Digital Radio Update - December 16, 2009
French T-DMB reaches impasse, UK promotes all-Christmas channel, Italians green-light DAB+, AT&T may initiate metered mobile data, and the Daily Mail says UK online radio listening is strong.
French broadcast authority CSA had been aiming for a start-up of the new technology this year, via T-DMB multiplexes located in the cities of Paris, Marseille and Nice.
DAB operator Argiva is providing the channel capacity at no charge, and UK charities have been invited on board to promote appeals for support of their holiday assistance programs.
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World DMB Forum, Italy's new digital radio service involves a comprehensive regulatory framework.
Heavy data demand generated by smartphone streaming media apps is bogging down AT&T's network.
The Daily Mail online reports that Internet radio listening in Britain is on a steady increase, with 17.4 million listeners said to be streaming radio content last month.
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Specifically at issue is the carriage of CBS KFRG from Riverside and KCSF from San Diego as HD Multicast channels on CBS FM stations in the LA market.
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