Experience interactive and personalised radio at IBC with HRADIO and MARCONI

Experience interactive and personalised radio at IBC with HRADIO and MARCONI

Are you curious to find out about the interaction tools that MARCONI offers to radio stations? Would you like to learn more about how HRADIO enables broadcast radio to be enriched with digital services? Come experience it for yourself at IBC! From the 13th till the 17th of September, MARCONI and HRADIO will have a joint stand in the Future Zone of IBC, where MARCONI showcases customised software tools to increase and automatise listener interaction, and HRADIO enables hybrid listening experiences, seamlessly combining linear broadcasts with on-demand content. Together, the projects let IBC visitors experience interactive and personalised radio, at home, on the road, or at the festival, in a stand that is uniquely designed for the experience.

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HRADIO at the annual MediaHub Brussels conference

HRADIO at the annual MediaHub Brussels conference

On the 27th of June, the Brussels MediaHub held its annual Conference. As part of the conference theme ‘Innovating Media Economics’, HRADIO coordinator Simon Delaere of imec-SMIT presented the project’s objectives, activities and results during a session on R&D project best practices. The target of the presentation was to promote the benefits of HRADIO’s approach to the Belgian media ecosystem, announce the open availability of our components to broadcasters and developers, and talk about the advantages of European scale innovation activities.

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Interactive radio workshop at ACM TVX

Interactive radio workshop at ACM TVX

On the 5th of June, the first workshop on Interactive Radio Experiences (IRE) took place at ACM TVX, the International Conference on Interactive Experiences for Television and Online Video, at MediaCityUK in Salford, UK. Despite the increasingly interactive nature of radio experiences, the topic has been neglected so far at TVX and other conferences that address interactive media. The workshop, jointly organised by the H2020-projects MARCONI and HRadio, brought together researchers and practitioners working on tools, services and applications that enable interactive radio experiences.

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This was HRADIO and MARCONI at Radiodays Europe

This was HRADIO and MARCONI at Radiodays Europe

From the 31st of March till the 2nd of April, HRADIO was present at Radiodays Europe in Lausanne to showcase different hybrid radio use cases. Radiodays Europe is born as a response to the needs of the European industry, public and private, to come together to discuss the new media challenges, across borders. It has since grown to become the most important annual conference for radio professionals. At the event, MARCONI and the project HRADIO had a joint booth at the exhibition and were also presented during the conference.

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Online demo & technical info of transparent DAB(+) distribution over IP

Online demo & technical info of transparent DAB(+) distribution over IP

Radio is going digital – slowly but steadily. Currently, this happens in two different worlds: one of them being DAB(+) and the other IP streaming. DAB(+) is a sophisticated and efficient broadcast standard with many clearly specified add-on functionalities – but it does not support personalisation of its services.  In contrast, IP-based radio services can offer all kinds of direct interactions. However, using unicast for everything can be costly for providers and consumers. HRADIO has set out to seamlessly combine the best of both worlds, by making radio truly hybrid – on the service as well as the signaling side. More technical information and a demo can be found in this blog post.

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