Re: Sums up Digital Britain
- From: "Alex McFarlane" <alex@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 16 Mar 2009 17:53:54 -0000
Have been lurking to see how the discussions have been going, before diving
in with my two-penny worth.
I have recently "converted" to DAB radio when I saved up enough to buy a
Bose Wave radio with DAB box.
I took the trouble to install a dedicated FM and digital aerial.
Thus far the results have been good, but with caveats.
1 The Bose radio uses non standard aerial sockets!
2 There appear to be no standard appropriate aerial connectors for wall
3 The "codec" for DAB in the UK is essentially mp2. There is a better
codec which is essentially mp4, but this is experimental. However both are
inferior to a good analogue FM signal, and are incompatible with each other.
Before there can be a UK "roll-out" the best and "longest lasting" codec
requires to be chosen. Furthermore, radios need to be "upgradeable" to cope
with any future changes.
4 In interesting weather conditions, I get a better FM signal and vice
5 Being a classical and rock music fan, DAB is useful to me.
6 Because of the variable time delay in the radios processing the signal,
the time pips can no longer be transmitted with any accuracy. Similarly two
different DAB radios cannot be left on around the house without annoying
time delays (something I like to do with organ recitals).
However the upside is that for car radio use, fading and loss of signal due
to topography (think of the M6 motorway at Shap) will be a thing of the
past. The most difficult thing would be for the millions of working analogue
radios to become obsolete overnight. Mind you we did cope with the change
from 405 line television, even though they had to keep broadcasting the
signal for 20 years longer than they expected!
Sadly the economic climate will cause huge delays in the UK getting it
right, but no doubt we will...one day.
"Richard Evans" <rp.evans.nospam@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:49a58391$1_1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
BBC is biased towards DAB wrote:"J G Miller" <miller@xxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:1235574972_237@xxxxxOn Tue, 24 Feb 2009 17:01:21 +0000, BBC is biased towards DAB wrote:
They provide a Digital Britain Forum, but they provide no way for you toYou do not appear to understand how the site is managed.
Anybody can leave a comment, but only vetted comments are published.
Exactly my point - you can't register!
The only people who are allowed to "login" (for the purposes of adding,
deleting, or editing site content) are those who have been invited.
> Perfectly sums up the way the government and Ofcom like to be seen to
be > open to other people's views, when in reality they don't want
anybody > else's views at all,
But you do understand the purpose of the site -- it is just a public
relations exercise to disseminate Faux Labour opinions and policies.
Again, you're really just repeating what I'd just said. I've submitted views to numerous Ofcom consultations, some of which have attracted over 100 negative submissinos about Ofcom's plans regarding DAB, but Ofcom has always completely ignored these submissions and then has the audacity to claim that it takes the views of people into consideration, when obviously they do not.
I tend to describe this as box ticking.
Yes we had a consultation. Tick.
Yes we read some of the comments. Tick.
Now we can get on with what we were planning to do.
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