Saturday, October 20, 2007

HD Entering the mainstream

Finally HD Radio is becoming more than just something for radio geeks, as it begins to be included in mainstream devices, at prices that people would pay for the device anyway, with or without HD Radio. A few examples below.

Insignia (Best Buy) shelf system with AM/FM, CD, MP3, WMA, AND HD Radio...just 150 bucks (a bargain with or without HD)

Sony High Quality Stereo Table Radio WITH HD (High end table radios are already established bestsellers for companies like Bose, Cambridge Soundworks, Tivoli, and PolkAudio).

Dual car stereo with HD for 89.99 (also plays cd, mp3, and wma...again, a great buy with or without HD)

These are MAINSTREAM products, at prices that people routinely pay for such devices. With more products like these, HD can't help but become mainstream, as more and more Americans discover they actually "already have it".

"Honey, this light that says "HD Radio" is on. I think it sounds better. What does that mean?"


Anonymous said...

"Sirius wins "Fastest Growing Company" in Deloitte's 2007 Technology
Fast 500"

"Ford SYNC rollout well under way"

"Is the NAB ceding to the Sirius-XM merger?"

"Sirius Canada tops 500,000 subscribers"

OOPS - wrong blog, sorry!

Mike Walker said...

Which has what to do with this discussion? I've never thought, nor do I now, that satellite radio or internet radio will "kill" terrestrial radio, nor vice versa. There has simply never been an instance where something like this has happened. New forms of media take their place beside older ones, existing in harmony. Now individual outlets either succeed, or fail, on their programming merit.

If "Sirus" is such a "Sirius" company, I invite you to steer all the funds in your portfolio into Sirius stock, and see if you can lose as much as the others who did so earlier! Satellite radio offers a valuable service. I've been a subscriber for years (to XM, the codec Sirius uses is grating to me, despite the fact that I like some of their programming). But I wouldn't invest a cent in either company, as they have yet to demonstrate ANY ability to make money...unlike terrestrial radio, which is still hugely profitable.