2015 NAB Show, Las Vegas, Nevada – April 13, 2015 – iBiquity Digital Corporation, the developer of digital HD Radio Technology for AM and FM audio and data broadcasting, reports that the company has completed phase I of the launch of their nation-wide Monitoring Network, focused on improving the quality of HD Radio broadcast operations and the consumer HD Radio Experience. This network is currently operational in the top 10 radio Markets as well as in Las Vegas and Detroit and the roll out will continue throughout the year to include all of the top 50 radio markets.
The Monitoring Network will help to identify potential station issues as well as gaps in station operations that might adversely affect a consumers’ experience with digital radio broadcasting. Information will be gathered continually from a network of remote listening stations and fed into a central data analysis platform developed by iBiquity. This data will not only be used to ensure quality broadcast operations, but will help quickly diagnose and correct any issues. In addition, the data will feed iBiquity’s digital consumer platforms HDRADIO.COM and the HD Radio Guide App.
iBiquity Digital has partnered with DaySequerra, who has manufactured the field monitors that are being deployed in the various markets. DaySequerra is a leading manufacturer of broadcast monitors and audio solutions for broadcast radio. These monitors are extremely sophisticated and can be deployed by stations directly for dedicated 24x7 station monitoring and automated error correction.
iBiquity Digital has also partnered with Media Monitors in the installation and maintenance of the field monitors. Media Monitors is a leader in local media monitoring for broadcast radio, TV and other media services. The company has a strong presence in all of the leading radio markets where the HD Radio field monitors will be deployed.
“We are extremely proud of our collaboration in launching the HD Radio Monitoring Network”, said Jeff Jury, Chief Operating Officer of iBiquity. “With 25 million HD Radio receivers in use today and over 40% of all new cars shipping with the technology, it is critical that users have the best possible experience. We are dedicated to a vibrant future for broadcast radio and believe this network will contribute to that future.”
“This is an exciting time for us to be involved with iBiquity Digital in the launch of the HD Radio Monitoring Network”, said David Day, President of DaySequerra. “These second –generation Market Area Monitors (MAM2) provide detailed and accurate measurements on various HD Radio parameters such as time/level alignment, power levels, signal quality and data services.”
Philippe Generali, President/CEO of Media Monitors, commented, “We are thrilled to provide services to another key player of the US broadcast industry such as iBiquity.”
HD Radio products are available nationwide at thousands of locations. Retailers such as Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Costco, Sam’s Club, BJ’s, Amazon, Crutchfield, Car Toys and many more, offer a wide variety of models in multiple categories.
CE brands continue to offer HD Radio equipped products, across virtually all product categories including Aftermarket Car Stereo, AV Receivers, Tabletop and docking devices, portable products, and Personal Navigation Devices (PND).
HD Radio receivers are also available from all major auto manufacturers in the U.S., including being offered on over 200 vehicle models of which HD Radio technology is standard on more than 100 of those models. A complete list of vehicles offering HD Radio receivers can be found at this link http://hdradio.com/get-a-radio/new-car.
The HD Radio system is available across the U.S. and Mexico, with more than 2,300 digital stations conversions, and over 1,550 HD2/HD3 digital only channels that broadcast fresh new content that can only be heard with an HD Radio receiver. A sampling of the formats on these extra channels, which vary in different markets around the country, include Dance/Electronica, Bluegrass Country, Comedy, Local Music, Chill/Coffee Shop Music, South Asian, Talk, News, and Sports, to name just a few.
About iBiquity Digital Corporation
iBiquity Digital Corporation is the developer of HD Radio™ Technology, which is fueling the digital radio revolution in the United States and around the world. The digital technology enables broadcasters to offer new and unique FM content via HD2/HD3 channels, crystal-clear sound and data services on both the AM and FM bands – all free, with no subscription fee. Leading broadcasters, consumer electronics manufacturers, automakers and retailers are committed to HD Radio Technology. iBiquity Digital is a privately held company with operations in Columbia, MD, Auburn Hills, MI, and Piscataway, NJ. For more information, please visit hdradio.com and www.ibiquity.com.