Norway switches off FM. But why don’t they just do streaming?
By James Cridland for media.info
Posted 9 January 2017, 6.36pm est
This week, FM broadcasts in one area of Norway finally fall silent. The majority of radio stations move over to broadcast on DAB+, alongside online and DTV. The whole country will have turned off FM by the end of the year. (Some small local stations continue for now on FM, but stations that get 95% of listening will move).
DAB+ is broadcast radio, just like FM. You need a new receiver, but it works exactly the same: broadcasting from a tower, being received on an antenna.
But why bother with broadcast radio, people are asking, when streaming is all we need? Let’s do the maths...