Quincy, IL (April 19, 2006)–Broadcast Electronics (BE) will host at NAB2006 the first public demonstration of four audio program channels over HD Radio, plus a closed caption radio service for the hearing impaired designed by NPR Labs that runs on part of the Advanced Application Services data stream.
The demonstration is being sponsored by BE in partnership with iBiquity Digital Corporation, with participation from NPR.
The demonstration is representative of how stations might broadcast multiple services over HD Radio. A news/talk main channel along with two HD2 channels of music and yet another HD2 channel of reading services for the visually impaired are broadcast simultaneously on a single HD Radio carrier from the BE booth.
A separate data channel illustrates closed-captioning of the news/talk program for the hearing impaired.
“The hearing-challenged community has sought a closed-caption radio service for some time, but the technology has not been available,” said Mike Starling, chief technology officer and executive director, NPR Labs. “This demonstration features technology innovation from BE and proves that the concept is not just viable but also within reach.”
“BE remains a very active collaborator in NPR’s commitment to public service and ways in which that can be extended through HD Radio innovation,” commented Neil Glassman, BE vice president strategic marketing. “These advancements in HD Radio have clear benefits for commercial stations as well and will be available to all stations that have purchased BE HD Radio technology products.”
The demonstration will take place at BE’s Pavilion of New Technologies display, booth N1808. BE will show its end-to-end Total Radio solution featuring an FMi digital transmitter with FXi digital FM exciter and BE’s multicasting unit, the IDi 20 Data Importer, as well as BE’s XPi 10 Data Exporter for multiplexing closed captioning text with audio over HD Radio.