iBiquity HD Incentives

Peter Q. George radiojunkie3@yahoo.com
Wed Feb 21 22:03:04 EST 2007

--- Laurence Glavin <lglavin@mail.com> wrote:
> > Seems that $25,000 would be a HUGE obstacle for
> many stations.

Never mind the MINIMUM $75,000 per station to just
purchase the HD equipment.  It would deplete virtually
every stations' capital budget, and then some (that
is, of course, if your station is not owned by an NPR
affiliate, Clear Channel, Greater Media et.al.).  I
personally think that the smaller stations (like the
colleges and local stations) will opt for FMExtra, the
digital subcarrier system which uses the same
sidebands as analog SCA (57-92 kHz) and can provide 2
full-quality stereo streams.  Nice thing about
FMExtra, there are NO extra license fees (unlike
Ibiquity which charges mucho dinero for each stream an
IBOC station activates).  The FMExtra coverage is more
robust than IBOC as well.  It carries much faithfully
than IBOC.

I've had a Boston Acoustics receiver for the better
part of a year.  The programming on HD radio (HD1, HD2
etc.) is really nothing much to write home about.  The
AM HD is not useable unless you happen to see the
towers or have a very LONG longwire.


-Peter Q. 

Peter Q. George (K1XRB)
Whitman, Massachusetts
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