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Sunday, 13 April 2014
Roger M
11:12 PM

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The BBC is reported to have announced that it will conduct a DAB+ trial later this year.

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Monday, 14 April 2014

10:52 PM

"The BBC is reported to have announced that it will conduct a DAB+ trial later this year."
True, but there have also been no-promises DRM and DRM+ trial broadcasts.

In view of the sluggish take-up of DAB options - and shrinking budgets - one might wonder how excited listeners and potential operators will be to invest in DAB+ compliant kit. My most expensive DAB radio died a while back, so I now have to choose between enjoying tinny sound on a cheapo or booming hifi on various ancient FM thingys. No brainer :-)

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michael's 872 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Steve P

12:09 AM

Michael have long asked what problem DAB is supposed to be solving.

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Steve P's 1,173 posts GB flag

7:57 AM

Steve P: And around we go...

FYI (I posted it in the daily links) Ofcom | Broadcast Digital Radio Technical Codes and Guidance

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag

7:58 AM

"in Section 2 we set out our proposals for including provisions within the Technical Codes for the DAB+ encoding system;"

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag

6:44 PM

@ Steve P

DAB is solving the problem of lack of choice for people who don't like the "range of stations" on FM. If you live outside London and scan the FM band there will be several versions of each of the BBC national networks and Classic FM and several versions of Heart. How many other countries are so inefficient in their use of the FM band?

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Mark's 181 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Steve P

9:32 AM

I am glad to see choice for others increased provided it does not deprive me of the choice to listen to radio 4 on my dozen or more FM radios; most integrated into other devices.

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Steve P's 1,173 posts GB flag
Friday, 25 April 2014
Des Collier

8:43 PM

Bought my Pure Evoke 2 10 years ago & it is still going strong! !

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Des Collier's 171 posts GB flag
Sunday, 11 May 2014

11:06 AM

Now the change has happened to Yorkshire MXR i.e. Real Radio changed to Heart Yorkshire, Heart London to Smooth Radio and the removal of Real XS :-( , my Pure ONE does not receive Smooth but the Ford Sony does. Any suggestions?

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Betamax_man's 43 posts GB flag
Saturday, 12 July 2014

1:27 PM

There is not much point expanding DAB when the quality is so poor after almost 15 years.

Radio 4 Extra is still in mono 24 hours a day on DAB as is the BBC World Service and even BBC Radio 4 DAB is in mono most evenings and other times when Sport is on 5 Live Sports Xtra, such that programmes paid for by the licence fee payer, made in stereo, can only be heard in stereo on BBC Radio 4 FM and online and on on Digital TV).

In the case of the World Service (programmes are in stereo from 1am to 5:20am on Radio 4 FM & Radio 4 DAB an Digital TV), but not on the BBC World Service's own separate DAB channel and in mono on BBC World Service online.

Radio 4 Extra can only be heard in stereo online and on Digital TV (except in Scotland in the evenings on Freeview where it is removed in the evening along with all other BBC channels, due to BBC Alba (the Gaelic channel) stealing its bits.

I am very upset at the recent removal, without any warning or notice, of the BBC RADIO I-PLAYER from connected / Smart TVs and HUMAX boxes a few
weeks ago.

I have recently invested well over ?600 over the last two years in a connected TV, Freesat and a Humax connected TV box, not to mention the cost of the cables HDMI, Ethernet and optical sound cables, which are all relatively expensive) to receive not just BBC TV i-player but particularly the BBC Radio i-player through my TV/Freesat Box and cabled into various recording devices, which allowed me to play radio recorded on CDs in the car.

This service, which people are paying for out of their TV licence fee, has been withdrawn, with no notice and with no immediate prospect (or any prospect) of it returning. It is now just a computer / online service only, available ONLY to people who do not pay a licence fee.

Similarly BBC THREE /BBC THREE HD is going the same way next year.

The BBC Radio i-player was in very high quality in stereo on BBC Radio 4
Extra whereas the Radio 4 Extra DAB service is always in mono as is Radio 4
DAB most evenings, such that programmes made in stereo can only be heard on
DAB in mono (e.g. The Archers). In Scotland there is no live radio on
Freeview in the evenings due to BBC ALBA, so the BBC Connected TV Radio
i-player was a must to hear BBC radio in remote locations.

I hear that the BBC are saying the uptake of the radio TV i-player was low,
but how many people have they asked? They certainly haven't asked me !!

There are many ways the BBC can save money before taking such drastic
measures. Not wasting the BBC Radio 4 budget for a year on projects run by
a former Labour MP which never see the light of day would be one. Switching
BBC TV and Radio channels off when they duplicate programmes day and night
would be another. BBC ONE broadcasts BBC NEWS almost every night on all its
platforms (including all the regional variations) when everyone can receive
BBC NEWS in HD or SD on its own channel. BBC Radio 4 broadcasts World
Service in better quality and in stereo on DAB & FM during the night whilst
the DAB version is always in mono at a very low bit rate. Not broadcasting
Wimbledon for hours when its raining would be another saving. I can't
imagine their audience on 5 red button channels and one HD channel is high
for this ?

Why also not close down Radio 4 at 1 am and all the national and local stations that carry both BBC World Service and 5 Live overnight and save the electricity to fund the i-player and the Alex Lester show on Radio 2 which is also facing cuts in October ? Alex is one of the best radio presenters and makes me laugh out loud and I used listen to his show on the Connected TV radio i-player, with the option to feed my speakers into the kitchen, whilst carrying out my household chores.

All now impossible.

I do not like the computer i-player which is not connected to my devices
and is at the opposite end of my lounge.

I feel they should restore this i-player radio service immediately to people who pay for it and think about charging all those people who get BBC services for free. SKY
can encript their services on line, so why not the BBC. If this situation continues I find it hard to accept that the BBC can justify increasing the licence fee or even maintaining it at its current level. The irony is I like most of what I see and hear on the BBC, I just want them to retain the services in the BEST audio and picture quality possible which is "NOT" Live DAB which has severe capacity issues and wasn't thought through properly. FM gives a better quality sound here most of the day (apart from perhaps BBC Radio 3 DAB at 192 kbits/second).

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