Bavaria’s Public Broadcaster selects VDL Head-end

    Thursday 28th April 2011
    Bavaria’s Public Broadcaster selects VDL Head-end
    Bavaria’s Public Broadcaster selects VDL Head-end for expanded DAB network

    Bayerischer Rundfunk (Munich, Germany), Bavaria’s Public Broadcaster, is deploying a new DAB Head-end from VDL (Lyon, France) and its partner AVT (Nuremberg, Germany).

    At the end of March 2010, BR will launch its own DAB transmitter network (Channel 11D), enabling BR to broadcast its ten radio programmes via the digital terrestrial system.  The first two transmitters will serve the Munich and Nuremberg regions.  The new network will gradually be expanded across the whole of Bavaria.  Currently, six of BR’s radio stations are being broadcast via the Channel 12D transmitter network. In the long-term, BR is planning to migrate all of its programmes to the new Channel 11D network and the DAB+ format.

    Frank Lott, Head of BR’s Broadcast Operations Department, said “Due to our new multiplex centre we achieve higher flexibility in creating our ensemble configurations, modifying data rates, as well as testing new services and technologies.“

    The new DAB Ensemble comprises 6 audio services using the traditional Eureka-147 DAB format, plus two test services using the latest high-efficiency DAB+ format.  In addition to audio, the new Bayerischer Rundfunk DAB Ensemble carries a number of data services, including Dynamic Label and Dynamic Label Plus text, traffic information, Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) and Slideshow (e.g. images of album covers).

    The fully-redundant head-end system comprises a total of 16 Audio Encoders, two Ensemble Multiplexers, two PAD-Servers, two ETI Switches, two ETI Splitters and two ETI Monitors.  The complete system was installed and commissioned by AVT.

    The Audio Encoders are managed via the Ensemble Multiplexer and all head-end interconnections are via IP.   Audio Encoder and Multiplexer operation can be monitored remotely and their status is integrated into Bayerischer Rundfunk’s network management system using SNMP.

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