Discussion in 'HD (Terrestrial) Radio' started by ai4i, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. ai4i

    ai4i Member

    Supposed to be an HD forum, so what interesting subchannels do you hear?
    In Fort Lauderdale (Broward County) FL, we hear all the Miami stations plus a couple of the stronger West Palm Beach ones, so here goes in order of dial frequency:

    Classical 24
    Alternate NPR
    New Rock
    Smooth Jazz
    Christian Talk
    Sportstalk Simulcast
    All Eighties Pop
    Deep and Classic Hip Hop
    Hard Country
    NOAA Weather
    Dance Music
    Classic Oldies
    Sportstalk Simulcast
    Musica en Español
    The Sound of The Strip
    Sportstalk Simulcast
    Classic R & B
    News/talk Simulcast
  2. hyson

    hyson Forum Jerk

    I always dig the stations in W Palm when I'm down there in my non-Sirius equipped rental cars.
  3. Jon

    Jon Well-Known Member

    We used to have a lot of really good sub channels in Denver, now we have 3. :wtf:
  4. IndustrialH

    IndustrialH "So much music .... so little time..."

    Australia is a nation driven by rock music and cricket. But what happens when those two things collide?

    This month, rock station Triple M carried live commentary of the first Test Match between Australia and Pakistan at the Gabba in Brisbane — a match which Australia won by 39 runs.

    Mixing sports and music is a dangerous thing for a radio station to do; sports commentary - which by its nature is all-talk — is a very different listen to music, after all. The differences are particularly large when matches occur during the workday, as this one did. Cricket matches are many hours long, too, exacerbating the problem. But Triple M ensured that fans of both were given a service - by splitting their digital signal from FM.

    Listeners to Triple M on FM were given the cricket commentary. Listeners on DAB+ and online were, instead, given the non-stop rock that Triple M is famous for. Each cross-promoted the other.

    In Australia, this is a well-used technique. The ABC, the public service broadcaster, also carries sports output on AM while offering a different news program on DAB+ and online.

    The opportunities available by digital broadcasting has meant similar “split broadcasts” in other parts of the world.

    In the UK, Absolute Radio took commentary on some of their frequencies, while using digital to carry music programming. In London, the local station BBC Radio London will often cover two different soccer matches: one on FM and one on digital.

    Nationally in the UK, the BBC broadcasts an "extra" station on digital, BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, which is a part-time service carrying additional commentaries and programs. Unlike the other examples here, BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra is an additional station produced by removing bitrate from other radio stations on the same digital DAB multiplex, slightly reducing their quality, and using the saved bandwidth to produce a new service.

    In Germany, soccer DAB+ station 90elf also split their DAB+ bitrate on Saturday afternoons to add a number of additional Bundesliga match commentaries for audiences to tune into.

    In some cases, these split services are caused by rights issues - unavailability of sports rights for online, for example. But increasingly, many stations are using it as an opportunity to promote digital radio, as well as acknowledging that audiences with a digital set are still, in most cases, able to switch back to analog.

    It’s not just news, either - in the UK, news station BBC Radio 4 also broadcasts an additional side-channel at certain times of the day, with religious programming. And Cornish station Pirate FM broadcast, for a while, local community programs during the evening on DAB while continuing to broadcast music programming on FM.

    Digital broadcasting’s flexibility can sometimes be confusing: particularly when asking listeners to tune into part-time stations that often only exist on the multiplex while broadcasting. But the flexibility can offer additional programming for the listener and additional opportunities for the broadcaster.

    Radio Magazine 21st December 2016

  5. IndustrialH

    IndustrialH "So much music .... so little time..."

    More Disney sub-channels..


    Entercom is adding Radio Disney on HD2 signals in nine of its U.S. markets. The addition of the stations brings the number of multicast channels broadcasting Radio Disney content to 32 in 29 radio markets. The network has depended on HD side channels to distribute its content after earlier selling off all but one of its owned stations.

    The stations and markets that have now committed to air Radio Disney on HD side channels are: KDND Sacramento CA, KRSK Portland OR, WZPL Indianapolis IN, KZPT Kansas City MO, WMYX Milwaukee WI, WPTE Norfolk VA, WQMG Greensboro NC, WRVR Memphis TN and WLMG New Orleans LA. Radio Disney operates from its single O&O station, KDIS Los Angeles.

    Advertising will come from a unique arrangement that began in 2015. The original developers of HD Radio, iBiquity, forged an agreement with Radio Disney to broadcast content on HD2/HD3 stations nationwide as part of its digital ad network. (As Inside Radio has reported, iBiquity was purchased by DTS and its owner Tessera Holding Corp., which in February changed its name to Xperi Corp.)

    The Entercom agreement parallels those forged with other radio groups, including Beasley and CBS Radio. Rick Greenhut, director of broadcast business development for Xperi Corp., explained in a Radio World story, “We sell the aggregated audience of all the Radio Disney stations nationally like a traditional radio network would. The multicast channels clear the spots that are sent with the programming. The revenue share agreement pays the majority of the revenues earned to the stations.” HD Radio only sells airtime that appears in the Radio Disney programming.

    Greenhut added that it is the vendor’s goal to continually expand Radio Disney to more major-market HD2 and HD3 channels: “We see this as being highly desirable programming with a real potential for local as well as national sales.” Stations carrying the Radio Disney networks also have two minutes per hour available for local sale.

    Greenhut says that adding Radio Disney to a station’s primary signal creates “new commercial avail opportunities for local sale, [while] bringing in a share of the overall Radio Disney national sales pot. It can represent found money to stations who may not be in the position to create compelling content to help monetize their multicast channels.”
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  6. kryptonite

    kryptonite Well-Known Member

    This is an older thread, but should I be surprised that FM stations haven't taken Howard's approach and re-aired their popular morning zoo-style shows on subchannels?

    It seems like that's a missed opportunity.
  7. HecticArt

    HecticArt Administrator

    It's always morning somewhere.
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  8. IndustrialH

    IndustrialH "So much music .... so little time..."

    I don't think any of the sub-channels in Vancouver BC have any food value - just AM feeds - news/sports/traffic - it's a waste of digital quality sound, and offering no alternatives whatsoever.

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