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Despite being given six months to respond, it seems no one is interested in running a digital-only radio station during the London Olympics - so Ofcom has shelved the idea. In April the regulator put out a request that those interested in running a DAB station for the duration of the 2012 games, and not beyond, should drop them …

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I see !

No one gives a rat's behind, so it must be very interesting ? Would anyone care to elaborate ?

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Maybe they shoudl of tried wording it thus...

"Would anyone like to set up an extremely expensive infrastructure, for a couple of weeks, on the off chance a few people may want to listen to it?"

There, much more simple.

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So we canned the idea

That's not very fair on those who bothered to apply properly.

Ofcom - crushing innovation at every opportunity.

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Probably

... they weren't offering enough drugs. Or backhanders.

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Any chance ...

this will be the first nail in DABs long overdue coffin ?

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Stop

DAB is a dead parrot

It is an ex-parrot. It is only staying up because it's feet are nailed to the ground. Put it to rest.

That's all.

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OFCOM run by morons?

"The small number of responses, Ofcom explained, "means we have not been able to gauge fully how attractive a proposition this is likely to be to commercial operators". We'd venture a guess that the small number of responses is actually a good indicator of how attractive the proposition is."

- Yes, not fcuking very!! idots.

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Cunning Alternative.

I hope to receive updates on the Olympics via an invention that all the youfs have been talking about. I think its called an Interwebs and apparently its like some kind of electromonical newspaper that can be updated regularly, rather than relying on print schedules. I understand that by 2012, we should have telephones without wires that can be taken anywhere AND have the interwebs copied onto them. Imagine that?

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Not only that

Good idea, sir. I also intend on making requisite adjustments to the wavelength adjuster on my wireless electrogramme in order to fulfil my Olympic update needs. I hear that the BBC themselves ensure that regular updates on how many medals behind the rest of the world we are are made.

This DAB malarky is tomfoolery and poppycock and has no place in our modern society.

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Ah, yes, DAB

Where 90% of the hardware available looks like it was designed by someone whose idea of advanced 3d modelling CAD packages is a really sharp crayon.

It's funny, but I still can't find a decent home cinema system with anything beyond FM.

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Don't get it

Doesn't BBC 5 Live broadcast wall to wall sport anyway? I expect it will be doing little else than Olympic coverage when the time comes.

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cunningly

They have rather cunningly nestled the Olympics in the gap between the Football Season, and have avoided Euro 2012.

Being a London commuter, I'm not really looking forward to the Olympic weeks though, even if I move in I will likely take all that time off.

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"means we have not been able to gauge fully how attractive a proposition this is ..."

No doubt reflects this interest of the citizenry in this Blair/Brown extravaganza.

Britain will be hard pressed to equal the BeiJing games and let's hope the Olympics will be paid off more quickly than the 1976 Montreal Olympics which took TWENTY YEARS TO PAY OFF!|

"The Montreal Olympics can no more have a deficit, than a man can have a baby," said then Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau - a politician well know for extorting money from senior levels of government.

Wonder where Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci is these days?

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Will there be a short term FM service?

Everybody and his dog already gets Restricted Service Licences or whatever they're now called for short term events (everything from Caroline anniversaries to the Great Dorset Steam Fair and beyond). Will there be one for the Olympics? If so, why would anyone care about DAB?

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You would hope so.

Given the fact there's going to be a lot of tourists, many of whom live in countries wise enough to realise DAB is shite.

Using FM/AM would allow many tourists to listen, they could bring their own recievers, or probably wouldn't be adverse to shelling out a fiver for one during the event. I'm guessing they'd be less willing to shell out over £30 for something they have no use for after the games.

The cynic in me wonders if that was the idea; sell a shitload of dab sets to tourists and then massage the figures to make it look like domestic purchases.

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I heard...not!

Maybe they should open the bids up for an FM / AM station, or one that uses them there new interwebs.

Alternatively, just tell the BBC to provide the service, you know, like a Public Service funded by you and me.

Next...

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"though you might find some games-related information on the Frequency Modulated channels that will be in operation"

This is == why I read The Register.

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Judging by the commonwealth games coverage on BBC TV...

...you'll be able to turn your TV on and see people sitting on a sofa talking about sport, rather than any of the real thing.

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DAB sucks

The bloody government, f-ofcom and the industry need to just admit what everyone's knows - that DAB is useless crap and a complete waste of everyone's time and money.

Yeah, 'cus MP2 is really the future of audio broadcasting isint it! If DAB was good, pirate radio stations would be available on it but no, they are all still on FM or this thing called "the interwebz tubez"!

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I bought a portable DAB & FM radio.

ASDA were doing them for £15 so I thought I would give it a go and see if it could replace the one in my bathroom.

Dinky little thing that ran on 4x AA batteries, nice sound to it and it told me the time as well.

Some 4 weeks later it's sitting downstairs on my desk and I'm back to using my old FM radio in the bathroom.

Why? To get to listen to music I need to:

push a slider at the back to turn it on, and

then press a bottom on the top to activate it, and

then press the same button again for it to go into DAB (or FM) mode.

On my old FM radio all I needed to do was to turn the little power/vol knob on the front.

When it works the DAB radio is great, but the batteries only lasted a few weeks and the turning on/off procedure really annoyed me.

I'm sure they will get there one day, but until then I will be sticky with FM.

ttfn

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@Paul_Murphy

I gave up on a DAB clock radio for the same reason.

On the Sony FM job it was to replace, one button press gets me a 90 minute sleep on the last FM station.

The stupid DAB wants me to turn it on, select the right source, then press a bunch of buttons to get sleep going.

The only reason I wanted to replace the Sony was I was getting interference which I thought was the tuner chip dying. Turned out the interference was from a dying DECT phone base station sat next to it, the clock radio lives on.

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Really?

"the batteries only lasted a few weeks"

You listen to about 10 mins a day then?

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DAB

Dead And Buried

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Erm

OK - DAB is frequency modulated. It's just bits that are frequency modulated.

Secondly, the article makes reference to a "station" when what was advertised was the opportunity to run a multiplex.

Clearly, the author doesn't understand it along with the applicants.

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