Internet Radio Creeps Up On NASCAR And Sirius

dpkimmel2001

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Very good article on this @ the Daly Planet.....

The recent TDP columns on the struggles of NASCAR fans to get Sirius Channel 128 online drew some great responses. Several emails were from new providers of NASCAR radio shows being transmitted via the Internet.

As you may remember, the issue revolved around the fact that serving the NASCAR fans who want to stream Sirius Channel 128 online still has not been addressed. Sirius already streams many channels online, but NASCAR content is prohibited under a contract that gives those rights to our friends at Turner Sports.

NASCAR.com has never offered any online radio shows during the weekdays and Turner has been focused on projects like RaceBuddy and Trackpass. What fans are asking is simply to be able to pay a small fee to listen to the Sirius NASCAR weekday shows on a computer or cell phone.

Since we have been met with a wall of silence on this issue, it might be time for another wake-up call. Internet radio is basically free. There are no expensive rights to buy and no special equipment to purchase. iRadio can be heard on desktops, laptops and cell phones with ease.

The failure of The NASCAR Media Group, Turner Interactive and Sirius to hammer out a deal on this issue is giving some folks a golden opportunity to step in and seize the day. Sirius might have the rights to the races, but they certainly do not have a corner on NASCAR content or interviews.

There are already several high-profile independent NASCAR-themed radio programs running on the Internet. Ultimately, it's just a matter of time until this content is gathered in one place and offered to fans in a more cohesive manner. With the current availability of many former NASCAR media members now working on a freelance basis, the talent pool for this type of venture is high.

The ultimate value of the Sirius NASCAR channel is the content, with the vast majority of it coming during the weekdays. The downfall is the distribution system which relies on satellite antenna access to function at all times. Many fans told us of sitting in their cars in the driveway listening to Sirius because the receiver came with the vehicle. If only they could get the same signal on their home computer.

People only fight over money if they have a reason to do so. Should NASCAR's Internet radio providers get organized, they may provide a real alternative to the Sirius 128 weekday line-up with many of the same guests, interviews and interactive fan conversations.

Time for some senior management types to review this issue before Daytona. By then, many of us may be listening to coverage provided by an entirely new set of NASCAR radio announcers. No monthly fee, no clumsy receiver and a world of new possibilities.

I don't agree with the statement.....

What fans are asking is simply to be able to pay a small fee to listen to the Sirius NASCAR weekday shows on a computer or cell phone.

I/you am already paying for that. Why would anyone want to pay more?

The Daly Planet: Internet Radio Creeps Up On NASCAR And Sirius
 

Snoozer

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I agree, we're already paying a fee. No need for another one.
I don't even listen to the channel anymore. Mostly because I can't get it online at work. Its a shame too. I'm sure I'm not the only one.
Once the season starts I'm sure I'll tune in on the weekends for again, for the races. Which is why I got Sirius in the first place.

As much as we all want a change I don't see it ever happening.
 

semipenguin

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Just protest TNT, nascar.com, & Turner Broadcasting :)

Maybe petition sponsors of nascar.com to pressure Turner to work with Sirius.

BTW, if nascar really cared, they would have done something about this years ago. They get paid by Sirius & Turner, so what do they care what the fans want. Its not going to make them any more money.

This has been an issue since XM nascar radio. Nothing's going to change :worried:
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dpkimmel2001

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Not sure why Daly is blaming Sirius. They want to have nascar radio online but Turner is supposedly charging a HUGE price for them to be able to do it.

I suppose because SIRIUS is in this equation. They don't want to pay Turner's demanded price. IMO, it is a lot like what is currently happening @ DirecTV with the Versus Channel. DirecTV has the option to broadcast it if they pay the price but they aren't willing to do so.

Just protest TNT, nascar.com, & Turner Broadcasting :)

Maybe petition sponsors of nascar.com to pressure Turner to work with Sirius.

BTW, if nascar really cared, they would have done something about this years ago. They get paid by Sirius & Turner, so what do they care what the fans want. Its not going to make them any more money.

This has been an issue since XM nascar radio. Nothing's going to change :worried:
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IMO, nothing will change either. At the very least not until the current Turner contract expires.
 

mghtx

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I can't wait to get high-speed internet again. You can bet the farm that I will be listening to these internet shows either live or via podcast. I can't wait. ;)