INDIANAPOLIS, July 6, 2016 /CNW/ -- On July 1, 2016 the NextRadio® app went live in the Google Play store in Canada allowing over a million consumers with FM radio compatible smartphones to download the app. The expansion is the next step in growing handset support for FM radio across North America.
The NextRadio app functionality is the same in Canada as it is in the U.S. Some of the key features consumers love about the app is the ability to:
- Listen to radio using significantly less battery or data
- Search to find a favorite station
- Get emergency updates if cell coverage goes down
- Customize home screen "Live Guide" with favorite stations
- Rate songs and let stations know if they like it or not
- Purchase a song that is playing
"Our initial broadcaster partners in Canada are very excited about the value NextRadio brings to their listeners, as well as, the new radio advertising platform and data NextRadio can provide their advertisers", said Paul Brenner, President, TagStation, LLC, the power behind NextRadio. "This expansion was a natural next step as many handset makers provide the same phones in Canada, making it easier for them to turn on the FM Chip for both countries at the same time."
"With the historically high costs of cell phone and data plans, the FM Chip activation allows Canadians, both urban and rural, access to the content they already listen to. It's essential for market fairness and emergency broadcasting services to have access to radio in the palm of your hand, at any time," said Barry Rooke, Executive Director NCRA/ANREC.
The NextRadio app lets you experience FM radio on your smartphone in a brand new way. Get a real-time view of what's playing on-air and interact live with your favorite local radio stations while using 75% less battery and 20x less data compared to streaming radio apps. Real FM radio is now in your smartphone so you can listen wherever you go.
About NextRadio® powered by TagStation, LLC
TagStation, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Emmis Communications Corporation. TagStation, LLC has developed the TagStation® service to provide radio stations with artist and title information and unique interactivity with listeners. With partial funding from NAB Labs, TagStation also developed the NextRadio® hybrid radio smartphone app which uses TagStation® cloud services to provide a rich FM radio listening experience on smartphones and tablets by combining the devices' built-in FM tuner and the internet. NextRadio, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of TagStation, LLC and serves as the principle distributor of the NextRadio App. Founded in 2013, TagStation, LLC and NextRadio, LLC are headquartered in Indianapolis, IN with offices in Indianapolis and Chicago, IL. For more information, about TagStation®, visit TagStation.com. For more information about NextRadio®, visit NextRadioApp.com.
For further information: Maura Kautsky, 317-684-8336, Mkautsky@NextRadioApp.com