May 15, 2016 9:00 PM Posted by Mike James

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Radionomy Stream Update! Canada taken off Geo-Block!

For the last month, we've experienced a change with our Radionomy stream. The company has implemented a "Geo-Block" on strategically targeted countries. Listeners are unable to listen to our stream and are either given a notice or re-routed to a station that plays "lounge music". All stations on the network are affected by this change.

Countries Affected by Radionomy's Geo-Block
Russia
Japan
Ukraine
The Philippines
South Africa
Brazil
Venezuela
Peru
Chile
Taiwan
Colombia
Bolivia
Countries formerly in Yugoslavia (e.g. Serbia, Croatia)
Turkey
Romania
India

 

If you live in these countries, we've come up with solutions so you can listen.

  • Listen Smooth Jazz and More on YourMuze.FM. - We've developed an alternate source for affected listeners. This media player has not had any issues with our stream and all listeners can access it without any problems.

Link: http://www.yourmuze.fm/webplayer/smooth-jazz-and-more

  • Purchase a Virtual Private Network (VPN) - By obtaining a VPN, you can bypass the Geo-Block by logging into an IP address in another country that's not affected. We recommend VPN Express, which has affordable plans and is available on iTunes and Google Play.
  • Download Opera Web Browser - This web browser has a free VPN feature that can mask the user's computer. Choose the country you wish to listen. You can also get Opera on iOS operating systems.

Listeners in the United States are not affected by this issue, yet. There has been no official notice or explanation given by Radionomy executives regarding why this change was necessary. Producers were outraged by this change and many have decided to leave for other providers. We are looking at the current litigation between Radionomy and Sony Music, which may affect listeners down the road.

In the meantime, we are taking steps to insure our future by looking for other companies who can service us. Many of these costs were originally covered by Live365 under a blanket fee. But because of their demise, we will have to absorb the cost ourselves. The costs of broadcasting for small radio stations have skyrocketed, specifically in music licencing.

Please contribute to our GoFundMe campaign.

In May 2015, we started a GoFundMe campaign to help fund our internet radio station. We initially set a goal of $2,500 dollars last November to help keep us on Live365. With the help of generous donors, we were able to raise $650 dollars.

The new goal we've decided to set is $3,500 dollars. Here is a rough estimate of our yearly costs:

Internet Radio Provider (Either Voscast or other provider.)

$480
Music Licensing (Mandatory for the United States and Canada) $1920.20
Website (Hosting) $75
Domain Names (smoothjazzandmore.com & smoothjazzandmore.net) $25
Carbonite (For back-up file storage)

$125

   
Yearly Total: $2625.20

 

Our Internet radio station is maintained with the financial help of our listeners. You can also contribute by purchasing an an item in our gift shop at CafePress. Smooth Jazz and More gets a portion of your purchase, and in return, helps us maintain our administrative costs.

Please give what ever you can, and for those who've contributed, thanks so much for your generous support.

Friday, July 10, 2015 10:00PM Posted by Mike James

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