Brazil Knows the True Value of HD

The radio guys were yukking it up over the yahoo translation of this Brazilian website concerned with digital radio. The clumsy translation is here. Writing on the discussion board, radioskeptic said:

There are some interesting comments about “HD” on the web site . It’s in Portuguese, but here’s a rough translation:

Yes, the machine translation is terrible. It’s disconcerting to see “ondas medias” (medium waves) rendered as “average waves,” “bandas laterais” (sidebands) as “lateral bands” and “canal” (channel in this context) as “canal,” but it will nevertheless show you that Brazilians seem to have a clear idea of the true worth (ha!) of “HD” radio.

Note that there are no comments—not one!—in defense of Iniquity’s junk technology. If you wonder why there aren’t, it’s probably because Iniquity and the Alliance aren’t investing any money in training internet trolls for that purpose overseas.  (If you think I’m kidding about companies and political factions running training programs for internet trolls, see

I can’t help but suspect than anybody who defends “HD” is part of a carefully cultivated Astroturf campaign!

The yahoo translation makes the following assessments of HD:

“To fry bacon in a pan,” it is as the interference 20 co-canal sounds when you are 10 or KHz of one of the station of radio AM transmitting with iBiquity Digital HD Radio. At night north-eastern of U.S.A., a true storm of digital noise appears in all the band of transmission of the AM (average waves) hindering the reception of many distant stations. How confusion!…

Now on money and great companies, it seems that this is the fuel of the society of today more than what never. You already saw the licensing agreement where the radio stations you must submit to the patents of the Digital Ibiquity Corporation in order to be able to work? Well, he is here: Licensing Fact Sheet 2009.

Here he is cerne of what the sender must agree if desires to transmit IBOC HD Radio:

  1. The agreement is perpetual. You are algemado to the Ibiquity, its supplier and benefactor, forever.
  2. To pay an only tax of US$ 25,000 to the Ibiquity for rights of transmission of the audio canal of main. The now paid station a private company, with lucrative ends for the right to transmit its signal main.
  3. Distribution of prescriptions (part of its profit goes for the Ibiquity). It pays to 3% of the net revenue incremental derivative of any suplemental services of audio possible with technology HD Radio (a minimum of 1.000 dollars per year and audio canal of additional).
  4. More than prescription allotment (more than its profit goes for the Ibiquity). It pays to 3% of data-communication the net revenue incremental derivative auxiliary (given secondary and tertiary digital not associates with the main canal of primary data).
  5. It pays to me again. The updates of software of current system HD Radio must be permitted by the payment of an annual extra tax or the tax prevalecente at the moment of the ascent.

Then the translation gets to the heart of the matter — the complicity of the government, through the FCC (not to mention public radio) — in promulgating this deception:

E is sad to say, the Government of U.S.A. (on behalf of the FCC) acts as an agent money channeler to the Ibiquity, when the Ibiquity authorizeed to be the only supplier of technology HD Radio. It calls it monopoly, if to desire. Yeah, yeah, I know — therefore the Ibiquity has the patents on this technology. E from there? Money, money, money and more money. What it happened with the public interest? (already vi this film before…)…

One Rafael Diniz, who was included in an email exchange of the guys, responded:

Hi there people,
I’m one of the founders and maintainers of the DRM-Brasil national platform.
We are very afraid of the possibility of adoption of HD Radio here in
Brazil, but I think we are getting success to some extent in our task to
discrediting HD Radio.
; )


One Response

  1. “Brazil, but I think we are getting success to some extent in our task to discrediting HD Radio.”

    I think we are, too – LOL!

    “Why is HD in the US not catching on?”

    “However, in order to have a comprehensive analysis of the benefits of the digitalization, we should also address some business issues. Indeed, we are trying to figure out why HD Radio is not catching on with the US public. And here is where I would like to ask you for some help. I would really appreciate if I could have your opinion on that or even have some references to other sources of information. Your comments would be very important for us.”

    Why would Brazil even consider HD Radio, now, or any other digital platform?

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