Worcester, MA (PRWEB) October 22, 2009
Two cutting edge college radio stations are making history as the first Internet stations to stream in the new HTTP Live streaming protocol. With the help of Backbone Networks Corporation, Long Island University WLIU-BK and Goucher Student Radio have become the first stations to add HTTP Live streaming to their broadcast offerings. This station upgrade is part of Backbone's plan to further expand IBS Student Radio Network (IBS-SRN) station listenership by adding both HTTP Live Streaming and Shoutcast protocols to the current RTSP streams currently offered by the network to a variety of additional players on iPhone, iPod touch, computers and other devices.
HTTP Live Streaming is the HTTP-based protocol which enables the College Radio Tuner App to seamlessly stream through firewalls, routers and proxy servers.
Shoutcast is the popular streaming protocol used by a number of Internet radio stations, directories and tuners. Adding Shoutcast support extends Backbone's powerful automation to this popular protocol for all our stations. "IBS' current iTunes and iPhone capabilities have been tremendous in connecting our member stations to the world. Adding Shoutcast and HTTP Live Streaming will make our college and high school radio stations even easier to find and hear," said Len Mailloux, Chairman of The Intercollegiate Broadcast System. "These extensions give us the chance to reach out to new listeners around the globe and share the excitement and fun that is college radio."
The first two HTTP Live stations, WLIU-BK (Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus) and Goucher Student Radio (Goucher College; Towson, MD), are important members of the IBS Student Radio Network. Backbone will be upgrading all IBS-SRN member stations by the end of 2009. Backbone's free College Radio Tuner App for iPhone and iPod touch now supports HTTP Live Streaming stations. In addition, during this process, Backbone will be adding Shoutcast and Icecast streaming capability to all stations, enabling them to be listed and found in numerous online streaming directories.
In 2007, Backbone Networks Corporation, in cooperation with the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS), launched the first true Internet radio network, one that specifically aims to enhance the student radio experience. The IBS Student Radio Network enables student operated stations to syndicate live and produced programming among member stations, as well as automatically access a vast amount of royalty-free programming from worldwide third-party sources.
The Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) is a nonprofit association of mostly student-staffed radio stations based at schools and colleges across the country. Over 1,000 IBS member stations operate all types of facilities including Internet - Webcasting, closed-circuit, AM carrier-current, cable radio, FCC-licensed FM, LPFM and AM stations.
Founded in 1990, Backbone Networks Corporation has its roots in developing television and radio software, especially content production and delivery applications. Its founders are pioneers in developing technology for the broadcasting industry. They have supplied software and systems for some of the highest profile broadcasters and their events.