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Which 45 masts transmit the 15 new national DAB radio stations? 1
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How do the two new national DAB radio bids compare?5
More digital radio stations. Ofcom - finally - proposes DAB+6

Monday, 6 May 2013

12:36 PM

It's nothing to do with greed, it's simply that the MP2 DAB system is uneconomic for stereo transmission, as the bitrates required are too high and unaffordable.

Absolute & Planet Rock have tried reducing to 112k and they are still losing money. Nobody is getting bonuses from these companies. I understand that these stations are also in mono on satellite TV, so it isn't just DAB.

A switch to DAB+ would enable these stations to use an affordable 64k and broadcast in stereo.

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Mark's 181 posts GB

5:41 PM

I am conjecturing here. I occasionally listen to a live concert in stereo through headphones, but most of the time, for the reasons stated above, I settle for mono, including AM... I could well imagine that DAB broadcasters' surveys will have resulted in similar conclusions, which help with their balance sheet problems.There are not enough DAB radios for FM shut-down to proceed - and too many to switch to DAB+ now. Asking listeners already dubious of DAB to toss their not-so-cheap DAB radios into landfill and buy yet another clutch would risk the final demise of DAB. Most still seem content with FM, but would be impressed with high bitrates in stereo and fewer sound-alike stations. It would technically be possible, desirable even, to retain FM and spread the choice of stations over both FM and DAB. But "they" of course wish to switch off FM (except for Community radio etc) for budetary reasons. Knotty...

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michael's 851 posts GB
Saturday, 25 May 2013
peter halstead
8:08 PM

Please tell me if your excellent statio will be able to broadcast again.

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peter halstead's 1 post GB
Thursday, 30 May 2013
Steve P

6:06 PM

PH I think you are asking about something unrelated to this website.

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Steve P's 1,171 posts GB
Steve P

6:21 PM

Seen on a discussion board:-

Yesterday at 7:26pm, FleetingEileenM wrote:
Felpersham, wasn't it? He said he had a flat round the corner. Was that Tom who saved him?

I was wondering who it was who 'saved' Paul. If it was Tom I didn't recognise his voice. Or was it just the same actor?

I find it difficult to distinguish voices when listening on DAB. FM is much clearer.

Read more: Mustardland - Quiet here? No muggings?

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Steve P's 1,171 posts GB
Saturday, 29 June 2013
James gregory
12:05 AM

Hi will Clacton on sea get local stations on dab

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James gregory's 8 posts GB

8:01 AM

James gregory: Yes. According to http://stakeholders.ofcom….pdf Clacton will be added to the Essex multiplex. At some point.

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Briantist's 38,846 posts GB
Les Nicpol

11:07 AM

Briantist: BT Sport - SKY Platform
. Anyone know if an FSFS card for those qualifying with a BT Broadband full package will be able to access these transmissions??

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Les Nicpol's 991 posts GB

11:30 AM

Les Nicpol: "
Already have BT Broadband?
BT Sport is free! This is how you get it
BT customers with the Sky Digital Satellite Platform
Just add BT Sport to the Sky Digital Satellite Platform for FREE.
This will start a new 12-month contract of your current BT Broadband package.
You will need your BT account number to place the order. Find this on your latest bill or by logging in to My BT.
You?EUR(TM)ll also need your Sky viewing card number. Please don't remove the card from your box while ordering as this will stop us being able to activate BT Sport.

Once BT Sport channels launch on 1st August, you'll automatically have access to both the app and online player. Simply download the app from your app store or visit to watch online."

Free BT Sport with BT Broadband - 3 ways to watch -

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Briantist's 38,846 posts GB

11:31 AM

It says "viewing card" not "contract"...

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