Originally Posted by Master Theseus
I was at a meeting during CES with NPR Labs, IBiquity, and disabled persons organizations and there is a huge initiative and large amounts of federal grants to bring reading services to these mulitcast channels. It is an attempt to reach the some 35 million hearing and vision impared persons in the US.
They are also looking to make ALL radios and electronics more disabled accessbale and usable. I for one agree and as a manufacturer am pushing for this as well.
The NPR station here in the Phoenix area has been running a similar reading service on an FM subcarrier for years now. A couple months ago, they started their HD upgrade, and after e-mailing them, the GM told me that they were going to move that service to an HD3 subchannel once they went on the air with HD. At the time they were still contemplating what to put on the HD2.
Two months later, their HD is not on the air yet. I don't know what their holdup is.