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RAIN 6/5: NPR's Public Interactive to report to SX for public radio

Posted on: 06/05/2009

WILL REPRESENT ALL OF PUBLIC RADIO STREAMING FOR ROYALTY REPORTING

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting has chosen NPR’s Public Interactive to report public radio music streaming to SoundExchange. Public Interactive will represent CPB stations, NPR and its member stations, National Federation of Community Broadcasters members, American Public Media, the Public Radio Exchange and Public Radio International. The first round of reports is due to SoundExchange by mid-July.

Public radio stations must report their streamed music to SoundExchange per the SoundExchange Webcasting Performance Agreement struck between CPB and the royalty collection agency earlier this year (RAIN coverage here), which created new royalty rates for public radio stations streaming content online. The agreement was permitted by Congress under the Webcaster Settlement Act of 2008 (H.R. 7080) (RAIN coverage here).

CANADIAN TELECOM AUTHORITY: BROADCASTS ON “NEW MEDIAWILL NOT BE REGULATED

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced Thursday that it will continue a “hands-off” approach when it comes to regulating broadcast content on “new media” platforms, including the Internet and mobile phones. “Any intervention on our part would only get in the way of innovation,” said the agency. Regulation from the CRTC could include requiring broadcasters to create and show more Canadian content online. The CRTC said it would re-investigate the matter in 5 years. For more, read Reuters’ coverage here.

A LA CARTE SATELLITE RADIO RECEIVERS COULD BE ON THE WAY SOON

Sirius XM subscribers have been expecting a la carte receivers — devices that can receive both Sirius and XM channels — since the two companies merged last year. Satwaves says subscribers may not have long to wait, as a recent patent announcement points to a new “invention” that turns existing Sirius or XM receivers into a la carte devices.

“That’s right. No new hardware is required! The information seems to indicate that the a la carte feature is achieved at the point of transmission, rather than reception,” writes Satwaves (here). The patent announcement also outlines possible a la carte subscription plans. “The patented invention opens the door to countless possibilities,” says Satwaves.

ADOBE WORKING TO BRING FULL FLASH TO MOBILE DEVICES

Adobe — like many in the radio industry — is seeing that mobile smart phones are “where the game is now,” and is working to bring their full Flash technology to such devices. Installing Flash on mobile devices would allow Flash-based applications, like many webcast services, to run on smartphones exactly the same way they do on desktops. Many devices, like Apple’s iPhone, currently do not have Flash, while other phones have a separate handicapped application called Flash Lite.

Adobe now wants to create a single version of Flash, compatible with desktop PCs and mobile devices alike. Trial versions of this full-version Flash will launch for Palm, Android and Nokia smartphones by the end of the year, Adobe said, but implementation for iPhone and Blackberry devices is still up in the air. For more, read the Wall Street Journal’s coverage here.

MIT ENGINEERS CONSTRUCT NEW RADIO USING EAR AS MODEL

Engineers at MIT have constructed a new radio chip, reportedly capable of handling wireless technologies like Wi-Fi or 3G, modeled after the human ear. The radio is a analog RF silicon chip, 1 mm by 3 mm, in which “an array of electronic inductors and capacitors traps radio waves, passing them along via transistors to the chip itself.” The gist of it is that the technique allows the radio to be faster than any other RF spectrum analyzer, while consuming 100 times less power. For more, check out Extreme Tech’s coverage here.



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