Leaving apps behind, next-gen smart TVs will simply connect to Pandora's new "big screen" site

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 12:35pm

Today Pandora is available on more than 900 consumer electronics devices (besides computers, mobile phones, and tablets) like smart TVs, streaming media players, and home theater systems. To achieve this, the company has tasked an army of engineers to build the applications that run in each of these different environments.

Today Pandora revealed its new standards-based, HTML5 site for smart TVs, game consoles, and set-top boxes. CTO and EVP/Product Tom Conrad explained, "By using this platform, we can deliver a uniform experience across any standards-compliant TV, game console, or set top box and focus our efforts on end user benefits and innovation rather than platform specific details."

The site,, is optimized for a "10-foot experience," with navigation, controls, and display designed specifically for big screens. It's already running on the Xbox 360, will soon be available elsewhere as more vendors introduce standards-compliant (that is, which can handle HTML5) equipment.'s Eliot Van Buskirk adds that an added benefit for Pandora might be that advertisers will pay more for ads with display elements that are pumped-up for the big screen. He also notes that people often have their best sound-reproducing equipment connected to the television.

Read more from Van Buskirk here. Pandora's Conrad blogged about here.

Nielsen buying Arbitron, also creating Twitter TV rating. Taylor asks, "How about for radio?"

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 1:30pm

Nielsen and Twitter have forged a deal to create the "Nielsen Twitter TV ratings" to measure the total audience for social TV activity on the social media platform. Couple that with today's news that Nielsen is buying radio ratings leader Arbitron, and smart folks like Tom Taylor begin to ask, "Can radio be far behind?"

There's no real indication of such a development yet, but it's not hard to imageine that "a new radio morning show could be 'trending,' one of these days," suggests Taylor. Read more from him today here.

Read about Twitter TV ratings at LostRemote here and GigaOm here.

New Arbitron/comScore system's first task: Measuring ESPN's cross-platform audience

Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 12:20pm

While we were waiting for Arbitron to finally unveil their long-awaited unified on-air/online radio measurement (see RAIN here), they've announced a deal with comScore and ESPN to measure audio, video, and display across radio, tv, the web, and mobile.

The goal here is to create audience measurement using common metrics on a national and continuous basis, so content providers and marketers can gauge the reach, engagement, and cross-platform duplication of audience.

"The unprecedented size and scope of the project is being driven by the multiplatform measurement requirements of ESPN, which delivers video, audio and display content via television (both in-home and out-of-home), online and mobile video, PC web, mobile web, apps, tablets, digital audio and terrestrial radio" (see yesterday's top story in RAIN here), the companies' announcement read.

The initiative (characterized as "five-platform" as it separates "smartphones" adn "tablets") will integrate "the census and panel-based PC, mobile and TV set-top box measurement capabilities of comScore along with enhanced, single-source, multiplatform measurement capabilities of the Arbitron Portable People Meter (PPM) technology," according to the statement.

Though no roll-out date has been announced, ESPN, comScore and Arbitron will unveil more details October 1-3 at the upcoming Advertising Week convention in New York.

Read the press release here.

New York's Hot 97 to debut web TV series

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 12:00pm

Los BlancosEmmis' New York CHR station WQHT ("Hot 97") tomorrow launches a new web TV series called "Los Blancos." The weekly series will consist of 5-6 minute webisodes, focused on "the tale of two sisters who have taken on the responsibility of running their own family-owned cocaine business."

Inside Radio reports, "Emmis hopes to ultimately distribute season one of 'Los Blancos' as a continuous story arc for a one-hour cable TV show." Though a web-based TV series is hardly "typical fare for a radio station," it isn't new for WQHT. In 2010, the station launched "The Wizards NYC," a weekly web TV reality show starring station personalities.

"Online video is a great way to continue to curate content and create a rich media experience for our audience,” said Lin Dai, Emmis-New York and the Loud Digital Network VP of digital programming and entertainment. “Radio needs to think of itself as a cross-platform media company.”

You can find out more about "Los Blancos" from WQHT's website here. You can subscribe for Inside Radio's daily newsletters here.

Slacker launches app for TV streaming box Roku

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 11:35am

RokuSlacker Radio has arrived on Roku, a device used to stream web content to TVs. Roku also others apps from Pandora, SomaFM, Radio Paradise, Live365, TuneIn, Rdio, MOG and other services. Slacker's new app offers more than 200 curated stations, plus content from ESPN Radio and ABC News.

"Television apps are the latest frontier in personalized radio services," comments The Verge (here). You can find out more from Roku's blog here.

Dish adds Pandora to certain DVRs

Friday, April 20, 2012 - 11:15am

Pandora via TVSatellite TV provider Dish has added Pandora to its Hopper Whole-Home DVR systems. Users with such DVR devices can now stream Pandora through their TVs.

"More than a third of all radio listening takes place in the home and Pandora delivered through the Hopper allows everyone in the family to easily access and enjoy music they love through their personalized radio stations," said Pandora's Business Development VP Ian Geller.

Dish's Hopper DVR also offers access to Facebook and Twitter, as well as photos, games, news, weather, sports updates and stock quotes. Engadget has more coverage, including Dish's press release, here.

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