HD Radio vs. DRM Debate Continues in Brazil

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Gramado, Brazil - Nov 15, 2013 - More than 500 participants gathered at the 50th convention of the AGERT (Gaucho Association of Broadcasters Radio and Television) that was held Oct. 15 - 18, 2013, in Gramado. During the event the participants were informed about the government's planned Nov. 7 decree aimed to regulate and migrate the AM to FM onto Band I (channels 5 and 6). The subject was hotly debated during the AGERT Congress, according to DRM News.

The two digital radio systems still being evaluated by the Brazilian government were invited to make presentations at the Congress. Marcelo Goedert spoke for DRM and John Schneider spoke for iBiquity and HD Radio.

AGERT has stated its preference for the adoption of DRM system. A decision on the digital radio standard for Brazil still has not been taken by the government.

DRM and HD Radio representatives both rejected the recent statements of the Brazilian Ministry that digital radio provides coverage smaller than the analog, having both filed written objections about this false conclusion, totally contradicted in tests conducted all over the world.

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