Emmis Preparing NextRadioT For Smartphone Introduction In 2013
November 7, 2012 at 6:45 AM (PT)
EMMIS COMMUNICATIONS is introducing NEXTRADIOT, a receiver application for FM and HD Radio-enabled smartphones. NEXTRADIOT is being marketed to the wireless industry as an app that "represents the best over-the-air radio listening experience on the smartphone," said EMMIS. The product, specific to local FM and HD Radio, allows consumers to listen to local radio without using their data plan for pure Internet streaming.
"NEXTRADIOT leverages the efficiency and scalability of broadcast radio enhanced by the phone's data channel to deliver an interactive artist and ad experience," said EMMIS Chief Technology Officer PAUL BRENNER. "With other features like enhanced synchronous ad types including SMS integration and couponing, song tagging capabilities, and social integration, NEXTRADIOT stands out as a truly innovative mobile experience."
"The wireless industry is responding positively to the innovation TAGSTATIONR and NEXTRADIOT combine to deliver," BRENNER continued. "For the radio industry to captivate the imagination of smartphone users and cellular carriers, broadcasters must innovate and deliver a superior and consistent user experience."
BRENNER also pointed out that with NEXTRADIOT, you can use your phone for news and information during times of emergency. HURRICANE SANDY is the most recent example of FM radio being a lifeline to citizens when other communication networks suffer disaster related outages.
NEXTRADIOT is in final beta testing preparing for 2013 launch on several smartphones and carrier networks.