HD Radio ramping up competitive efforts

Friday, June 29, 2007 at 8:57 AM
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HD RadioiBiquity presented yesterday at the Radio Symposium 2007, and appears to be poised for a major push in services and offerings in the near future.

Bear Stearns analyst Robert Peck, in a recent note to clients, listed several key takeaways from the presentation:

New Services:

  • HD Radio is planning on offering features like enhanced PAD data to show sports scores, stock tickers, and even text-ads.
  • On-demand radio, including traffic and weather
  • Time-shifting capabilities with pause, record and playback functionality
  • The ability to purchase music
  • Subscription or opt-in services

More Stations:

  • There are currently over 1,300 HD Radio stations nationwide, covering 82% of the U.S. population
  • iBiquity is expecting 5,700 HD Radio stations by 2011.
And perhaps the most significant announcement was that iBiquity envisions the HD chipset built into MP3 players, PDAs, eTablets, and Smartphones. They expect to make announcements around 2008.

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So in 2008 I can buy an iPod (or any other M4A player) with an HD Radio chip in it so Clear Channel can beam ads right to my iPod. Great. Can't wait to take a pass on that one.

Time-shifting capabilities with pause, record and playback functionality.

Another blow to the RIAA's lawsuit against the INNO/XM

I guess the NAB will have to go after itself for time-shifting issues.

Wow, text ads -- not just hear them, but READ them as you drive.

They forgot to mention that the music program will still be filled with the same amount of suck.

It will fail. No one cares about HD radio.

They say that there is no subscription with HD Radio, but the price of the radios are so high, it almost negates that argument. The reason HD Radio isn't popular yet is because nobody wants to pay $200 for a desktop radio.

I like the idea of HD Radio. Television is moving into the 21st century, it's about time Terrestrial Radio joined the club. I don't see this as competition to Satellite Radio. When was the last time someone got in your car and said "Oh wow, you have FM Radio!" Better quality, song title info, etc, is simply keeping up with modern technology. FM, HD or not, still offers the same thing it offered for years, a free source of entertainment.

CalgoldenBear the problem with FM offering song title info, etc. is ridiculous. For only the reason that they have had this technology for 10 plus years already except not a lot of stations were using it. RDS info was a great idea that no one used.

Tochan Sam,

HD100 Receiver from Radiosophy. Total price is $99.95, which comes down to $59.95 after a $40 mail in rebate.

http://www.radiosophy.com/store/product.php?productid=16144&cat=248&page=1&featured

CalgoldenBear You must be working for the NAB or HD Radio..or something like that...HD Radio Sucks, They had a Demo at Walmart, it sounded NO different from regular FM Radio, Its a gimmick, Its not going anywhere anytime soon.

" RDS info was a great idea that no one used."

That's because they didn't have to do so. If they use it now, they can say "we offer info like sat radio, but no sub fee." Of course, they leave out the fact that FM blows.

XMFAN? Did you actually read my post? HD Radio doesn't get me excited, won't convince me to toss out my XM and certainly won't get my money, but I wouldn't mind it being a standard feature in the next car I buy. It will slowly become the standard and you'll be annoyed when your $20 alarm clock doesn't have it. Did the digital tuner revolutionize the radio, or make it not suck? No, but I prefer it to an analog tuner. Same thing

I can remember the exact moment that I lost all interest in paying for Satellite radio.

It was when I heard that they were going to put on Howard Stern.

I would not support a broadcaster who thinks Howard Stern is entertaining. That would be roughly equivalent to making a campaign contribution to Hillary Clinton or paying someone to beat me up.

Oh boy....now I can listen to the SAME sorry butt "classic rock" tunes in crystal clear HD. "Freebird" will never sound the same again!!!!

Jacksonville Fl has just 6 Clear Channel HD stations currently broadcasting programming and its difficult to justify the investment of a new radio for just 6 stations. And with virtually no station marketing its almost like these new stations dont even exist.
And the programming thus far is a rehash of whats already been done.

I realize HD Radio will take time to develop but given 5 or 10 years of ramp up time cell phones, Wi-fi and other fantastic devises will make HD radio obsolete.

CalgoldenBear,

The Big 3 have rejected HD Radio, in favor of Satellite Radio:

�U.S. automakers not jumping into HD Radio�

http://www.reuters.com/article/ousiv/idUSN2632750220070427?pageNumber=1

HD Radio may only become standard, when there is significant consumer demand - so far, there is ZERO consumer demand for HD Radio. Consumers have moved on to Satellite Radio, cell phones, iPods, gaming-systems, Pandora, Last.FM, etc. Poor reception of the 1% digital channels will be HD Radio's eventuual downfall, plus the bland, automated, repetitive HD channel programming. Take a look at the referenced articles in my blog:

http://hdradiofarce.blogspot.com/

CalgoldenBear,

The Big 3 have rejected HD Radio, in favor of Satellite Radio:

U.S. automakers not jumping into HD Radio

http://www.reuters.com/article/ousiv/idUSN2632750220070427?pageNumber=1

HD Radio may only become standard, when there is significant consumer demand - so far, there is ZERO consumer demand for HD Radio. Consumers have moved on to Satellite Radio, cell phones, iPods, gaming-systems, Pandora, Last.FM, etc. Poor reception of the 1% digital channels will be HD Radio's eventuual downfall, plus the bland, automated, repetitive HD channel programming. Take a look at the referenced articles in my blog:

http://hdradiofarce.blogspot.com/

Don't pay any attention to that PocketRadio guy. He's a spamboy who posts the same crap and whores his lame blog anywhere HD Radio is mentioned. And if you saw how much he spams you'd think he's one person in dire need of a life. Pay no attention to the loser. He isn't an authority on anything besides wasting time.

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