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“Outrage” over Ofcom audio decision

Ofcom has created a severe headache for the professional audio sector in the UK. ProSound News is reporting that Ofcom, which in October last year appointed Equinity to administer the clearing of Channel 69 in the 800 MHz band, is now preparing to sell equipment into the band, even though that equipment “will be illegal […]

September 20, 2011By Chris Forrester

Sirius-XM: “Looking to buy”

US pay-radio broadcaster Sirius-XM is in great shape and in formal guidance is predicting a double-digit revenue increase for 2012. CEO Mel Karmazin told a Bank of America conference last week that he’d like to use Sirius’s growing cash pile to help fund a suitable acquisition – but there wasn’t much about! Instead, his Board […]

September 19, 2011

Univision launches radio app

Univision Interactive Media has confirmed that its new Univision Radio App for iPhone and iPod touch is available on the App Store. The app, available in both English and Spanish, brings some of Hispanic America’s favourite radio personalities and programming from stations across the US and Puerto Rico to an ever-growing Hispanic mobile audience. iPhone […]

August 3, 2011

Sirius-XM misses revenue numbers

North American pay-radio broadcaster Sirius-XM managed to fall a little short of its revenue estimates, in numbers released August 2. Revenues were $744 million, and the market consensus was that it would achieve about $752 million. The much more attractive good news was that Sirius-XM ended the quarter-year with 21 million subscribers having added 452,172, […]

August 2, 2011By Chris Forrester

Worldspace India to ‘export’ content

India’s reliable Business Standard magazine is reporting that “Worldspace India”, once it has its local output established, has plans “also to tap markets outside India and increase the number of channels on offer to 20”. The report confirms that the proposed DTH and web-based radio service has also “now acquired the licence to use the […]

July 25, 2011By Chris Forrester

Baidu signs deal with music labels

Baidu, the Chinese Internet search company, has signed a deal with three major record labels allowing it to offer free music downloads to users. The deal represents a coup for the company, which has beaten Western rivals such as Google to the punch. The US company, along with Amazon, recently announced the launch of a […]

July 20, 2011

Spotify goes Stateside

Spotify, the Swedish streaming music service, has finally announced that it will launch in the world’s biggest music market, the US. Spotify’s US launch has been dependent on signing deals with the four largest record labels – Universal, Sony, EMI and Warner Music – though Warner is understood to have only completed the deal this […]

July 14, 2011

Solaris Mobile signs up Italian pay-radio

Solaris Mobile, the JV between SES Astra and Eutelsat, has signed an agreement with Italian publishing giant Class Editori to launch a preliminary pay-radio service over Italy. The system will debut this year (in October) in Milan, hopefully rolling out to the rest of Italy during 2012. The service will comprise satellite-delivered and terrestrial transmission […]

July 13, 2011By Chris Forrester

Arabsat wins Morocco bundle

Arabsat has added a Moroccan television and radio Bouquet on BADR-4, which means that Arabsat viewers in the Middle East and North Africa as well as large parts of Europe will be able to view 8 new TVs channel and 6 radio channels. Khalid bin Ahmed Balkheyour, president/CEO of Arabsat stated that this bouquet was […]

July 7, 2011By Chris Forrester

Virgin Media partners with Spotify

Virgin Media has partnered with Spotify to offer its customers the streaming service via its web, TV and mobile offering. The long-awaited partnership is the first deal Spotify has done with an Internet service provider. The streaming service will be integrated into Virgin’s web and mobile offering using the same price brackets of £4.99 and […]

July 6, 2011