Radioplayer to launch in Canada
RADIOPLAYER TO LAUNCH IN CANADA
Radioplayer Worldwide (RPW), a consortium created to represent Radioplayer internationally, has signed its first licensing agreement outside Europe with a coalition of Canadian broadcasters.
The deal, which was co-ordinated by the newly-formed Canadian Association of Broadcasters, will see at least fourteen companies signed up to the Radioplayer Canada coalition, representing the majority of Canadian radio stations.
The group will roll out the Radioplayer browser-player, iOS app, and Android app – including integrations with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Chromecast, and smartwatches. These are all powered by the Radioplayer metadata platform, featuring the world’s best search and recommendation engine for radio.
The deal represents the latest expansion of Radioplayer Worldwide, which already has licensing agreements in place in Germany, Ireland, Austria, Norway, and Belgium. 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.
The Radioplayer model was first developed by the BBC and commercial radio in the UK. Unlike other radio aggregation platforms, each Radioplayer system is specific to the country in which it is launched, and operated by the stations it serves. There are shared technical standards for the browser Radioplayers, the radio-discovery apps, and the back-end systems which power them – but broadcasters retain control over their own branding, streaming, and commercial deals. It’s this flexibility that appeals to the Canadian radio operators.
Julie Adam, Senior Vice President, Rogers Radio, one of the largest Canadian radio groups, said:
"Radioplayer is the right technology for Canada because it delivers the advantages of a unified platform for radio, without restricting the listener’s flexibility. Here in Canada, we have two official languages, a vast geographical area, and a deep sense of Canadian pride - and Radioplayer understands that. Through Radioplayer, radio groups can collaborate on technology where appropriate, but continue to compete on content."
Michael Hill from Radioplayer said:
"This is a very proud moment for Radioplayer and it will further strengthen the international ties between radio broadcasters. Radio’s 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."
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 www.radioplayerworldwide.com or follow @rpworldwide on Twitter.
About UK Radioplayer
Radioplayer launched in 2011, in a ground-breaking partnership between the BBC and commercial radio. It now has around 500 UK radio stations - including all BBC national and local services, all major commercial stations, and a selection of community and student radio. Radioplayer is available on desktop, mobile, tablet, and in-car, and now has over six million users. For more see www.radioplayer.co.uk or follow @ukradioplayer on Twitter.
7digital is a B2B digital music and radio services company, providing technical infrastructure and extensive global music rights to create music streaming and radio services for a diverse range of customers. It also offers radio production, music curation services, editorial strategy and content management expertise. 7digital is licensed to trade under the name Radioplayer Worldwide in an exclusive partnership with UK Radioplayer Limited. For more see http://about.7digital.com or follow @7digital on Twitter.
The company was founded by Ben Drury and James Kane, offering digital music delivery B2B services. In the year following, 7digital was powering 180 stores for record labels and brands. Our fastest release ever was 46 mins from on-stage performance to sale in Dec 2005 as part of the Live 8 Guinness World Record.
7digital was powering 1,000 stores and made history by enabling Koopa to become the first unsigned act to make it into the top 40 charts on downloads alone. 7digital-powered service Now Play It won “Best Digital Service” award at the BT Digital Music Awards. 7digital signed a partnership with Last.fm and celebrated their first 1 million users on the platform. In 2008 7digital launched the global API and became the first European download store to offer Warner Music catalogue DRM-free.
7digital launched HMV music and video download stores in the UK and Canada, as well as an e-book store for Waterstones. Lost Tunes, powered by 7digital, won the ”Digital Achievement of the Year“ award at the Music Week Awards. We partnered with Songbird to provide an integrated MP3 store and built a mobile app on BlackBerry, which won the EMEA ”Innovation Award“. 7digital integrated MP3 downloads into AOL’s Winamp media player, HMV Group acquired 50% stake in 7digital for £7.7 million, we took part in the first ever Music Hack Day in London and celebrated 7 million tracks our catalogue.
7digital partnered with Shazam, we launched our own Android and iOS apps and developed a unique digital music experience for Samsung devices. Network operator O2 chose 7digital as their digital music partner in the UK and 7digital’s API powered services for 120 clients with 500 million API requests served.
In the following years 7digital expanded North American operations with key hires and launched Samsung Music Hub 3.0 in numerous territories. 7digital was selected as the music partner for Toshiba connected TV and we released the first digital music store on Windows 8.
7digital merged with award-winning radio company, UBC Media and went public on the LSE. We launched hi-res download stores for Panasonic and Onkyo, a Latin music radio service for SBS (Spanish Broadcasting System) and we confirmed a partnership with will.i.am.
7digital powered the launch of The Overflow, a genre-based streaming app, and we expanded territories for Radioplayer Worldwide. We announced that we are powering services for OpenLIVE, Tonlist, Electric Jukebox, Team Rock, CrowdTunes, Rithm, and Astro. We expanded licenses to Africa making our reach a total of 82 territories. Finally, we launched an integration with Google Cast to playback hi-res audio.
7digital started the year by premiering MQA content on onkyomusic at CES. We announced a new contract to power the relaunch of eMusic and won the tender to produce Jazz programmes for BBC Radio 3. We acquired French B2B streaming service Snowite (now 7digital France) and have brought on a number of new key hires. We launched 7digital Creative to look after curation, radio production, editorial and playlisting services for our partners.