CES 2009: FlyCast Piles on New Platform Enhancements

By Kevin Michaluk on 8 Jan 2009 11:02 am EST
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FlyCast Piles on New Platform Enhancements

Press Release

FlyCast Piles On New Platform Enhancements

Leading Mobile Broadcast Network Adds Desktop Widget, Android Support, More

CES SHOW, LAS VEGAS, NV - January 8, 2009 - FlyCast announced a number of new
enhancements to its industry-leading mobile broadcast network today, including a move to the desktop with its new player widget for PCs and Macs. Other announcements include support for the T-Mobile G1and other upcoming Google Android-based devices, a new "What's On Now" program guide feature, a Facebook interface, a partnership with AccuWeather.com and support for AAC+ and Windows Media streams.

"2009 will be a year of transition for broadcasting, as hundreds of millions of new ‘smart devices' hit the streets, with incredible media consumption capabilities," noted FlyCast CEO Sam Abadir.

"FlyCast continues to lead the way in offering broadcasters and webcasters innovative platform capabilities to take full advantage of these new and compelling distribution opportunities."

The Desktop Player Widget
Beginning immediately, listeners can download a standalone desktop player that exactly mirrors the FlyCast mobile experience, with 1000 traditional stations plus 300 ‘personalized' stations with unlimited song skipping available. Dedicated versions of the player will also be available for the company's webcast partners AccuRadio, 1.FM, 977 Music, 1Club.FM and radioIO. These widgets can be downloaded free from the company's website at www.flycast.fm. Based on Adobe Air technology, FlyCast's desktop players work on Mac or PC platforms.

Android/T-Mobile G1 Added to Supported Phones
FlyCast also announced support for Android-based phones, specifically, the T-Mobile G1. According to industry reports, dozens of new Android-based devices are in development and set for release in 2009. The Android-based phones join the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and the BlackBerry Storm, Bold and Curve in FlyCast's supported phones.

A New Program Guide Plus Song-Skipping and StreamShift Enhancements
FlyCast listeners will now be able to instantly select their favorite broadcast program to listen to from the company's new ‘What's On Now" feature. FlyCast broadcast partners, including Entercom, FOX News, Sandusky and Cromwell Radio Groups, stream many of the most popular shows in the U.S, including programs hosted by Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Laura Ingram, Sean Hannity and those featuring popular sports show hosts, including Jim Rome, Mike & Mike in the Morning, The Herd with Colin Cowherd, and Tirico & Van Pelt. With FlyCast's StreamShift feature, listeners can tune in to a broadcast at any point, ensuring that they do not miss any part of their favorite shows. Additionally, over 300 stations have been enhanced with unlimited song-skipping functionality.

Facebook Support
FlyCast has added support for Facebook Connect and Facebook feeds. Facebook Connect allows users to use their Facebook login for FlyCast, eliminating the need for a new user name and password. Facebook feeds will optionally allow users to post their listening interests to their Facebook profile automatically.

AccuWeather.com
FlyCast has partnered with AccuWeather.com, "The World's Weather Authority" to provide its audience with instant weather forecasts and updates. When a user selects a city within FlyCast, they are presented with one-click access to AccuWeather's local forecast information, including current conditions with sky conditions, high and low temperatures, patented RealFeel temperature and three-day forecasts. Through FlyCast's partnership with AccuWeather, users can easily check the weather wherever they are, wherever they are travelling, and wherever friends and family may be.

AAC+, Windows Media Support
FlyCast now offers support to broadcasters that have deployed their streams in AAC+ and Windows Media formats. The AAC+ codec offers higher quality at lower streaming bitrates, allowing broadcasters the ability to both save streaming costs and reach a larger audience that does not have access to more powerful 3G networks. The Windows Media codec provides similar quality and bitrate advantages, but is not natively supported by the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch.

About FlyCast
FlyCast was founded as 2006 by a group of seasoned media industry veterans to create cutting edge media management technology for emerging mobile smart devices. In January 2008, the company announced its revolutionary content network that delivers digital broadcasts to portable cell phones and WiFi devices. The FlyCast' server software dramatically improves quality of service for stream delivery and is offered to CDNs and ISPs free of charge.

FlyCast partners include Entercom Communications, FOX News, AccuRadio, Radio Paradise, SmoothJazz.com, 1.FM, 977Music, 1Club.FM and radioIO. The FlyCast Network includes over 1200 channels of music, news, talk, sports, weather, local programming and video. CustomCast, DirectLink, SongSkip, Top of the Hour, StreamSlip, and StreamShift are FlyCast trademarks. The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. The iPhone and iPod Touch of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Apple Computer Corp. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. All other trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners.

14 comments

Exergy

Do I have to download this upgrade or is it instantly available?

Smmrgrl

I didn't download anything - I just opened the application and all the new changes appeared on their own.

metsfan89

i just tried to get it. it is not out for the storm yet... seems like nothing is out for this damn phone. how long do we have to freakin wait.

metsfan89

sorry. move my comment. i meant to post that under the slacker mobile radio announcment that was said to be out for all blackberries. it is not out for the storm

T_Tronix

Will this be compatible with the storm's screen size? The last one wasn't...

Bla1ze

Slacker could learn a few things here, like ya know...how to utilize the application to it's full potential and offer availability to Canadians and worldwide users not just US. Glad to see FlyCast still looking to improve their services cause it really is great!

a6co1lostud

im using flycast v1.28 on my storm with no prob!..its cool but nobex is better!

BIGVATO970

I got he link on my curve says to click it for your iphone touch butt hat it did i do something way wrong here please someone help

holdene1

Flycast just rules. period. New updated version was on my phone today. I love flycast. I was about to buy a mobile satelitte radio but with this I dont think I am going to. Oh had a 8820 went to the POS storm..now on a curve. works great.

stormaddict13

This is a great app. I wanted to get slacker but it is not available for the storm. At least for now I am fine with this.

mierk

I've always had trouble with Flycast because half the stations would just give me endless buffering messages without ever playing anything. I am at work so I can't tune in at my desk, but I tried to bring it up just to check out the Accuweather feature, and the browser window just opened up to a blank screen. It sounds like for the people that can get it to work, it's great though...wish I was one of them. :/

GapBoyPCS

Since Slacker isn't available to Canada, Flycast will have to do.