According to CES, 48% of all new cars have HD radios now. I
wonder if people use HD without realizing they are listening to
Nielsen now tracks HD channels. The numbers are not impressive
so perhaps they aren't and that is why they are turning it off.
Our station isn't HD but my previous employment had two HD
sub-channels. It is great for playing those niche formats that
can provide a real service. For instance, they had a pure student
produced channel (it was at a university).
I wish HD had more popularity so I could justify the cost to
upgrade. I am finding that maintaining performance (RF reception
and audio quality) is much easier on the HD transmitter than my
old, analog, tube transmitter.
With the new FM translators for AM stations, I thought it might
be interesting to convert an AM station to digital just to feed
distant FM translators with a high-quality signal. I know many
are against the FM-translator provision in the AM revitalization
but I think it is a great delivery method. But I know I am
missing the counter arguments.
On 09/19/18 23:34, John Stortz wrote:
was at a Best Buy store, Wed, and didn't think to ask those
people. But I've noticed some of the "big" commercial
stations have turned off their digital transmitters. With
competition among the commercial stations being so fierce, I
am assuming they all have given up on "HD" Digital AM, at