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"Insignia HD Radio tabletop is definitely for FM listeners with an option to get perfect HD signals." Really? Well, that is news considering that the HD signals are just a fraction of the analog power, and suffer from dropouts, digital artifacting, picket-fencing, etc. LOL!
Did you test it in Detroit, where the HD Radio signals are surely primed for the automakers? If it works great, then why do BMW and Volvo have ongoing HD Radio Technical Service Bulletins / recalls, and why then are iBiquity and the automakers under investigation?
Toggle Commented Feb 18, 2011 on Where’s Radio? at JacoBlog - Jacobs Media's Blog
I only remember one video from an automker concerning HD Radio, ad that was from Ford a couple of years ago. I don't think I'de advertise a non-working technology, either. HDRadioFarce = Greg Smith in Maryland
Toggle Commented Feb 18, 2011 on Where’s Radio? at JacoBlog - Jacobs Media's Blog
Waldo asks, "Where's HD Radio?" I looked at images of Toyota's Entune, and there is no indication of HD Radio. Also, I checked out Entune's homepage, and still no mention of HD Radio. I haven't checked out MyFord Touch, yet. For the Sync, I believe one has to get the optional, expensive Clarion nav system, then get the optional, expensive HD Radio tuner. Of course, dealerships won't even mention the HD Radio option, because they don't want to get stuck with bring-backs of "defective" HD radios, like with Volvo's and BMW's TSBs against HD Radio. Where's HD Radio?
Toggle Commented Feb 18, 2011 on Where’s Radio? at JacoBlog - Jacobs Media's Blog
Fred, do you think that was right for NPR Labs and iBiquity to get away with fudging the FM-HD power levels? Do you think any of this has been right from the beginning? Do you think anyone will ever trust any studies that come out of NPR Labs, again? Now quickly, Fred, remove my post! LOL!
Hey Fred, how come you removed my post about Mike Starling and NPR Labs fudging the figures for the FM-HD power levels? Greg Smith in Maryland
"Oh Well, on With the Experiment..." "The saga continues. It’s remarkable that the development of the IBOC system began well over 20 years ago, yet it still seems to be an ongoing experiment... In their 2008 report, they warned of dire consequences that would ensue from a blanket FM IBOC power increase. They had plenty of statistics to back this up, derived from studies of numerous stations, using sophisticated propagation prediction tools. According to these results, there were some significant interference problems even at the existing –20 dBc power level. But then another study is hastily done, and now we’re told: Oops, our mistake, a blanket increase of 6 dB is actually just fine, and even a 10 dB increase will be okay in most cases." http://rwonline.com/article/99768 Hi Mike, this is the first we have heard from you, since NPR Labs fudged the figures for the FM-HD power increase. BTW - how's that power increase going for you? Last I read, only 150 stations are interested in increasing power, and only 3 had gone full -10db. With broadcasters giving Keefe Bartels and Galax Wolf "an earful", do you think you'll be called as a hostile-witness during the discovery-phase?
@James and @Brad: LOL! Not going to happen. The only ones "talking" about HD Radio is the HD Radio industry. There are virtually no searches for "hd radio", or related terms. The only "buzz" is the buzz on our 800,000,000 analog receivers. http://lh3.ggpht.com/_JDgbpfwGgPk/TS9i7HFDTzI/AAAAAAAAAJ4/prmDIHCqUD8/s800/FCC.jpg It's no wonder that the FCC was caught searching on, "is hd radio dead".
"IBOC Digital AM and FM Technology Launch Transcript of NAB 2002 Press Conference" "In terms of coverage, the answer is it replicates the existing analog coverage, and that is all it can do. Not technically, but because of a regulatory reason. We could easily boost the IBOC power, but guess what, then that steps on the station next door." http://web.archive.org/web/20030405102702/ibiquity.com/press/pr/040802.htm Your fearless leader at work - pathetic.
Can anyone explain to me why the FCC would be searching on, "is hd radio dead?"
@Mel Doty - I have to chuckle, as this is only the second personal attack. I expected more. I've done about 4 years of research on HD Radio, and often quote such articles from HD Radio World, broadcast engineers, and informed bloggers. How does that constitute posting lies? I'm probably more informed than most, and with my blog on Google's Homespage, I get to see how consumers feel about HD Radio through keyword searches. As far as Ford, as an iBiquity investor, has put off HD Radio since 2007, since they probably already know HD Radio's many problems. I believe that one has to opt for the Clarions navigation system, then opt for the HD tuner, as Lincoln is including those standard (of course, as a hidden cost). Toyota is only offering HD Radio in three models with the optional Entune. Quote me, if I'm wrong. "The fact that Toyota and Ford have joined the smaller, higher-end automakers in offering the technology means that HD Radio is finally in prime time." Yes, prime-time for the Keefe Bartels and Galax Wolf car HD Rado investigations. The only concern, if Struble manages an IPO before this goes into discovey-phase. Investors will eventually be left holding the bag for a system that will never work properly, and that has been dishonestly promoted by everyone involved. Greg Smith in Maryland.
Sorry, the above post was posted by Greg Smith in Maryland.
Would anyone care to see what the FCC currently thinks about HD Radio? http://lh3.ggpht.com/_JDgbpfwGgPk/TS9i7HFDTzI/AAAAAAAAAJ4/prmDIHCqUD8/s800/FCC.jpg
Nice to meet you, too. You are welcome, and thanks for posting about HD Radio.
Sorry Fred, I knew you would make some sort of comment about my posting. I logged into blogger to make my comment and that is the username it uses. My name is Greg Smith and I live in Maryland.
"HD Radio in 2011 – What happened?" "Watching stations dump their HD channels this month, I conclude that HD radio is a failure and most radio groups know this. Just about the only worth these extra HD channels have is that of feeding a translator with a separate format. Look for an accelerated move by radio to dump HD and the increased energy bill that comes with it this year." http://airchexx.com/2011/01/18/webmasters-corner-hd-radio-in-2011-what-happened/ An update on stations dumping HD Radio.
"And consumers are waiting until there is enough compelling content to warrant purchasing an HD Radio – or a product that has HD Radio in it. And HD Radio is often the first thing that comes to mind." No, consumers don't care about more "radio stations", period. No content on HD2s is going to drive consumers to buy HD radios, as that has been proven over the past 5 years. Return rates are high for those few HD radios purchashed, too. The FM-HD power increase was a bust, because stations don't want to further compromise their analog sygnals, or spend another $100,000 just to float iBiquity. Point is, that HD Radio will never work properly, and certainly never as well as analog. I know that Struble is trying to force HD Radio by slowly compromising analog with power increases, but it is not working. Favorite stations jammed? Look elsewhere. As far as the automakers, Volvo's president of North America was shilling for HD Radio, as his dealerships are having to deal with bring-backs of automobiles with "brokewn radios, as Volvo, like BMW, has outstanding TSBs/recalls against HD Radio. It is obvious that Struble marketed his junk technology directly to CEOs, perhaps with a bit of spiff, yet these CEOs are throwing their dealerships under the bus - must have been a pretty sweet deal. As far as SYNC, I believe that one has to opt for the Clarion Navigation system, then opt for the HD Radio tuner. Dealerships do not advertise HD Radio for good reasons. Of course, the HD Radio tuner is being supplied "free of charge" by Lincoln. Little known to consumers, is that iBiquity's royalties and costs of installing HD radios is included in the overall costs of the vehicles. HD Radio is looking like a mini Satellite Radio, where stand-alone radios aren't selling, and it is ending up in dashboards. I believe that HD Radio is being hyped for an iBiquity IPO, if that is still possible. iBiquity was supposed to go IPO before 2009, in order to remain viable. Has everyone forgotten about those pending class-actions from consumers and broadcasters, via the Keefe Bartels / Galax Wolf car HD Radio investigations? I still see many searches on "iBiquity IPO", through analytics, landing on my blog since it sits on Google's Homepage.
Thanks, Mark, Aha is really cool, and falls into social networking sites. I bet that a lot of "real time" traffic info over Satrad and terrestrial radio is not really "real time", but to get direct input from other drivers is the ultimate. And, it's just another App on the iPhone (Blackberry?). Don't tell all of this to Clear Channel's Real Time Traffic or to the HD Radio folks. Seems like HD Radio is trying to turn radio into everything but radio. Maybe, MSN Direct saw the "future" in radio delivered traffic services, after it dumped iBiquity and layed off a bunch in its MSN Direct Division (MSN uses analog FM). What do listeners want from the radio industry - try rolling the clock back about 40 years, when radio was truely local and personal (great music and DJs, too).
Toggle Commented Aug 6, 2009 on Traffic on the Nones at Hear 2.0
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"Radio TSL drops again" "So while the proportion of the population tuning in radio is relatively steady, the time they spend listening is off by 45 minutes in just one year." http://www.hear2.com/2008/11/radio-tsl-drops-again.html But, TSL continues to drop. A decline in TSL would seem to offset any gains in listenership. The HD Radio folks are even more obsessed with listenership and the number of HD radios sold (or not). Radio has been in a decline for years, and many major-groups are looking at bankruptcy this year - I don't get it, but I am not in the industry.
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2009 on Radio: We Create Demand at Hear 2.0
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I don't believe that online streaming of radio stations is going to make much difference. On June 26, 2007 Internet Radio stopped streaming in protest, but it made no difference, so why try the same tactic again? What radio really needs to worry about are the upcoming over-the-air RIAA royalties which are going to happen. The NAB's attempt to block the RIAA through the Local Radio Freedom Act expired last year, and has been reintroduced but has failed to gain the support of more than 135 House Members, and about 20 Senators, recently. I wonder, if we will see the FMs flip to news/talk/sports formats?
Toggle Commented Mar 16, 2009 on Should you Stop Streaming your Station? at Hear 2.0
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"With ibiquity realizing it's future is in DATA - not side channels for 'programming' no one is asking for - I predict you'll talk about HD many more times in the years ahead." Do you mean data channels with traffic reports, etc, such as this: "Microsoft sticks with analog" "The company's MSN Direct was developing a new traffic and local information service using HD Radio signals. But after two years of investigating how HD Radio could be tapped, Microsoft decides to stick with its current analog system instead of converting to an HD Radio data service." http://tinyurl.com/8unwdu "MSN Direct Service Posts PND Gains" 2/11/2008 "HD Radio will enable MSN Direct to download traffic reports before a driver put his car in drive, and it will enable the service to offer additional content, iBiquity said." http://www.twice.com/article/CA6530977.html?industryid=45190 "MSN Direct Goes High Def with Clear Channel" 1/8/2007 "Microsoft Corp. and Clear Channel Radio today announced at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that they have executed a collaborative agreement to build a nationwide data delivery service using HD Radio technology, providing personalized and localized content to a variety of HD Radio receivers." http://tinyurl.com/99wd9x Or, data channels to devices that actually exist in consumers' hands, that don't suffer from dropouts, poor coverage, interference, and have redundancy? One other question - how come iBiquity has just laid-off half of their workforce?
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I am disheartened to hear this news. Thank you for some great insight into HD Radio and the broadcast industry, in general - you have great knowledge and insight. Even with the current economic climate, and lack of consumer interest in HD Radio, I believe that it is far from over. iBiquity is extremely persistent, having brought HD Radio back from the dead more times than Dracula (thanks, John), and has used every bit of litigation to force HD Radio. I feel like a part of me has just died... :-)
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"The latest to cut staff: iBiquity" 1/16/09 "The technology developer behind HD Radio has trimmed its payroll in a move iBiquity says will conserve resources. CEO Bob Struble says despite the downsizing, the company is continuing its strong forward movement. It's iBiquity's first layoff since August 2003." http://tinyurl.com/6tjqbd Yea, that sure is some "strong momentum"!
Toggle Commented Jan 17, 2009 on The problem with layoffs in Radio at Hear 2.0
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Obviously, layoffs are a retreat strategy, as are mergers/consolidations - just look at SATRAD. Unfortunately, one cannot turn back the hands of time to the 1960's Classic Rock era, with great DJs and undiscovered bands booming on AM radio. With that in mind, I believe there is nothing that can be done to make radio more relevant, again. iPods, the Internet, cell phones, gaming systems, etc are all eating away at TSL - TSL was down an average of 45 minutes last year. CCU is turning into one giant repeater station - localism is dying. Also, I believe that with the new "personalized" music services, that streaming radio stations on the Internet will make little difference. I'de like to say that I will enjoy AM DX'ing for as long as I can, but now, the AM band is under attack, just hissing away (don't get me started). What in Hell is the radio industry thinking?
Toggle Commented Jan 15, 2009 on The problem with layoffs in Radio at Hear 2.0
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