Originally Posted by Master Theseus
Ok, so here is the answer to most of your concerns.
Think of conditional access as an IP address. . . All it does it help broadcasters identify your radio out of the million or so other HD Radios in the market.
Think of conditional access as a tool for the broadcasters to send software updates to your HD Radio.
Think of conditional access as a way for you to get personalized traffic updates.
Think of conditional access as a way for broadcasters to get premium content to you.
Conditional access will not effect radio, it will effect the other premium services HD Radio technology possible. Music will still be there. . . free radio isn't going anywhere, it is just a way for you to get the most of what HD Radio has to offer.
- If HD Radio remains free there will be no need to track which radio is allowed to receive the broadcasts.
- I prefer to update my radio or any other devices myself through a firmware file that I can download from the internet. Don't want broadcasters or companies to get into my radio or devices without me first knowing an update will change my radio. I'd like to decide it I want to apply an update to the next latest firmwares in case there are bugs in the new release for example.
- I don't see the significance of personalized traffic updates when I get traffic reports now on free radio, xm satelite and the internet. I can't justify paying for this as traffic reports are always spotty and unreliable anyway and I don't see the radio stations expending any extra effort to provide more accurate traffic reports than they do now, especially if they have to have employees wade through numerous regions to report "personalized" traffic conditions for your particular area.
- It seems that it will affect the available bit rate made available to the free music channels thus diminishing the audio sound quality which is already just borderline acceptable for hi-fi listening (which is my priority versus more content).
I just think they should not spoil a good thing with greed. Leave it alone, stay Free. Make the money in other ways or they will lose audience.