[opendtv] Re: Automakers Oppose HD Radio Requirement

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 17:25:33 -0400

Dan Grimes wrote:

> If the HD encoding/decoding were an open format and public
> domain, I would be all for "forcing" HD radio.  However,
> the encoding is proprietary and licensed.  If Ibiquity were
> to be required in the receiver, why shouldn't XM receivers
> be required as well?

I sympathize completely with your point. It would be easier to swallow
if HD Radio were an open, royalty-free standard.

However, the counter argument is that no one is saying that HD Radio is
compulsory. Congress is trying to make it so that *if* the merged XM
Radio and Sirius receivers are sold, *then* HD Radio has to be part of
the package. It's not like they are mandating HD Radio in all radio

Also, I think we need to view this mostly as applies to cars. That's
where the buyer has much less control over his realistic choices.
Remember how tightly XM Radio and OnStar products are bound.

All of the digital radio standards in question are proprietary and
licensed. So, when you have exclusive agreements such as those between
certain automakers and one particular proprietary and licensed system,
which is a walled garden to boot, my contention is that these "will
inherently distort the normal incentives to cost reduce and further
improve the [] product offering" (quoted from the original piece) far
more without HD Radio added in the mix.

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