Bob Struble: Radio's Coming Competition
February 19, 2010 at 4:27 AM (PT)
IBIQUITY DIGITAL Pres./CEO BOB STRUBLE writes "A month after the latest, greatest CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW in Las VEGAS, here are some observations on what I saw at the Show and what it may mean for AM/FM. I observed the continued development of new competition for AM/FM. I believe this trend will intensify in coming years. A few specific examples from the floor:
"Mobile DTV is here. Manufacturers launched the first devices supporting QUALCOMM's FLO TV service and the first portable TVs incorporating the ATSC mobile DTV standard (including one with HD Radio Technology built in).
"The next wave of Internet radios, devices which look and act like regular radios but use WiFi networks to tune in thousands of Internet stations, were displayed. Automakers upped the ante on new infotainment services for cars with integrated in-vehicle mobile phone and internet, iPod/MP3 functionality, satellite radio and real time traffic and navigation."
Read his full column here.