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Subject: Re: Digital radio, many cuestions

Re: Digital radio, many cuestions

From: Dave Wiard <lists_at_wiard.net>
Date: 2006-01-18

ian douglas wrote:
> Manuel Dejonghe wrote:
>>> Afaik there's a fixed plan to shutdown both terrestrial analog
>>> radio and TV replacing it by digital broadcasting in (at least)
>>> the whole EU until 2010.
>>
>> Wow. That's sooner than I expected.
>
> If I recall, they wanted to do away with analog TV here in the USA
> earlier than that, but TV manufacturers and the general public made a
> big deal out of it, so they pushed the date a little farther back.

Actually, the official cutoff date for analog TV in the US is now set
for February 17, 2009. The original date was December 31, 2006 but there
simply aren't enough digital-capable devices in homes to make it
practical to do this year. The idea behind the 2 year slide is to give
consumers more time to buy new devices on their own so all the converter
boxes don't jam the government subsidy program (which I think is mostly
bogus in the first place).

It will take a lot longer to bring down analog radio simply because
there are so many radio stations (and possibly many hundreds of millions
of radios) that cannot make this switch to digital like the TVs can,
with a converter box. Just think of all the cars on the road and you'll
know why switching to digital radio will not happen in the next 15
years. Not in the US, anyway.

Dave
kenshin/kawika/sithia
Received on Wed Jan 18 17:03:23 2006


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