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
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
Edison Research recently released additional information from their 2014 ‘Share of Ear’ study with a specific focus on podcast listeners.
According to this study, podcast usage was up 18% overall from the spring to fall releases of study results. The study focused on those podcast listeners, and broke down the time spent listening to different audio sources, and the results for radio were optimistic, with podcast listeners spending 21% of their listening time on the radio and 30% listening to podcasts. Continue reading
Happy October!! We hope you have your costumes all picked out and ready to go for the big day. In honor of one of our favorite holidays, we’ve decided to run a contest for all of our customers, and find out who had the best Halloween Costumes this year! Just snap a picture of your costume (or your pet’s costume!) and email it to us for a chance to win a prize from SurferNETWORK, so make sure you have your cameras ready at the Halloween party this year! Continue reading
We’ve been hard at work to improve the streaming experience for stations and listeners alike. Over the past few weeks we’ve rolled out several new features and enhancements to our service, and wanted to highlight a few of them for you today. Some of these enhancements will keep you organized on the back-end, while others will make it easier for listeners to get your stream regardless of device! Read on to find out more. Continue reading
Nielsen recently released data for music sales as well as streaming, and they showed that overall music consumption was up, despite sales being down in 2013 compared to 2012. That means that streaming music is on the rise. It’s up 32% to be exact, and we expect that number to be even higher in 2014 with more people move their listening habits online, and even more competition in the On-Demand music streaming arena (which was up a whopping 103% last year). Continue reading
2014 has arrived, and here in the Northeast, we just dug out from a nice 8-10 inches of fresh powder. With the new year comes the time for all of the music stations out there to renew their SoundExchange paperwork to stay compliant. Continue reading
This year at SurferNETWORK was one of tremendous progress and new challenges. Several Patents in streaming media technology were issued by the US Patent Office; significant upgrades were made to the listener experience with the Music Trivia Player; and we invested a significant amount of time and money into a complete overhaul of our infrastructure, both hardware and software, which dramatically enhanced our services. Unfortunately, as with anything new and improved, it came with challenges – I apologize for any inconvenience caused by these upgrades. Now, with these speed bumps behind us we can all reap the benefits, forge ahead into 2014 and not look back. Continue reading
Thanksgiving is upon us yet again, a time to gather with family and friends and share a meal, maybe catch some football if you can make it to the couch after dinner.
In the spirit of the Holiday, we’d like to take a minute to show some gratitude to you. It’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind and take for granted the fact that we couldn’t be here without a great bunch of radio stations and other broadcasters, but most importantly people, to do business with.
2013 has been a good year for SurferNETWORK. Turning 15 was a great milestone in the history of our company, and we are proud to have been able to share that with you. So once again, Thank You. Safe travels to everyone making a trek to Thanksgiving Dinner, and if you’re kicking off Hanukkah today, Shalom!