The Radio Studio Of The Future?


OmniPlayer is returning to the IBC show, one of the world’s biggest showcases for broadcast media technology. The event is scheduled for September 14-18 in Amsterdam, and OmniPlayer plans to make a splash in the Netherlands through the introduction of the newest generation of its Radio Automation Software in a fully virtual radio studio.

What’s in store for users of the OmniPlayer E2? The OmniPlayer 3 is set to replace it.

It comes in response to what the company says is a rapidly changing marketplace — one in which radio stations require more flexibility in the way they produce radio.

It is their belief that great shows can be created from any location on any device, inside or outside the traditional studio environment.

“Major radio stations are faced with the growing challenge to stay relevant to a young audience, competing with popular music streaming services and an ever increasing amount of internet radio stations and podcasts,” says OmniPlayer Director of Sales and Marketing Peter van Klei. “Allowing radio to be created from anywhere without moving bulky equipment around, removes the distance between radio hosts and the audience, allowing radio to be created with – and among – the listeners. Adding easy-to-use multi-channel publishing functions to reach a younger audience on the platforms of their choice.”

OmniPlayer 3 is built to support these challenges by decentralizing the radio automation functions and allowing these to run as services on various hardware infrastructures, both locally and in the cloud. Open architecture allows users to create radio from any location and on any device, controlled by HTML5 thin clients, connecting through a sophisticated RESTful API. Radio stations may even choose to develop their own OmniPlayer 3 web clients or integrate certain features within other applications running in a web browser. Alternatively, other applications can be controlled from the OmniPlayer 3 built-in web browser.

Furthermore, OmniPlayer’s multi-channel publishing tools make it easier than ever to not only make linear radio, but to also embrace on-demand radio through podcasting and social media publishing. To further reduce proprietary hardware investments in the studio, OmniPlayer supports both Audio as well as GPIO over IP, in all of the most-commonly used standards, allowing connectivity between devices and applications through standard IT networks.

Additional to the core OmniPlayer automation software, a set of collaborative workflow and control tools are available such as the OmniReporter mobile app for journalists and OmniVeo visual radio to extend radio with fully synchronised video. There is also Sidekick, billed as a “virtual radio co-host,” which is designed to help on-air talent to do their job even better by having automated news and traffic information, up-to-date artist biographies and the freshest Tweets at their fingertips.

OmniPlayer is exhibiting at IBC in Amsterdam at stand 8.D36