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Digital Radio Trial in Canberra – Who’ll be able to listen?

By johnboy 5 May 2010 31

Smarthouse is full of excitement about the trial of digital radio in Canberra this July.

Throughout the digital radio trial, radio listeners in Canberra will be able to experience digital quality audio, robust transmission and significantly improved functionality. They will also receive more audio services, text and graphics on screen, and on some receivers, have the ability to pause and rewind.

But to listen to it we’ll need to buy new radios, to listen to the same mediocrity but with more flashing lights.

The real promise of digital is allowing more stations, which in turn (assuming the government doesn’t get greedy when pricing the spectrum) holds out the possibility of niche programming which might excite some genuine interest.

On the other hand we can get internet radio from all over the world right now, without having to buy more equipment.

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Demosthenes 4:25 pm 03 Dec 10

But yeah, bit disappointing that the only station worth listening to is SBS Chill (which is good but repeats a bit). Strangely the highest bit rate is SBS Chill at AAC 80Kb/s (bits, note bytes) which I would have thought was a bit low but honestly it sounds fine for some reason.

If they ever get any high bit rate stations going it will sound fantastic.

Demosthenes 4:23 pm 03 Dec 10

Just got one of these little Kogan beauties, does everything but pause and rewind. Handles everything else though including the obligatory iPod dock. I got it mainly because it has an Internet Radio alarm capability, which is REALLY nice in the mornings, and can plug in to external speakers, so I have an old pair of computer speakers under the bed that sound better than the in built speakers. Great for barbies too, overall very happy for $200.

Holditz 12:27 pm 25 Nov 10

The ABC apparently are still not broadcasting in Canberra, if their Digital Radio page is anything to go by. The ABC refused to participate in the test broadcasts this year (according to City News I think), and it appears that they are still doing so. However, last time I retuned my Digital/Internet Radio I got not a few stations- so Digital Radio is up and running. But not Your ABC.

Holden Caulfield 12:11 pm 25 Nov 10

Any updates on this? The cricket season has started and I think Digital Radio and I could become quite close (one day).

bd84 10:05 pm 05 May 10

It will be interesting to see what we get out of the additional new stations. Also, how good transmission will be in the many valleys of the city.

thy_dungeonman 5:02 pm 05 May 10

It’s about time, we bought our mother a digital radio last mothers day (in Canberra) only to find that it’s not broadcast in Canberra (although the official launch was held at parliament house, go figure). So finally we shall now have a radio rather than a paperweight.

Spectra 4:15 pm 05 May 10

Pause/rewind don’t require digital transmission.

No, you’re quite right. But convenient, near-instantaneous and lossless (with respect to a lossy encoding, as you correctly noted) pause/rewind a rarity on analog services (yes, Tivo, you’re right, but how many people ever owned one compared to how many own a PVR these days?). I didn’t mean to imply this ability was predicated on a digital signal, just that it becomes more “the norm”. You are, however, technically correct – the best kind of correct 🙂

Devil_n_Disquiz 3:21 pm 05 May 10
Holden Caulfield 2:51 pm 05 May 10

amarooresident3 said :

I understand ABC were broadcasting digital radio already. They were heavily spruiking it throughout the cricket season, where you could listen to live coverage of Shield games and other sports on seperate channnels.

Yes they are already transmitting in Digital, but only in selected areas. Sadly, Canberra isn’t one of them.

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