Automakers Are Offering HD Radio™ Technology Across North America
Columbia, Maryland – April 8, 2014 – iBiquity Digital Corporation, the developer of digital HD Radio Technology for AM and FM audio and data broadcasting, announced that numerous automakers are shipping vehicles equipped with HD Radio Technology across North America. Ford, Toyota, GMC, Chevrolet, Buick, Jeep, Dodge, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti, Lincoln, Mitsubishi, and Ram now have vehicles at dealerships in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada offering the expanded audio features of digital AM and FM broadcasts delivered with HD Radio Technology.
HD Radio Technology is the digital evolution of AM and FM radio and delivers significant benefits for drivers: crystal-clear sound quality; additional digital only local FM channels known as HD2/HD3 Channels; Program Info, which displays song title, artist and album name on the radio screen; HD Radio Technology is subscription free broadcast radio.
HD Radio Technology was approved as the digital standard for AM & FM broadcasting in Mexico in June 2011 and has seen a rapid rollout from automakers and radio stations across the country. There are already 13 stations broadcasting with the technology in Mexico City and 25 additional stations outside of the capital city in other areas of the country. Nearly 30% of the Mexican population has access to an HD Radio broadcast already with more broadcasters planning to support the digital rollout in the future. Canada is currently evaluating HD Radio Technology with many of its border cities already having access to HD Radio broadcasts from the US.
Jeff Jury, Chief Operating Officer of iBiquity Digital said, “We believe that consumers across North America benefit from the adoption of the HD Radio standard, enabling the delivery of free digital audio and new data services. By offering access to HD Radio broadcasting across the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, the automakers are ensuring that their customers can enjoy the current features and the coming all digital future for AM & FM.”
HD Radio Technology is available in both the United States and Mexico, with close to 2,300 digital stations on-air, and nearly 1,500 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.
All major automakers have now publicly announced plans to incorporate HD Radio Technology in 170+ models by year-end with more than 80 models featuring HD Radio receivers as standard equipment in the U.S. 13 automakers already ship vehicles equipped with HD Radio Technology across North America.
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 www.hdradio.com and www.ibiquity.com.
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Note to editors: HD Radio™ and the “HD Radio” logo are proprietary trademarks of iBiquity Digital Corp. The “HD” in HD Radio™ is part of iBiquity Digital’s brand name for its advanced digital AM/FM system. It does not mean hybrid digital or high-definition digital; both of these are incorrect.
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