Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) made its presence felt in Amsterdam at IBC2005 with demonstrations that included the latest application of the technology in support of digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB).
On air in the RAI Center in Amsterdam, a pilot DMB network delivered content from local commercial and public broadcasters. The Dutch Ministry of Communications Affairs assembled the network, which was used by the University of Twente for research.
The European Telecommunications Standard Institute (ETSI) recently approved the DMB application.
RadioScape delivered transmission service for the DMB application, and Plisch provided the transmission network infrastructure with DMB encoders. Samsung, LG and Perstel supplied receivers for the demonstration.
IBC2005 also provided a venue for demonstration of another DAB-based delivery technique based on Enhanced Packet Mode and IP (both WorldDAB approved standards), and Digital Rights Management technologies from Microsoft.
BT Livetime demonstrated TV to mobile devices. Currently participating in a pilot deployment to 1000 DAB enabled Smartphone users in the United Kingdom, BT Livetime delivers TV channels that included news, sports and entertainment. The company’s service also enables interactive services, and a DAB Electronic Program Guide (EPG).