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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.

What’s Your opinion?


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31 Responses to
Digital Radio Trial in Canberra – Who’ll be able to listen?
Rawhide Kid No 2 1:09 pm 05 May 10

Once you get Digital Radio you’ll loose local content.

p1 1:04 pm 05 May 10

I think you’ll find Conan that the radio on digital TV is not digital radio.

I have been wondering about that for some time. If it isn’t digital radio, what is it? SBS just using some of their TV signal to broadcast some jazz?

H1NG0 12:58 pm 05 May 10

I’d be totally interested in this if they ran with the ABC stations. I would buy a digital radio tomorrow. Triple J ran a second channel on Digital Radio as well at one stage. I have no time for commercial radio so I guess I’ll wait a bit longer.

johnboy 12:54 pm 05 May 10

I think you’ll find Conan that the radio on digital TV is not digital radio.

ConanOfCooma 12:51 pm 05 May 10

Idiots.

Have you never tuned in a digital set top box?

It’s quite painfully obvious, right there on your menus.

DIGITAL RADIO.

You can watch (listen) to it like a TV channel, and like it says above, some avtually have images!

OMFGWTFBBQ?!?

If you haven’t, or cannot, make the jump to digital TV, then it’s probably not worth the strain on your brain to attempt digital radio.

amarooresident3 12:26 pm 05 May 10

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.

johnboy 12:00 pm 05 May 10

Just like Digital TV wasn’t really worth it until GO! and ABC2 arrived (possibly ONE HD if you just like sport and don’t care what it is.)

Aurelius 11:46 am 05 May 10

If Spectra is right, then my initial assessment – not enough benefit to justify the extra equipment – sounds like it’s unchanged.

PURSUTE 11:36 am 05 May 10

Holden Caulfield said :

Aaargh, it appears that no ABC stations are included in the trial!

This was the first thing I checked. Very dissapointed. 🙁

niftydog 11:30 am 05 May 10

Can you get news and weather on demand? Or mute the adds? That’s about all I’m interested in.

Unless it’s capable of making Lisa sound less contrived and Ross sound less cringe-worthy…

Holden Caulfield 11:20 am 05 May 10

Aaargh, it appears that no ABC stations are included in the trial!

Spectra 11:13 am 05 May 10

Basically, my understanding is that it boils down to much the same changes as digital TV provides: Better quality, the potential for more channels, extra data like programme guides and so on. And it has the same key drawback: need for new equipment for both the broadcasters and listeners. The cost is high at the moment, just like it was in the early days of digital TVs/set top boxes. Also just like TVs, that will come down over time as digital radio is available in more places and more manufacturers start making receivers.

Holden Caulfield 11:13 am 05 May 10

Ahh, but Digital Radio should allow me to get past the Stalinesque wankers at AFL house that control internet coverage of pre and post match football broadcasts.

I expect there will also be similar benefits during the cricket season, too. A major one is having the ability to delay the radio coverage to sync with the TV broadcast so there is no need to listen to the buffoons on Channel Nine trying to flog some meaningless piece of crap memorabilia, in between promotions for rubbish TV shows.

Gungahlin Al 11:01 am 05 May 10

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

And dont they cost a bomb? I haven’t yet seen one that also includes docking for iPods/Phones – another range of appliances that are absurdly expensive still…

Aurelius 10:53 am 05 May 10

Anywhere I’ve read about digital radio, it’s always full of blurb about what’s in it for the radio stations, or speculation about spectrum management.
What I’ve never seen is “This is how a digital radio will differ from a normal radio”.
And this article is no different.
Does anyone know?

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