More DAB digital radio transmission boosts announced
Following this week's boost of the London DAB signal, further signal boosts have been announced in other parts of the UK within the next twelve months. Extra transmitters will be brought into service to ensure improved reception in a number of key urban areas.
A new DAB transmitter at Sutton Common near Macclesfield will provide improved coverage of the Manchester DAB multiplex by 31st May 2012, according to Ford Ennals, the chief executive of Digital Radio UK.
The South Yorkshire DAB multiplex will be expanded and commence transmission from the Chesterfield (Unstone) transmitter in North East Derbyshire by 31 October 2012. This is the date by which a further transmitter at Eglwysilian should be active transmitting the Cardiff multiplex.
Wolverhampton DAB coverage will be improved when a transmitter at Sedgley Beacon goes live. It is planned to launch by no later than 31st January 2013.
Existing transmitters for the Liverpool DAB multiplex will be given power boosts before the end of February 2013. Earlier this week Liverpool's St Johns Beacon was named as one of three DAB transmitter sites for the new Wrexham, Chester and Liverpool multiplex, which is to launch in November.
Bauer advertises slots on its local DAB multiplexes in Northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
The company is inviting expressions of interest from prospective operators of DAB digital radio services (Digital Sound Programme Services and/or Digital Additional Services) on its DAB multiplexes in Central Lancashire (Preston), Dundee & Perth, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Humberside, Inverness, Leeds, Liverpool, Northern Ireland, South Yorkshire (Sheffield), Tyne & Wear, Teesside.
Interested parties have until 7th May to get in touch with Bauer Digital Radio.
End of the month: Germany switches off analogue satellite
Exceptionally, a516_digital looks beyond the UK, to a country about to mark another big analogue switchoff.
The end of April sees the end of German analogue satellite television transmissions. 3:00am German Time (2am UK) on the 30th, to be precise. Just five years ago, Germany's analogue satellite service was still booming, despite the march of digital TV via satellite in other countries. Many people in the eastern half of Germany had satellite television installed following reunification, as - unlike the former west - cable TV wasn't as widely available.
German analogue satellite uses the Astra 19.2 E satellite, which was originally home to Sky's former analogue television service to the UK. Sky moved its services to 28.2 E when it went digital. Former analogue capacity will be used to introduce more HD services. Additional free to air HD channels from the German public service broadcasters will go live in early May. Many commercial HD services will need a subscription.