Where did all the HD Internet streams go?

HiBeamR

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All/most of the Internet streamed HD stations seem to have disappeared, and I don't know whether to be :( or :mad:. Guess I'm mostly just :confused:.

I had always been able to browse the streamed stations via Clear Channel's HD radio station list page, including up through mid-day yesterday. Then went to lunch, and when I returned, all but 4-5 were GONE. Quickly checked the actual station websites, like the Fox (Charlotte, NC) and a few others, and pretty much all reference to their HD radio streams was gone as well. Then wore out Google, but to no avail.

My favorite stream was the Vinyl Vineyard (deep track classic rock - yes, I'm an OF). I am going to be pretty p*ssed if that has gone away forever.

Anyone know what happened? Did the government pass some stupid new legislation? Did the FCC make some stupid decision? Did the courts make some stupid ruling? Or did someone at Clear Channel just get stupid (or more greedy)?

Help - a Vinyl Vineyard addict is slowly entering the withdrawal phase.
 

AZJoe

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All/most of the Internet streamed HD stations seem to have disappeared, and I don't know whether to be :( or :mad:. Guess I'm mostly just :confused:.

I had always been able to browse the streamed stations via Clear Channel's HD radio station list page, including up through mid-day yesterday. Then went to lunch, and when I returned, all but 4-5 were GONE. Quickly checked the actual station websites, like the Fox (Charlotte, NC) and a few others, and pretty much all reference to their HD radio streams was gone as well. Then wore out Google, but to no avail.

My favorite stream was the Vinyl Vineyard (deep track classic rock - yes, I'm an OF). I am going to be pretty p*ssed if that has gone away forever.

Anyone know what happened? Did the government pass some stupid new legislation? Did the FCC make some stupid decision? Did the courts make some stupid ruling? Or did someone at Clear Channel just get stupid (or more greedy)?

Help - a Vinyl Vineyard addict is slowly entering the withdrawal phase.

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hexagram

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I got a kick out of this snippet from one of those FM radio websites (KZOK, to be specific)

"HD Radio is not a competitor of satellite radio. It is an improvement to terrestrial AM and FM radio."
 

HiBeamR

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Missed the point of the original post . . .

All, I appreciate the suggested alternatives for classic rock in the 'net, but finding those is not the problem, nor was that the intended point of my posted message.

I am trying to find out why all of the Clear Channel streams disappeared. In fact, all links to "clearchannel.com"-streamed sites now redirect to "Iheartmusic.com" or something like that. Clear Channel used to host a page of links to Internet HD Radio streaming stations from across the country; the page was on their "all about HD Radio" site. The website suddenly disappeared last Thursday, about mid-day - while I was listening to my favorite stream, The Vinyl Vineyard (VV). Since then, I've been searching and they are nowhere to be found!

I've sent inquiries to Clear Channel and a contact at the Charlotte, NC, station that was previously broadcasting the VV stream. No responses yet.

Also, and for the record, the VV stream was a deep-track classic rock station, covering the 60s, 70s, and some early 80s for artists still in action (Clapton, Plant, Winwood, etc.). Great listening.

Anyone have any scuttlebutt on the reason behind Clear Channel's action?!?
 

limegrass69

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From what I hear, Clear Channel is in the process of migrating all of their streams to a new platform under the "iheartmusic.com" banner. I believe it is still in a beta phase right now, and everything is in a state of flux.

I use a lot of the Clear Channel and Format Lab streams on my Sonos system, and some of the streams have disappeared or are inconsistent.
 

HiBeamR

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Ahh, finally. Thanks for the info, limegrass! I was hoping it was merely a transition of some type, and not permanent. Would have been nice to have seen some sort of advance notice on it, as opposed to blackout and silence.

Thanks again - appreciate the info. Now I'm going to go research what a Sonos system is. :bigthumbup:
 

Jon

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I have the I heart radio app for iPhone, I would assume all their HD Radio streams are available there? Also does this have a license for shows like Rush Limbaugh or Jim Rome that are under the premiere radio network (read: clear channel) banner?
 

limegrass69

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Not all of the Clear Channel stations and HD streams are there yet. They seem to be slowly adding some. I don't recall seeing the Premiere talkers there.
 

HiBeamR

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Sorry folks - been offline for a little while . . .

I've discovered another streaming gem, at RadioIO.com. Streams for every genre are there, with multiple categories of streams within each genre. They offer various bitrates to fit your bandwidth, and its free with commercials. For a nominal fee, you get access to the completely comercial-free streams. Lovin' it.

Clear Channel lost out on this guy's business.

Happy trails and tunes!