'''Barbwires''' is an independent, wholly owned Internet entertainment streaming media organization. Conceived early in late 1990s, and launched in 2000 with Video Streaming.

Radiostorm.Com founding preceded Barbwires.Com by [https://www.linkedin.com/in/eddie-baker-20083066 Baker (President Barbwires & Co-Founder Radiostorm Streaming)] two years prior in 1998.

 

Radiostorm aligned with Atlantic Records to produce Creed Radio and other artist such as Limp Bizkit Radio and other promotions through the help of Atlantic Records under AOL Inc.

It was always Barbwires intent and Baker's to provide video streaming based on proven on-demand technology. At this time [[Peer-to-peer video sharing|VideoShare (peer to peer video Patent)]] occupied the same facility as Baker & Donahue's Radiostorm. At a time when Radiostorm was relying on CPM revenue, purchase of internet advertiser platforms was secured by a large purchase and ad impression revenue dropped beyond viability in 2004, causing Radiostorm  to close operation. Videoshare did take YouTube to court with a patent challenge and both parties walked away in an undisclosed agreement. [reference coming]

 

From initial testing with various video streaming technologies, including CuSeeMe and Real based products in the mid to late 90s, Barbwires eventually chose Microsoft's streaming platform and server structure due to its ability to protect content and artist creation and began video streaming operation in 2000 using Microsoft encoded video for streaming.

 

Due to a lack of accessible video content, it was deemed local camera teams would film live venue location performances. Working with a small number of clubs in Cambridge and Worcester to  form a cooperative relationship, weekly performances were captured and edited for streaming on Barbwires.Com.

{{Infobox company

| name = Barbwires

| logo = BWRlogo.jpg

| type = Private

| key_people = [[Eddie Baker]]

| industry = [[streaming music service]]

| products = Various genre streams

| owner = ESCN/NLP

| foundation = 2000

| rank = 16,764,790

| homepage = [http://barbwires.com Barbwires.Com]

}}

 

== Ownership & management ==

Barbwires was conceived, built and designed by Mark Baker. Radiostorm was born in 1998 and soon worked with Atlantic Records to host radio stations on their behalf, they liked the incredible sound of streaming, and in 1999, their parent company AOL bought SHOUTcast, the software Radiostorm used for streaming and with that purchase they acquired WinAMP as well.

 

Originally conceived as a video extension to potential partnership with Radiostorm, it was founded instead as a completely separate entity owned and funded by [https://www.linkedin.com/in/eddie-baker-20083066 Eddie Baker.]

 

== Philosophy & Promotion ==

Barbwires supports non commercial & independent working musicians and artists. Our philosophy is to assist in as positive way possible, artists facing a challenging and competitive marketplace.

Promoting artists with little or no budget, was and is a primary goal of Barbwires.Com.

Barbwires worked ot help break artists such as "The Barb Wires Dolls", a significant Punk nu art band from Athens Greece as well as American Idol contestants such as Crystal [http://www.mancrushes.com/hot-women/crystal-bowersox/where-dating-news-photos Bowersox (mancrushes.com citation)].

 

Barbwires currently in agreement with promotional groups:

* [[Pure Steel Records]]

* [https://da.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compos_Mentis Compos Mentis]

* [http://www.sevenus.de Sevenusmedia Group]

 

== Funding and operations ==

Barbwires operational funding, and ownership is private and held by initial investors. While labels were noticing competitive platforms where significant numbers of non-label artists were taking them on in terms of competition, new challenges arose in the streaming and rally points for musicians such as the takeover of [http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2013/01/indie-labels-in-shock-over-myspace-free-ride-licensing-policy-midem.html?cid=6a00d83451b36c69e2017d408c43d9970c#comment-6a00d83451b36c69e2017d408c43d9970c Myspace (label takeovers & ownership - Baker speaks out)].

 

== Programming ==

Barbwires operates several stations with various programming and genre.

 

Initially Barbwires and barbwires.com were operated completely independent with hosting and streaming as well as all network operation supported in-house ([[DNS]], [[SMTP]], NNTP, MMS, [[RTSP]], and [[HTTP]]) within Barbwires corporate infrastructure. This structure and company format was followed through the early 2000s up to the point where AOL made a decision to sell off and maintain a 12% ownership of their [[SHOUTcast]] [https://techcrunch.com/2014/01/01/aol-sells-winamp-and-shoutcast-music-services-to-online-radio-aggregator-radionomy/ streaming platform] by selling to [[Radionomy]].

 

At the point the sale was confirmed and transitioned, all [[MMS]] and video broadcasting was halted and Barbwires undertook a transition to the new owner of SHOUTcast and it's streaming network. In the early announcement, [[AOL]] had made only one major enhancement to the SHOUTcast platform it acquired from [[Nullsoft]] in 1999 during the period where it cooperated with Radiostorm Internet Radio.

 

When the radio aggregate Radionomy became the [http://tech.eu/news/radionomy-winamp-shoutcast-aol/ apparent winner] of the bid for SHOUTcast software away from a potential interested party [[Microsoft]], new stations were populated and defined within the Radionomy framework to play hits and hard rock radio. These stations adhered to Barbwires.Com company policy of maintaining in-house structure as much as possible including 'first-contact' ownership of client radio contact. This allowed Barbwires to take the first lookup from DNS resolution and point to an intermediary web server, creating log entries and then redirecting to the [[Radionomy]] streamer.

 

At a time when Radionomy support for social interaction appeared to offer less functionality than Barbwires required, internal work was completed to build integrated radio-social interface. It was at this time as social interaction emerged that Barbwires noted large gain in audience. Reporting from the streamer's facility showed significantly less station reach than first-contact log displayed and despite a large reach, On Friday, February 13, 2015 8:02 Radionomy sent email reporting listener count for the stations did not meet their requirements and they were forced to remove our catalog and library of music, as well as out access to the Belgium based Radionomy Barbwires stations, and urged us to try again, with closure in their communication stating "The next attempt will no doubt be more fruitful".

 

It was noted by Barbwires and others, who had similar events happen to them as well including other unsubstantiated complaints, that our Radionomy Radios were still in operation and directs from listing portals such as [[TuneIn]], would result into playable streams provided by Radionomy.

 

Barbwires Radio had not shut down it's SHOUTcast servers, during the Radionomy term of participation, and began again to resume broadcasting fresh new content continuing to seek new alliances with artists and labels with interesting and accomplished works. Barbwires continues to operate several internet radio stations with diverse genre and content.

 

== Recognition & Cultural significance ==

Local interaction and out reach to performing musicians was the inspiration for launching barbwires.com  site  with Barbwires Video and later Barbwires Radio in 2000.

Barbwires continues to offer placement for any musician into Artist Radio stream through access to upload musical performance using a direct link to [http://barbwires.com/u.htm upload (original composition with metadata containing copyright information)].

 

[http://r1.barbwires.com/listen.pls Barbwires Artist radio] plays mixed genre music on channel R1 twenty four hours a day, worldwide. For well over a decade Barbwires.Com has enabled musicians on limited budget, often working jobs to support their art to have their music heard around the globe.

 

During years when common platforms did not exist for musical video content, hundreds of bands in the northeast were being taped, their performances edited and then streamed on barbwires.com. One such band was "Baby Strange" their story begins with taping at a local club, and contact and subsequent videos completed at other venues as far away as New York City. This band was followed to the WBCN RockNRoll Rumble event where they secured 2nd place with Dresdin Dolls taking first. That win secured them a studio recording session where they were also filmed. Parts of their work can now be found on video peering platform [[YouTube]] on [https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL31A683F3F6C7E6E9 playlist] Final page turned on this band when a call from Atlantic Records requested their entire catalog, and it was forwarded overnight to NYC and contact was passed to the band and their manager.

 

== Broadcasting & Live Engagement ==

Barbwires primarily broadcasts live over the [[internet]] in a variety of [[Streaming media|streaming]] formats and qualities (speed). Format is currently MP3 based with metadata and portal listings. Barbwires suspended video local coverage in 2010 and expanded the radio portion of its broadcasting. In 2016, Barbwires re-introduced video support and integrated theatrical video presentation into its site presence.

 

In recent years, Barbwires has enhanced support for metal and hard rock music and features new music from European labels. This cooperation has resulted in promotional cooperation conducting interviews and highlighting new releases through [http://r2.barbwires.com/listen.pls|Premier Radio] by playing segments of selected releases together in a featured play associated with inSIGHT promotion.

 

Heaven's Guardian has been gaining a larger audience segment of metal & melodic music with it's dual male & female vocal leads through performance, sales, and promotion. Noteworthy articles help to generate interest in their clean inspiration such as at [https://riometalpress.com/tag/heavens-guardian/ Riot Press] where links to their fan-sites and support can be found, such as Barbwires Artist inSIGHT for [http://barbwires.com/artists/HeavensGuardian.htm Heaven's Guardian]

 

Barbwires ranking in Alexa was 16,754,987 on March 15th 2017.

== External links ==

* [http://barbwires.com Official website]

* [http://r1.barbwires.com/listen.pls Artist Radio]

* [http://r2.barbwires.com/listen.pls Premier Radio]

* [http://tun.in/sfqdo TuneIn Station link for Barbwires Artist Radio ]

* [http://tun.in/sfqjp TuneIn Station link for Barbwires Premier Radio]

* [http://74.92.41.76:80/listen.pls Shoutcast BarbwiresArtist WorldPop 192K]

* [http://74.92.41.73:80/listen.pls Shoutcast Barbwires Hard Rock 192K]

 

==References==

{{Reflist}}

Archive.org Links to Barbires history since 2K <ref  name="Barbwires history">>{{cite web|last1=History|first1=Archive.org|title=Barbwires History|url=http://web.archive.org/web/*/barbwires.com|website=Archive,org|ref=History since birth 2000}}</ref>

# Radiostorm formation and partnership<ref name="Radiostorm history">{{cite web|last1=Inc|first1=Radiostorm|title=Radiostorm Inc|url=http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://radiostorm.com|website=Archive.org|publisher=Archive.org|ref=Radiostorm}}</ref>

# VideoShare early history before YouTube patent agreement<ref>{{cite web|last1=Public Streaming|first1=VideoShare Inc|title=VideoShare history|url=http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://videoshare.com|website=Archive.org|publisher=barbwires|ref=VideoShare}}</ref>

# Alexa rank <ref name="Alexa rank">{{cite web|url=http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/barbwires.com|title=rank|website=Alexa|publisher=Amazon|accessdate=14 March 2017}}</ref>

# Formal corporate transition

# Cooperative agreements and associations

 

{{Catagorized|date=March 2017 [[Category |streaming music service}}