What's The Difference Between Hd And Satellite Radio?

by Iadt Tampa - Date: 2010-03-12 - Word Count: 405 Share This!

Tired of the same five old fuzzy radio stations on the way to work every day? The good news is that you now have two alternatives: HD (high definition) and satellite radio. The bad news is that you may have had no idea there was even a difference between the two.

Satellite radio, by far the more popular choice, has been available in the United States since 2001. Because it is a digital broadcast sent out by satellites, it can cover a much wider area than traditional radio broadcasts.

While HD radio has existed in the U.S. since 2002, many consumers do not know it even exists or know how it works. HD radio is basically a digital broadcast of traditional radio stations with some extra programming.

One of the biggest differences between the two formats is cost. While both satellite and HD radio require an initial investment of $50 to $300 for a receiver, satellite radio requires a monthly subscription of $10 to $17 per month, while HD does not.

Both formats also boast improved audio quality over traditional radio. FM stations in HD can approach CD quality, while AM stations usually have FM quality. The quality of satellite stations can vary. While many satellite stations are broadcast in CD quality, others may be closer to FM. A benefit to satellite radio is that its signal stays strong all over the country since it is broadcast from a satellite; while HD radio fades the further a receiver is away from the transmitter.

Where satellite radio really shines, however, is its programming. Satellite radio has hundreds of niche radio stations for fans of personalities to include Martha Stewart, Howard Stern, Elvis Presley and Bruce Springsteen. It also has contracts to carry programming from the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and NASCAR. In addition to programming available on traditional radio, stations equipped with HD radio can broadcast additional programming on its multicast channels.

So which choice is better for you? HD radio will fit your lifestyle better if you are on a tight budget or are simply looking for better sound quality from your radio. Satellite radio, however, cannot be beat in terms of the amount of programming available and the area it covers.

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