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jbriggs
19-04-2007, 10:46
Press release from DRM consortium:

The French Government selects DRM as the sole standard for digitizing the AM frequency
Paris –The French Authorities have chosen the DRM standard (Digital Radio Mondiale) to reawaken interest in the AM band (short-wave, medium-wave and long-wave). The Industry Minister, Mr. François Loos, indicated this choice during his speech in Radio France on last March 13th.
The Minister in particular declared that after the success of the TNT, the radio should also enter into the digital era. Digitalization will make it possible to provide better sound quality and improve listening comfort, for example by providing the possibility of pausing a programme. According to François Loos, “from now on the mechanics are in place to provide digital radio to the French within one year.”
The Minister’s message is a strong signal to the industrialists of the sector, the manufacturers of station reception equipment and to the car radio’s manufacturers who from now on are all at the forefront of a new market that will bring technological innovations and new uses to the consumers.
The DRM Consortium is very pleased with the French decision and will continue to facilitate the launch of digital radio in France. It will continue to support all possible synergies between the standards so that future digital receivers, at an affordable price, will offer the widest possible choice to listeners.
Thus France is today one of the countries driving for the success of digital radio in Europe and in the rest of the world.

Version in French and other DRM news releases can be found here: news (http://www.drm.org/newsevents/pressrelease.php)

MikeB
19-04-2007, 12:12
The French are also considering adopting DMB audio.

So presumably a future digital radio only receiver for Europe will need to be able to receive DAB, DAB+, DAB-IP, DMB, DRM and DRM+. My initial reaction would be that this is too complicated a model and you run the risk that manufacturers will launch receivers that are compatible with the digital system in one European country but not others.

jbriggs
20-04-2007, 11:25
Hi Mike, true that it is more difficult to make a multi standard radio, however the approach Radioscape take is very flexible and some of the other standards you mention could be added in due course: see press release here: radioscape in France (http://www.radioscape.com/PressRoom/Press_Releases/article.asp?articleNumber=112)