It is confirmed. Mevio has officially locked out thousands of podcasters with no warning what-so-ever. Two of the podcasts affected, are the two podcasts that are provided here, the Stephen King Fancast and the Stephen King Movie Club. If you’re not sure what a hosting account is, I’ll explain.
Just like in the real world, if you want your own space on the web to create things and make them accessible, you have to get someone to allow you to use their space. This is generally done by renting or purchasing. Also just like in the real world, the buying, generally, costs you a lot up front and renting is just more affordable at the moment. I don’t have several thousand dollars to purchase my own server, but I can come up with $30 a month to rent the space needed to host these files. Another part of the service is generating a feed for your files. The feed is what allows the user, that’s you, to subscribe to the podcast once and then get every subsequent episode, “pushed” out to your iTunes, Zune or feed reader accounts. This way, you don’t have to go looking for a new episode every time one is released, it comes to you, automatically the next time you login to iTunes or Zune or whatever. Similar to Facebook or Twitter, you don’t have to visit your friends page to see their updates, those updates are automatically “pushed” out to your news feed.
I will be going with a new hosting service for these podcasts and will take me a while to get that worked out. In light of these developments, the new episode of the Stephen King Movie club that was supposed to go up last Saturday, will be delayed until I can get this all worked out. So will any future episode of the Stephen King Fancast. I’m sorry, but there is no way around this.
I want it to be known that this is in no way something I had control of or could have prevented. I will be working on the problem non-stop from now until this is fixed. This will be an insane workload, so I will not be publishing any articles of my own until I get this sorted.
I also want to say that if you are currently subscribed to either/both of these podcasts, you will need to re-subscribe once the new hosting has been figured out. Since I have been locked out of my Mevio account, I can’t upload new episodes to their service, nor can I update the feed they provided me with. That means that the feed provided to me, by Mevio, is now dead. I will never be able to update that feed. I would suggest unsubscribing from the Stephen King Fancast and Stephen King Movie Club feeds through iTunes, Zune or whatever other service you may be subscribed through.
Once I get this all sorted out, I will have to re-submit the podcast(s) to iTunes, Zune and Stitcher. Once they are approved, I will put up a post here with the appropriate links to subscribe to the new feeds. The links on the podcast pages here will all be updated once I have that information for you.
I am so sorry for this downtime and hope you return and re-subscribe to the podcasts. Both of them had great subscriber and download numbers that I used to get sponsorships and to try to earn ad dollars for the shows, all those numbers will now be reset to zero and I may lose some affiliate relationships due to this. What that means, is that, as far as the podcasts are concerned, all the work that I have put into them and to building my podience (that’s my made up word for my podcast audience) has been almost completely undermined. I’m sure Bob Ledrew of the Kingcast will confirm, 98% of podcast listeners never visit the blog or any of its related pages (Facebook, GetGlue, Google+, Tumblr, Twitter and YouTube) and will not know what is going on with this. I will have to hope that they think to search for the podcast again in the future.
That tells me that I just lost 98% of a listener base that I worked very hard to build. You can’t possibly imagine how depressing that is to me. I’m not sure if any of my fellow Stephen King bloggers/podcasters are reading this, but you might understand. I would like to ask a favor of my King colleagues. If you are so inclined, I ask that you please post something about this on your blog and/or say something about it on your podcast. There is a chance that some of my listeners/viewers are regulars to your site and they may like the info.
If you are a subscriber to these podcasts, and are upset that this site will be experiencing some downtime, I would like to refer you to the links below to check out some great SK related blogs and podcasts that I, personally, am subscribed to and hope you head over there for your SK related news. I know most of the bloggers/podcasters personally and know that they are all great at what they do and I have nothing but the utmost respect for them. The podcasts here will available again soon, so don’t go too far.
Down, but definitely not out,