Online music streaming company, Slacker has struck a deal with ABC to carry content from ABC News Radio. Included in the partnership will be national news, world news, sports, politics, entertainment, business, and tech news, with recognizable shows such as “Good Morning America”, and “Nightline”. Slacker Radio will expand its number of available categories with the integration, but everything comes with a price. Initially, the service will be free for all users, but will eventually become exclusive to Slacker Radio Plus subscribers.
The service will be integrated directly within Slacker, making the additional category available on mobile devices as well. Users will also have the ability to have news updates play at the top of every hour, regardless of what station they are on, as well as flip through segments when on the ABC News station. The full service is expected to be available in early 2010 with the familiar $3.99 per month, or $47.88 a year, for the premium Slacker service.
Here’s the release we received:
ABC News to Be Integrated on Slacker Radio For Listening on Smartphones, PCs, Macs and In-Home Devices
LAS VEGAS – January 7, 2010 – Slacker, Inc. today announced the coming addition of ABC News to the Slacker Personal Radio experience providing listeners with updated news from one of the nation’s most trusted sources. Slacker listeners will have access to a dedicated news station covering national, world, sports, politics, entertainment, business and tech as well as the option to include headline news for top of the hour updates on any Slacker music station.
Diane Sawyer, George Stephanopoulos and other top names in journalism will give an ongoing, in-depth look into current issues from around the world. Slacker will also feature segments from highly rated and critically acclaimed programs, including “Good Morning America” anchored by Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Juju Chang and Sam Champion, “Nightline” anchored by Terry Moran, Cynthia McFadden and Martin Bashir and more.
“ABC News is proud to partner with Slacker in extending our high-quality content to the growing Slacker audience,” said Steve Jones, vice president and general manager, ABC News Radio. “Under this new agreement, the Slacker audience can hear audio reports on demand from the most recognized and respected names in news.”
In addition to featuring top quality news stories, the ABC News station will enable Slacker listeners to easily skip over segments, similar to the song skipping on music stations, for a more personalized experience. Listeners to the free Slacker Basic Radio service will be able to try the news service for a limited time at no cost, while Slacker Radio Plus subscribers will have unlimited access to the new content.
“ABC News on Slacker Radio provides our listeners with easy and customizable access to ABC’s award-winning content wherever they are,” said Jonathan Sasse, senior vice president of marketing at Slacker. “Many listeners have been passionate about getting current news from Slacker Radio, so we are delighted to partner with one of the most respected names in news to provide this ground-breaking service integration.”
Slacker Personal Radio, available online at http://www.Slacker.com, enables listeners to create their own Personal Radio stations based on any artist or mix of artists, or listen to and personalize over 120 expert-programmed genre stations ranging from Alternative Rock to Comedy and everything in between. Personalization options include rating songs or artists, playing more popular vs. more eclectic music and listening to newer vs. classic songs.
Whether listening on the web, BlackBerry smartphone, iPhone, Android-powered smartphone, iPod touch or a Slacker-enabled TV or Blu-ray player, Slacker listeners now have instant access to ABC News along with their favorite music, artist profiles, album reviews and album cover art.
Pricing and Availability
ABC News integration in the Slacker Radio service is expected to arrive early in 2010 by visiting http://www.slacker.com or accessing the Slacker Radio service from a supported device. The full experience will available to all subscribers to Slacker Radio Plus which is available for as low as $3.99 per month and can be purchased by visiting http://www.Slacker.com or selecting the “upgrade” button from within a mobile application.
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