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"Pioneer Says No Thanks To HD Radio"

"Pioneer has thrown their opinion into the ring regarding the proposed merger between Sirius and XM. While not taking an official position on the merger, Pioneer did express concerns over an Ibiquity proposal that would call for inclusion of HD radio chipsets into all SDARS receivers. Pioneer raised several concerns about the limits that an idea such as Ibiqity's would have, and further stated that it should be a free marketplace that determines the success or failure of HD radio, and not government regulation. Interestingly, Pioneer made no mention of the open access condition proposed by some consumer groups as well as U.S. Electronics."

http://siriusbuzz.com/pioneer-says-n...o-hd-radio.php

What! And, this is from an HD Radio manufacturer! Maybe, they are pissed because they got burned by HD Radio.

"FCC Chairman says Sirius-XM ruling possible by June 30th"

"Regarding the open device condition, we agreed with the Chairman that should the Commission permit any entity to manufacture a satellite radio receiver, it would obviate the need for a mandate that all satellite radios have an HD radio chip, or that they be interoperable. In that case, the market would inevitably provide for satellite radio receivers with a wide variety of features" (emphasis added). Takeaway: This is a strong suggestion that iBiquity's proposal is losing ground in favor of open access. That's a good thing in my opinion - requiring that HD Radio be included seems to have little to do with the 'public interest' and more to do with 'iBiquity's interest'."

http://www.orbitcast.com/archives/pu...f-details.html

"DOJ Approves Sirius/XM Merger"

"The statement also dismisses claims by HD Radio that a merged Sirius and XM would exclude competing technology from car stereos and other equipment."

http://www.electronista.com/articles...ves.sirius.xm/

Of course, as we remember, HD Radio was dismissed by the DOJ. Now, HD Radio seems to be losing ground with the FCC (who would have ever guessed that). Struble may regret opening Satrad receivers up to iPod jacks, Internet Radio, etc...
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"Pioneer meets with FCC, faces off with iBiquity"

"Indeed, they had a bone to pick with iBiquity, the government sanctioned monopoly purveyor of HD Radio technology. The iBiquity conditions would limit the breadth of radio product offerings to consumers, limit which radio component suppliers' products be designed into radios, have the effect of decreasing AM/FM tuning performance, unnecessarily increase costs to consumers uninterested in HD Radio and interfere with the useful and healthy free market mechanisms extant in radio electronics purchases, writes Pioneer."

http://www.orbitcast.com/

Yup, they are pissed! Sweet!
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Jeez, I thought everyone loved iBlock, say it ain't so!
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"IBiquity, the company behind HD Radio, is making enemies all over the place, the latest of which is Pioneer. The Japan-based corp, which makes the popular Inno, recently told the FCC [PDF] that iBiquity’s scheme to force satellite radio manufacturers to include HD Radio playback is absurd."
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"Pioneer says HD Radio succcess should be decided by open market, not forced inclusion"

"IBiquity, the company behind HD Radio, is making enemies all over the place, the latest of which is Pioneer. The Japan-based corp, which makes the popular Inno, recently told the FCC [PDF] that iBiquity’s scheme to force satellite radio manufacturers to include HD Radio playback is absurd."

http://www.crunchgear.com/2008/05/29...ced-inclusion/

Sweeeeeet! Keep up the good work, guys!
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Member suspended for ignoring a Moderator.
We closed the last one for a reason guys, not so you could just re-open it.

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