Starting February 1st, 2016 we will be offering ShoutCast 2 as our primary stream service to all customers. On march 1st, 2016 we will no longer offer Shoutcast v1 streams on our website. This will NOT affect current Shoutcast v1 customers. Current Shoutcast v1 customers will be offered an upgrade path to version 2 in the coming weeks.
With the unfortunate demise of many music services at the beginning of the year, we were challenged to develop systems to support the influx on customers who were left out in the cold. We’ve expanded our network to include TV and On-Demand video services and beefed up our infrastructure and are proud to announce that SoniXFM has destroyed the previous record of over 26,000 content providers to 40,962 audio and video content sources.
We have temporarily reverted back to the old WHMSonic control panel in order to fully support Shoutcast 2 and the coming Icecast streaming servers while we rebuild Shoutbox and upgrade it to version 2. We are adding features like: DJ and Playlist Scheduling, Auto-Publishing of currently playing tracks to social media like facebook, twitter and google, a better mp3 upload tool with more upload bandwidth, better integration into our content delivery network including global playlists, updated auto-licensing integration with SOCAN and seamless integration with SoniXFM. (DETAILED INFORMATION BELOW FOR CITIZENS OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY)
Over the next few weeks we will be moving StationCard Websites from SoniXFM to Sonixcast and will continue development from there. We had to stop development due to legal complications concerning citizens of the Federal Republic of Germany who suffer under stark content restrictions when compared to other nations. Vanity domain customers will not have to make any DNS changes whatsoever and we will continue to offer free sonixfm.com and sonix-fm.com in addition to sonixcast.com sub-domains.
With the release of Shoutbox 2, Sonixcast customers (SEE BELOW FOR CITIZENS OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY) will have unrestricted access to daily syndicated content. This includes syndicated feeds from competent news agency’s like; NPR, NBC, CBS, Sky News and Telemundo, popular syndicated talk programs like; Rush Limbaugh, Delilah and Fresh Air, Music chart countdowns from AMA, Billboard and the Independent Music Network as well as Stock Jingles, Advertisements and Miscellaneous licensed audio and video content. Shoutcast 2, Icecast and NSV customers will also be able to simulcast audio and video content through their stream service. We are working hard with our syndicated content partners to develop a portal where customers can download syndicated for reuse and re-publication. We hope to have something finished within the next few weeks.
Our partnership with Telemundo parent company COMCAST, COX and Verizon has expanded our access to spanish language content immensely. Spanish language stations now have unfettered access to local news, weather and traffic information as well as news, music charts and talk content. Once Shoutbox 2 has been released, spanish speaking radios will be able to seamlessly schedule such content for playback at any time and we will develop a specialized portal for customers to download syndicated content directly.
GEMA has announced that they will be inspecting websites associated with Sonixcast for compliance. It is therefore imperative that all German stream customers remove any strictly German content from their website. Examples are telephone streams, German voting sites, Traffic or Weather information and any German local news feeds. It is important for German customers to understand that our license is automatically invalidated in Germany if the website associated with the stream server is associated with Germany in any way.
On March 1st, 2016 we will begin actively blocking certain http access requests from Germany. This measure is necessary in order to contain unauthorized access from Gema and associated criminal enterprises. THIS MEASURE WILL NOT AFFECT BROADCASTING FROM GERMANY IN ANY WAY. Sonixcast customers and DJ’s living in Germany will be able to broadcast normally using the software they have been using. However websites hosted in Germany will be actively blocked from accessing any and all Sonixcast services. Customers will no longer be able to post links to Sonixcast services on blogs, voting or popularization websites hosted in Germany. Content management systems like php-fusion and web-cp will also no longer function correctly.