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.