Columbia, MD (January 6, 2004)–iBiquity Digital and major industry partners, including Texas Instruments, Phillips, Kenwood, JVC and Panasonic, are leading the consumer introduction of HD Radio technology during the 2004 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2004), which opens January 8 in Las Vegas. iBiquity Digital is the sole developer and licenser of HD Radio technology in the U.S.
During CES 2004, leading CE and OEM manufacturers, including Alpine, Delphi, Fujitsu/Eclipse, harman kardon, JVC, Kenwood, Onkyo, Panasonic, Sanyo and Visteon, will be showcasing a variety of HD Radio receivers, some of which will be commercially available in 2004. Simultaneously, the very first HD Radio tuner–a Kenwood KTC-HR100–will hit store shelves with stations in over 100 markets covering nearly two-thirds of the U.S. population having already licensed the technology in anticipation of its consumer launch.
HD Radio AM and FM broadcast technology represents the industry’s biggest leap forward since the introduction of FM more than fifty years ago and will usher in radio’s digital era with unsurpassed sound quality–FM delivering CD-level performance and AM matching today’s FM stereo–plus new features, such as integrated wireless data that displays information as text or rich media directly on the faceplate of the radio.
HD Radio’s digital technology also paves the way for the introduction of a number of new services designed to transform the radio broadcasting industry for the digital era. These services include interactive features supporting the on-demand delivery of audio and data programming at the press of a button, automated store-and-recall capabilities that bring television’s PVR-based functionality to radio, and NPR’s Tomorrow Radio project, a Supplemental Audio Programming (SAP) service that will allow network affiliates to simultaneously broadcast two separate programs on the same channel.