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DAB Switchover Delayed

 
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Rachel
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 7:53 am    Post subject: DAB Switchover Delayed Reply with quote

Not bad for my first day back in the big swivel chair.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1334250/Digital-switchover-radio-delayed-2017-Ministers-privately-accepted.html
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"It is very difficult to convince peoplewhat the benefit is.’ Radio analyst Grant Goddard believes the switch will never happen because the BBC and commercial broadcasters will ultimately not be prepared to force a large chunk of the audience to lose their radio services.

‘Any adoption of technology like this has to convince the consumer,’ he added. He said he thought it would drag on for a long time and there was virtually no belief in the date of 2015 at all."


That's it. At the moment there is no benefit. However, they're still banging on about starting the clock at 50% listenership and 99% theoretical coverage. Since it's very hard to find an FM only radio for sale (except when it's installed in your car) people are being pushed towards DAB by default, assuming they can pick up the signal.

Theoretically I should be able to receive at least thirty digital stations. Not on a portable or without an aerial on the roof I can't. Not one.
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Clive55



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would be rediculous to cut off FM before ALL of the UK has good, high quality DAB coverage & till most people have DAB radios.
I think FM should not be cut off.
All my radios are DAB apart from one FM/AM tranny I take into the bathroom.
I like DAB because it is easy to find stations & also stations which are not on FM, like JazzFM.
A pity, though, not a wider variety of music is featured on DAB.
No real Easy Listening station as in the old R2 or MelodyFM, & no station playing country/roots/folk/blues
Instead a dozen stations playing top 40 pop & dance tunes
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surely a fair percentage of regular radio listeners are car/ van/ truck drivers? I have yet to see a car radio with DAB until they are regularly fitted into vehilces by manufacturers it will be a quiet trip to work for most
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Helen May



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Read that this morning and wanted to put the flags out! Very Happy

I also read last week that the Queen was concerned because DAB doesn't work at Windsor Castle. The head guy from Roberts Radio went to check it out (think he was called Goddard) and said walls were too thick and some kind of repeater would be needed. One wouldn't want to miss the Archers!

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Gnasty Gnome



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
said walls were too thick and some kind of repeater would be needed.


One has the same problem in a stone-built Welsh cottage, trust me!

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