Digital Radio


#2119

Yes, I agree, even in my Ford Focus with it’s very impressive Sync3 multimedia system, there isn’t an easy way to change stations when streaming via any app (using Android Auto).


#2120

If I recall correctly I have read somewhere that ACMA may allocate new analogue services without an accompanying DAB service.


#2121

Though obviously it would be quite nice in Perth if allocating another analogue license did get them the other DAB multiplex.

Bit rates are way too crushed in Perth and they miss out on a bunch of the new stations.

Obviously though it would be too limiting on future FM allocations if they needed to somehow reserve DAB space for them. I suppose they should have done the excess capacity auctions with a 10 year license or something, that way it would be both recurring revenue and give a chance for new entrants.


#2122

Bit rates are crushed everywhere else too.

If they got a 3rd multiplex, the end result is likely to be more stations, not increased bit rates.


#2123

But that is by choice not by design, especially for Brisbane which (still?) has excess or unused capacity.

Which I suspected is untested. Certainly if there is no spare capacity you have no choice but Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane do (via a 3rd multiplex or using any remaining capacity that is there).


#2124

As I’m sure @TV.Cynic can confirm, Brisbane is currently running two DAB+ multiplexes for commercial/community services just like Sydney & Melbourne.


#2125

Brisbane does have excess capacity, iirc, as the excess was not all sold at the auction.


#2126

was there any reason given why? future govmental use or somehting?


#2127

There was a lack of bidders, iirc. 4BC didn’t bid for any extra capacity for example.


#2128

More importantly, Brisbane has only one more commercial radio station (7 in all) than Perth or Adelaide (with 6) but two commercial DAB multiplexes rather than one Syd/Melb have around 10 stations and also two commercial DAB multiplexes.


#2129

Brisbane has 8 commercial radio stations.


#2130

Brisbane has 8 commercial stations, 4 AM and 4 FM. I believe there is some DAB capacity.


#2131

My local patisserie had iHeart Radio 90s on this morning; I’m not sure whether via DAB or streaming. This is the first time I’ve heard a DAB only channel as background music in a store.

(Apologies for derailing the flow of discussion in this thread).


#2132

Perfectly appropriate.

If they are in a good DAB reception area, it would be a bit pointless to use Wifi or worse still, mobile data since that is largely capped and both internet forms are subject to drop outs and buffering.


#2133

Koffee is the one I’ve heard the most in places. Well I suppose aside from Coles Radio…


#2134

Really? I hear it all the time in shops and cafes. Usually Smooth, Koffee, SBS Chill but also The 80s occasionally. I haven’t heard The 90s in a shop yet though.


#2135

I guessed 7 from http://yaffa-cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/adnews/live/files/dmfile/gfk_radio-ratings-report-brisbane_survey-4-2018-2.pdf and I am sure I only see 7 commercial stations (plus the 5 ABC stations, 12 in total) vs Perth where there is one less (commercial) station, and I know Perth only has 6!


#2136

4TAB is a commercial station but does not participate in ratings surveys.


#2137

Isn’t Brisbane effectively short of one commercial FM radio station? I thought 4KQ failed to cough up for the conversion that they won in the auction in the early 90s. And no one else took their place.

I’m sure someone will put me right!


#2138

They were 1 short for a while, but in the early 2000s they got 2 new commercial FM licences whereas Adelaide and Perth each only got 1 new licence.