Discussion in 'HD (Terrestrial) Radio' started by Andrew8468, Apr 19, 2015.
Norway Will Be the First Country to Turn Off FM Radio in 2017
So the 43 citizens of Norway quit listening to FM completely? That'll mean a 25% national unemployment rate.
Apparently they were testing HD Radio back in September - to "compliment" the other digital services. More from the Guardian on the "Turn off".
... meanwhile in the UK -
Digital radio switch-over may not happen until after 2020
Meanwhile in Århus ........ Denmark Postpones Decision FM Cessation. Instead of ceasing FM transmissions in 2019, as originally planned, the government will now make a decision after 50 percent of radio listening is from digital sources. Currently, digital radio listening in Denmark is at 26 percent of the total.
From last month - but interesting -
Will Digital Radio Eventually Kill Off FM Broadcasts?
Germany to expand DAB+ coverage with new broadcasting locations by 2016. From 61 to 110 by December, 2016.
It's a matter of time. If they forced TV to digital, FM will be around the corner.
There's more money in TV, and (I'm assuming) more bandwidth they could capture, but they will get to FM at some point not too far away.
Slightly off topic - daughter three is heading back to Oz - and was only to be armed with her smartphone - this I could not allow .."don't assume you will have wifi" - so I dug out the old warhorse - same as this unit - good sound, great reception, long battery life and good size. Of course, twenty years back it would have been the short-wave one - but not today (AM and FM still live and breath in Oz). It's a pity I broke the belt clip.
You've got to love the old standbys.
... and her exact posting on Facebook yesterday - "The Sony Walkman Radio is a geeeeeem! Thanks for letting me borrow it", she was stuck in transit in Manila.
Meanwhile... in Prague......
Czech Radiokomunikace to Test 20 KW DAB+ Multiplex in Prague
"It’s anticipated that DAB+ technology will lead to a reduction in operational costs for broadcasters there, along with a more efficient use of radio spectrum. The DAB+ multiplex technology allows for more ‘stations’ to be broadcast."
Meanwhile in Hanover.....
Automotive IT Magazine Delves Into the Future of Radio Broadcasters press for in-car digital reception
"Radio industry officials don’t believe the various standards need to compete with each other. Jacqueline Bierhorst, who heads a 3 million-euro drive to promote digital radio in the Netherlands, said the standard is a means to “future proof” reception. “You can choose what suits you,” she said. And Digital Radio UK’s Harrison added: “We believe vehicle manufacturers should be building in FM, DAB and DAB+ as standard.” Many of the industry executives present in Brussels also said internet radio should be part of the package."
Dutch Government Postpones Decision on When to "Sunset" FM
Dutch minister of economic affairs has announced that the nine national commercial radio stations will have to reapply for their licenses in 2017
EBU joins Swedish Radio in condemning government U-turn on DAB+
News that the Swedish government is to postpone the development of a digital terrestrial network has been widely criticised as 'short-sighted and retrograde' by public service broadcasters across Europe.
France’s 1981 Group Is Committed to Digital Radio
Group believes in the vital importance of digital radio for maintaining the economic model of broadcasting
Digital; the new ball-bearings.
Seventy per cent of new cars in the UK now have DAB.
and as usual, the comments sections balances the article.
... so I throw my old postcode on this search site for DigRad in Oz - nothing - so I go to the next major town - nothing and then the next nothing... and here probably lies the advantage of HD - easier implementation for existing stations, and no loss of the old market. Right now if you live out of a capital city - tough!
.... uncertainty still in the lands of dykes.
Director of Netherlands’ Broadcast Partners on DAB+: “It’s Still Too Early”
While the DAB platform has had success,” van der Hoeven warned, “I do not dare say that DAB+ is the successor to FM. It’s still too early.” He’s also not convinced mobile platforms threaten DAB. “As long as data capacity is scarce I don’t expect radio via mobile internet will be a success.”