Already 10 years in the making, in-band on-channel digital audio broadcasting has promised to be the next evolution of terrestrial radio; an evolution that would carry the radio industry through the next 100 years.
Some transmitter manufacturers have already announced the availability of FM IBOC transmitting equipment, and offered actual equipment at the NAB show. FM IBOC requires considerably more equipment than the AM version, and it is more expensive.
Many engineers anxiously awaited the release of the National Radio Systems Committee's AM IBOC Report, in hopes that the report would reveal good news about AM IBOC.
IBOC has been designed to occur simultaneously with the station's existing analog transmission and within the existing spectrum allocation.
As IBOC gets closer to being a reality, radio stations are starting to see the light ahead. This light is not just the promise of an improved service, but also the realization that nothing in life is free.
Ibiquity's IBOC system has been designed to support the broadcast of data services in all modes of operation.
At the end of November, the National Radio Systems Committee released its report recommending that the FCC authorize Ibiquity Digital Corporation's FM In-band On-channel digital radio broadcast technology as an enhancement to the current analog FM broadcasting system in the United States.
The single largest factor in the cost of an IBOC conversion, the transmitter, is the subject of the majority of inquiries.
Ibiquity has completed tests for its FM IBOC system, and tests for the AM version are currently underway. What interests most broadcasters is understanding the test objectives. At this critical point in the acceptance of IBOC, stations should be aware of the efforts being made to develop a workable and realistic system.
The NRSC's recommendation to the FCC is the result of a comprehensive test program devised and executed by the committee to determine the viability of iBiquity's FM IBOC technology and its ability to smoothly transition analog radio to digital.
The event will take place on Saturday, December 1, 2001, at 9 a.m.
The article titled "Transmission: Implementing IBOC" in the October 2001 issue of BE Radio is very informative, but one concept in it may need further clarification.
It's a cool Monday morning; the first in October, in fact. After opening your office, and after downing the requisite two cups of coffee, you turn on your computer and open them: The dreaded capital budget spreadsheets.
Nautel will integrate iBiquity Digital's technology into a new line of IBOC transmitters and exciters, scheduled for launch at NAB 2002.
NAB Radio attendees can explerience IBOC listening tests first-hand.
The company reached reached an agreement with iBiquity Digital Corporation to jointly develop products that will allow AM and FM stations to implement iBiquity’s in-band on-channel digital broadcasting system.
IBiquity Digital announced that it has supplied its final FM test data to the National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC). This data will be used by the NRSC to evaluate the in-band on-channel (IBOC) system developed by iBiquity as a proposed transmission standard for digital radio in the United States.
There is something fundamentally troubling about a format designed by a unilateral, proprietary group and not driven by an open standards process. NAB
Digital radio: coming to a station near you Over the last several years, U.S. broadcasters have been deluged with press about the coming of digital audio