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Thread: Radio World guest column: Replace AM band with DRM on 45 - 50 MHz band

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    Radio World guest column: Replace AM band with DRM on 45 - 50 MHz band

    Link to the article: https://www.radioworld.com/columns-a...T=918513241026

    I'd say "nice try" to this proposal, but today's reality wants the frequency to be multiplied by a factor of 10....

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    The FCC has already considered and rejected the idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigA View Post
    The FCC has already considered and rejected the idea.
    And broadcasters have rejected any idea of a new band, as there is no way to get people to purchase new radios, replace all the existing car radios, etc., when the trend is to get entertainment from multi-function devices like smartphones, tablets, and expanded function dashboards in cars.

    And an all digital radio service would likely open up a rights battle under the DMCA.
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    And broadcasters have rejected any idea of a new band, as there is no way to get people to purchase new radios, replace all the existing car radios, etc., when the trend is to get entertainment from multi-function devices like smartphones, tablets, and expanded function dashboards in cars.
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    Smartphones. We saw how well it went trying to activate FM receiver chips. It didn't happen, as much as I hate to admit it. Then there's the pesky problem of the need for an external antenna for 88 -108 MHz, and an even longer one for 45 - 50 MHz.

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    And an all digital radio service would likely open up a rights battle under the DMCA.
    Is the threat is that a new, all digital radio service would provide increased audio quality over the present,antiquated IBOC system?

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    Now to FBL (fantasy broadcaster league) mode: What about audio subchannels with ATSC 3.0? Granted there would need to be a token video component to transmit still images and be compliant.

    ATSC 3.0 at UHF might have a chance to work on mobile devices, unless the cellular industry blocks it. (Likely, without regulatory intervention)

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    Sorry. It's likely to remain a fantasy.
    Pulling audio from an ATSC 3.0 stream is complex. There is no simple way to do it. The process also tends to be a power hog ... that's why there are few, if any portable, battery powered HD TV sets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joebtsflk1 View Post
    Is the threat is that a new, all digital radio service would provide increased audio quality over the present,antiquated IBOC system?
    No, the threat is that a pure digital service on a new band can not be positioned as a simple "improvement" to existing services and could require a new license agreement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidEduardo View Post

    No, the threat is that a pure digital service on a new band can not be positioned as a simple "improvement" to existing services and could require a new license agreement
    Exactly...the first word in the DMCA is "digital," so anything that is purely digital would require a new license agreement, covering labels, artists, writers, and musicians. The deal with the writers would be a different license from the existing ones with BMI and ASCAP, and the judge just approved a huge rate increase. Is the "improvement" worth the price?

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    Quote Originally Posted by frankberry View Post
    Sorry. It's likely to remain a fantasy.
    Pulling audio from an ATSC 3.0 stream is complex. There is no simple way to do it. The process also tends to be a power hog ... that's why there are few, if any portable, battery powered HD TV sets.
    I've had a Haier 7in portable LCD for a couple of years...battery life is fairly good

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidEduardo View Post


    No, the threat is that a pure digital service on a new band can not be positioned as a simple "improvement" to existing services and could require a new license agreement.
    So wouldnt the proposal for ma3 all digital on the AM band also cause the same thing?

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