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All posts by Alvin Pritchard

Below are all of Alvin Pritchard's postings, with the most recent are at the bottom of the page.

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Digital radio section | Digital radio
Saturday 14 December 2013 8:03PM

Hi.
Does anyone know the date when the two new DAB transmitters for Anglesey go live on air ?
Thank you.

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Digital radio section | Digital radio
Saturday 1 February 2014 7:42PM

@ Michael : Well look at it this way, there were no riots when DAB superseded the FM waveband or when AM & SW wave bands became defunct, so why would there be a riot over DAB + ruling king if it was for the greater good of society?

As for DAB only receivers becoming useless overnight, a simple 50 % trade in deal could easily be arranged and funded by joint venture by BBC licensing fees, government, and independent commercial radio.

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Digital radio section | Digital radio
Saturday 8 February 2014 8:15PM

MikeB : If government mandated last year that all DAB sets must now be DAB+ compatible, then i think we have our answer as to what is going to happen, DAB+ transmission is going to be the inevitable future standard in the UK once sufficient sales of such sets have been ascertained, and they are obviously using this approach to soften the blow for owners of DAB only sets which will then become defunct.

Looks like it will be a few years that DAB+ switchover actually happens though, i reckon around 2018-19. based on the number of DAB+ sets currently being sold.

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What benefit will the consumer receive as a result of these new arrangements. ?

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I think these proposals are quite foolish, this is because many people depend on regional TV news as their primary source of news information.

A BBC "National TV news service only" would inevitably force viewers to look elsewhere for their cherished regional bulletins.

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BBC plc, 2017. Radio 4, the last voice.
Saturday 22 March 2014 8:10PM

Is the BBC as we know it about to go crazy ?
Sounds like it to me.

People will just loose interest and give up the ghost with the beeb in the end then refuse to cough up for the annual licence fee on the grounds that the beeb has broken up into a non recognized or required service they wish to pay for.

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Interesting to see how the rest of the world deals with their license fee management strategies, could the BBC not adopt a proven workable option from this ?

Link Television licence - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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I can see the BBC evolving into a fully commercial set up at the end of the day just like the other 95% of stations have done, it's the old saying, if you cant beat them, join them.

Todays competitiveness means that too few people would be willing to want to pay the £150 odd subscription fee, thus forcing the BBC to make dramatic cutbacks to the point of not being able to compete with ITV and the like.

Another important point ... Radio encryption of BBC radio stations would be simply impossible to implement and i doubt very much the Beeb would approach this problem by simply shutting all stations down just to save a few bucks.

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I always knew that DAB+ would be the preferred "once and for all" digital radio format.
The biggest and most obvious clue was the DAB+ symbol which has been stamped on the fascias of all new digital recivers over the last few years.

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