Almost 500 Canadian Stations Adopt Radioplayer streaming

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Almost 500 Canadian Stations Adopt Radioplayer streaming

Postby jon » Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:42 am

Canada’s Premier Radio Broadcasters Unite to Bring Listeners Top-Rated Digital Radio Streaming Service, Radioplayer
Broadcast Dialogue
September 28, 2016

– Central Ontario Broadcasting, Clear Sky Radio, Cogeco, Corus, Durham Radio, Golden West, Harvard Broadcasting, Larche Communications, Newcap Radio, Pattison, Rogers, Rawlco Radio, RNC Media, Saskatoon Media Group, and Vista Radio unite to broker first North American expansion for Radioplayer –
– The top-rated radio app in Europe, Radioplayer will be available on iOS, Android, and through the desktop player –


TORONTO, ON (Sept. 28, 2016) Canadians, this announcement will be music to your ears! A free app is on the way that will give listeners from coast-to-coast access to nearly every style of music, news, talk, and entertainment content from close to 500 stations on any connected device, at any time of day, from anywhere.

Radioplayer, a UK based digital radio streaming service, has joined forces with Canada’s leading radio broadcasters to bring Canadians free, easily accessible digital radio on any connected device. Launching later this year, Radioplayer will allow Canadians immediate access to their favourite English and French entertainment, news, sports and talk radio stations powered by 15 Canadian radio broadcasters. Launch date to be announced in the coming weeks.

“I am extremely pleased that the majority of Canadian radio broadcasters have come together to bring this innovative offering to its listeners,” said Ian Lurie, Chief Operating Officer, Newcap Radio and Chair of the CEO Radio Council. “Radioplayer occupies a unique position in Europe, and its expansion into Canada represents a milestone for the platform in North America.”

“The way Canadians listen to radio is changing, and we’re changing with them,” said Julie Adam, Senior Vice President, Rogers Radio. “Radioplayer gives our listeners access to their favourite local stations and allows them to discover others across the country like never before. With access on mobile devices and desktop, turning the dial to your favourite stations has never been easier.”

Listeners will be able to access live and past radio broadcasts across the country through Radioplayer’s browser-player, and on connected devices through the iOS or Android app, including integrations with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Chromecast, and smartwatches. As the top-rated radio app in Europe, Radioplayer features the world’s best search and recommendation engine for radio, powered by the Radioplayer metadata platform.

“This is a very proud moment for Radioplayer and it will further strengthen the international ties between radio broadcasters,” said Michael Hill, Founder and Managing Director, Radioplayer UK. “Radio is in great shape, but we know we face challenges and opportunities in cars, smartphones, and among younger audiences. Joining the ever-growing Radioplayer family is a great way for broadcasters and countries to address these together.”

Radioplayer Worldwide is a partnership between UK Radioplayer, 7digital (a B2B digital music and radio services company), All In Media (who build the Radioplayer apps), and the countries which have rolled out Radioplayer. Radioplayer provides the trusted simplicity of radio with all the benefits of digital. Users can move between stations, set favourites, listen to on-demand content, find location based programming, see what is trending, and more.

Radioplayer in Canada brings together the stations of Central Ontario Broadcasting, Clear Sky Radio, Cogeco, Corus, Durham Radio, Golden West, Harvard Broadcasting, Larche Communications, Newcap Radio, Pattison, Rogers, Rawlco Radio, RNC Media, Saskatoon Media Group, and Vista Radio. For additional business opportunities, please visit http://www.radioplayer.ca.

About Radioplayer Worldwide
Radioplayer Worldwide is a partnership between UK Radioplayer, 7digital, and the countries which have rolled out the Radioplayer model. It was created to explore opportunities for international technological collaboration across radio. For more see http://www.radioplayerworldwide.com or follow @rpworldwide on Twitter.

Media Contacts:
Michelle Lomack, Rogers Radio, 416.819.2783, michelle.lomack@rci.rogers.com
Elisa Barbaro, Rogers Radio, 647.388.9403, elisa.barbaro@rci.rogers.com
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Re: Almost 500 Canadian Stations Adopt Radioplayer streaming

Postby serrebi » Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:42 am

I would love higher quality streams closer to the quality I am used to from FM: I already have all the free streams bookmarked in my tunein account, so unless there's something better there I won't be switching. Why would I choose a restricted directory for my radio? Unless it offers something better audio quality.
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Re: Almost 500 Canadian Stations Adopt Radioplayer streaming

Postby Aaron » Wed Sep 28, 2016 12:34 pm

In many cases it will be better quality. Tune-in often uses secondary, older streams which a far lower bitrate than the official streams.
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Re: Almost 500 Canadian Stations Adopt Radioplayer streaming

Postby serrebi » Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:14 pm

Aaron wrote:In many cases it will be better quality. Tune-in often uses secondary, older streams which a far lower bitrate than the official streams.

Think your mistaken: CKNW, for example does not offer a higher quality stream than 64KBPS AAC+. All streams that exist officially are available through tunein(on a station go to options/choose stream to see all options), but we'll have to wait and see what their offering is.
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Re: Almost 500 Canadian Stations Adopt Radioplayer streaming

Postby Aaron » Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:21 pm

serrebi wrote: All streams that exist officially are available through tunein


That may the case for CKNW, but it is not for many, many stations. Tune-in back-doors into streams, and not all streams can be reached that way.
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