20 February 2019
DBC will move to its new offices in Wan Chai starting next week. Photo: HKEJ
DBC will move to its new offices in Wan Chai starting next week. Photo: HKEJ

DBC to launch new radio devices in October

Digital Broadcast​ing Corp. Hong Kong Ltd. (DBC)​, the first digital radio broadcaster in the city, ​plans to launch special radio sets for private cars and home use in the middle of October​​.

CarTastic, the device for private cars, will have receivers that can be attached to the car window to pick up signals. Users can choose between aux-in cable and Bluetooth to operate the radio set. The device can only receive DBC channels.

HomAzing, for home use, can pick up both DBC and FM channels. It is ​an upgraded version of a device launched in June.

The company launched its first radio device in June. It was priced at HK$899 (US$116) per unit.​

The two devices will only be available at DBC’s new offices in Wan Chai, although the company is in talks with electronics retailer Fortress on distribution.

Three of the broadcaster’s seven channels will move to its new Wan Chai offices next week. These include the channels focusing on politics and leisure discussions, news, and finance.

The three channels will occupy about 10,000 square feet of the 15,000 sq ft space. The other four channels will take up the rest of the space.

The Communications Authority ​on Jan. 28 approved DBC’s application for changes to its shareholding structure, but imposed a HK$200,000 fine for service disruptions from Oct. 21, 2013 to January 11, which breached its license conditions.

​The regulator canceled its plan to suspend its license after the broadcaster promised to resume full service.

The station was forced to stop broadcasting in October amid a shareholders’ row involving allegations of political interference.​ The dispute was settled after co-founder Albert Cheng King-hon sold his stake to pro-Beijing shareholder Bill Wong Cho-bau.

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CarTastic (left), which is for use in cars, can receive only DBC signal. The home version, HomAzing (right), can pick up DBC and FM channels. Photo: HKEJ

DBC is Hong Kong’s first digital radio broadcaster. It launched its first radio device in June. Photo: HKEJ

Ayishah Ma is a financial reporter on Greater China issues.

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