Across the U.S., radio broadcasting companies are giddy over the prospect of reclaiming lost listening in the home thanks to the much-heralded smart speaker. With purchases of the Amazon Echo and Google Home devices on the rise, owners of AMs and FMs are cheering, as these can be used to consume their stations.
In Europe and in Asia, receiver sales remain significant. In fact, 2017 was a new record for yearly sales, new data released Tuesday (5/15) show.
RBR+TVBR OBSERVATION (Full Text Below, for Subscribers Only): Receiver sales? Really? Yes — and it is because of the success of DAB. Chalk up another report card with a big fat F for the U.S. radio industry on bungling HD Radio.