RAIN 3/23: Slacker to deliver customizable ESPN programming
WEBCASTER TO ADD SPORTS STATION, OFFER HOURLY UPDATES IN USERS’ STREAMSSlacker will offer a new interactive ESPN Radio station as well as hourly sports updates in any music stations, thanks to a new partnership with the multimedia sports company.
The ESPN Radio station on Slacker will offer programs like “Mike & Mike in the Morning,” “SportsCenter” and “The Herd with Colin Cowherd.” Slacker users will be able to add ESPN Radio content into their customized music stations, or opt to receive hourly sports news updates — in English or Spanish — from ESPN SportsCenter.
Slacker says they will also allow their paying subscribers to completely customize the ESPN Radio station “based on a number of preferences including specific sports, regions and teams.”
Find out more from Slacker and ESPN’s press release here.
CLEAR CHANNEL REPORTEDLY “TAKING SERIOUS LOOK” AT PLAYLIST.COM ASSETSClear Channel is reportedly taking a look at assets of Playlist.com, a music service that let users create and share playlists. The service, once known as Project Playlist, filed for bankruptcy in August 2010.
Clear Channel is apparently “interested in the user interface (pictured below left) and other technology belonging to the defunct Playlist.com,” writes CNet (here). Not surprisingly, Clear Channel and the lawyers representing Playlist.com declined to comment.
“Sounds like another Bob Pittman project,” comments Tom Taylor in his Radio-Info newsletter today. Clear Channel’s acquisition of music subscription service Thumbplay was likely Pittman’s doing (RAIN coverage here and here), and he “may simply be looking for strands of technology that fit into a larger new product or service from Clear Channel. We know he wants something to compete with services such as Pandora,” writes Taylor (sign up here).
ADLARGE, ABACAST PARTNER FOR STREAMING AD SALESAdLarge and Abacast have reached a multi-year deal to integrate the latter’s audio ad insertion technology into the former’s collection of ad solutions. AdLarge will be able to sell ad inventory for Abacast, including audio pre-roll and in-stream advertising with companion banners. Find out more from the companies’ press release here.
BLACKBERRY TABLET LAUNCHES APRIL 19BlackBerry’s iPad-competitor, the Playbook, will launch on April 19 with pre-orders starting today. The 7” tablet features support for Adobe Flash (so most Internet radio sites will work, more or less), Adobe AIR and even possibly Android apps. Throw the Playbook’s webOS-like multitasking into the mix and it’s a great Internet radio device. Ars Technica has more coverage here.
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