The online audio of TexasGospel.org will be geoblocked from U.S. listeners beginning Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. This is the result of a demand made by music license holders within the United States.
Texas Gospel Canada is a Torontocast stream. It is fully licensed by SOCAN to play music online in Canada. Licensing entities within the U.S. have requested that Torontocast either geo-block the U.S. or purchase a U.S. music streaming license. The cost involved, which is several times that of our streaming costs within Canada, make it cost prohibitive.
Texas Gospel Canada began broadcasting in late 2017. Some basic guidelines for programming have been in place since the beginning; one of which is to never to ask for donations or broadcast commercials. The reasoning behind this is simple. We want to avoid any impression that the volunteers and operators of the station are motivated by anything other than spreading the Gospel.
If you know of a good Southern Gospel station streaming within in the U.S., feel free to post the web address on our facebook page or on the bottom of TexasGospel.org for U.S. listeners.
To be clear, Texas Gospel Canada is NOT going off the air, but listeners in the U.S. will no longer be able to hear our station after January 12.
This is an update to our previous message concerning listeners in the United States.
Our web service provider has issued a clarification. Torontocast is not ceasing operations, but is making preparations to block access to our station for listeners in the United States. While we have enjoyed having friends listen in from the U.S., the decision is out of our hands. The programming of Texas Gospel Canada is broadcast through a server in Canada and is intended for Canadian listeners. We have been assured that no listener in Canada will lose ability to hear our station.
Again, this is what we have been told: Our station will be geoblocked; that is, technology will be put in place that prevents people within the US from listening. This will NOT affect our Country Gospel station from being heard because it is hosted by a different provider who is not currently in negotiations with music license holders in the US. This does not guarantee that this will not happen to them in the future.
This change is not the result of a decision made by TexasGospel.org. This is the result of negotiations between our web stream provider and entities in the U.S. Too, the operator and volunteers of TexasGospel.Org are not taking sides on this issue. These types of things are normal for contract negotiations. We hope a suitable solution will be reached by both sides that will allow U.S. listeners to once again hear our station.
The cutoff for U.S. listeners should happen early to mid-January. We invite those in the U.S. to sample our Country Gospel station (Click here) after that date.
If you know of a U.S. station streaming Southern Gospel Music that you would like to share on our Facebook page for others to find, feel free. We are not in competition with other ministries. We serve the same Lord.
Texas Gospel Canada on Tuesday was notified by our stream hosting company that it may close its operation due to a contract dispute with music licensing entities in the United States. While our programming is broadcast from a server in Canada and is intended for Canadian audiences, it is our understanding that companies in the U.S. have made complaints based on the international nature of the Internet.
Texas Gospel Canada is currently investigating alternative companies to host our radio stream, and this may require us to have a new audio link; meaning, bookmarks and some apps may quit working.
We will let you know more as soon as we learn more.
Thank you for being a listener of the best Southern and Country Gospel Music on Texas Gospel Canada!