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Media Beat: April 26, 2017

News about media and the regulatory environment both inside and beyond Canada's borders.

CRTC kicks off process to allocate $750M broadband fund

The consultation will hammer out specific details for the funding regime, including governance, operating and accountability frameworks, eligibility and assessment criteria for proposed projects.

Trump regime rips Canada over CRTC ruling

An advisor to the president has criticized Canada’s telecom watchdog for declaring that ISPs can't favour traffic from one source over traffic from another source. The U.S. telecom regulator is expected to announce on Wednesday a roll-back of net neutrality rules put in place during the Obama administration.

NAB: The media landscape is changing

New technologies are bringing AM and FM radio to every device while "we are witnessing the thrilling innovations taking place" in next-gen television. Those are the key takeaways from the 2017 NAB Show in Southern Nevada. In his opening remarks, NAB CEO Gordon Smith said, the media landscape "seems to be changing at the blink of an eye, along with the world at large."

Gracenote now in 100M cars worldwide

The entertainment data company has announced that its technology is now available in 100M cars around the world. Its music recognition technology can power auto infotainment systems, offering music metadata and imagery to drivers.

Here’s how royalties are being paid for all three Pandora services

Now, with the broad rollout of Pandora Premium, there are three tiers, three ways for artists and labels to connect with listeners and earn royalties, and a few different ways royalties get to artists and labels.

iHeart Radio gets audio news stories with SpokenLayer deal

Through a partnership with SpokenLayer, the broadcaster will see almost 40 SpokenEditions added into the digital audio platform that offer narrated content from publishers such as Reuters, Time, Mashable, Slate, and TechCrunch.

Apple Music launches rising artist program

The firm is launching a new project called Up Next that is designed to help promote up and rising artists. The first performer to benefit from the program is Ricardo Valdez, a rapper who goes by the stage name 6lack.

Google Play Music is the official music platform for Samsung mobile devices

Google is making enhancements to the Play Music service exclusively for Samsung customers. For example, Galaxy S8 owners can upload up to 100K tracks to the service’s cloud locker. For all other Play Music listeners, the limit remains 50K. Uploading tracks is a free feature of Google Play Music and doesn’t require a monthly subscription.

Worth Reading

iHeart mired in debt: iHeart, formerly known as Clear Channel, is struggling under the burden of $20 billion in debt, the lingering hangover from its 2008 leveraged buyout – Gene Maddaus, Variety

Facebook’s 10-year agenda: Instead of smartphones, tablets, TVs, or anything else with a screen, all our computing is projected straight into our eyes as we type with our brains –Matt Weinberger, Business Insider

Mall owners fighting online stores turn to carnivals, music: With customer traffic sagging, U.S. retail landlords are using their sprawling concrete lots to lure visitors with experiences that can’t be replicated online — and then get them inside the properties to spend some money – Bloomberg News

What happened to TV? Remember “reinventing television?” Apple was supposed to do it. Or Google. Or maybe Comcast. Or seemingly 100 start-ups, each with its own vision of cable-cutting channel packages, interactive program guides or whatever – Rich Jaroslovsky, Observer

What I Spent on Pop Culture in March: How much does it cost to be part of the cultural conversation? – Rae Nudson, Billfold

The incredible reach of Lilly Singh: Originally from Toronto, the 28-year-old has 11.1M subscribers to her channel, is the highest paid female YouTube star in the world and her videos have earned over 2B views – Hilal Isler, M

10 Self-Made Millionaire Teenagers: Many people dream of inventing something and becoming a millionaire and these 10 teenagers did exactly that.

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