End of Calendar Year Also Brings End of MW Transmission in Germany

Deutschland Radio is relying upon FM, cable distribution, DAB+ as well as streaming to distribute its programming
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COLOGNE, Germany�Dec. 31 will bring not just the end of the calendar � it will mark the end of medium wave broadcast transmissions in Germany, according toDeutschlandfunk.de. �No more noise and crackle, no more whistling and no volume fluctuations. And yet: Not a few look wistfully back on this great chapter Radio, as we know from your reactions and letters,� according to Deutschlandfunk.

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Deutschland Radio (owners of both Deutschlandfunk and DeutschlandRadio Kultur) is relying upon FM, cable distribution, DAB+ as well as streaming to distribute its programming.� The head of Deutschland Radio, Willi Steul, has also gone on-record calling for the end of the FM service across Germany. This was previously reported in Digital Radio Update.�"Instead of continuing to rely on technology from the radio Stone Age, we should finally make the switch to digital radio," said Steul. �A lot more can be transmitted over DAB+ than over VHF (FM) and it�s cheaper.��

"For long-wave and medium wave we have paid around 12 million euros per year, with the majority of that being for electricity,� said Chris Weck of Deutschland Radio.

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