Aiming at StarGuide Market Niche, X-Digital Picks Up Assets - Radio World

Aiming at StarGuide Market Niche, X-Digital Picks Up Assets

The satellite receiver market is heating up again, and X-Digital Systems Inc. now has acquired certain assets of StarGuide Digital Networks from DG FastChannel Inc.
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The satellite receiver market is heating up again, and X-Digital Systems Inc. now has acquired certain assets of StarGuide Digital Networks from DG FastChannel Inc.

It also obtains a patent license for certain StarGuide patents. Financial details weren't disclosed.

The president/CEO of X-Digital, Ian Lerner, who was a co-founder of StarGuide, said in the announcement, "StarGuide has a broad intellectual property portfolio, which provides us with a significant strategic advantage." He said by acquiring the license to the current platform, his company is "deepening our commitment to the U.S. radio industry" and plans to integrate StarGuide technology into the XDS-PRO line of receivers.

X-Digital also is telling users of StarGuide II and III receivers that they can transition to XDS-PRO receivers, which have features such as copy splitting, targeted ad insertion, store/forward capacity to accommodate multiple time zones, and Web-based network management.

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Supply Side is a series of occasional interviews with suppliers in the news. Ian Lerner is president and CEO of San Diego-based X-Digital Systems Inc.; he spoke with RW via e-mail.