January 6, 2015

New Pioneer HD Radio™ Receivers Include Emergency Alerts Feature

Columbia, Maryland – January 6, 2015 – iBiquity Digital Corporation, the developer of digital HD Radio Technology for AM and FM audio and data broadcasting, reports that

Pioneer has shipped three new HD Radio models, DEH-X5700HD, DEH-X5710HD, and DEH-X8700BH, all equipped with the new Emergency Alerts Feature. Emergency Alerts work in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Alert Services to provide consumers more advanced messaging during emergencies or disasters. Radio stations across the country are deploying HD Radio Emergency Alerts at an accelerated pace to offer this service nationwide, with special initial emphasis in tornado alley states

These Pioneer HD Radio receivers are the first car products to launch in Model Year 2015 providing the Emergency Alert Services feature. In addition, these models offer great new programming from HD Radio stations, all 100% subscription-free.

“We are delighted Pioneer is introducing these car products with Emergency Alerts”, said Bob Struble, President and CEO of iBiquity. “In emergency situations, drivers using these models will receive critical messages designed to safeguard their wellbeing broadcast by their local radio stations.”

"Providing relevant local content, particularly in times of severe weather or other natural emergencies, has always made broadcast radio an invaluable consumer resource,” said Ted Cardenas, Vice President of Marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “The addition of Emergency Alerts adds an element of safety to the strong entertainment value HD Radio technology provides.” 

HD Radio products are available nationwide at thousands of locations. Retailers such as Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Costco, Sam’s Club, BJ’s, Amazon, Crutchfield, Car Toys and many more, offer a wide variety of models in multiple categories.

CE brands continue to offer HD Radio equipped products, across virtually all product categories including Aftermarket Car Stereo, AV Receivers, Tabletop and docking devices, portable products, and Personal Navigation Devices (PND).  

The HD Radio system is available across the U.S. and Mexico, with more than 2,200 digital stations on-air, and over 1,500 HD2/HD3 digital only channels that broadcast fresh new content that can only be heard with an HD Radio receiver. A sampling of the formats on these extra channels, which vary in different markets around the country, include Dance/Electronica, Bluegrass Country, Comedy, Local Music, Chill/Coffee Shop Music, South Asian, Talk, News, and Sports, to name just a few.