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Thread: Norway to end FM Radio Broadcasting

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidEduardo View Post
    The government, in a manner similar to the BBC, operates a number of national radio services. There are some national private stations. All of these will go to DAB.
    Here's a question: Do you think the voters in this country or members of Congress would support spending hundreds of millions of dollars on a government-owned national radio service all staffed with government employees that would be all digital, requiring the public to replace their current radios? What are the chances of it happening?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigA View Post
    Here's a question: Do you think the voters in this country or members of Congress would support spending hundreds of millions of dollars on a government-owned national radio service all staffed with government employees that would be all digital, requiring the public to replace their current radios? What are the chances of it happening?
    The government owned national radio services in Norway (the NRK) have very high ratings (even with the private, commercial competition), and a lot of Norwegians already listen to the NRK channels online.

    The Norwegian government is apparently including in its criteria for determining the switchover not just DAB listening, but also *online* radio listening ("digital radio" platforms). Once the combined DAB and Online radio listening reaches (I think) about 50%, they'll switch it over.

    Mr. Eduardo is right about Norway not having a large population. But it is a large country, when you consider it's a lot longer than California and it's very mountainous throughout. That is a lot of territory to cover with broadcast signals.

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    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38529435

    Update this year Norway was going to move to DAB Radios according to articles I seen for the reason why FM was being shut down.

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    Yes this is happening. It will be interesting to see what happens, the UK authorites will be watching closely.

    Actually the BBC national DAB mux is nearly ready to replace FM in terms of coverage, lots of money has been spent on it and I doubt the BBC will want to continue the duplication of networks forever.

    I still can't see 'FMexit' in the UK this decade though.

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    FM is off in norway

    I seen only 3 video on YT about it

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarioMania View Post
    FM is off in norway

    I seen only 3 video on YT about it
    FM is not "off" in Norway. Only the national feeds are. Most local stations are still on FM, but planning a transition more slowly.

    It's amazing what happens when the government "knows" what the citizens need. The decision, then, was mostly based on the fact that DAB was cheaper to operate for the national (government) broadcaster. It did not matter than people in ground floor urban apartments or in hilly areas could no longer get reception without installing an outside antenna.
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