Radioplayer is to launch in Canada – marking the first licensing agreement outside Europe for the service.
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.
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.
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.”
Radioplayer already operates in Germany, Ireland, Austria, Norway, and Belgium.