Redmond, WA (April 13, 2004)–Microsoft Corp. has announced its membership of the World DAB Forum, an international group of 80 organizations focused on developing Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) technology.
Microsoft will work with World DAB Forum members to accelerate the deployment of devices and services based on the DAB standard. Radio broadcasting using DAB offers high-quality and distortion-free audio. It also creates opportunities for broadcasters to offer new services by delivering text, data, pictures and video using radio signals.
“We are excited to have Microsoft join the World DAB Forum,” said Annika Nyberg, president of the World DAB Forum. “We expect that our efforts to expand the usage of DAB technology will be helped significantly as a result of Microsoft’s involvement.”
“The World DAB Forum is an established source of worldwide innovation for broadcasting standards,” said Amir Majidimehr, corporate vice president of the Windows Digital Media Division at Microsoft. “We believe DAB will inspire many new and exciting services for consumers in many parts of the world. We are happy to offer our expertise to help develop the technology.”
Using DAB together with Windows Media 9 Series, trials are currently being conducted to deliver 5.1-channel surround sound in London, working with Capital Radio plc, NTL Broadcast, RadioScape Ltd., and PURE Digital and Imagination Technologies Ltd. Microsoft Windows Media Audio 9 Professional (WMA 9 Pro) makes it possible to deliver true surround sound over DAB for the first time.
The World DAB Forum is an international, non-governmental organization whose role is to promote the awareness, adoption and implementation of DAB Digital Radio worldwide. Its members include public and commercial broadcasters, receiver manufacturers and other organizations committed to converting the Eureka 147 DAB system technology into a commercial marketing success.