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Internet radio on radio

Listen to internet radio on your regular radio
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Preamble... Given that I am from a different coutry than the one that I currently live in, Whereas I would like to listen to radio stations from my home country in the country where I now reside, and furthermore, said radio stations currently broadcast live on the internet. Be it resolved that it is necessary to adapt existing technology to create a unique product. I would like to develop a FM band receiver radio, possibly to receive only a single station, designed to receive and decode a encrypted signal. This is subscriber radio. A central broadcasting point receives internet radio feed, and rebroadcasts it to subscribers. This means I can be driving down to Miami, while listening to radio from Jamaica. (THIS IS NOT NECESSARILY THE SAME AS SATELLITE RADIO)
senatorjam, Sep 01 2002

IM Networds http://www.imnetwor...info/products.shtml
Recive internet radio away from a computer [dare99, Sep 02 2002]

Ibiquity IBOC digital radio http://www.ibiquity...html?01content.html
Piggybacking a digital radio signal on existing analog FM transmissions. [pottedstu, Sep 04 2002]

Internet Radio Radio http://underdone.mu...com/journal/item/32
Works off a wireless network with Internet access, so not quite as standalone as all that. [DrCurry, Mar 22 2006]

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       Nice idea. Only real problems are at the point of transmission...You'd need a licence to legally transmit radio waves in the FM band. Also, I don't see the point of developing a radio that will receive a single station. Just get a normal radio and tune it in. If the radio signal is coded - why, I don't know - then fair enough, get a decoder to control subscription.
Jinbish, Sep 02 2002
  

       [Jinbish] I was informed (not necessarilly reliably) that a coded signal could piggyback on a regular signal, negating the need for a new license, also, from a commercial perspective, because there is not going to be a LARGE subscriber base, alternative means of income generation would be necessary.
senatorjam, Sep 02 2002
  

       <furrowed brow> piggyback? Dunno about that. Sounds like you've been told porkies (pork pies...lies) </furrowed brow> Anyhoo...for the purposes of the idea - assume that you get a licence - and a frequency to transmit on (by whatever means). The point is to use the Internet as a long distance intermediate transmission medium for radio. You'll get my vote.
Jinbish, Sep 02 2002
  

       Another problem is that FM actually has quite a small area that one frequency can cover. Short wave can cover miles and miles, about half the earth probably, but driving from Reading to Somerset (100 miles or so) my car radio has to retune itself 3 times when listening to Radio 4 on FM, and Radio 4 on FM disappears completely in the Scottish borders. Your radio would need this self-retuning facility.
PeterSilly, Sep 02 2002
  

       Peter, I was thinking of serving small communities, not necessarilly covering large areas. (Specifically, I was thinking of broadcasting a Jamaican radio Station FAME FM, in the Ft Lauderdale area in Florida)
senatorjam, Sep 02 2002
  

       Is that the station that squats over the 92 band at (the worst possible) times, obscuring reception for folks 20 miles from their hometown? If so, belongs on the internet -- croissant.
reensure, Sep 02 2002
  

       senator - so you wouldn't want to travel outside of Fort Lauderdale? "Gee - just going to Tallahassee, wouldn't it be great if my FM radio for FAME worked there too..."
PeterSilly, Sep 02 2002
  

       [PeterSilly], that would be great...and that's where XM radio would come in (satellite radio)..if only I could get a channel [reensure] the station broadcasts only in Jamaica (the Island, not the community)
senatorjam, Sep 02 2002
  

       It sounds like digital radio. There's a system in use (principally in the USA) called In Band On Channel digital radio, which allows digital signals to be transmitted alongside existing analog FM signals (see link).   

       I'm not sure how this qualifies as a new idea at all. Isn't the idea just to broadcast extra radio stations using IBOC digital radio? Or is the new idea subscription based on encryption, as is already done with digital TV? Wouldn't it be simpler for radio stations just to get a regular FM license, if they're going to set up the broadcast infrastructure?
pottedstu, Sep 04 2002
  

       [Pottedstu] /Or is the new idea subscription based on encryption, as is already done with digital TV?/ yes /Wouldn't it be simpler for radio stations just to get a regular FM license, if they're going to set up the broadcast infrastructure?/ thats not the easiest thing to obtain, and the potential subscriber base would not make it feasible
senatorjam, Sep 04 2002
  

       Baked.   

       Simply buy a 3G/wifi enabled PDA, open up your favourite internet radio site, plug the audio jack into your sound system and start listening.   

       Maybe a little pricey at the moment, but in a couple of years cheap wifi/wimax hotspots will be ubiquitous.
kinemojo, Mar 22 2006
  

       //driving from Reading to Somerset (100 miles or so) my car radio has to retune itself 3 times when listening to Radio 4 on FM, and Radio 4 on FM disappears completely in the Scottish borders// Reading to Somerset via the Borders is one crazy route.
coprocephalous, Mar 23 2006
  
      
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