Sarasota, FL - Feb 26, 2007 - Compress Technologies' North American FM SCA licensee, Ludwig Enterprises, has entered a joint venture partnership with New Century Services to deploy Compress Technologies' FM SCA technology into major markets in Mexico. Separately, Compress has also entered a joint venture partnership with Haitian American Broadcasting Corporation (HABC) to deploy the FM SCA technology in Haiti.
The Compress technology is touted to supply 50 broadcast channels. The Mexican program offerings will initially focus on talk radio including a Mexico-originated channel devoted to U.S. Immigration polices and activities, political talk radio, a religious channel, a Ranchera channel, educational channels, English-language channel, channels in Haitian, Jamaican, Cuban and Caribbean languages, as well as native Indian languages of Mayan and Nahuatl.
The Haitian program offerings for Port-au-Prince and Cap Haitien will include French, English, Jamaican, Cuban and Spanish content, rebroadcasts of Haitian news, talk radio and other programming from Miami and New York.
Under terms of the agreement Compress Technologies will receive royalty payments from Mexican operations.
The Mexican service will initially deploy in Mexico City, Acapulco, Puebla, Veracruz, Cancun, Merida, Monterrey, Toluca and Salina Cruz.
The Compress Technologies technology is currently in development and testing. Prototype units have transmitted 15 digital channels adjacent to analog FM signals. The company expects that it will be able to transmit as many as 50 channels. It expects to see product distribution in 12 to 14 months.
Radio magazine observation: The Compress Technologies press release compares its technology to HD Radio, and then goes on to call itself HDE (high-definition expanded) radio. Specifically, the release says:
"High Definition Expanded radio offers more than just one or two new programs next to an existing FM radio station. Currently engineers have developed FM SCA HDE to 15 channels and expect to soon move the capacity to 50 MPEG 3 quality digital channels."
Little additional information is posted on the company's website, although it mentions that its systems uses VMSK technology.
While HD Radio is the current leader in the digital radio transition, it is not alone. Digital Radio Express has received recent attention with FM Extra, Kahn's Cam-D appears to still be in the background and DRM has seen some success outside the U.S. The announced 24-month deployment window for Compress Technologies appears to be optimistic compared to the time already invested by the existing players.