Dueling Opinions on HD-R/Sat Rad Tuners

Advocates stake out their expected positions.
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Sirius XM has told the Federal Communications Commission it should not mandate HD Radio in satellite receivers; meanwhile, NAB and iBiquity Digital are urging the agency to do so.

In comments filed with the commission this week in Docket 08-172, the satcaster said such a mandate is unnecessary.

If passed, the company continued, HD Radios should be obliged to receive satellite signals.

IBiquity says the public interest would not be served by that or any mandate that could increase the costs of IBOC receiver development could impede the rollout.