CD Baby Acquires Show.co, Soundrop To Expand Artist Services

CD Baby has acquired Show.co, the digital music marketing platform; and the indie digital distributor has big plans for it and Show.co’s Soundrop app, which was at one time the most popular playlisting and social listening app for Spotify.

Show.co offers digtal tools used by 5000 artists and labels to share content and collect fan data. CD Baby says there will be no disruption of services after the acquisition.  “For existing Show.co customers, it will be business as usual,” says Kevin Breuner, VP of Marketing at CD Baby.

Source: CD Baby Acquires Show.co, Soundrop To Expand Artist Services, Pledges New Distribution Approach That Favors Constant Creation – hypebot

SoundExchange Asks Copyright Royalty Board For Major Rate Increases 

SoundExchange has submitted a new rate proposal and testimony in the SDARS III royalty rate proceeding from which the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) will set rates for the years 2018-2022 for Sirius XM’s satellite radio service, as well as, cable/satellite TV music services provided by Music Choice and Muzak.

SoundExchange has proposed a rate that is the greater of either 23% of revenue or $2.48 per subscriber per month in 2018 with annual increases. The current rates for Sirius XM are 10.5% of Sirius XM’s “Gross Revenues” in 2016 and 11% in 2017.

Source: SoundExchange Asks Copyright Royalty Board For Major Rate Increases – hypebot

Netflix hammers cross-border watchers and there may be no way out 

In mid-January, the global streaming service began cracking down on customers who use these services to sneak across borders. The move was Netflix’s attempt to honour its country-exclusive licensing agreements with Hollywood studios.

Many unblocking companies remained defiant, declaring they would find workarounds for customers now blocked from Netflix. But that defiance is waning.

Source: Netflix hammers cross-border watchers and there may be no way out – Business – CBC News

Investors Flock to Blockchain Startup DECENT, Raising USD $3.5 Million In ICO

DECENT, a new Blockchain-fueled peer-to-peer content distribution platform, has received more than USD$3.5 million in investment since its Initial Coin Offering (ICO) went live on September 11. Powered by Distributed Ledger Technology technology, DECENT is designed to remove third party manipulation, protect user privacy and prevent content piracy.

The revolutionary network benefits the storage, publishing, and distribution of digital files like movies, photos, music, blogs and articles. The Swiss-based startup has so far raised more than $3.5 million USD worth of its digital currency, called DCT, during an ICO that concludes on November 6.

Source: Investors Flock to Blockchain Startup DECENT, Raising USD $3.5 Million In Initial Coin Offering (ICO) – Blockchain News

DECENT Blockchain Gains Support from Adult Entertainment Industry 

DECENT encrypts content and stores it in redundant pieces across the peer-to-peer network. In order to assemble and view it, you must possess the proper key, which may require you to purchase the content with DCT tokens. The original uploader is permanently recorded, so any attempts to upload a duplicate will be rejected by the network.

DECENT goes even further, however, with its utilization of digital fingerprinting technology. Theoretically, one could slightly alter a file so that its hash value was different (like by changing the color of a few pixels), but DECENT thoroughly analyzes all content to detect such copies. This prevents all copyright infringement on the network in a decentralized and autonomous way, protecting the original files.

Source: DECENT Blockchain Gains Support from Adult Entertainment Industry – NEWSBTC

TuneCore Acquires JustGo, Relaunches It As A Free Social Media Management Tool

TuneCore has acquired social media management and analytics tool JustGo.  The d.i.y. digital music distributor has already shut down JustGo and relaunched it as Tunecore Social, a free add-on for distribution clients in the U.S., Canada, UK and Australia.

As with JustGo, TuneCore Social offers streamlined posts to Facebook, Twitter, Mixcloud, Soundcloud,YouTube and Instagram plus scheduled posts and analytics.

Source: TuneCore Acquires JustGo, Relaunches It As A Free Social Media Management Tool – hypebot

FCC’s Tom Wheeler Unveils His Plan to Open Up Market for Set-Top Boxes 

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Thursday released his plan to open up the market for television set-top boxes, setting up a showdown with large cable and other pay-TV companies.

Mr. Wheeler’s plan aims to end the cable industry’s powerful lock on the lucrative market for set-top boxes. The devices have long been used to fashion cable signals into TV programming, but more independent suppliers are coming up with new devices that could offer more, including integrated search of cable subscriptions and online streaming-video services, including Netflix and Hulu.

Source: FCC’s Tom Wheeler Unveils His Plan to Open Up Market for Set-Top Boxes – WSJ