Tag: siriusxm

04/28

hivio 2014 is Breaking Records!

It's shaping up to be perhaps the most diverse gathering of professionals in the audio information and entertainment space ever. Just take a look at this word cloud version of all the company names present in the room: From broadcasters to podcasters, from commercial radio to public radio, from startups to established players, from digital innovators to traditional radio stalwarts, from U.S. to International. It's a full house for hivio 2014, the audio future festival, set for a secret San Diego location on June 4. Onstage will be a custom video message from social media guru … [Read more...]

04/17

The FCC Needs to Have Its Head Examined

From Radio Ink: The FCC's  detailed explanation why it's not allowing more deregulation is very specific about what radio is expected to deliver. In rejecting the NAB's increased competitive environment, the FCC points out that Satellite Radio and Internet Radio are "national platforms," not likely to respond to competitive conditions in local markets. And, no evidence was provided that either plan to become local. The FCC said, "only local broadcasters provide programming based on the unique characteristics of their respective local markets. As the Commission has stated previously, it is the … [Read more...]

09/19

Radio’s Auto Dashboard Strategy: We’ve Got It All Wrong

I wrote this originally for NetNewsCheck and it is excerpted here with their permission. Go here for the full article. In the race to exploit new digital opportunities, Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker has described three “consumer Internet ‘white spaces’ yet to be reimagined.” One of these was the “ear” and another was the car. And she describes the latter as “largely untapped.” Naturally, broadcasters are in a tizzy because one industry’s white space is another industry’s breadbasket. Indeed, roughly two-thirds of radio listening occurs away from home, largely in autos. What to do? … [Read more...]

04/07

Sirius XM’s Take on Personalization

Personalization is a rainbow extending all the way from "lowest common denominator" to "all mine." The former is what you get on the radio while the latter is what you find in the iTunes store. SXM's version of personalization, which appeared in the iTunes store this past weekend, is closer to the former than the latter, not that there's anything wrong with that. Want to skip songs or create your own custom channels? Sorry, Charlie. This isn't the place for you (assuming you're listening "live," whatever that means) - but then you knew that already. But if you have a favorite Sirius XM … [Read more...]

05/04

Target’s Dilemma Shows the Way for Radio

On the surface, retailer Target may not have a lot to do with your radio brand. But look closer, because the similarities are staggering. Like radio, Target has a wide array of items, together aimed at a broad-based, massive audience.  Like radio, Target is suffering from a million tiny cuts as Internet options eat into their business with lower pricing or greater selection (i.e., in the radio context, greater value).  Like radio, Target is a trusted brand that includes human-to-human interaction.  Like radio, Target lives in your local market. So why is Target discontinuing Amazon's … [Read more...]

02/17

The Limits of Personalization

Okay, so I have weird tastes.  I'm the guy whose favorite dishes in restaurants are discontinued for lack of interest.  And my music tastes are just as irregular. But thanks to the Internet you can find anything nowadays, and thanks to personalized radio services you can create what you want out of nothing if you so desire. It so happens that there's a channel on SiriusXM that gets close enough to one thread of my weird tastes.  Also,  I created my own version on one of the personalized radio services.  And here's what I discovered: The SiriusXM version is better.  The one that is … [Read more...]

12/14

Why I like SiriusXM’s new Mobile App

It hasn't gotten a ton of attention, but SiriusXM's recently revised mobile apps add some functionality which I think makes a dramatic difference in the quality of the user experience and also transforms the meaning of satellite radio online using the familiar metaphor of the DVR (not new for the conventional satellite radios, but certainly new for their streaming versions). It's no longer simply the mobile way to stream most SiriusXM channels via the Internet.  It now allows a whole new level of control, as illustrated by this summary from SiriusBuzz: The “START NOW” feature which will … [Read more...]

* = required field

Dive Into The Blog