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Tom Kent Thrilled With New HD Radio

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(5/7/2012 10:37:34 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
This latest yearly HD radio push is really over the top, hopefully this is the last one and HD radio will finally be buried.
- Bob Young
(5/7/2012 7:07:21 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content

"Kent gets it."

What he gets is the fact that CBS, which owns some of the biggest stations running his program, is one of the biggest supporters of “HD”—probably the biggest. It’s the only one clinging so obstinately to the disastrous AM version. That's not surprising. CBS, Westinghouse and Gannett formed a consortium called USA Digital Radio, which was later merged with Lucent's digital radio spinoff to form Iniquity Digital Corp. It's just a parent's love for a child -- a very wayward child!

"Most people railing against HD Radio have never listened to it. In a vehicle with both HD Radio and satellite, the superiority of HD Radio is very clear."

The audio quality of an undivided data stream on the FM version can be competitive with good analog FM sound, even if it does have some telltale digital harshness. But the system only has 96k capacity, and if there are HD-2 and -3 programs, each using only 32k, well, what do you expect? Each one sounds like a 32k web stream, not a 64k stream. And there's only 16k in the AM version, making it inferior not only to 32k web audio but also to satellite radio (which, I agree is a very low bar).

"The attacks on HD are likely coming from those invested in satellite--monetarily and technologically."

If you mean me, you're wrong. I have no interest, financial or otherwise, in satellite radio. (And I detest Howard Stern!)

"Kent understands that the HD transition will take time...."

Yeah. Sometime after the first blizzard is reported in the Inferno!

"... Automakers have signed on because consumers are demanding it."

You're not referring to one of those laughable J.D. Power surveys, are you? Or worse yet, something out of public relations office in Columbia, Maryland?

- radioskeptic
(5/7/2012 6:00:17 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Nothing is free when it comes to iBiquity's royalties. I would admonish that broadcasters stand firm against iBiquity, as conversions have stalled at 1,713 FM-HD stations. Eventually, this junk-technology will implode, or when the Bartels/Wolf firms reach critical-mass of HD Radio complaints for a class-action. Non-HD broadcasters should rally around the law firms and file a class-action over interference. As more cars become equipped with HD, more dealerships will issue Technical Service Bulletins, just as Volvo and BMW have done.
- Greg Smith
(5/7/2012 5:08:06 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Lately I'm seeing TV Ads from manufactures promoting Pandora. No mention of HD?
- Scott
(5/7/2012 5:07:59 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Lately I'm seeing TV Ads from manufactures promoting Pandora. No mention of HD?
- Scott
(5/7/2012 3:17:09 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
I think 1975 was about the last time I heard someone say they didn't like the audio quality of their car radio.
- Barry O'Brien
(5/7/2012 2:54:03 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Sirius/XM is running scared of both HD Radio and Pandora. Both offer superior quality audio. Neither costs as nearly as much as Sirius/XM (well you do use data if streaming Pandora over 3G, but most people don't come close to using up their 2GB of data each month).

Automakers are flocking to HD Radio and even adding wireless connectivity for Pandora. Look at the P/E ratio of SIRI, higher than Apple! The stock should be trading at about $1.

Kent gets it!

- Larry Knopf

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