So Norway has taken the world’s lead in radio broadcasting: To be the first country to switch off FM radio. With big fan fare they started the process in the northern county of Nordland earlier in the month.

I’m not surprised. I’ve known since 2008 they were going to do it, when I had first-hand experience of the shape of Norwegian broadcasting to come.

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Part 2 of a 2-part blog on IBC 2017 

Voldemort
The biggest stand in the Future Zone was home to 4K's Voldemort, namely 8K. NHK had a huge screen (composed of 4 discrete screens) showing 8K coverage of the Olympics. And mightily impressive it was too. I’m not a betting man but I would put a tenner on 8k overtaking 4k before the latter can get mass market penetration.

The Future Zone tied me neatly into what I was really over in IBC for, namely those exhibitors is Hall 8: The audio hall. Sennheiser were demoing their new product, the Ambeo, a four-capsule surround sound microphone. It records to four channels and then by use of associated software, the audio field can be manipulated accordingly. Having written a review on their surround-sound Esfera product a couple of years ago, I hope to get a review model for evaluation at a later date.

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Every year at IBC there is always a buzz about “this year’s big thing”. In 2013/14 it was 3D TV (remember that?) last year it was 4k TV and drones. I recall that Sony had a massive presence with the former and the whir of the latter was everywhere.

Well this year said drones were firmly on the display stands, I saw none in action. I suspect not just for H&S reasons but in all honesty, since I saw my first one fly at the show in 2010, the novelty has kind of worn off. Perhaps it was also because the payload some of the “flying spiders” were carrying was of more interest; you see it was part of this year’s “big thing”: Namely AR and VR (Augmented and Virtual Reality).

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For the holiday season I offer this blog as a bit of light-hearted fun with some industry history mixed in.

This year saw the Betson family on a Baltic cruise that included a stop–off in Stockholm. Having first visited the city 34 years ago I had a dream to see the Wasa. This is the 16th Swedish warship that sank in Stockholm harbour, was raised in the 1960s and put on display. It’s like our own “Mary Rose” except a lot more intact. When I saw it in the 1980s it was covered in plastic sheet and being sprayed with preserving chemical, but now with the preservation complete, I wanted to see the finished article.

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So 2014 closes and, as 2015 starts, AV Resilience commences its fourth year of trading. 2014 was 12 months that saw AVR get on a firm footing, seeing regular, and quality, business going through the books.

The year also saw an upturn in enquires, which is always a good indication of the way business in the industry is going. Obviously, for various reasons, not all these convert into sales straight-away but are pleased to report that there are very likely to be positive outcomes in at least the first quarter of 2015.

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Soho Radio is an online radio station located in the centre of London’s Soho quarter.

 20140819 SohoRadio

An AVR client alerted me to this radio gem, mainly because I was enquiring on the whereabouts of a piece his studio equipment and it turned out he had lent it to them.

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There is a lot to talk about in this blog: from a new AV Resilience product to a recent studio installation. But by way of getting into this narrative I was struck by a huge billboard advert I saw in the street recently from Coca Cola. In fact, as I write this, I am staying in a hotel on business and I can see it from my window. As you can tell, I am not staying in a hotel in the rolling green fields of England but instead have a view of Salford, with the Manchester United ground in the distance and the aforementioned advert nearby.

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I have been meaning to get around to posting a blog on my thoughts on speech-based radio for a while now, but I am actually glad that my dallying has meant that this blog couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time. Earlier this month UK radio listeners were able to select all-talk station LBC as a new listening choice, as Global Radio, owners of the UK’s first legally licenced commercial radio station, rolled the service out from its London broadcast area to cover the whole of the UK. And just today Fubar Radio, a subscription based station dedicated to "uncensored comedy and talk", commenced broadcasting on the ‘net.

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Well IBC 2013 has been over for nearly two weeks now and I am still coping with the deluge of emails in my inbox from all the companies and individuals I made contact with whilst there. The general consensus was that it was not as busy as previous years and I noticed some companies that were absent too. As a cynical salesman at one of my suppliers wryly said “I’m sure they will make the figures look like there was a 10% increase on last year”.

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I saw with interest a package on BBC Breakfast today about the re-emergence of the compact cassette as a music source. According to the people interviewed, this hoary (hissy?) old format offers a conduit of easy music distribution to cash strapped musicians.

Personally, love or loath MP3, I would have thought that nowadays, for aspiring musicians, file downloading was an even simpler, cheaper and, amongst their target audience, more widely accepted way to sell their music, but then maybe I am missing something.

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AV Resilience is proud of its background in broadcast engineering.

We are not entirely sure of the precise number of radio and TV studios we have built over the years, certainly more than we can tot-up on our fingers and toes.

However we don’t just provide technical solutions to broadcasters. Rapid convergence of just about every piece of technology, whether aimed at the professional or consumer, running audio or video, means skills are transferrable to other markets and disciplines.

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So what was hailed by IOC President Jacques Rogge as a Games that was “happy and glorious”, the London 2012 Olympics closed last night with a spectacular display of British music and quirkiness. UK music greats from Taio Cruz, Jessie J, to Brian May and Madness entertained the crowd along with dancers, acrobats, fireworks and stunning lighting effects. 

Live in the stadium it may have sounded superb but on the TV? Oh dear. All I could ask, along with many on Twitter, was “What happened to the sound?”

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