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Old 04-12-2012, 08:46   #16
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Re: The death of analogue radio

Handheld TVs? In-car TVs? Laptops/desktops with TV tuners? Mobile phones with TV tuners?

Meh, I don't have any TVs or (working) radios, but I suppose I get your point, radios are cheaper so people tend to have more... But then again ten years ago AM, MW, LW and FM radios were common whereas pretty much anything other than FM these days requires a dedicated device...
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Old 04-12-2012, 09:15   #17
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Re: The death of analogue radio

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Handheld TVs? In-car TVs? Laptops/desktops with TV tuners? Mobile phones with TV tuners?

Meh, I don't have any TVs or (working) radios, (snippage).
... All of which sets you apart as not typical of the average TV or Radio user in the UK. Remember, the most popular station is BBC Radio 2

DAB radios are always going to have a constituency. The question is how long it takes for that constituency to be large enough for anyone to be prepared to take the risk and announce a switch-off date for FM. My point is, the upgrade/adaptation path for radio is so steep and rocky, because the benefits of DAB over FM are so slight and the practical disadvantages are so great, that that date is a very, very long way off.
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Re: The death of analogue radio

Hrmph. I thought Radio 4 was the critical one when it came to blowing up the world.
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Re: The death of analogue radio

Should be interesting to see if the DRM+ trial the BBC ran last year comes to anything. A cheaper alternative to DAB for smaller, local broadcasters to get on-air but yet more dangly bits to be buying or plugging into existing things if you actually want to listen to it.
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Re: The death of analogue radio

DAB in principle is a good idea. We were sold it as being far superior quality to FM which it has the potential to be.

However many operators have tried to cram as many stations as possible into a given bandwidth and therefore reducing the bit rate to do so.

You only have to tune into BBC Radio Solent on DAB to realise how bad a radio station can sound. This sticks in mind after a holiday on the IOW.

Planet Rock is another one pushing a bit rate of 128Kb/s and sounds awful.

I'd rather listen to "Stairway to Heaven" on AM or SSB for those who remember what that is.
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Hrmph. I thought Radio 4 was the critical one when it came to blowing up the world.
It's the long wave transmission: 198 KHz It sets the time standards on many equipment but if it goes missing get to that shelter pronto.
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Re: The death of analogue radio

Someone needs to bring back order to the total chaos that is DAB in this country. We have Global pulling the plug on all it's regional MXR multiplexes next year due to "reducing demand". OFCOM have taken the decision not to re-advertise these muxes & create more local ones. On the other hand we have NOW digital, who won the licence for Herts, Beds & Bucks in 2007 & still haven't launched, wanting to annexe Northants in order to "make it viable service". What a joke. Even when DAB mux do launch what do we get? Duplicated services, usually at a poorer quality.
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I'd be very interested to see which broadcaster wants to commit suicide by terminating their FM/AM broadcasts.
A few months ago the FCC here in the states made it OK for a station to go 100% DIGITAL (No analogue) -- Thankfully no one has done it!!!!

The band is already ruined with this IBOC crap,especially at night...... Do you have have IBOC on the AM band there?

DIGITAL SHOULD NOT EVER HAVE BEEN AUTHORISED OR AN ALREADY ESTABLISHED ANALOGUE BAND!! (Its bad enough on the FM side)
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Re: The death of analogue radio



those were the days 'sigh'

Still broadcasting, but I can only get it via Internet Radio

info here https://media.info/radio/stations/radio-caroline/listen
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