Ferncast and nacamar are announcing a new cooperation for the development of novel technologies in the area of radio audio streaming. For this purpose, Ferncast will integrate nacamar’s Ybrid technology into its encoder software. The goal of this cooperation is to make content streaming better for the radio broadcaster as well as more convenient and modern for the listener. The transmission of the audio stream and metadata to the content delivery network (CDN) Ybrid will be performed by the Ferncast software aixtream. From there it will be available to the customer. “Convenience” for the broadcaster and listener is the definitive goal of this cooperation. Luckily, such cutting edge technology is a perfect fit for the new Ferncast encoders.
With it, all the advantages that customers have come to expect from on-demand music streaming can soon be enjoyed by radio listeners as well. The listener will be able to enjoy the greatest possible freedom, thanks to a large breadth of supported bitrates, personalizes advertisement, regionalized weather and news reports and most importantly the choice between different pieces of content within the same stream. The control by the user will simply be handled via an app, but all sorts of end devices will be supported, up to and including simple wifi radios for the kitchen. In this the developers at nacamar profit from the experiences they have made during the development of SWOP for RTL Radio and SOHARD. That was the first time the Ybrid platform by nacamar saw large-scale use.
Ferncast and nacamar are happy to receive the chance to combine their strengths in this way. This will offer broadcasters and listeners a never before seen quality, freedom and convenience. This cooperation will significantly broaden the possibilities of broadcast streaming, thanks to these two pioneers of their fields.
Ferncast is a team of top developers in digital media signal processing and systems engineering from Aachen, Germany. Lead by Dr. Hauke Krüger, who is already known through multiple publications in the areas of digital signal processing, including significant contributions to the Opus codec algorithm, the Ferncast team develops new solutions to revolutionize the broadcasting industry. The capable minds of Ferncast include skilled experts from Germany’s leading technical universities. Ferncast’s first project is the development and release of a suite of software solutions to enable broadcasters to eschew traditional hardware audio codecs in their audio transmission.
The nacamar GmbH is the leading provider of audio-over-IP platforms in the radio segment in Germany via its AddRadio solution. AddRadio is used by over 150 public and private radio channels and delivers over 130 million hours of radio content a month.
Since 2007 nacamar belongs to the ecotel communication AG, which is listed in the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The company has its headquarters in Düsseldorf and currently employs around 270 employees together with its subsidiaries.