2017 Infinite Dial Report

Last week Will and I sat in on The 2017 Infinite Dial Study by Edison Research and Triton Digital.  I was pretty surprised by some of the numbers – a lot has changed over the 11 years I’ve been at SurferNETWORK.  As both bandwidth and mobile work toward becoming a commodity; smartphone ownership is up to 81% of the US population, and the consumption of streaming has been along for the ride.

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RAIN Online Audio Advertising Summit Recap

Yesterday RAIN sponsored a conference in NYC to highlight trends in online audio content, platforms and listening, and then tied that with the value of advertising.  There was an excellent cross-section representation from the various and related fields of expertise and overall it turned out to be a valuable experience.  There were two specific highlights I want to mention.Rain Online Audio Summit Continue reading

2016 SoundExchange Changes and Paperwork

It’s that time of year again!  2016 is upon us which means it is time to fill out your annual SoundExchange paperwork.  First and foremost, the great news is that rates have decreased from last year by over 30%!  This should help ease the burden of fees for many broadcasters.  The other important change of note is the elimination out of the Small Broadcaster designation. Continue reading

CRB Preparing for Rate Proceedings

The Copyright Royalty Board, in preparing to set the new webcasting rates for 2016, recently asked the Copyright Office whether different rates can be used for different music suppliers.  Billboard breaks this down to mean that “…the Board is looking into whether it can set a higher rate for music licensed from the major labels over music licensed from the independents.”  Continue reading

NEW Acoustic Fingerprinting Patent Portfolio

SurferNETWORK is pleased to announce that on May 5, 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued to our company US Patent No.9,026,546, “DISCOVERY OF MUSIC ARTIST AND TITLE BY A RADIO STATION CONNECTION TO AN ACOUSTIC FINGERPRINTING SERVICE PROVIDER”.  This patent is the first to be issued of a total of seven patent applications.  The portfolio includes applications directed at improvements in the recognition process for music played by radio stations, radio broadcast monitoring, a smartphone companion to an in-car receiver, and the promotion of specialized advertising using acoustic fingerprinting. Continue reading