Samsung Electronics, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced an exclusive agreement with Arabian Radio Network (ARN), the UAE’s largest radio network and leading commercial radio brands. The agreement will allow SMART TV users to access all eight ARN radio channels through a tailor-made Samsung Smart TV application.
ARN’s impressive and renowned range of radio stations include: Virgin Radio Dubai 104.4, Al Khaleejiya 100.9, City 101.6, Hit 96.7, Dubai 92, Dubai Eye 103.8, Al Arabiya 99 and Radio Shoma 93.4. ARN’s Smart TV application will be displayed at the Samsung stand during the IPTV Forum MENA being held at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel Dubai on November 1 and 2, 2011.
“Samsung is committed to partner with local companies and develop business and consumer applications tailored to the region’s Smart TV viewers,” said Mr. Vinod Nair, General Manager of TV Business, Samsung Gulf Electronics. “As a leader in content development, Samsung is the ideal partner for media houses such as ARN who are looking to diversify their channels and reach new audiences. We are proud to partner with ARN, a leading radio network and provide our viewers with more choices in home entertainment.”
“Our diverse audience of 1.6 million listeners a day are tech-savvy and engage with our stations at home, at work, in the office or in the car. We accompany our listeners wherever they may be” said Mahmoud al Rasheed, ARN General Manager.
ARN’s diversification into hi-tech channels indicates its expanding portfolio and market growth. Recently, ARN launched the regions first ever Farsi language radio channel. ARN has also received international acclaim when they received three awards at the New York Festival in June 2011 which further helped solidify ARN’s position. ARN’s internet radio application with Samsung will feature: live feed from all eight stations; channel and program information; and live radio streaming and playback.
“The Arabian Radio Network today is a multiplatform media company, we are proud to announce the launch of our sixth platform, meaning listeners can enjoy their favourite radio stations at home on the Samsung Smart TV,” said Steve Smith ARN Chief Operating Officer.
Samsung is working with a variety of companies in the region to offer region-specific SMART TV applications and content for its viewers. In the UAE for instance, Samsung recently partnered with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to launch the SMART TV DEWA application which allows users to check their bills.