Trying New Things at The Streema Blog

Hello Streema Friends!

Labor Day is coming up this Monday in the US and here at Streema we were just reflecting on the labor related to this blog, so we wanted to share some thoughts with you. 🙂

First of all, we can honestly say we’ve enjoyed taking the time to let you know about what we’re up to at Streema on this blog, whether it’s telling you about new features that we launch or about a methodology we are using. We’ve also enjoyed commenting on popular events going on around the globe, like the Glastonbury Festival or the World Cup 2014.

Speaking of the World Cup, regular blog readers may have noticed that we got really excited about it – and as a result we published more blog posts in that month than we did in the first half of the year. We even published two infographics! This is something we had never done at our blog before and got us thinking that we should do more of it.

So, over the next few months we’re going to be more active on this blog, sharing more with you, as well as adding different types of content that are related to the world of radio.

Stay tuned!

The Streema Team

“Sound and Vision” at Streema

As you may already know, last December we announced that we were “Connecting the World of Television Stations to Streema“. Today we want to show you some of the most popular TV Stations we have in our directory.

To start off, for News in the United States, we recommend tuning in to WABC-TV from New York, NY (ABC Network).

In case you want to watch Sports, check out Wilamette Valley Television from Salem, OR (America One Network).

And if you’re in more of an Entertainment mood, check out CBC Montreal from Canada (CBC Network).

Bear in mind that for now, we only have TV Stations for the United States, Canada and Mexico. We’re also only publishing the main channels for each TV Station, but we’ll be adding the rest in the future.

Hope you enjoy those stations and discover more of the world of Sound and Vision:

Stay tuned!

The Streema Team

Facebook Application was down, but recently relaunched better than ever!

Hi everybody,

For those of you that tune in via our Facebook application, a few weeks ago you likely experienced severe loading problems.  The problem appeared to be on Facebook platform side, and unfortunately, we have to say that we didn’t receive all the assistance we needed to solve it as soon as possible.

But the good news is that we’ve took the opportunity to make huge changes in how our application interacts with the platform – in other words, all the stuff that you can’t necessarily see but that keep the application running!  These changes now make our application less susceptible to these platform issues, but one downside of this is that in order to upload this new version as soon as possible, we had to temporarily disable our “Recommendations” section and a few small features.  But be patient, we’ll be back with it as soon as possible. 🙂

With this new upload, we also took the opportunity to include other things we were working on previously, such as the new pop up player we announced a couple of months ago.  This popup was designed using the style of our Streema.com website, which means that it hides the Windows Media or the Real Audio players, but keeps the play/stop and volume buttons.  Bear in mind, though, that you’ll still need to have these two media players installed on your computer!  See our FAQs for alternative media players.

As you might imagine, this launch was not prepared with all the care that we would’ve like, but at least our application is now up and running again!  If you find any bugs, please feel free to report them.

Anyway, thank you again for your patience and understanding.

Stay tuned!

The Streema Team

Royalty agreement finally reached – a big win for web radio!

We just posted about radio-related news recently, but what happened last week was so important for the online radio industry that we wanted to share it with you.

So, the news is that SoundExchange, the digital music fee collection agency owned by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), and the “pureplay” webcasters announced that they reached royalty agreement until 2015.  After a few long years of negotiations, it finally happened!  Basically, this new deal involves a discount on the rates for large webcasters, and offers smaller webcasters percentage-based payment options.  By the way, by “pureplay” we mean webcasters such as Digitally Imported and RadioIO, although companies such as Pandora Media, Inc. were also involved.

We’re bringing you this piece of news because this represents a very positive change in the industry moving forward, enabling small webcasters to stay in business and continue bringing you, the radio listener, the best music out there. And that’s a great reason to celebrate.  : )

Stay tuned!

The Streema Team