.”

If adopted, the existing RadioVIS, RadioEPG and RadioTAG application specifications would be updated to support this new functionality.

The proposed update to the RadioEPG specification would allow a device to switch seamlessly between distribution technologies, depending upon the availability of different signals. If a good broadcast signal were available, the program could be delivered over the air via FM, HD Radio or DAB, but if the over-the-air signal weakened fall back to an IP stream could be used, and vice versa.

The proposals are expected to be ready for adoption by the end of 2011 or early 2012.

RadioDNS Outlines 2011 Goals (Feb. 2011)