Blind Leading the Blind?

Here’s an interesting post on the Engineering Radio blog site that deals with talk that Canada may opt in for HD radio. The assumption is, of course, that this is just more iBiquity swag, the Struble Dream Machine pumping out the poop:

If the CRTC has any sense….

They’ll run away screaming “NOOOOOOOO!” to this notion:

Canada’s plan “B” might include iBiquity (as reported by Inside Radio).

Let’s just hope that this is more of iBiquity’s wishful thinking, which is often presented as actual important news being based in fact. By iBiquity [emphasis added].

Why does the CRTC need a plan B anyway? Is in not enough that Eureka 147 failed mainly due to lack of public interest? If it was something that was commercially viable, wouldn’t it have taken off on its own? Now they are thinking of ruining the FM broadcast band, which, in my experience in Canada, is working perfectly fine.

Who says “digital” is better? If anything, what has been discovered in this country is when it comes to HD radio, digital is worse. Thus far, HD radio has the following going for it:

  • Proprietary system with expensive licensing fees
  • Complicated infrastructure
  • Insufficient building penetration
  • Poor performance in mobile reception environments
  • Lack of original programming
  • Adjacent channel interference
  • Poor receiver sales
  • Lack of general interest and/or knowledge by public

All of these things have been well documented. If you work for the Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunication Commission (CRTC) and are thinking about this, contact me. I’ll even invite you down for a drive around and you can experience HD radio, in all its glory, first hand.

And this in response to a commenter therein: “Sad really. I can’t begin to articulate my disgust with the iBquity crowd for foisting such a terrible system on us.” And in an earlier posting on the fate of AM radio, this salient observation:

Half of me thinks that the ship has already sailed on AM broadcasting. The stations on the air will continue to decline until they are no longer able to broadcast due to expensive repairs or replacement, at which time they will be turned off. The other half thinks that AM radio, as evidenced by the huge public response to WEOK and WALL broadcasting the true oldies channel, can be revived. With the impending inevitable FM IBOC power increases, translator shoe-ins, LPFM, etc., the FM band may become worse than the AM band. At which point the public will have to decide whether free radio is important to them, or 3G/4G services will become the new method of broadcasting.


One Response

  1. “IBOC in the Canadian FM Radio Environment”

    “Based on the evidence currently in hand, the DRCG considers that it would be risky for Canadian broadcasters to proceed at this time with an unrestricted roll-out of HD Radio services in the FM band, in the manner implemented in the US. There is no ground-swell of radio listener interest in this technology so far and the lack of inexpensive receivers, as well as unique new programming services, continues to make it difficult to market HD Radio to the public in the US. Moreover, there is no evidence that Canadian digital radio listeners are being lost to the 10% of US FM stations that have implemented HD Radio to date.”

    Canada seems to be aware of the situation in the US.

    “North American Broadcasters Association”

    “The North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) is a non-profit group of broadcasting organizations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. It is committed to advancing the interests of broadcasters at home and internationally. Full Members: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CBS, CPB, NPR, Televisa (much of its programming airing in the United States on Univision). Affiliate Members: Harris, iBiquity Digital Corporation, NAB.”

    Problem is that all of these jokers, to include iBiquity and Harris, are part of the NABA, pushing this junk-technology on Brazil, Dominican Republic, etc…

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