80% Consumers Against Obligatory FM TunerAdded: Monday, October 18th, 2010
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CEA (Consumer Electronics Association) has carried out a survey, revealing that a vast majority of people oppose having FM tuners installed in their cell phones at the expense of other features. These results contradict an earlier survey that was carried out by the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters). The latter claimed that a majority is ready to use and pay extra for this option.
CEA doesn’t give up its attempts to fight the demands of RIAA and NAB that all cell phones include an FM radio tuner. Recently it released the results of a research, proving that a majority of users oppose the very idea of mandatory tuner.
It was two months ago when the RIAA cooperated with the NAB to lobby Congress and demand that all mobile phones include an FM radio tuner. Of course, the RIAA didn’t do that for nothing – in exchange, it would receive the NAB’s support with amending the Performance Rights Act in terms of introducing an amendment in the copyright legislation stipulating that the artists are granted equal rights to compensation from terrestrial broadcasters.
As for now, radio is still enjoying a long-lasting exemption from royalty fees, as stipulated by the country’s copyright legislation. Meanwhile, webcasters and satellite radio do have to pay performance fees to all copyright owners, including artists and record labels. At the same time radio only has to pay fees to songwriters, being exempted from all the rest royalties for artist promotion. In case the radio loses the exemption would mean it has to pay up to $100 million extra each year, thus bringing much profit to RIAA.
Many of the observers criticized the plan, insisting that CEA and RIAA refuse to innovate and even don’t allow others to do that. In response, the National Association of Broadcasters called this suggestion “pro-consumer”, claiming that mobile phone owners do deserve the access to radio service. Besides, the NBA argued that radio is a very important feature in terms of public safety.
NBA was the first to conduct a nationwide poll of around 2,500 people, revealing that 3/4 of mobile phone owners agree to pay a one-time fee of $0.3 for getting access to local radio stations via radio chip installed in their devices. However, the survey conducted by the CEA recently found out that 70% would – on the opposite – not listen to FM radio through their portable devices, while 80% of respondents firmly oppose this mandate.
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Monday, October 18th, 2010
|i wouldnt use a built in radio in my phone and i wouldnt buy a phone if it had one.|
if i want a radio, i would get a radio, they are just trying to push themselves on us to get royalties.
in europe, you have to pay a tax called a license fee on radios and tvs, that includes clock radios and car radios.
who wants to pay a license fee on a radio in their phone? no one.
in the US the broadcasters are just trying to make a buck any way they can.
|posted by (2010-10-18 20:00:44)|
|lets just please them and all go back to crystal sets stop buying digi music and go for a fireside sing soug |
these moguls have there head in the sand !!!
|Same goes here.|
Built in FM Tuners? jezz..
I use pandora and another software app in my phone to get streaming "radio" via internet access..
|posted by (2010-10-19 02:11:17)|
|Here in America there is a reason this is being pressed for... The RIAA is pressing Congress here to implement a tax or fee on all radio stations nationwide to pay for playing the songs on their playlist... they want royalties now from radio... In their quest for money the RIAA is trying to make a deal to apease the radio community by trying to get radio tuners installed in ALL electronic handheld devices (not only cell phones, but also PSP's, DS's etc) anything that can play an MP3 will have a tuner option... that way the stations get a bigger commercial audience and the RIAA can get their royalites.. and all the little stations (who are not part of CBS Radio, or Infinity Radio) will go bye bye....|
|RIAA all those fu***** want is money money money.they are the reason I refuse to buy any music at all. If they get their way on this I will stop listening to the radio too.|
|Like my cell bill wasn't high enough already. Maybe they should have offered to pay the cell companies an incentive to add it on if they choose to. Maybe the cell phone companies should be forced to add a button that with a push contacts the CEA and tells them to make their own fm radio phone.|
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