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September, that is IBC for broadcasters, is coming...

As you follow I have been interviewing on the digital radio standards. With those interviews, I personally learn a lot. I have been working in the broadcast since 1998. It is nearly 20 years and I have to say that it is quite a short time for an engineer in this sector to claim that he has experience. I am just a junior, trying to become a senior. Fairs are one of the most important events for an engineer in his journey to become senior. There are three main broadcasting fair through out the year; NAB, Broadcast Asia & IBC. For Europe, IBC is the event of this sector.  You may ask if it is possible to meet at IBC.  To be honest I really want to.  To be realistic it seems quite hard, to be able to meet I physically should be in Amsterdam, which, till this year, never happened :)  For those who will have the chance I would like to post the following events from Digital Radio Mondiale:

e-interview with Ruxandra Obreja, Chairman of the DRM Consortium

It is my honor to post this e-interview with Ms. Ruxandra Obreja, the Chairman of the DRM Consortium. Just one sentence information about the DRM: DRM is one of the digital radio standards available for choice, and is the only one which can work for all frequency bands. I want to thanks Ms. Obreja for her time and detailed answers. She came to Ankara many times for conference speeches. She is also  Head of Digital Radio Development in the BBC World Service.   In this second interview on digital radio, I used the same questions. I thought that by this, it would be easier to have a decision on both options. Actually, DAB/DAB+ and DRM may live together. Turkey may choose DAB/DAB+ for digitization of FM and DRM for digitization of short & medium wave radios. 1.  There are many examples of digital radio transitions all over the world. Some are great success whereas some are total fail. I think there is not a one-right-path to follow. What do you recommend us, I mean Turkey,

e-Interview with Dr. Peter Siebert, CEO of Digital Video Broadcasting Project (DVB) Office

It is my honor to post an e-interview with the executive director of the DVB Project Office, Dr. Peter Siebert. I personally appreciate for his quick response and clear answers. I hope that his view will help the TV sector in Turkey, in the journey of digitization of terrestrial television.   1. As you may well know Turkey has not yet built a DTT network. On the journey of DTT, the standards changed from DVB-T with MPEG2 to DVB-T2 with MPEG4. Nowadays especially after the Germany's decision of building a DTT network with DVB-T2 HEVC, do you think that Turkey should also think about choosing DVB-T2 with HEVC as the standard for DTT. Answer: The introduction of a new television system is always a major step and involves significant investment. Therefore the implemented technologies should be as much future proof as possible. By now HEVC is a mature technology and a wide range of decoding devices are available. Therefore, I would recommend that Turkey, like Germany, goes

It is my pleasure to announce an e-interview with Dr. Peter Siebert, the CEO of DVB Project Office

It was this February when I first met with Dr. Peter Siebert in Kuala Lumpur at the conferance of Asia Pasific Broadcasting Union (ABU). He is the chief executive officer of the well-known, Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) Project Office.   I am honored to announce that Dr. Siebert accepted my e-interview offer. I have sent him questions and wait for his answers. I asked him 4 questions, 3 of which are about the digital terrestrial television. The last one is about the usage of DVB-T2 Lite profile for the digital radio. The post of the interview may take time, as in July & August many is on vacation.  Keep watching and do not hesitate to contact me with your comments.

digital terrestrial television: why & when in Turkey?

I have been writing on Digital Terrestrial Television, in Turkish , for a while. I have been blogging since 2004 and have posted more then 1200, 80+ are on DTT. It seems that I have to keep posting. This time I will try something different. I will post in English. Hope this post will help the progress of DTT.  FTA Satellite is the market leader First of all I want to discuss about the need of DTT. Because as the DTT progress fails, people had to choose other ways of TV reception, mainly DTH satellite. Nowadays if you ignore the presence of digital cable and IPTV, which of both add up just 10%, people in Turkey are watching the TV signal which they receive over satellite. As I have posted on previously the FTA is another dominant of the TV market in Turkey. PayTV is just 27%, if we take the total number of houses as 20M, which may be more than 20M. People tend to think this FTA offers will last forever. So they believe that there is no need to build a new DTT network, which would

e-Interview with Patrick Hannon, President of WorldDMB

It is my honor to post this e-Interview with Patrick Hannon, the President of WorldDMB.  There are many examples of digital radio transitions all over the world. Some are great success whereas some are total fail. I think there is not a one-right-path to follow. What do you recommend us, I mean Turkey, with all those experiences? Digital radio is established in a growing number of markets.  The earliest markets -  UK, Norway, Denmark and Switzerland - have been followed by successful launches in Australia (2009), Germany (2011), Netherlands (2013) and Italy (2014). Recently, Norway became the first country in the world to announce a firm date of Digital Switchover (2017) and Switzerland plans for DSO in 2020-24.  In all of these countries, DAB / DAB+ is the chosen standard.   Whilst every country is different, there are a number of common factors, which underpin success: A consumer proposition which is superior to FM – e.g. greatly improved sound quality, ad

An alternative: Digital Radio over DVB-T2 Lite

As you may well know in Turkey, there is no digital terrestrial television & digital radio network yet. The DTT network will be build with DVB-T2 standard. This lateness may be a window of opportunity. I have met Kenneth Wenzel in 2013 in Tallinn, Estonia. He has a proposal for digital radio over DVB-T2. There are different profiles for DVB-T2, one of which is DVB-T2 Lite. This low profile is designed for mobile DTT, Wenzel claims that it is also suitable for digital radio.  His presentation is as follows: The only problem with DVB-T2 Lite radio is the receiver side. There are some receivers on the market and I believe many will be if more DVB-T2 Lite radios implemented.  

some figures from Turkish TV market

People are curious about Turkish tv market. They are trying to learn what is going to happen in DTT progress. Before writing about DTT, let me first share three graphs showing the current PayTV market of Turkey. There are appr. 20M houses in Turkey.  First graph shows PayTV versus FTA: As you can see PayTV is just %30, which is not that high. Next graph is satellite / cable share: Cable is %20, satellite is %80. Turkey is a satellite country.  The last graph shows the share of PayTV among companies. Digitürk, DSmart & Filbox are DTH platforms. Turkcell TV & Tivibu are IPTV platforms and Kablo TV is a cable tv solution. As you can see from this graph, satellite is the market leader.

It is my pleasure to announce an e-interview with President of WorldDMB

It was February 2014 when I first met with Mr. Patrick Hannon. Beside his professional carrier as a VP at Frontier Silicon , he is also the President of WorldDMB , the non-profit organization  is the global forum for digital radio, facilitating the adoption and implementation of digital broadcast radio based on DAB, DAB+. We have met in Paris, at the French Radio Days event.  I am honored to announce that Mr. Hannon accepted my e-interview offer. I will send him questions and post his answers. As you may well know, nowadays there is a digital transition in radio market. It is not as fast as television, but it progress. In some countries it is faster than others. Norway announced 2017 for the date of FM Switch Off. UK was the first to start DAB. Germany is an example of unsuccessful DAB and also restart of digital radio with DAB+. To put in a nutshell, there are different trials all over Europe.  Turkey, is an other example. Many do not know but in Turkey we also had Digital Aud