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21-12-01 Online listening increased more than three-fold since January
Online listening to radio stations has increased more than three-fold since January. MeasureCast’s Internet Radio Listening Index rose 16 percent to an index value of 364 during the week ending December 9. Experts expect to see the total number of hours streamed to more than triple again next year. Virgin Radio’s adult alternative station and Cablemusic Network’s Christmas Classic station took first and second place respectively in the MeasureCast Top 25 chart for the week of December 3 to 9.
13-12-01 Webradio listening figures up
A 33 percent increase in online listening during the week following the Thanksgiving holiday occurred. Survey showed that online listening rebounded sharply as people returned to work from the Thanksgiving holiday. The weekly MeasureCast Internet Radio Listening Index rose to an index value of 314 during the week of November 26 to December 2. The rise followed three consecutive weeks of declines in total time spent listening. WQXR/FM, the classical station of The New York Times, claimed the top spot in the weekly MeasureCast Top 25 ranking, Virgin Radio the second place and took this week’s third place. The MeasureCast Top 25 is based on total time spent listening.
29-11-01 Online listening figures down
According to a recent listening survey, online holiday stations are becoming popular, but overall, online listening is down slightly. MeasureCast has reported that webradio fans increased listening to stations streaming Christmas music last week, but this did not mean more people listened to web radio than before. Weekly listening figures dipped 10 percent. This figure marked the second consecutive week of online listening declines, which were preceded by seven straight weeks of increases.
28-11-01 Dutch radio station collaborates with BMG in mobile music service
Dutch radio station Radio 538 and BMG Entertainment are providing a new service that provides BMG songs as download through SMS. The top 10 BMG chart singles can be ordered for approximately $1 per song by sending an SMS code to the radio station. The digital track will then be sent to the users' mailbox and automatically paid through the mobile phone bill.
13-11-01 Clear Channel to collaborate with FullAudio in online subscription service
Clear Channel Communications, which owns 1,225 radio stations across America, will launch a limited online subscription service at 30 of its radio stations. The three-tiered service run by digital music company FullAudio will retail between $5 and $15 per month. Subscribers will have a set number of songs that can be downloaded each month, depending on which package is purchased. Users will be able to listen to the songs on their PC, but won't be allowed to listen to their music on portable digital music players or burn the music files onto a CD. The new service will also let individual Clear Channel stations create genre-specific services targeted to its listeners.
12-11-01 Virgin Radio tops webradio ranking list
Webcast ratings for the month October have ranked Virgin Radio as the number one webcast channel with 567,800 aggregate tuning hours (ATH) and Live365 as the top network with 4,743,300 ATH. Aggregate tuning hours are the sum total of all hours that listeners tune to a given station or channel. Webcast networks are defined as radio station owners that stream their content online or companies that aggregate online audio programming. In the individual channel rankings, Seattle-based KING/FM held the number two spot with 517,900 ATH. Internet-only broadcaster MEDIAmazing took the number three position with 501,500 ATH.
29-10-01 Webcasting can be profitable alternative
According to the Yankee Group, a company that provides technology research and strategic consulting, webcasting will become a profitable alternative but will not mean the end of terrestrial radio. According to the report challenges facing webcasters are significant enough to keep regular broadcasters in the lead for the foreseeable future. A growing listener base, falling streaming costs and a cooperative advertising community are all aligning to let webcasting become profitable soon. Report findings state that if the Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel (CARP) sets the royalty rate at roughly $0.005 per listener hour, which is substantially less than that demanded by the RIAA, and slightly higher than that requested by DiMA, only then Internet-only and terrestrial webcasters should be able to survive. If the rate is set higher than that however, the CARP ruling could erase this medium.
05-09-01 New MediaSpan radio division aims to combine on-air and online programming
MediaSpan has formed a new radio division. The new radio division will focus on bridging on-air and online programming for radio broadcasters. MediaSpan took over Harris Publishing Systems, LLC and Baseview Products as well as the assets of and NextAudio. Acquisitions of additional companies in the radio business are pending. By introducing the new division, MediaSpan aims to provide radio companies with a comprehensive collection of online-oriented products and services, playing a central role in helping operators extend their value to P1s and advertisers. MediaSpan currently serves approximately 200 radio stations and aims to boost that count by more than 500 stations. Part of the new is a suite of products and services that leverage stations’ on-air assets to build listener loyalty and profitable online businesses including a web publishing platform, signal technologies for streaming of on-air programming and side channels.
15-08-01 Urban Internet radio has fastest growing audience
According to a report by MeasureCast, radio stations broadcasting urban and rhythm and blues music over the Internet keep attracting larger audiences and have an increased total number of hours streamed. The report states three main reasons for the online success of Urban radio stations. First, radio is the leading medium relied upon by African-Americans. Second, African-Americans today are one of the web’s fastest growing communities. And third, Urban format stations actively promote their online programming by repeatedly asking their audiences to listen online at home and at work.
03-08-01 Court upholds royalty ruling on webradio
A federal court has thrown out a challenge from the broadcasting industry against the US Copyright Office, which ruled late last year that radio stations must pay extra royalties to broadcast over the Internet. The ruling was a major defeat for radio stations that also carry the content of their broadcasts through a webradio station. If the court's ruling stands, they will have to pay licensing fees to songwriters, music publishers and record companies. US law does not specifically call for treating Internet broadcasts in the same manner as traditional broadcasts. Therefore record companies have not received any fees for songs played only on radio broadcasts. Broadcasters currently do pay about $300 million annually in music licensing fees to compensate songwriters and music publishers.
01-08-01 Legal fight over streaming webcast royalties starts
The U.S. Copyright Office has launched a crucial arbitration trial over how much webcasters should have to pay in royalties to record labels and musicians. The recording industry says that it has been very reasonable in proposing that webcasters pay 15 cents an hour, or roughly .014 cents per song, for music streamed on the Internet. Supporting the music industry are the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the Association. for Independent Music and the American Federation of Musicians of the U.S. and Canada. The webcasters on the other hand, say that they should not be made to pay an overall fee to an organization that holds a monopoly. A decision by an arbitration panel is not expected before early next year and a final royalty rate will be determined by April or May.
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