Clear Channel Communications has been brought in to provide Internet radio service to Verizon Hub customers. Verizon Hub is a home phone service enhanced with on-demand audio/video streaming content to customers. It is a base station that allows one to dock a smartphone and synch it, but it also boasts a 7″ touchscreen and brings texting to the home based phone. Some reviewers (like the one linked above) call it the “Landline Slayer.”
Via the San Antonio Business Journal:
Through this partnership, Verizon customers will be able to access music, sports and talk from 14 Clear Channel radio stations, including top-market stations in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Chicago and Miami. Clear Channel is making this content available through its iheartradio, Internet radio service.
The convergence of phone, radio, and Internet technology continues. Now that the deal is settled, Clear Channel is looking to expand the offerings made through this new arrangement.
“As the premiere provider of audio content for the Verizon Hub, our strong initial line-up of 14 diverse stations will be expanded quickly over the next 30 to 60 days […],” Clear Channel Radio President and CEO John Hogan says.
I’ll be keeping an eye out to see and report on which stations get added as the expansion of services progresses. The more choices available, the more likely this will be to take off. With over 1,20 radio stations in the Clear Channel stable, we should see the audio choices available increasing rapidly.
Can you hear it now?