About David Layer

David Layer is Vice President, Advanced Engineering at the National Association of Broadcasters

Personalization with DTS AutoStage

By |January 25, 2023|Blog|

The annual CES (formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show) offers an amazing array of new technologies and 2023 was no exception. The new West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center is where automotive [...]

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DTS AutoStage Comes to Hyundai

By |December 6, 2022|Blog|

Xperi’s AutoStage is a hybrid (over-the-air plus internet connectivity) radio platform that brings tremendous value to both broadcasters and listeners. The first automaker to sell vehicles with an AutoStage-based infotainment system was Mercedes, introducing this technology with their S-class vehicles in late 2020.

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CarPlay and Android Auto – Projecting Content to the Dashboard

By |July 1, 2022|Blog|

Even though the number of true hybrid radios is currently small, consumers are enjoying hybrid radio-like services now using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technologies, which are included in virtually every vehicle. These are so-called “projection” technologies which project the content from a smartphone onto the auto infotainment screen.

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The Truth about ZoneCasting Technology

By |June 10, 2022|Blog|

On June 6, NAB filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on a technology called “ZoneCasting,” which is designed to create zones for geo-targeting content to listeners using FM boosters. Since FCC rules currently prohibit content origination by boosters, deployment of ZoneCasting would require a rule change, hence the FCC’s interest in this matter.

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2022 Amateur Radio Operators Reception at NAB Show

By |April 8, 2022|Blog|

The HAM reception, sponsored this year by Turner Engineering, is where hundreds of broadcasting’s best and brightest, from company CEO’s to shop technicians, spend a relaxed evening talking shop, swapping tales and enjoying the fellowship of the amateur radio community.

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Will the History of RDS Repeat Itself for Digital Radio?

By |August 17, 2021|Blog|

Back in 1995, the hot radio technology was the Radio Data System (RDS), a digital subcarrier that can be carried by analog FM signals to provide a low-rate (but super-useful and robust) data broadcasting capability. Eager for its members to sell new radios that support RDS, the Electronic Industries Association (EIA, precursor to the Consumer Technology Association, CTA) launched a program to provide 500 radio stations across the U.S. with RDS encoders to seed the market and break the “chicken or the egg” dilemma that plagues so many new technologies. In return, EIA asked for $5,000 in advertising time per station to explain the capabilities of the new technology.

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Metadata for Radio

By |June 29, 2021|Blog|

Metadata is defined as “a set of data that describes and gives information about other data.” When applied to radio broadcasting, the term metadata is referring to data which describes or augments an audio program. Song title and artist, an album art image, a station logo, an advertiser’s web address or a textual news story description are all examples of metadata. It has never been more important for radio broadcasters to include metadata in their broadcasts and audio streams.

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