Live from WES 2006 in
sunny rain-soaked Florida, QuickPlay Media announced the QuickPlayer audio streamer for 8700 BlackBerrys. After downloading the application, users can register for a variety of free and subscription-based channels offering about 5 to 10 minutes of international and business news, entertainment and sports highlights. Subscription-based services will be charged directly to the consumer through their carrier, with the QuickPlayer currently being supported on Rogers, Telus, Bell and SaskTel Mobility. The application and service will be available starting June 15th, with each audiocast being updated with new content at least once per day.
While we aren’t allowed to tell you yet exactly what audio content will be available when the QuickPlayer launches, we can say that what was demoed to us was pretty big name stuff and they’re sure to have at least something you would want to listen to. If that doesn’t whet your appetite, consider that QuickPlayer currently has business relationships with ESPN Mobile Publishing, Fox, BiteTV, Accuweather.com, The Score, E! Network, Sound Track Channel, CHUM Interactive and CBC. Hint, hint. Sadly, you won’t be able to add feeds from your favorite audio (i.e. ‘pod’) casts when the service launches.
The service itself seems to work pretty well. Playing from the WES show floor loud enough to be heard over the crowd, the QuickPlayer’s streamed audio was pretty clear and rarely got scratchy or broke up (which was probably only due to the fact that they had the volume jacked on that poor little 8700). We’re sure it’ll sound much better coming through a set of bluetooth headphones. Expect a full review of the QuickPlayer June 15th when it launches.