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The Infinite Dial 2014 is the latest in a series of online media studies, conducted by Edison Media Research and Triton Digital. The companies have conducted this survey 22 times since 1998. The focus is on audio services, especially the growth of both awareness and usage of digital platforms.
Just in time for SXSW's March 7th kickoff, here is Part II of the Live & Dangerous feature -- featuring 3 more essential emerging acts to catch at this year's highly anticipated festival.
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The FCC on the federal side and a public-private combination of Google and various local governments on the local side are making moves to advance the cause of net neutrality, giving consumers guarantees that all Internet traffic will be treated equally.
The FCC is trying to thread the needle on net neutrality, after the US Court of Appeals threw out the FCC’s existing rules a few weeks ago. The Court left the FCC with 2 options: drafting new rules, or reclassifying ISPs as common carrier telecommunications companies, making them subject to regulation like public utility companies are.
This week, FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler, announced this week that he will pursue the former track, rewriting the rules, while retaining the option to reclassify the ISPs at some point in the future. Wheeler will work on drafting new net neutrality rules that conform to the Court of Appeals decision, but there’s no guarantee that they’ll be able to come up with rules with real impact.
It's almost time to kick off SXSW 2014, which takes place from March 7-16 this year in the musical oasis that is Austin, Texas. Every year tens of thousands gather at this premier festival to experience the best from the music, film, and interactive sectors of the entertainment business. In particular, SXSW is known for its phenomenal music week (March 11-16), which takes place over seven days and features hundreds of emerging new artists. In light of the overwhelming amount of talent set to perform this year, "Live & Dangerous: SXSW 2014" will consist of a two-part installation -- with each part featuring three upcoming acts well worth catching in Austin this year. Here are our first three recommendations.
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Two long-time media research firms, Nielsen and Edison, have just released separate studies showing the power of over the air radio. Last year Nielsen added long-time radio ratings service, Arbitron, to its portfolio of media measurement services. Audio is a big part of the media landscape and Nielsen is reflecting that importance with its new report, State of the Media: Audio Today 2014. The company says that this report will become a quarterly project.
The top line finding of the initial Nielsen report is that FM/AM radio continues to reach more than 90% of the population each week. Other audio platforms are growing, but terrestrial radio’s reach, according to Matt O’Grady, Nielsen’s EVP & Managing Director, “stretches across demographics, ethnicities and geographies as listeners engage every day with stations in their local markets on matters important to them.”
LOS ANGELES—While much of the music industry was busy last week feting Grammy nominees, several dozen artist managers, technologists and record-label executives met for breakfast at a private club on the Sunset Strip to discuss a more urgent matter: how to make more money.
A pre-Grammy tradition that started several years ago known as the Big Bang Forum, the tech-focused discussion highlighted an uncomfortable reality: While Grammy wins and performances still boost record sales and exposure, the glory is increasingly muted as record sales make up a shrinking piece of most artists' income. Read the full story @ the WSJ here.
The US Court of Appeals this week struck down 2 of the FCC’s 3 Open Internet Orders, which is the official name of the agency’s net neutrality rules. Net neutrality is a concept that demands that all Internet traffic should be treated the same. The FCC rules were imposed to prevent the nation’s largest broadband service providers from charging content companies for access to Internet fast lanes.
Verizon sued the FCC and the Court agreed, striking down sections of the law. The fear is that the court’s ruling opens the door for ISPs to charge companies like Netflix, YouTube, Skype and others more because customers who use those services use up more bandwidth. Alternatively, the companies could theoretically slow down traffic to various web services that use lots of bandwidth or that conflict with services run by the ISPs themselves. Net Neutrality was designed to prevent these things.
Another of my annual visits to Las Vegas for the 2014 International CES revealed more evolution that revolution among the estimated 20,000 products on display. Of course, LG, Panasonic, Samsung & Sony all continued to display their newest TVs, but almost all of them (including amazingly detailed 4K pictures, beautifully clear OLED images, glasses-free 3D & even curved screens for the home) were simply the latest versions of innovations that had already debuted at CES in past years. One 84” 4K concept demo from Samsung actually bent from flat-screen to curved-screen at the touch of a button on its remote control, apparently created by engineers with a bit too much time free time on their hands!
The annual CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is under way in Las Vegas. Here's our list of some of the technologies and devices that will dominate.
“Connected Cars” is a category that’s been growing and changing rapidly. Google made a lot of pre-CES noise with its announcement of the Open Automobile Alliance, which will make its Android OS the default in-car entertainment OS in cars made by GM, Honda, Audi and others.
Music fans all over the country will be toasting to 2014 with some live music this year -- and whether you're looking to rave or prefer something a little mellower, there are plenty of great shows to choose from. So if you don't have plans yet for the big night, here are three emerging acts playing that are worth the trip.
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