March Madness is heating up right now with the first round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, and with that Slacker Radio is beefing up their content offerings.
Slacker has announced a partnership with Dual Global, the leader in play-by-play radio sports. Through this partnership Slacker Radio will offer all 67 games in the NCAA Division I Men’s Tournament. The coverage began Tuesday evening.
Dial Global will supply coverage of the women’s tournament, as well.as the college world series and lacrosse championships.
“We are thrilled to offer the millions of Slacker mobile listeners free access to Dial Global’s coverage of the NCAA Championships,” said Jonathan Sasse, senior vice president of marketing at Slacker. “These live broadcasts will be appreciated by all sports fans, with more to come as we continue to expand our content to meet the needs of our listeners.”
You can easily find the NCAA coverage within Slacker’s features stations as well as by searching the Slacker radio app.
Slacker made two big announcements at CES in Las Vegas this week. The first was that they are now starting to offer college sports in a live stream via ESPN radio. As John from Slacker explains in the interview video above, this is just the beginning for their streaming technology.
ESPN and Slacker have had an on going content relationship since last year. ESPN Radio can be customized by the user where they can drill down to just the content they want, when they want it. Now with streaming they can also use Slacker radio to hear some of the best live streamed sporting events.
Their ESPN live sports streaming started on Monday night with the BCS Championship football game between Alabama and LSU. Slacker hasn’t announced where they are going with this technology officially but it paves the way to custom subscriptions and customized channels from a variety of events. (it could also mean real live broadcasts on TDGN).
In the video we also talk about Slacker’s new partners in Ford’s SYNC and Sonos home entertainment systems.
Finally, off camera, we got a sneak peak at Slacker’s new Android tablet application which was announced later in the week at CES on board Verizon Wireless’ Motorola Xyboard.
Our friends at Slacker Radio had some big news at the beginning of the week. AOL Music has done a total revamp and dumped their partnership with CBS radio in favor of the more music focused and variety driven Slacker Radio.
With this new partnership the AOL Huffington Post Media Group’s AOL Music service will offer less ads, more personalization and premium subscription offerings. In their previous offering they featured stations owned and programmed by CBS radio which featured full on live dj stations from across the country. AOL Music was basically iheartradio for CBS stations. Now they are picking up the Slacker music based model.
If you’re looking for the other half of the radio stations that Clear Channel doesn’t own and need a second app next to Iheartradio than radio.com may be exactly what you’re looking for. Radio.com is a joint venture between CBS Radio and AOL which gives the user access to over 600 stations which include Yahoo Music and AOL’s radio channels.
Some of the stations included in Radio.com are Cnet Online, The Glee Station, The Fan in New York, Now in New York, Chicago’s B96, the legendary 1010 WINS in New York and many many more.
You can download Radio.com for Android in the Android Market today.