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Monday, 14 June 2010

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Greg

"FMeXtra: Another On-Channel Solution"

"Eventually DRE asked the NRSC to reactivate the DAB subcommittee. Early on, we saw that IBOC was going nowhere as long as there were multiple proponents, and even in the best estimates, it would be many years before there would be any return on investment. So we decided to license our patent portfolio for use in IBOC to USA Digital Radio, which eventually merged with Lucent’s IBOC group to form Ibiquity. We are an Ibiquity shareholder... There is no significant difference in spectrum occupancy between the 'extended hybrid' mode of IBOC today and these earlier systems, which were deemed by the NRSC and others to be incompatible with the host analog FM signal."

http://www.bext.com/RW/RWFMeXtraDec05.pdf

Unfortunately, iBiquity and the NRSC killed FMeXtra. FMeXtra would have died on the vine like HD Radio, trying to sell consumers on "more" radio stations.

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