Monday, July 31, 2006
Wireless World Wide Web Wins the Radio battle! JUST SAY NO-TO HD RADIO!
Forcast by 2010-
Less than 8 million podcast listeners- Just under 9 million HD radio listeners- About 36 million satellte radio listeners- About 21 million folks who listen to their "radio" on their mobile phones- Almost 190 million Internet radio listeners (!!)
And here is their editorial clincher:
According to this updated data, the entire spectrum of digital audio alternatives, and especially Internet radio and its wireless distribution continue to represent the biggest challenge to traditional radio.
And they add:
Internet radio could greatly benefit from pervasive Wi-Max or Wide Area Wireless Access which will bring Internet Radio to portable devices, including car radios by 2008.
Here is the link and graphs for the rest of the story:
Here is another link to a related supporting interview/viewpoint:
Friday, July 28, 2006
HD RADIO-A FLAMING BURNOUT!
"Here's the word from KMXE's chief engineer as he told me personally. Some HD equipment had fried awhile back - not very different from your KTNQ's HD equipment that also fried. After a forced return to analog while they awaited a new unit, the new owners (also the owners of the Los Angeles Angels) agreed with their CE's advice and have decided to keep KMXE analog-only for the forseeable future. They have increased the audio bandwidth well beyond HD's 5khz. They are very pleased with the results since they dumped HD. The decision had NOTHING to do with HD suitability. Their CE says HD is a big disappointment and also causes way too much adjacent channel noise. He says HD Radio is not even close to what had always been promised! ---------------------------A technology has to be pretty awful for a station to first spend the kind of money they must do to go HD, then to feel happy about dropping it! Every "off-the-record" conversation I've had with radio engineers in Los Angeles, the verdict is unanimous so far. HD Radio is a dog!"
Here is the source posted by "vsa" near bottom of the page:
Thursday, July 20, 2006
HD Radio Pig-FCC APPROVAL GETTING DOUBTFUL?
The HD Radio cartel seems to be facing some resistance (or at least delay). Recently they submitted a revision to the FCC to change measurement standards from peak to average, resulting in an increased interference level of 13 db or 20 times power for FM.
See De Minimus lawyer joke. Link:
Now the FCC has decided to delay any action on HD Radio.
"FCC Back Flips on IBOC Rulemaking The FCC unexpectedly struck a number of items relating to digital radio broadcasting from its July 13 agenda just hours before convening last week."
DO WE DETECT CRACKS AND CRUMBLING IN THE WALLS OF JERICHO?
WE'LL JUST KEEP TRUMPETING AND CIRCLING.
Meanwhile, back at the cartel, they claim a "burgeoning" HD Radio market. My count is fewer than six models (here or perhaps coming) of HD Radio out of about about 10,000 AM/FM analog models available to the public. Perhaps they mean "bungling".
(See same link above).
"Tivoli, Polk, Radiosophy Tabletops Due Soon Tivoli Audio will join the burgeoning HD Radio tabletop receiver market with its Model HD receiver, due to ship late this fall. The company says the Model HD incorporates the latest generation HD Radio chipset, and builds on the legacy of its popular Kloss Model One.
Meanwhile, Polk Audio and Radiosophy continue to promise shipment of their respective HD Radio tabletop receivers in the immediate future. Radiosophy now says it may ship its first product in about four weeks."
HD RADIO-WHERE PIGS FLY! ARE YOU DEAF YET?