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Ofcom DAB switchover coverage planning proposals

Ofcom has recently published some details of how the DAB network can be improved to match the coverage of the current FM network.

Ofcom has recently published some details of how the DAB networ
published on UK Free TV

The proposals cover the most pressing needs for the DAB network:

  • provision of local radio DAB for those areas with no current coverage
  • coverage of both homes and in-car use
  • the addition of a new block (5A) that will allow the local radio blocks to expand to fill the "editorial" coverage areas to match the current FM areas
  • the use of 99%/99% DAB prediction for indoor home reception, and normal car use.


Of particular interest are:



Ofcom is asking for responses using this online form: Responding to the DAB Coverage Planning consultation by 5pm on 14 September 2011.

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Comments
Friday, 29 July 2011
Briantist
9:04 AM

Nedbod: Surelt, it can't have escaped your attention that Freesat and Sky are the same transmissions from the same satellites?

The BBC do not wish to run a second multiplex, as it would double their costs and those people wanting higher bitrates can use Freesat/Freeview (MPEG2, L3) and online (AAC).

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Monday, 8 August 2011
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Trevor Harris
9:50 AM

Interesting stat I came across. Only one in five radios sold in the UK have DAB!. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.

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Steve P
7:34 PM

Brian - your quote (extract follows) is not a rebuttal at all. It agrees with the statistic, but objects that it includes multi function devices.

So what. It is if anything worse to make a multi-function devide obsolete than a dedicated one. I USE many of the devices quoted. I want to carry on using them. Most of them will outlive me.

Your link also points out that DAB "reach" is NOT the 26% often quoted, but only 16%.

By all means let those who want DAB have it. But let those of us who do not, not bother.

HANDS OFF FM.

QUOTE FROM LINK

<< 8.5 million radio?EUR~s were bought last year in the UK but only 22% had a DAB tuner. Why don?EUR(TM)t listeners want DAB radio? Why are 78% of people who go and buy a new radio opting for just FM and AM coverage?
In fact, Ofcom calls them ?EUR~radio devices?EUR(TM), for a very good reason: they?EUR(TM)re not all primarily bought as radios. They?EUR(TM)re quoting GFK figures, who define these radio devices (fig 7) as portable radios, personal media players, car audio systems, home audio systems, clock radios, radio recorders, headphone stereos, tuners and receivers. It?EUR(TM)s difficult to argue that the primary purpose of an iPod Nano, which has an FM radio in it, is as a radio: or, for that matter, a car. Radio?EUR(TM)s ubiquity in new devices means that you see a lot of devices having radio inside. >>

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