Originally Posted by watty
DVB-h makes more sense for Mobile Digital Radio now.
Also without a BBC mux and very portable (DVB-h is with low battery consumption, and DAB is not), without the lower battery consumption and better quality of DVB-h audio only, you are better with Satellite. Better choice and Better quality and all the BBC.
You can get phones with DVB-h and/or FM-VHF. Not with DAB.
DAB is obsolete technology and Digital Radio was implemented too early.
we are NOT any longer part oF Sterling Area or UK. We are more Eurpean than the British. Europe is not irrelevant. Europe if it does Digital Mobile Radio at all will use space on the DVB-h system.
Again , I ask you to inform me of the format that has gained even half the ground that dab has, with the same portability. iPod now has a dab add on, battery consumption is getting better as is the hardware responsible for compression and transmission. Dab is by no means perfect, yet, but it is certainly the front runner for digital transmission.
Do you think that radio will be the only form of media using analog in the future?
At some stage, a decision has to be made to progress with this argument. Ireland is still only at trial stages with dab, there has been no official launch of any dab services and as a result, you can't expect there to be extensive programming on any of the digital only channels. Perhaps when/if dab is officially launched here, we will see an escalation of programming on dab but until then, music with no news or ads will do me.
Originally Posted by watty
We are NOT any longer part oF Sterling Area or UK.
Maybe so, but why then are we arguing over the closure of MW in this day and age ? Like it or not, if we were not part of a sterling area we would be totally within our rights to broadcast to the North. I understand what you are saying but most domestic goods are now sold through Tesco, Argos,Dixons, Currys, PC World etc. These chains are seeing dab sell in the UK and from a product point of view, dab radios are selling well. All they need do is stock them on Irish shelves and already units are selling here, in fact, most of the places I went to were SOLD OUT over Christmas. Marks and Spencers Dundrum even had dab radios for sale!
Dvb-H had been on trial here also with little or no interest in the technology by the test group. O2 are scrapping the trial with a view to looking at whatever else may be available through the Nokia endeavour to broadcast TV to mobiles. But the point you miss here is that there is no chance of an amalgamation between a Dvb-H network and a kitchen/household radio. Whatever the future format is, it has to be universal.
Dab is certainly NOT obsolete technology. 19.5% of the adult population in the UK now live in a dab household. Sales have passed the five million mark. That's 5000,000 !
Yes I admit that perhaps we should be waiting for dab+, but it makes no difference. All dab+ will offer is better quality, something dab is somewhat short of if a quantity of stations are to exist on a mux. Most dab receivers now on sale are either upgradable or will be backwards compatible.
Get off the fence and walk around a while, all that sitting has made your blood fall to your toes !