GM and Toyota oppose HD Radio inclusion mandate
Nothing in our companies’ respective agreements with XM inhibits our ability to offer HD radio.
The automotive environment is extraordinarily competitive and there has been no showing in the record to support the proposition that if consumers continue to show an interest in HD technology that those manufacturers currently pursuing other entertainment strategies will not take notice and adjust their strategies.
Go ahead Ibiquity... Keep pissing off your customers. The biggest obstacle the advancement of your technology is the amount of time you spend fighting satellite radio. How about trying to be proactive rather than reactive?
Moreover, it is well understood, that once mandated, the holders of the intellectual property for HD would have no incentive to be fully responsive to the demands of the marketplace. While HD radio is successfully penetrating the marketplace, it is nevertheless still an evolving technology. Any mandate will inherently distort the normal incentives to cost reduce and further improve the HD product offering.