Saturday, 16 December 2017

Tech news; Norway become first country to Completes Transition to Digital Radio.



Norway on Wednesday completed its transition to
digital radio, becoming the first country in the world to
shut down national broadcasts of its FM radio network
despite some grumblings.
As scheduled, the country's most northern regions and
the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic switched to
Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) in the late morning,
said Digitalradio Norge (DRN) which groups Norway's
public and commercial radio.
The transition, which began on January 11, allows for
better sound quality, a greater number of channels
and more functions, all at a cost eight times lower than
FM radio, according to authorities.
The move has however been met with some criticism
linked to technical incidents and claims that there is
not sufficient DAB coverage across the country.
In addition, radio users have complained about the
cost of having to buy new receivers or adapters,
usually priced around EUR 100 to 200 ($117 to $235).
Currently, fewer than half of motorists (49 percent)
are able to listen to DAB in their cars, according to
DRN figures.
According to a study cited by local media, the share of
Norwegians who listen to the radio on a daily basis has
dropped by 10 percent in one year, and public
broadcaster NRK has lost 21 percent of its audience.
"It's a big change and we have to give listeners time to
adapt to digital radio," the head of DRN, Ole Jorgen
Torvmark, said in a statement.
"After each shutdown (in a region), we noticed that
the audience first dropped but then rose again," he
added.
The transition concerns only national radio channels.
Most local stations continue to broadcast in FM.
Other countries like Switzerland, Britain, and Denmark
are due to follow suit in the coming years.try.