Howard Stern blames contract for keeping his show off iPhone app

Howard Stern blames contract for keeping his show off iPhone app

Summary: Howard Stern doesn't sound too thrilled about his show being left off the Sirius XM iPhone app, blaming it on "a rights thing, a contractual rights thing."Stern reportedly spent the first 30 minutes of his Monday show offering his explanation to listeners, who were upset last week when the app was launched without Stern.

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Howard Stern doesn't sound too thrilled about his show being left off the Sirius XM iPhone app, blaming it on "a rights thing, a contractual rights thing."

Stern reportedly spent the first 30 minutes of his Monday show offering his explanation to listeners, who were upset last week when the app was launched without Stern. (I'm not a regular listener so I defer to a post on the Daily Finance blog.)

"It was a rights issue and a whole entanglement thing," he told his listeners on Monday, his first live show since the app was released. "So, we're not on it. Maybe one day we will be."

Last week, David Bank, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets, told the blog that without Stern's show, the iPhone app was like "a product-lite version." The app also leaves off the NFL, Major League Baseball and Nascar, but not the Playboy Channel.

Also see: Sirius XM neuters its iPhone app: Howard Stern, MLB, NFL out

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  • And what is the Sirius XM app?

    Does it stream live or bring down a podcast?
    ejhonda
    • Its live.....

      Streamed over 3G or Wifi from the internet.
      OhTheHumanity
  • Just went to check out the App in the store...

    Many complaints from subscribers, not only about Stern,
    who I really couldn't give a rip or a fart about, but
    that subscribers get nicked another $3 per month, which
    doesn't bother me that much either as I already pay that
    to stream to my computers anyway.
    xXSpeedzXx
  • WHO CARES??????

    They get what they deserve!
    kd5auq
  • RE: Howard Stern blames contract for keeping his show off iPhone app

    People still listen to Howard Stern?
    Loverock Davidson
  • Sounds like the issue is from Howards...

    side of the contract and not XM, they must not be willing to pay him more.
    mrlinux
    • I agree.....

      Why would Sirius want to block one of their highlighted shows? I would imagine he wanted a bigger cut and Sirius just doesn't have the money to do so at this point. They were on the brink of bankruptcy but have since made a little head way.
      OhTheHumanity
  • RE: Howard Stern blames contract for keeping his show off iPhone app

    Does he really need more money? Didn't he sign a ridiculous contract to join Sirus? He should stop caring about the money since he has enough to last him 5 lifetimes and get more concerned about the listeners who don't care as much as they used too. When was the last time you heard him in the news? What kind of guests does he get nowadays? If he got on the iPhone it would give him that many more listeners. I for one would consider it since I would have to buy additional hardware. Everyone is a loser here including howard.
    jamericatv@...
  • RE: Howard Stern blames contract for keeping his show off iPhone app

    Correction...I for one would consider it since I would NOT have to buy additional hardware since I already have an iPhone.
    jamericatv@...