Palo Alto, Calif. April 8, 2013 – AhaTM by HARMAN and CBS Radio News today announced a partnership that streams audio versions of the network’s most popular news programming and top podcasts to people in cars. Drivers can safely listen to the CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes, Face the Nation, World News Roundup and more from CBS News, never missing out on their program because they are stuck in traffic or on the go. In addition, users can now also get the latest news whenever they need it, just by navigating to the CBS Radio News 24/7 stream, which incorporates all the latest news with a variety of fascinating feature content.
“Millions of CBS fans spend significant time every day in the car or commuting to work; Aha allows CBS News to be wherever they are, delivering high quality programming on any device, even in the car,” said Harvey Nagler, Vice President of CBS Radio News. “Smartphones have shattered content boundaries and forever shifted consumer expectations toward an “always on” lifestyle. With Aha, CBS is on the cutting edge to deliver some of the world’s most loved programming wherever our viewers go.”
“We are proud to welcome CBS News to Aha’s growing roster of top-tier publishers and bring this high quality content into the car,” said Chia-Lin Simmons, Vice President of Content and Marketing for HARMAN. “With more than 30,000 audio stations to choose from, Aha is delivering on its promise to create a robust “round trip” listening experience for people everywhere.”
Top CBS Radio News podcasts such as What’s In the News, CBS News Weekend Roundup and Reporters Notebook are also available as streaming audio stations with Aha. These programs are instantly available on demand to anyone with Aha’s free app for iOS and Android.
How Aha works
After downloading the free Aha app for iPhone or Android, users can search, select and organize their top stations from more than 30,000 choices. News, music, audiobooks, podcasts, location based services, social news feeds and more are just a tap away. When Aha is connected to a compatible in-vehicle entertainment system, the users’ favorite Aha stations become radio preset buttons, so drivers can put down the phone and browse stations just like traditional radio. When they exit the car, users can seamlessly continue enjoying their content with their smart phone.
Acura, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Honda, Jeep, Scion, Subaru and Porsche are the first automotive brands to launch vehicles with Aha-compatible stereo systems this year. Alpine, Kenwood and Pioneer sell Aha-enabled aftermarket car stereos and the Griffin iTrip Auto allows consumers to experience Aha at an entry-level price.
About CBS News
CBS Radio News is the winner of the Edward R. Murrow “Overall Excellence” award a record six years in a row. It is heard by more than 26 million Americans weekly on more than 550 radio stations throughout the United States. Listeners get up-to-the minute information via hourly newscasts, instant coverage of breaking stories, special reports, updates, features, customized reports and newsfeeds. Among its premier broadcasts are, “The World News Roundup” and “The World News Roundup--Late Edition,” the longest-running news program in the history of broadcasting. For more information, visit cbsradionews.com or interact with CBS Radio News on Twitter, Facebook and Google +.
About Aha by HARMAN
Aha is an interactive service of HARMAN International Industries that makes Web content as easy and safe to use as radio. Aha uses the Harman Cloud Platform to organize content from the Web into personalized radio stations that consumers can listen to from anywhere – at home, on the go, or safely from the driver’s seat. By the end of 2013, Aha will be offered in vehicles by more than 10 automotive manufacturers, which in total represent more than 50 percent of all cars sold in the USA/Canada and up to 30 percent in Europe, including Acura, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Porsche, Scion and Subaru. The Aha platform and service was started in 2008 in Silicon Valley by a group of Web and multimedia veterans with a shared passion for delivering an “always on” audio experience to connect drivers to the content they really want. HARMAN, the company that designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets, acquired Aha in September 2010. For more information, visit www.aharadio.com or find Aha on Facebook and Twitter.
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