CNET Calls Satellite, HD Radio 'Flops'
July 20, 2009 at 4:59 AM (PT)
Satellite radio and HD RADIO are sharing a dubious honor with their inclusion in CNET.COM's list of "The decade's 25 biggest tech flops."
Satellite radio landed at seventh on the list, with CNET calling the concept "great, but the business model was suspect: Even with commercial-free music stations and coast-to-coast coverage, how many people are willing to pay for radio after getting it free for so long?"
And for HD RADIO, CNET wrote that it "was supposed to be the next great thing in "free" radio, offering clear, digital 'CD quality sound' and more listening choices. But it's been slowed by the manufacturing costs of both the HD Radio chips and the radios themselves--as well as poor marketing." The release of new receivers, the site added, is "giving hope to backers and fans that the technology will find more success next decade."
Among other "flops" listed in the slideshow are DVD AUDIO and SUPER AUDIO CDs (fourth place).