A little more than half of consumers last year tuned in to radio to find new music, while nearly six in 10 combined radio with streaming to discover music, Nielsen is reporting. In related news, contemporary hit radio and country were the top radio formats for Nielsen's PPM markets and among the 18-to-34 demographic.
HBO will develop a drama series about U.S. special operations forces fighting terrorists and drug crimes in Los Angeles. The project is being penned by David Ayer and executive produced by John Lesher, whose credits include the big-screen "Training Day."
Bounce, the digital multicast network for African-American audiences, is asking AT&T to reconsider its decision against offering the channel to its U-Verse subscribers, according to a letter from Bounce co-founder Martin Luther King III to AT&T Chairman-CEO Randall Stephenson and other executives. "Finding an appropriate arrangement for carrying Bounce TV would send a powerful signal to your customers, employees and communities that AT&T respects the interests of its African-American stakeholders," King writes.
Drivers and phone users are the focus for new products from Harman and iBiquity that were on display at the Consumer Electronics Show this week. Honda and Subaru are planning to bring Harmon's Aha service to their 2013 models, providing safer Web access on the road. And iBiquity has several cars on display with HD Radio, as well as a cellphone with an FM HD Radio chip developed with help from NAB Fastroad.
Massachusetts Deputy Insurance Commissioner Robert Dynan warned that state-imposed caps on health insurance rates could cause a "train wreck" in the industry, according to an e-mail exchange obtained by The Associated Press. The e-mail was sent after the state rejected big rate increases on small businesses proposed by health insurance companies.