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    Switzerland to cease analogue VHF FM broadcasting by the end of 2024

    Possibly earlier (subject to industry consultation).

    https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/201...fm-broadcasts/

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    wow, i never thought i'd see this. unlike TV, which made sense to go all digital, it seemed to me that analog FM radio would live forever, for a variety of reasons...

    one wonders if digital FM broadcasting will gain enough of a foothold to actually survive? tech like 5G could supplant it b4 it ever really gets established.

    while i have no beef with internet radio, it just isn't the same as a quality, local, non corporate FM that focuses on the local community. i have np with business or anything like that, but one of the joys of life in America, was going on a road trip and hearing the local flavor from regional stations that were unique. unfortunately the corporate conglomertizations (sic) of the industry have ironically hastened its downfall, by making it too bland and generic and not relevant to the audience, prompting them to do podcasts, streaming, etc.

    imo, traditional radio broadcasting will only survive going forward serving niche audiences, that are unique and local and relevant to that listener. thats why sports talk has gotten so big for instance. a focus on community will keep the listener coming back.

    i know i'm singing an old man's lament, but i loved being a college radio DJ. and maybe internet broadcasting isn't so different, but i do feel like something has been lost. c'est la vie!
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    Norway switched off its FM in December 2017.
    It uses DAB+ radio. This is far better than the below 128kBPS mp3 quality that we have to put up with in brexitland.

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    i believe the article said Norway switched off its national FMs, but locals still do FM.

    i know very little about the various DAB implementations. i think if the different gov'ts of the world want to go all digital to replace analog FM so they can reclaim the spectrum for other uses they will need to do the following:

    1. make sure its very HQ, at least modern 320kbps mp3 level.
    2. make sure it has the reach AND penetration of analog broadcasts.
    3. mandate that all new automobile, and eventually all radios of any type, support analog and digital.

    all that would be required at a minimum imo. given the USA exp with HDTV, (which was similar to y2k in some aspects) i think it will be a LONG time before anything moves here, unless there is significant external pressure to do so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BJW View Post
    one wonders if digital FM broadcasting will gain enough of a foothold to actually survive?
    Why would it? There is mobile Internet...
    "To try to judge the real from the false will always be hard. In this fast-growing art of 'high fidelity' the quackery will bear a solid gilt edge that will fool many people" - Paul W Klipsch, 1953

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    b/c mobile internet isn't free, and afaik, doesn't have the reach or penetration of broadcasting. that isn't to say it won't tho, eventually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BJW View Post
    b/c mobile internet isn't free, and afaik, doesn't have the reach or penetration of broadcasting. that isn't to say it won't tho, eventually.
    Indeed. It makes more sense to improve mobile internet coverage than to deploy a parallel FM infrastructure.
    "To try to judge the real from the false will always be hard. In this fast-growing art of 'high fidelity' the quackery will bear a solid gilt edge that will fool many people" - Paul W Klipsch, 1953

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    Quote Originally Posted by Percival Sweetwater View Post
    Norway switched off its FM in December 2017.
    It uses DAB+ radio. This is far better than the below 128kBPS mp3 quality that we have to put up with in brexitland.
    In shocking news today, a person from "God's own County" admitted to being within the UK !!

    ronnie

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