Radioplayer has become the latest company to join RadioDNS, the membership organisation promoting an open standards approach to hybrid radio.
Radioplayer was formed as a non-profit partnership between the BBC and commercial radio broadcasters in the UK, and now provides the Radioplayer service to 5 other European countries – Germany, Austria, Ireland, Belgium, and Norway.
Radioplayer has built an automatic system which re-purposes meta-data provided by their participating radio stations into the RadioDNS open standards, so that it can be used by hybrid radio devices from a wide range of manufacturers. Radioplayer, together with the BBC, Global Radio and other providers, already offers hybrid radio meta-data for 92% of UK radio listening.
It was announced today that Radioplayer Deutschland will switch on the same automatic system, and provide meta-data to the RadioDNS open standards for over 270 German radio stations.
Michael Hill, Managing Director of Radioplayer said: “Radioplayer is proud to be helping broadcasters all over the world, as they strive to improve their meta-data and user-experiences. The new hybrid data for German stations will power next-generation radio interfaces for cars, homes, and smartphones.”
Nick Piggott, Project Director of RadioDNS said: Radioplayer has enabled RadioDNS Hybrid Radio for hundreds of stations. The small amount of effort involved with creating an output compliant to the open standards will enable all those stations to benefit from an enhanced presence in the dashboard, on smartphones and in other connected devices. We very much encourage these kind of simple initiatives to get stations going with Hybrid Radio, as part of our Project Logo initiative.