If you have never heard of FlyCast, their network is the “first specifically designed application to deliver radio,video and podcasts over mobile broadband and Wi-Fi networks to mobile devices.” Some pretty cool stuff if you ask me. They currently support the iPhone and iPod Touch, but they announced at the Developers Conference on Tuesday that they will soon support the BlackBerry Bold, Storm and Curve. The official date that this service will become available is November 1, but we will try our hardest to get some more info!
The rest of the press release…
SANTA CLARA, CA – October 21, 2008 – FlyCast today announced at the
BlackBerry® Developer Conference, where the company is a finalist in the
BlackBerry Developer Challenge, that on November 1st, its mobile broadcast
network will be ready for the BlackBerry® Curve, BlackBerry® Bold™ and
BlackBerry® Storm™ smartphones from Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM;
TSX: RIM) . FlyCast’s mobile broadcast network is one of the first of its kind to be
available for BlackBerry smartphones. It will be available as a free download from
the FlyCast mobile website (mobile.flycast.fm) beginning November 1st.
The FlyCast network is the first specifically designed application to deliver radio,
video and podcasts over mobile broadband and Wi-Fi networks to mobile devices.
As a compelling free alternative to satellite radio, the FlyCast network has
experienced explosive growth in users and content since its launch in January 2008.
Sam Abadir, FlyCast’s CEO, said “With the success of the recent consumer-oriented
BlackBerry smartphones, it was an easy decision for us to add FlyCast support for
the BlackBerry Curve, BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Storm. Our focus is on giving
users the best possible mobile entertainment experience and these three
smartphones are excellent examples of how to effectively combine consumer and
business mobile functionality. Since our network delivers a broad spectrum of
content, including news, talk, sports, traffic, weather and every genre of music,
we’re sure that BlackBerry users will quickly embrace FlyCast.”
The FlyCast Mobile Broadcast Network includes over 1000 stations from top
terrestrial and web broadcasters, including Entercom, Cox Radio, AccuRadio, 977
Music, 1.FM, 1Club and radioIO. The network provides unsurpassed quality of
service and paradigm-shifting features, like StreamSlipTM, which allows users to
continue to listen to a station even during extended periods without a
connection; Top of the HourTM, which allows latecomers to listen from the beginning
of news, talk and sports radio shows; SongSkipTM, which allows listeners to skip to
the next song on certain webcast stations and pause on all stations. The BlackBerry
smartphone version of FlyCast supports background play, allowing users to listen
while they use their handset for other functions, and also supports playback
through Bluetooth® stereo headsets.