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Broadcasting News / Who is getting the money?
« on: February 13, 2015, 12:46:09 PM »
Here is a well-thought-out and informative article:  http://xappmedia.com/artists-blame-record-labels-not-music-streaming/#axzz3RejLwnGJ

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Catch All Discussion Board / Free Streaming eBook
« on: December 18, 2014, 08:12:58 PM »
I've been scanning this book today. Looks like it has info of value. Choose the eBook "Radio Station Streaming 2015" http://www.radioworld.com/ebooks

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Broadcasting News / Copyright Law Changes for 2015 and 2016
« on: December 18, 2014, 08:10:49 PM »
(This is a duplicate of my post in my blog category.)

Unfortunately in 2015, Small PurePlay agreements (SoundExchange) are no more. Small PurePlay allowed a cap of 10 million ATH per month which is just about what StreamLicensing Affiliates are running right now.

Since Small PurePlay goes away on January, 2015 1 I am left with no choice but reduce my Affiliates ATH to the 5 million ATH monthly cap available under the Small Webcaster's agreement. This means I must lose roughly 1/2 the ATH my Affiliates use by January 1. I've invested quite a bit of money with my attorney exploring the best way forward and the end result is not what I had hoped. Yet, I think the answer we've found is far better then no solution.

Our new resource partner http://www.ProNetLicensing.Com will provide blanket licensing for those we can no longer service here. http://www.ProNetLicensing.Com will be renting StreamLicensing software and utilizing our support team so the experience there will be somewhat similar to what you have here.

Looking ahead to 2016:

The problem is in 2016 all legal proposals by the copyright board so far have NO provision for Small Pureplay or for Small Webcasters. This leaves us as very small broadcasters, at just about an impossible royalty fee under the other SoundExchange agreements. I think we can change this and have some action ideas I'll be sharing asking your help on starting in mid-January.

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StreamLicensing Blog / Copyright Law Changes for 2015 and 2016
« on: December 18, 2014, 08:08:55 PM »
Unfortunately in 2015, Small PurePlay agreements (SoundExchange) are no more. Small PurePlay allowed a cap of 10 million ATH per month which is just about what StreamLicensing Affiliates are running right now.

Since Small PurePlay goes away on January, 2015 1 I am left with no choice but reduce my Affiliates ATH to the 5 million ATH monthly cap available under the Small Webcaster's agreement. This means I must lose roughly 1/2 the ATH my Affiliates use by January 1. I've invested quite a bit of money with my attorney exploring the best way forward and the end result is not what I had hoped. Yet, I think the answer we've found is far better then no solution.

Our new resource partner http://www.ProNetLicensing.Com will provide blanket licensing for those we can no longer service here. http://www.ProNetLicensing.Com will be renting StreamLicensing software and utilizing our support team so the experience there will be somewhat similar to what you have here.

Looking ahead to 2016:

The problem is in 2016 all legal proposals by the copyright board so far have NO provision for Small Pureplay or for Small Webcasters. This leaves us as very small broadcasters, at just about an impossible royalty fee under the other SoundExchange agreements. I think we can change this and have some action ideas I'll be sharing asking your help on starting in mid-January.

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If StreamLicensing were to add a very FEW more genres to our directory listing what should those genres be?

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Broadcasting News / Article predicting Digital Radio Growth
« on: June 05, 2014, 03:19:56 PM »
Interesting article on Digital radio growth predictions for the next three years correlated to Advertising expectations.

http://www.radioworld.com/article/digital-services-forecast-to-grow/270736

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NextKast / All About NextKast
« on: June 02, 2014, 06:30:56 AM »
If you are looking for simple to set up automation system for your internet radio station you should definitely evaluate Nextkast as an option. Written by a USA based developer for use on his own internet station, this software uses a simple method of importing music into categories, and then creating a rotation/clock that runs automatically.

Tutorial videos are available on http://www.nextkast.com to help you get started.

The software includes the ability to schedule rotations or playlists and has a built in sound processor that sets auto gain and compression for a professional sounding station. Nextkast also has built in encoders, so no need to run other encoder software to get your station on the air.

Check out more and download your demo copy at http://www.nextkast.com.

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LiveWebDJ / About LiveWebDJ
« on: June 02, 2014, 03:02:45 AM »
LiveWebDJ is a powerful and easy to use cloud based Internet radio automation system. LiveWebDJ provides you the power to create a professional sounding Internet radio station. If you operate an Internet radio station, you need LiveWebDJ. You can access LiveWebDJ from any computer, anytime. LiveWebDJ maximizes the uptime of your station by eliminating points of failure.

You and your remote DJ's can broadcast live from any computer using the DJ Access management system. Whether you'd like to shuffle songs from a single playlist or setup multiple playlists, clockwheels and events you can do it all with LiveWebDJ.

Visit our website today at http://livewebdj.com - Don't forget to checkout our video podcast series which will guide you on getting your station on the air as quickly as possible at http://www.livewebdj.com/podcasts/podcast-e1.html

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Broadcasting Software / MOVED: Station Playlist & Creator
« on: June 01, 2014, 09:49:05 PM »
This topic has been moved to Station Playlist.
http://forum.streamlicensing.com/index.php?topic=93.0

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Streaming Software / MOVED: MOVED: Radiodj
« on: June 01, 2014, 09:47:24 PM »
This topic has been moved to RadioDJ.
http://forum.streamlicensing.com/index.php?topic=3.0

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Streaming Software / MOVED: SAM Broadcaster 4.9.7
« on: June 01, 2014, 09:45:35 PM »
This topic has been moved to the new Board: SAM.

http://forum.streamlicensing.com/index.php?topic=122.0

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Broadcasting News / Canadian Performance Rights Fee Set
« on: May 31, 2014, 08:38:30 PM »
Canada's equivalent of SoundExchange (collecting for Internet Performance Rights) has set the fee for 10.2 cents for 1,000 performances. (A performance is defined 1 listener listening to 1 song.) If my math is correct that means that each time a listener listens to a song the fee will be .000102.

That doesn't sound like much but if you have a decent amount of listeners, and multiply listeners X songs X .000102 over a month you come up with a bit of change owed. That rate is much lower than SoundExchange's Pure Play rate, but not nearly as good as the rate small broadcasters operate under here in the States.

If StreamLicensing was operating under the standard Commercial Pure Play agreement the fees we (and you) would pay would go up astronomically.

You can see the Canadian News Report here: http://fyimusicnews.ca/post/85944224822/copyright-board-sets-rates-to-be-paid-by-music-sreaming

Canadian affiliates: Please note that at this time, StreamLicensing fees do NOT cover this new performance fee requirement by the Copyright Board of Canada for Canadian broadcasters.

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Effective 5/19/2014 I dropped phone support at StreamLicensing. I made this decision for several reasons including:
  • Some phone callers were downright rude to my support team. Usually these were not Affiliates but pre-sales callers. I never could figure out why a caller would be rude and argumentative about something that quite frankly the caller knew nothing about. But it happened. I got tired of the abuse and felt like Kathy, the customer support team member who answered most of the calls shouldn't have to take it either.
  • Once LoudCity closed, StreamLicensing's support load doubled. The phone calls became time consuming and overwhelming. Something had to go in order for those of us in Support to have any kind of life besides StreamLicensing Broadcaster Support.
  • With the increased support load, we need the support requests to be in our system so we don't let some needs fall through the cracks.
  • I've moved most email support to our Support System as well and for the same reasons. I personally am getting hundreds of emails a day and some of them fell through the cracks and didn't get answered. By moving Support to our Support Ticket System, not only are all requests and answers tracked, but the support is spread over all of us so that you get answers more quickly instead of awaiting my response.

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StreamLicensing Blog / Why are you an Internet Radio Broadcaster?
« on: May 20, 2014, 09:06:33 PM »
What does Internet Radio mean to you? If I asked you to define your station's purpose in one sentence what would that sentence be?

I've done many things over my lifetime, and I've been blessed in many ways. I moved into Internet Radio when I made a decision to sell my small-market terrestrial station. Owning a station was a dream I cherished since I was in high school many years ago. I kept my dream alive over the years until finally, in 2005, I bought my little AM station, added a FM translator, and proceeded to work myself to death trying to keep the bills paid and the station legal. The FCC regulations, which MUST be honored by terrestrial stations, make the issues we deal with here as Webcasters look like child's play.

So once I made the decision to sell my AM/FM station, I started my Internet Radio Station. I started it to give me the opportunity to keep doing radio after my AM/FM was history. For royalty coverage I signed up with Loudcity and I remember the excitement of watching the listener numbers grow. I still enjoy watching those numbers. And that brings me to my point today. I'm in Internet Radio because I enjoy it. While my terrestrial station brought me nothing but grief, Internet Broadcasting has been a ball from day one.

I enjoy it and as a Christian, it is a ministry as well. Where else can one combine a hobby, a passion, and a life-purpose or mission and do it for just a few dollars a month? Here's my one-sentence answer to why I'm in this business. I am an Internet Radio Broadcaster because I enjoy it, I find purpose and joy in broadcasting, and I believe I make a positive difference in the lives of my listeners.

Life is too short to be drudging unhappily along your journey. Enjoy it! If I dared give advice to you, here is mine: Don't waste a lot of money on your station but give it enough of you and enough of a purpose so that your listeners feel your passion. Make sure your listeners have better lives as a result of investing their time and their ears tuned to your station!

So why are you in this business? What is the mission statement for your station?


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Catch All Discussion Board / New Categories?
« on: May 10, 2014, 07:52:26 PM »
What new categories or other changes do you suggest to make this forum more effective?

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