Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Far East End of Hamilton, ON (Lake & Barton, 11th floor facing WNW)
With the debacle surrounding DAB, and AM Stereo before it... the fact of the matter is, without standards, manufactures will drag their feet since it costs money and time and research to bring products to market. If the marketplace is left to decide, particularly in broadcasting, I've come to the conclusion that it just doesn't gel. Broadcasting standards often mean decades of use, and additions work better then changing existing spectrum usage.
As I've alluded to here in the past, DAB didn't fly due to insufficient coverage, expensive and flaky receivers, and abysmal engineering at the broadcast end.
Industry Canada should have rapidly issued a 3rd installment of the allotment plan based on DAB+ as soon as that standard was ratified or at least when it's technical parameters were known. With 9 stations per multiplex, or ensemble, just putting AM and FM stations on a "mux" would only be the beginning... There would have been room to spare and open up spots for new broadcasters.
If broadcasters don't want IBOC, then test DRM on FM... Like TV, digital forms of broadcasting are eons more efficient, and with the proper transmission methods, multipath and other problems can be greatly mitigated.
DAB listener 12/2003-11/2011 (DAB Off-Air since 11/2011)
HD radio Listener since 06/2010