|By Business Wire||
|June 27, 2013 11:01 AM EDT||
Forget to check the forecast? Slacker and The Weather Channel have you covered anytime, anywhere. Slacker, the world’s most complete music service, today launched customizable forecasts and updates from The Weather Channel. The new station from The Weather Channel can be set by location and is available now for Slacker on smartphones, tablets, in-car infotainment systems, consumer electronics devices and on the Web at www.slacker.com/station/the-weather-channel.
The Weather Channel joins ABC News and ESPN sports content on Slacker, giving listeners the ability to blend news, sports, talk and weather with more than 13 million songs and hundreds of expert-programmed stations.
“Slacker goes beyond music to deliver uniquely personalized entertainment on any device, including customizable news, sports, talk, comedy and weather,” said John Hayase, Chief Product Officer, Slacker. “The Weather Channel is synonymous with anytime, anywhere access to the most accurate forecasts and weather content, and joins ESPN and ABC News to give Slacker listeners the news and entertainment that’s most important to them.”
The Weather Channel station on Slacker will deliver national and regional weather news based on a Slacker users Zip code, but can be set for any region. The comprehensive forecasts are available for 22 markets across the Unites States and will be updated four times a day. Each forecast features current conditions, short and long range forecasts as well as coverage of severe weather events.
“The weather impacts every aspect of our lives, and The Weather Channel delivers weather forecasts and content to users on every possible platform so they stay safe and better plan their day,” said Freddy Flaxman, vice president of content and operations for The Weather Channel. “By providing personalized access to The Weather Channel content through Slacker, we’re giving listeners access to the most accurate weather content on their own terms.”
Slacker is the most complete music service on Earth, offering streaming radio and on-demand access to a massive music library of more than 13 million songs, with new tracks added daily. A music guide and fine-tuning tools allow listeners to easily discover new music or add news, sports, and talk content from ABC and ESPN. Slacker’s team of expert music curators also constantly update Slacker’s more than 200 genre and specialty stations so the music is always new, fresh and surprising.
Slacker is the only digital music service that has billing and distribution deals with every major North American wireless provider, including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular. In addition, Slacker is available in vehicles produced by major automotive manufacturers including Ford, GM, Chrysler Group, Acura, Honda, Scion, Subaru and Tesla.
Slacker launched its digital music service in 2010. The company has doubled its business every year. Slacker has also recently expanded its operations, opening offices in Palo Alto, CA and New York City.
For more information about Slacker or to listen for free, visit www.slacker.com.
The Weather Company: Where The World Gets Its Weather
Through The Weather Channel, weather.com, Weather Underground, Intellicast.com and third-party publishing partners, the company provides millions of people every day with the world's best weather forecasts, content and data, connecting with them through television, radio, online, mobile and tablet screens. Through WSI and Weather Central, the company delivers superior professional weather services for the media, aviation, marine and energy sectors. The Weather Company is owned by a consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital. For more information, visit www.weather.com/press.
Slacker is the most complete music service on Earth. The company delivers free and subscription-based access to millions of songs and hundreds of expert-programmed stations, plus news, sports and talk, on the web, mobile devices, in-car infotainment systems and consumer electronics platforms. By blending a team of expert music curators and content programmers with cutting-edge analytics, Slacker delivers a seamless music discovery experience and uniquely personalized entertainment. Slacker was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in San Diego with offices in Palo Alto, CA and New York City. For more information about Slacker, or to listen for free, visit www.slacker.com.