The various flavors of IBOC were common topics at the recent fall conventions. While many choose to deny it, the HD Radio rollout is here.
Stations are experimenting with a variety of ways to broadcast surround sound over the air, which could be a significant driver for the acceptance of HD Radio.
Recent headlines about HD Radio and IBOC from the Radio magazine IBOC Update.
While there are still many opponents to the Ibiquity system, even these people are beginning to acknowledge that the system is here and is seeing acceptance.
Radio magazine's editorial coverage has sparked various responses from its readers, from the late-summer hurricanes to IBOC. Find out what people have to say.
The menu of available receivers continues to grow.
Every radio engineer has his favorite songs that he uses to adjust a station's processing or evaluate performance.
This graph shows that consumers will increase their investment in HD Radio-capable receivers over the next decade.
While the standard defines the basic operation of the trasnmission system, the enhanced functions of data, surround sound and multicast operation have yet to be fully defined.
When the FCC asked for comments on NRSC-5, we asked readers to share their thoughts with us also. The response was overwhelming.
Broadcasters have sought the killer application for FM HD Radio, and at first glance it looked like program-service data was going to be it.
The real return of migrating to IBOC comes down to the simple fact that it levels the playing field.
Radio has its work cut out for it because HD Radio is the best-kept secret.
Let NRSC-5 determine the basic operation of the system, which it has done. The added features and enhancements are needed, but they can wait until the next standards-setting announcement.
Data networks have extended beyond basic bit shuffling. They now have support applications for nearly every function of the station.
One obstacle in displaying PAD from an automation system is that the information entered into the system may not have been keyed in a form that is suitable for the public.
Data has always been a part of the IBOC plan, but it is just being recognized for its current and future capabilities.
We asked two industry professionals about their station's data capabilities. Read what they said.
The data aspect of HD Radio includes lots of new terms and abbreviations. Here are some of the more common abbreviations and terms that you will likely encounter.
An informal standard for data services is defined by ID3, which grew from the popularity of MP3 files and the desire to include information about the audio within the file.
I steered the sales people at a couple of local electronics dealers to terrestrial, digital receivers without using the terms IBOC, HD Radio or the dreaded high-definition radio and was told the that the receivers did not exist, that stores had head units but not the receiver unit or that the store had no plans to carry these units.
Perhaps the answer to the return on investment for IBOC lies in its ability to keep pace with the emerging services.
Find out what your constituents think about hot topics in radio.
Would you pay for an HD Radio receiver if it had more channels of public radio than traditional FM?
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