FA News – May 7th, 2016

FA Unavailable In Canada

Due to what is hopefully only technical issues as Radionomy, listeners in Canada are unable to listen to ANY Radionomy streams.  Instead they are being redirected to a Radionomy run light music station.

I apologize for this but it is out of our hands.  The Radionomy offices have been closed the past few days due to a holiday in Belgium.  This issue will not be resolved until Monday at the earliest.

Flashback Alternatives No Longer Available on TuneIn

Earlier this week all Radionomy streams were removed from Tunein.com at the request of Radionomy.  Radionomy stated this was due to the increase in CRB rates.  This is the same increase that shut Live365 down.

Flashback Alternatives and Radionomy

In light of the above issues, as well as other technical issues with the platform, we are rethinking our future with with Radionomy.  As most of you know, due to the lack of a Small Webcasters Rate, options are slim.  Currently it is either Radionomy – or Stream Licensing – which was recently sold to a larger organization.

With StreamLicensing, our costs would go up substantially, but we would not have to run advertising, other than a pre-roll add which is about to be introduced by the new owners of StreamLicensing.  Streams would also have to be launched via a page hosted on the StreamLicensing domain and not from the FA website directly.   There may be some other limitations on what players could be used (both on PC and Smartphone Apps).  I will be getting clarification on that next week.

The results of that conversation and what (if any) announcements are made by Radionomy next week, will determine next steps for FA.   There are also rumblings that we may have a voice in Congress that will go to bat for the Small Webcasters.  More on that as information becomes available.

In other news….

Around 500 new tracks were added to the FA library bringing the number of tracks in the FA library to over 41,100 – all available via our request system – with a lot more to come!

The June Artist of the Month poll is up!  Be sure to vote!

As always, thanks for listening to Flashback Alternatives!

DJ Ed

 

 

 

#aotm, #crb, #fa-news, #flashback-alternatives-2, #radionomy, #rain, #small-webcasters-agreement, #tunein

FA News – January 3, 2016

Happy New Year!

Station News

Hopefully you were able to catch the FA New Year’s Eve Dance Party on New Year’s Eve, or the repeats on New Year’s Day.  Some great music by the fine FA DJ’s.  You will be able to hear these shows On Demand on Mixcloud.  Links to the shows will be posted on the FA Website.

As I have been posting the past couple of weeks, Flashback Alternatives has made the transition over to Radionomy.  Our TuneIn link is now pointing correctly, but our iTunes link is not.  I hope that is resolved this week now that the holidays are past us.  Since the iTunes link is still pointing to Live365, and since Live365 is still operational (see below), I have decided to keep the two Live365 streams up and running until Live365 decides what they are doing.  I ask that you use the Radionomy streams and not the Live365 streams as I need to quickly increase the number of listener hours on Radionomy.  In addition, there are many more ways to listed on FA on Radionomy than on Live365.

Live365

Much to the confusion of many Live365 broadcasters, Live365 did not turn off Personal and x5000 broadcasters on 12/31.  The original thought was that stations under these packages would be turned off if they didn’t go Pro.  That does not appear to be the case – and Live365 may let everything run as is until either they find a buyer/investor or they go out of business at the end of January.  Unless something changes before then – or until our iTunes listing is converted to Radionomy – we will continue to broadcast the FA streams to Live365.

FA Artist of the Month – Feb 2016

We are testing out a new polling platform this month, and have also extended voting out to our Facebook Group and Twitter Feed.  Links to the poll were posted over the weekend.  Some great choices this month, so vote!

  • The Alarm / Alphaville
  • Wire Train / Yaz
  • Sugarcubes / David Sylvian
  • A Certain Ratio / Adam Ant

You can also vote here! -> http://goo.gl/CVsn9j

Final Thoughts

As we head into our 17th year of broadcasting Flashback Alternatives, hopefully all involved will see the value in the small / independent / hobbyist broadcaster and come to an agreement that will allow these broadcasters to continue in an affordable manner.  The diversity of what you are able to listen to depends on it.

As always, thanks for listening to Flashback Alternatives!

DJ Ed

 

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FA News – December 29, 2015

Radionomy Migration

Our migration over to Radionomy is just about complete.  We have requests in to convert our iTunes and Tunein.com links to point to our Radionomy stream.  I am hopeful these changes will be made in the next day or two.

If you normally tune in to Flashback Alternatives via iTunes and Tunein please visit the flashbackalternatives.com website to tune in.  You can also tune in directly using the following links:

Winamp/iTunes/Other Players:

http://listen.radionomy.com/flashbackalternatives.m3u

Windows Media Player:

http://listen.radionomy.com/flashbackalternatives.asx

Our Radionomy Station page (has built in player):

http://listen.radionomy.com/flashbackalternatives

I encourage everyone to use the Radionomy streams as soon as possible.  The sooner we reach an average of 130 listening hours per day, the sooner the 64kb AAC+ stream will become available to us.   130 listening hour per day is a fraction of the number of listening hours per day we normally average.

Live365 Update

With only a few days left until major changes come to Live365, Live365 has been very silent.  There have been no public announcements about the future of Live365.  (Update: Live365 Press Release) From what has been posted in the Live365 Broadcaster forums by other broadcasters, starting on January 1, 2016 at 3am (ET) / December 31, 2015 at Midnight (PT) all stations will be moved to their Pro platform.

Their Pro platform is not very cost effective – Prices start at $39.95 per month on a one year contact.  That price only includes 1000 free listening streaming hours.   We use considerably more than that each month.  Even their top tier Pro package at $199 per month wouldn’t include enough free hours.   If we continued with Live365 we would be looking at a monthly bill in excess of $1000 per month at our current listening rates.

The other option with Live365 is to limit the number of free listening slots and have listeners subscribe to the Live365 VIP program ($5.95 per month / $59.95 per year).  At the $39.95 Pro Package that would mean we could offer one free listener slot – essentially requiring anyone who wanted to listen to purchase a VIP subscription.  Depending on how Live365 handles the transition, we may continue to broadcast to Live365 but in VIP mode only.  They would have to allow stations to continue to broadcast Live (as Flashback Alternatives has done pretty much since day one) in VIP mode for us to consider staying.   The likelihood of that happening is small.

Live365 has been a major player in internet radio since its infancy and it is sad to see things have to end this way.

To that end, please consider signing the below petition that is attempting to bring attention to the situation small and hobbyist are now facing:

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/opposition-to-copyright-royalty-boards-decision-on-hr-1733.html

Your support is appreciated!

Thanks

DJ Ed

#crb, #fa-news, #flashback-alternatives-2, #live365, #radionomy, #small-webcasters-agreement

FA News – December 20, 2015

Happy Holidays!

Last week the new webcasting licensing rates were released by the CRB.  While they were favorable to the larger webcasters, such as Pandora, they were not as favorable to smaller operations, such as Live365 – which is the service Flashback Alternatives uses to broadcast.

Of equal importance to the webcast rates is the renewal of the Small Webcaster Agreement.  This is a separate agreement offered by SoundExchange that makes webcasting affordable for Small / Hobbyist Webcasters.  This is a key foundation to the broadcast package Flashback Alternatives is part of on Live365.  This agreement expires on 12/31/15.

According to various sources, on Monday, 12/21/15, SoundExchange is going to make an announcement on the fate of the SWA.   Without the SWA many internet radio stations will go silent as they will not be able to afford to broadcast.

Small Webcasters are an important part of radio as they serve niche musical tastes that aren’t accommodated by the larger players.   They also are important to artists who may not get airtime anywhere else.  Small / hobbyist webcasters broadcast for the love of the music – not to make money.  In many cases small/hobbyist broadcasters spend more to run their operations than what they may receive in the form of listener contributions.  This is not a business for us – and hopefully SoundExchange continues to recognize that by renewing the SWA.

You can follow along with what is going on with the process on R.A.I.N.

With that said, I am actively looking at other options, and I have identified two that should work for Flashback Alternatives.  In both cases some advertising would need to be inserted into the stream (2 – 2 min blocks), and some modifications would need to be made to the specialty shows to accommodate this requirement.  Other than that and a few changes to the listen links, we should be able to continue to broadcast as is regardless whether the SWA is renewed.

I will update everyone as soon as I have more news.

As always, thanks for listening to Flashback Alternatives!

DJ Ed

 

 

#crb, #fa-news, #flashback-alternatives-2, #live365, #rain, #small-webcasters-agreement, #soundexchange, #swa