Tag: mobile phones

listentophone
11/08

What Does Sprint’s Unlimited Data Plan Say About NextRadio?

Lots of folks in the radio space are talking about Emmis' NextRadio initiative to activate FM chips in smartphones (here and here), but not a lot of folks in the industry are paying attention to NextRadio's primary partner, Sprint. Remember that one of the driving arguments for NextRadio is that consumers can conserve bandwidth by tuning in radio over-the-air without eating up precious bits and bytes. But nobody in radio seemed to notice Sprint's announcement last month that they would offer unlimited data plans in an effort to compete with the same type of offer from T-Mobile. As … [Read more...]

southparklarge
07/16

The Death of Distribution Channel Advantage

So I read with interest today this distribution-related tidbit from NTS MediaOnline: Cumulus Media-owned Westwood One has announced an agreement with NextRadio that will enable all U.S. radio stations to use advertising inventory to fund the industry’s payments to Sprint. Over the past year, broadcasters have been asked to commit dollars and/or inventory to fund the Sprint NextRadio Initiative, which plans to sell at least 30 million FM receiver-enabled smartphones in the next three years. Broadcasters can now meet their commitment by providing two minutes per station per day (Mon-Sun/ … [Read more...]

nextradio1024
03/19

Is NextRadio Growing…or Sinking?

From Radio Ink: The latest statistics from Emmis regarding NextRadio show the popularity in the app is still on the rise. NextRadio allows listeners to access their favorite radio station on select Sprint phones without using data. In addition to the NextRadio app being downloaded over 240,000 times, listeners have tuned to nearly nearly 8,000 radio stations racking up over 190,000 hours of listening through the app since it was launched. In January and February of 2014, the average minutes listeners used the app jumped 62% and the average listening sessions every day was up 76%. While this … [Read more...]

listening-to-phone
03/13

FM Chip in Cell Phones means More Radio Listening? Don’t Count on It

Last week Edison Research released its always excellent “Infinite Dial” study of audio listening habits in the U.S. I’m a big fan of this study, so this post is intended more as observation than critique. I was troubled by only one chart and the headline drawn from that chart, which was widely trumpeted by the trades almost verbatim: “FM Tuner in Cell Phones Could Lead to Increased Listening among AM/FM Listeners.” But is that really what consumers are saying? Or is that just what we think they’re saying? The question: “If your cell phone had an FM radio tuner, would it lead … [Read more...]

Sprint on FM Radio
01/14

As Long As FM Radio is on Sprint Phones….

Last week one of the radio industry's big headlines was the preliminary deal struck between Sprint and various players in radio to provide over-the-air FM on Sprint devices via the Emmis/HD Radio NextRadio platform.  I haven't seen much thoughtful analysis on this yet, so here goes nothing. On the surface, this is good news.  After all, it means more ways for listeners to listen to the stations they love and more ways to interact with those stations. Looking deeper, however, we need to keep this announcement in perspective. Consider these apparent facts: Although details on "what's … [Read more...]

radiophone
08/09

FM on Mobile Phones? Be Careful what you Wish For

What's the best way for radio to compete in a newly digital mobile environment? Is it to ensure that every mobile phone has an activated FM chip?  Is it, in other words, to expand the limits of existing technology to cover new gadgets which are built fundamentally on newer and more interactive and personal technology?  Is it to turn a mobile phone into the same kind of radio that sits on your nightstand? No, no, a thousand times, no. Wild projections flutter about the radio industry regarding the consequences of FM chips in mobile phones - "30 percent more listeners," goes one. … [Read more...]

mobilephones
05/09

Do People Really REALLY want FM on their Mobile Phones?

Another study from NAB has been issued which supports the notion that consumers want FM on their mobile phones. And, like all studies about what people WILL do rather than what they HAVE DONE in the past, it's flawed. You can ask people what they value and what they have done and they will give you an answer that represents their best frame on reality. But ask them what they intend to have for breakfast tomorrow morning if the moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter aligns with Mars, and their answer will be far less predictive of actual behavior. The NAB study asked some interesting … [Read more...]

sleep
04/12

Is Radio Losing the “War for Attention”?

Put these pieces together: First, Arbitron/Edison's Infinite Dial study shows 30% year-over--year growth in the online radio audience (a large number, but not at all surprising to anyone paying close attention).  Attention spreading. Second, a small study reported in Ad Age indicated that young consumers switch media 27 times in an hour.  "What they are looking for is engaging content, and they dismiss so much stuff," said Dan Albert, senior VP-media director at Chicago's MARC USA agency.  Innerscope Research CEO Carl Marci: "The target has become faster, and the window of opportunity … [Read more...]

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