Cincinnati, OH (March 21, 2005)–Harris Corporation’s Broadcast Communications Division reiterated its support of multichannel digital radio in light of the FCC’s announcement on March 8 that clarified FCC policy on multiple audio streams in digital IBOC transmissions. The statement specifically comments on experimental licensing of Secondary Program Services, such as National Public Radio’s (NPR) Tomorrow Radio, citing encouraging test results of Tomorrow Radio applications.
The Tomorrow Radio project enables radio stations to broadcast multichannel services, including secondary audio and data channels, as part of the HD Radio platform. Harris has worked closely with NPR, Kenwood and iBiquity in recent years to pioneer Tomorrow Radio, which has been thoroughly tested at selected NPR member stations with great success. Once approved, it is expected that commercial broadcasting groups will adopt multichannel broadcasting to create new business models for their individual stations.
Harris has preceded all industry competition by delivering complete Tomorrow Radio systems to radio stations, including importers that take advantage of existing bandwidth by multiplexing HD audio and data services into one compact bitstream at the studio. Similarly, Harris expects to be first to market with its exporters (which multiplexes the main channel audio with feeds from the importer en route to an STL system) beginning in April. Harris’ established DEXSTAR HD Radio platform supports Tomorrow Radio applications with the addition of an importer, and its new FLEXSTAR platform has been designed from the ground up for high-performance multichannel radio applications.
“It’s our belief that multichannel broadcasting is the most exciting aspect of HD Radio adoption, as it offers a business proposition for radio stations beyond improved audio quality. The enabling of secondary programming services presents a great opportunity for terrestrial radio broadcasters to drive alternative revenue streams and compete more effectively with emerging digital services,” said Debra Huttenburg, VP and general manager of the division’s Radio Broadcast Systems business unit.
Harris Broadcast Communications Division