Posted by mnopen | July 29, 2013 8:34 am | No Comments
It was announced today that Medianet will power the personalized portion of Uforia, the new streaming music app from Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America. For the service, MediaNet will provide the streaming fulfillment behind Uforia’s Custom Radio stations feature, offering users the ability to create personalized radio stations from a pool of more than 22 million songs, making it the largest interactive streaming music service specifically created for the Latin market.
Currently available for download on iOS, in addition to the custom radio stations, the Uforia app offers U.S. Hispanic’s most popular live radio stations, a deep selection of Latin genres, exclusive digital channels, and an unparalleled level of human curation.
“Univision has one of the largest media platforms in the world, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with them in creating the biggest streaming music service in the rapidly growing Latin genre music market,” said Frank Johnson, CEO of MediaNet. “Univision already provides an excellent listening experience, but with access to our extensive track catalog, the ‘sky’s the limit’ on the number of tracks they can access on-demand through Uforia.”
“Uforia required a complete music experience above and beyond our on-air programming, where listeners could create their own playlists from a comprehensive, well-maintained digital music library,” said Evan Harrison, executive vice president of Content and Entertainment at Univision Radio. “MediaNet has the right expertise, music content, and operational scale to support our vision, and we expect our rapid growth to continue.”
The Uforia app further expands Univision’s efforts to provide Hispanic audiences with high-quality content across all media platforms. Uforia users are able to stream approximately 60 of Univision Radio’s most popular stations from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Additionally, more than 13 exclusive digital-only channels are also available for streaming including Premios Juventud, H2O Music Festival, Dulce, Romantica, La Chula, El Sancho, Planeta Rock and more. These digital channels will feature some of the most popular classic all-time favorites as well as today’s more modern tunes.
MediaNet Celebrates Fourth Birthday of Its Internet Radio Streaming Service with Launch of DMCA-Compliant Playlist Generator and Validator Tool
Posted by mnopen | July 10, 2013 4:08 pm | No Comments
We are marking the fourth anniversary of MediaNet’s Internet radio streaming service by introducing our new DMCA-compliant Playlist Generator and Validator Tool. Powering numerous radio services in the U.S. since 2009 and Canada since 2012, MediaNet makes it even easier for music services to offer the increasingly popular feature of non-interactive streaming to consumers while helping its partners ensure the delivery is in compliance with U.S. copyright laws.
“Our customers want to focus on their differentiation – what makes their playlists and experience the best – and not on the ‘nuts and bolts’ of tracking how many songs from the same artist play in an hour,” said MediaNet CEO Frank Johnson. “With the new DMCA-compliant Playlist Generator and Validator Tool, MediaNet customers have one less big coding task to perform. Integration and development have been made easier and easier since the launch of our online radio product in 2009, and we have many more great services lined up.”
The Playlist Generator function creates playlists based on artist seeds that are input by the user, expanded with artists and tracks that are deemed similar to the seed(s) by the MediaNet Recommendation Engine. For more obscure artists where fewer or no recommendations or related/similar data exists, the tool falls back to the seed artist’s (primary) genre.
The Playlist Validator function takes in a partner playlist that was created either by hand or with the partner’s own algorithm, checks it against the set of DMCA rules (e.g., “No more than three songs in three hours from same album”), and provides detailed feedback for each violation including which of the DMCA rules was tripped. If a list does not properly account for the Six Skips per Hour limit, the user can opt to have the Validator fix this by invoking the Generator function. Likewise, the tool also offers to fix lists that have violations.
A few of the many radio services currently powered by MediaNet include:
• BYO Networks
• Radio 360
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