HD Radio’s Murky Future
Going into the second decade of the twenty-fi rst century, the collective uptake of digital audio services not related to broadcasting overtook the growth of HD Radio itself. 1 Part of this was due to a recession that hit broadcasters hard, which led to cuts in the resources stations could devote to the digital broadcast transition and new, HD-exclusive programming. In simple terms, many who adopted HD did so shoddily, with numerous issues arising related to the audio quality of digital radio channels, the consistency of programming on new digital-only streams, and the impact of interference caused by HD signals. These problems gave consumer electronics manufacturers and radio listeners little incentive to invest in digital broadcasting.