Flo & Eddie of the Turtles have convinced a California State judge that their public performance rights were violated. The case deals with a 1982 law pertaining to pre-1972 recordings and could affect satellite radio and other services like Pandora going forward.
Read more from the Hollywood Reporter here.
Netflix Inc. is refusing to provide the national broadcast regulator with a range of sensitive data about its online streaming operations in Canada, citing concerns the data might not be kept confidential.
On Friday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) repeatedly sparred with a representative of Netflix, demanding that the company produce data about its revenue and viewership here or risk jeopardizing the status that exempts the popular online video site from the country’s broadcast regulations.
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I attended the NAB Radio show in Indianapolis last week and one of the more colorful speeches was delivered by Bob Hoffman.
Bob has worked in the Advertising Agency business for the past 41 years. He invests millions of dollars buying media each year and if you sell traditional media such as Television, Newspaper or Radio you really need to watch this video.
Check it out here
By the way Bob’s Speech starts at 46 minutes into the video.
9 September 2014 Indianapolis. The latest Neilson Music 360 study released at the NAB Radio show indicates that 63% of music listeners report discovering new music through listening to AM/FM Radio.
This is well ahead of the other services such as online streaming services at 37%, Pandora at 27% Satellite radio at 11% and Spotify at 7%.
56% of listeners in the USA use the car radio to listen to music in a typical week, 68% of consumers stream music which includes YouTube music video viewing, and almost 20% of consumers say that after hearing a song they link on the radio, they search for more information about the song or artist on line and 19% will purchase that song or album.
You can check out the full study at the Neilson site here.
The new iPhone comes with a barometric sensor that can tell your elevation, which helps with all those fitness apps. It has a better iSight camera and better video recording.
And it comes capable of Apple Pay… Apple’s new payment technology. Goodbye wallet full of cards.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be in stores on September 19th but you can pre-order starting September 12th.
Overall revenue for all broadcast sectors increased by 1.3% to $17.1 billion dollars. Television was down by 0.2% but it is still a $6.5 billion dollar industry. Radio is down 0.1% but it is still a $1.6 billion dollar business. Once the more detailed data is released we’ll see how AM and FM are performing and how consolidation of ownership is impacting costs and profits. The only sector that says revenue growth is the cable guys who can boast a 2.1% increase in 2013. In particular, Internet protocol television (IPTV) increased by 58.2% to almost $1 billion dollars, which is probably mainly due to the increase in popularity of products like Fibe TV.
On average, Canadians listened to 19.3 hours of radio per week in 2013, down slightly from 19.6 hours in 2012. Growth of satellite radio subscription was essentially static.
What is strange is the level of listening via on-line audio streaming did not grow from 2012 to 2013 and remains at 22% according to the information released. We are seeing much higher levels of on-line streaming in 2014 with many of our radio clients across Canada, but that maybe as a result of the tools, websites and mobile applications and strategies that encourage stations to use.
You can read the full release from the C.R.T.C here.
Bottom line is that this is still a great business to be in and profits for most broadcasters are still very healthy.
The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) still exists, which may come as a surprise to some in the broadcasting industry. While a much smaller group with a lower profile, they have been working away behind the scenes on a number of issues on behalf of broadcasters in Canada. One of these issues relates to tariffs. In fact for the last three years, the CAB has been actively lobbying to have the Minister of Industry issue a statement limiting liability under the existing Re:Sound tariffs that commercial radio broadcasters pay.
On July 30, 2014 the Ministerial Statement was issued. The Ministerial Statement prevents the increase to the Re:Sound Commercial Radio Tariff 1.A that would have resulted from implementation of the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty, which came into force for Canada on August 14, 2014.
So the CAB got exactly what they were asking for which is no increase in these fees for commercial radio stations.
However this new treaty will have other impacts on the performance royalties associated with other uses of music including the online activities of radio broadcasters such as simulcasting or webcasting. It may be sometime before we know these details.
Congratulations to Gabriel van Loon and the other staff at the CAB who have fought this long and protracted fight. For once it seems that common sense seems has prevailed.