|Broadcast-Friendlier STAVRA Bill Circulated
Sep 15, 2014
A new version of the Satellite Television Access and Viewer Rights Act (STAVRA), which is scheduled to be marked up Sept. 17 in the Senate Commerce Committee, was circulated late Friday, according to a copy obtained by B&C.
The draft dropped retrans reforms opposed by TV stations in an effort to get the must-pass bill passed.
As previously reported, the draft was shorn of the "Local Choice" retrans remake proposal, which had been backed by cable and satellite operators while broadcasters were fighting it tooth and nail.
A copy of the managers amendment from committee cochairs Jay Rockefeller (D- W. Va.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) — essentially a substitute bill — obtained late Friday had been pared back even further, likely to a form broadcasters can live with. READ MORE
|NextRadio® NEW LIVE GUIDE IS RADIO LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE
Sep 15, 2014
FROM THE NAB RADIO SHOW
Imagine turning on your radio and being able to see what’s playing on all your local stations at that exact moment. You see your favorite song, click on it, and are instantly hearing its live broadcast. Tuning to the radio content you want to hear is now that simple with NextRadio’s new Live Guide. Much like the days before caller ID on your telephone, blindly searching the radio dial will soon be a thing of the past.
NextRadio is a smartphone app that connects over-the-air FM broadcasts with the internet to give users an enhanced radio listening experience including album art and program information as well as station feedback and other interactive features with the touch of a button. The NextRadio app is currently available for use with 27 different devices on the Sprint Network, as well as new HTC smartphones on all major wireless carrier networks. READ MORE