Re: How to introduce the UK to DAB+
- From: hwh <iimeeltje@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 15 Jul 2006 11:50:09 +0200
Richard Evans wrote:
A good idea but why no do it a bit more dramatically? You could use the entire new capacity for the new service while keeping current ones.
I would personally prefer that, but I'm not sure that I could see anybody bidding for new multiplex licenses, if they have to use only DAB+, and there are virtually no DAB+ receivers in circulation. Starting at with just 20% of capacity used for DAB+ would at least mean that new multiplex licenses are still worth biding for.
I think that in the proposed case the extra multiplex would not have to be auctioned to an extra operator, just used as a means to modernise the digital broadcasting system.
The new service could include a multicast of a few current PC based services.I don't think that PC based services would be a very attractive proposition for potential multiplex operators. As DAB/MP2 is the existing system, they would want to be able to broadcast a significant number of MP2 services.
As many services are just PC's playing the same few hundred tracks in different orders, it does not seem very logical to add more of those services.
After some time these could be switched off on DAB, starting a rolling upgrade of the DAB multiplexes taking several years.
I think that once there are a reasonable number of DAB+ receivers they could perhaps block any new MP2 stations. Therefore any new stations would be DAB+. However this would perhaps be unnecessary, as at this stage broadcasters may well want to start using DAB+ anyway, as it would save on broadcasting costs.
Deciding to drop the music robots that just copy other services would save dramatically on broadcast costs whilst making room for the introduction of a modern system.
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