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DTS to Acquire iBiquity Digital Corp.
September 3, 2015 at 11:23 am

DTS Inc. announced today it has entered into an agreement to acquire iBiquity Digital Corp., a developer of digital HD Radio technology for AM/FM audio and data broadcasting, for approximately $172 million. DTS plans to finance the transaction through a combination of cash on hand and debt.

At CES, DISH Announces Sling TV OTT Video Service
January 5, 2015

DISH has announced at the International CES that it will launch by the end of January an OTT (Over-the-Top) live TV and Internet video service it is branding as Sling TV, with the target market being 18-to-35-year-old Millennials.

Best of the Sachs Report: Wherefore Art Thou Radio?
January 20, 2011

Editor's Note: Ed Sachs has stepped away from writing the Sachs Report, but for the next couple of weeks, we're going to be running "best of" editions in this space; a new newsletter will be launching soon in its place. In this column, from late last year, Ed looks at the future of car radios:
T'was the night before Christmas and all through the house, we were listening to Christmas music on Pandora through our DVD player and TV sound system. Wow, how times have changed!

Wherefore Art Thou Radio?
December 22, 2010

T'was the night before Christmas and all through the house, we were listening to Christmas music on Pandora through our DVD player and TV sound system. Wow, how times have changed!

T'was not so long ago I lamented the CD mechanism in car stereo head units. (Why do we only use T'was in December? I love T'was, don't you?) As I said, you can stop worrying about the CD mechanism in new cars and aftermarket sales in five years, but do not leave out radio. To back up that strong suggestion, here are some interesting numbers from Edison Research that manufacturers should know.

For practical reasons, unless otherwise pointed out, the age group we refer to here are 12 to 24 year olds. In 2000, 29 percent of that demographic had a cell phone and now in 2010, it's up to 81 percent, with 40 percent of those being smartphones. Mostly they text (92 percent), search the Internet (51 percent), play games (50 percent) or use the device for social networking (45 percent). But important to note: 40 percent of this group use the device to listen to music.

Sirius Debuts XM Snap! Radio
October 1, 2010

Sirius XM Radio this week unveiled XM Snap!, a new satellite radio that easily attaches to a car radio.

Evolution of the MyFaceTube Car
July 14, 2010

Kicking Tires, a blog for car buyers on cars.com, recently posted a survey asking about the importance of easy Internet access in a moving vehicle. The survey reported that 65 percent of respondents under 35 years old considered in-vehicle Internet service either important or very important.

The Sachs Report estimates that this group of 65 percent is further divided into two subgroups: those who fail to begin driving for 30 seconds once the light turns green (not applicable on the East Coast) or those drivers who are literally standing on their brakes as they approach the rear of my car at 50 mph, causing that head-tucking-into-the-shoulders sound of screeching tires and billowing grey tire smoke choking out visibility in the entire intersection.