Hybrid Digital radio, with its superior sound and reception -- and
the ability to squeeze more channels into one frequency -- should be an
obvious part of this digital media age. Yet after 13 years, HD radio has
failed to match its expectations -- for many reasons.
"I don't think the industry has done a good job promoting it," said
Joseph Puma, vice president, engineering and technology, for WNED
broadcasting. "And I don't think IBiquity is getting manufacturers to
make receivers for it. Table radios have not gone below $100, and most
people don't want to pay that for a clock radio. If you were a classical
music aficionado, you may be more apt to buy it."