RAIN 12/7: Growth of web-connected TV likely increases at-home exposure to Net radio

Michael Schmitt
December 7, 2011 - 11:05am

A "smart" TV with plenty of web apps built right inConsumers are increasingly purchasing gadgets that enable them to experience web services -- from Netflix to Pandora -- on their TVs, reports USA Today. "Driving it is the consumer [appetite] for a wide variety of content on demand and the availability of devices that allow them to get that content on their big-screen TV," said an analyst at market research firm In-Stat.

Plus, "this holiday season could be the perfect time to bring these new services to your living room," writes USA Today. "There are bargains to be had."

The publication proceeds to run-through the various ways you could bring Internet services into your living room, from set-top boxes (like offerings from Roku, Apple and Boxee) to Blu-ray players to video game consoles to TVs with web apps built right in.

Though USA Today mostly focuses on the video app side of things, Internet radio and on-demand music streaming services are available on nearly all of the devices the article recommends.

Pandora on Google TVIf the research in USA Today's article is any indication, web-connected TVs are becoming more and more mainstream. We've seen indications of the desire for web radio on TVs in the past, from Comcast testing a native Pandora app for Xfinity cable customers (here) to Roku adding a dedicated Pandora button to their remote controls (here).

In fact, Roku said then that Pandora was one of the top five most popular apps on its devices.

And even if consumers don't necessarily buy a "smart" TV or Boxee Box for Internet radio services, they will be exposed to apps from Pandora, TuneIn Radio, Last.fm, iHeartRadio and others. As we've written about before (here), that could very beneficial to webcasters.

Finally, it's not just on the TV that web radio and streaming music is making in-roads with mainstream consumers. The New York Times reports today on a wide range of stereo devices ready to stream music from Internet radio and other web services.

You can find USA Today's article here and the New York Times' article here.

Michael Schmitt
December 7, 2011 - 11:05am

Jacobs Media's Summit 16Today RAIN publisher and AccuRadio founder/CEO Kurt Hanson moderates the "Future of Radio Panel" at Jacobs Media's Summit 16 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Summit also includes speakers like radio futurologist James Cridland, WTOP VP of News and Programming Jim Farley and many others.

Head to Jacobs Media's website here to find out more.

Yesterday, AccuRadio COO John Gehron moderated the "Close-up on Revenue Initiatives -- Does Local Make 'Em Loyal? Or Is Bigger Better?" panel at Radio Ink's Forecast 2012 gathering.

You can find out more about Forecast 2012 from Radio Ink here.

Michael Schmitt
December 7, 2011 - 11:05am

CBS Radio has brought on Neil Salvage to helm its digital sales. Salvage will be responsible for national and local digital assets sales -- websites, mobile, and streaming. He'll report to CBS Radio President of Sales Michael Weiss (coverage in Radio World here).

Meanwhile, NPR has created a Silicon Valley-based technology correspondent position, and brought on journalist Steve Henn for the role. He'll report on how technology affects the lives of citizens and consumers, and cover startups, venture capitalists and the entrepreneurial culture of Silicon Valley, NPR said. He's currently the technology and innovation reporter for American Public Media's "Marketplace." More here.


SoundExchange has appointed Scott Day as CTO. He most recently served as CTO for financial services and media company The Motley Fool. Jonathan Bender was recently named COO. SoundExchange is the recording industry agency that administers royalties for digital uses of copyright sound recordings (e.g. webcasting). There's more here.
Paul Maloney
December 7, 2011 - 11:05am

Group music listening site Turntable.fm tonight holds the Mashtival music fest: more than 20 "mashup" artists in three different Turntable "rooms" will perform. Mashtival

Users gather in online music site Turntable.fm's "rooms" where they take turns DJ-ing. Listeners can rate how well each DJ is performing, adding social and gaming elements to the service. Several Turntable.fm rooms are now dedicated to the art of "mash-ups," musical works created by combining two or more pre-recorded songs by (for example) "overlaying the vocal track of one song seamlessly over the instrumental track of another ." Google "Girl Talk" or Danger Mouse's "Grey Album."

Wired reports the event, beginning at 7pm Eastern, will take place in three rooms. Each room’s five DJ spots will have a couple VIP DJs as well as up-and-coming mashup artists.

There's more info on Mashtival's Facebook page here. Read more in Wired here.