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January 10, 2013News for broadcast and electronic media leaders

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  • Sprint deal is an "important start," Smulyan says
    Sprint Nextel's plan to offer FM radio on some of its phones through the NextRadio app is "a very important start" to efforts to "get radio in 300 million cellphones," said Jeffrey Smulyan of Emmis Communications, which designed the app. The new service will be competing with a number of existing streaming apps for consumers' listening time, but is likely to offer a cost advantage, with terrestrial signals falling outside carriers' metered data plans, writes The New York Times' Ben Sisario. Emmis exec Paul Brenner says the company's focus is now on developing the NextRadio app and building a network of stations. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Media Decoder blog (1/9), Radio World (1/9), The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • FCC chairman explains rationale for spectrum auction at CES
    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, during an appearance at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, restated the FCC's reasons for auctioning broadcast spectrum, revealed plans to boost Wi-Fi spectrum by up to 35% and said that despite rumors to the contrary, he would not be exiting his post. "I don't think it is a surprise that broadcasters who aren't interested in tendering [spectrum] would rather [the auction] not happen," he said. "But we need to do this for the country. It doesn't make sense in New York to have 28 full-power licenses." Broadcasting & Cable (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • No need to rush spectrum auction, NAB exec says: The incentive auction of broadcast spectrum will proceed more smoothly if the Federal Communications Commission holds off on "rushing" the proceeding, Rick Kaplan, the NAB's executive for the auction, said at an International Consumer Electronics Show panel. According to Kaplan, the FCC has the flexibility to ensure an orderly auction process following the recent acquisition of spectrum by wireless providers. Border coordination with Canada and Mexico and the full ramifications of repacking are among the issues that need time to be sorted out, he said. Broadcasting & Cable (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Parents say media, guns create violent culture, survey shows: More parents cited children's exposure to media violence through TV, movies and video games as a contributing factor toward a culture of violence than access to guns, according to a survey by Common Sense Media and the Center for American Progress. Some 77% of parents cited media violence as making the culture more violent, compared with 75% who pointed to access to guns. And nearly nine in 10 parents said ads for violent games, TV shows and movies shouldn't be paired with programming that's popular with children. Broadcasting & Cable (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • TV stations may have upper hand over Aereo
    Aereo has generated a lot of worry and opposition in the broadcast industry, but stations may be well-positioned to offer a better service that undermines the Aereo model, writes David Goetzl. Dyle and MyDTV are two similar services with major broadcast backing, and stations have unmatched promotional abilities as they venture into mobile viewing. MediaPost Communications/TVBlog (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Will Nielsen count smartphone, tablet users as TV households?
    Nielsen by the end of March is expected to reveal its plan for measuring TV households in the multiplatform age -- specifically whether smartphone- or tablet-only homes should be ranked as TV households. The metrics firm reportedly is leaning toward phasing in such households by starting to count those with broadband-enabled TV sets in the 2013-2014 season but not those that only screen video on wireless devices. (free content) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • DISH's late bid for Clearwire is seen as a move for spectrum
    DISH Network appears to be pursuing a roundabout strategy to secure the spectrum and network it needs for planned wireless service and perhaps video delivered over the air. That's the game plan some see behind DISH's late bid for Clearwire, improving on an offer from Sprint, which owns half of the company. The hope may be that the bid persuades Clearwire to sell DISH some of its spectrum or pushes Sprint into a partnership. The Wall Street Journal (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NAB News 
  • NAB membership: With one voice, we are stronger
    As broadcasters' voice in the nation's capital, NAB fights for policies that preserve and strengthen free, local broadcasting. Our success as an industry is not possible without the engagement and unity of our members. With ONE VOICE, we are stronger. Learn about NAB benefits. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Start today: Nominate your station for a Crystal Radio Award
    Make sure your station receives national recognition for its year-round commitment to community service by entering to win a prestigious NAB Crystal Radio Award. Open to all radio stations, the Crystals will honor 50 finalists and recognize 10 winners at the 2013 NAB Show in Las Vegas. The nomination window is Jan. 1 to 31. Read the entry rules, guidelines and tips on putting together a solid entry. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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