August 13, 2004

WILL-AM web audio goes dark for the Olympics 

*Sigh*...if I look any further into the rights restrictions here I'll probably just go off. In any event, we have to cut off our RealAudio and Windows Media live streams for big chunks of time over the next few weeks, to avoid violating exclusive rights to streaming coverage of the Olympics. Anything from the BBC or the CBC is covered by this restriction. This means we'll not stream from 7 pm to 5 am Central, from 9 to 9:30 am, and from 12 noon to 12:30 pm on weekdays; Saturdays and Sundays we'll not stream from 8 to 9 pm, 11 to 11:32 pm, midnight to 12:32 am, 1 to 1:32 am, 2 to 2:32 am, and 4 to 4:32 am. Mind you, we can broadcast everything on the air to potentially millions of listeners. We cannot stream the same content on the Internet to potentially a few hundred more. If someone can explain the logic of this (and I don't mean the legal justification), please let me know. Oh, and please do enjoy the Olympics.

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