Feeds

New alliance tunes into the 'net

Radio Radio

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Add another acronym to your collection of tech-industry alliances. A group of internet-media movers and shakers, including broadcast services and device makers, have joined together to form the IMDA, aka the Internet Media Device Alliance.

As stated on the new alliance's website, IMDA's goal is to "develop and promote a set of open, interoperable standards and device profiles to maximise the growth of a global consumer market in internet-connected media devices."

IMDA logo

IMDA's charter members include AwoX, Frontier Silicon, Global Radio, Orange, PURE Digital, Reciva, Revo, vTuner, and the 900-pound gorilla of the group, the BBC. The alliance hopes to expand its initial membership - and the number of attendees at its first meeting, scheduled for January 9th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas during the Consumer Electronics Show - by seeking participation from "retailers, radio broadcasters, content aggregators, online music service providers, device manufacturers, and technology providers."

In a statement, IMDA's chairman, Harry Johnson of vTuner, said "It's clear that the time has come for Internet media device companies, broadcasters and content providers to join forces to present a clear message to assure the consumer that Internet radio products are produced and delivered to a certain industry standard."

Although the IMDA statement further asserts that the alliance will seek to "define a series of end-to-end technical standards, functions and profiles to encourage the development of a wide range [our italics] of Internet media devices," the group's membership roster and Johnson's statement make it clear that internet radio will be IMDA's primary focus.

That fact that the group was an outgrowth of this June 26th's Internet Radio Summit, hosted by the BBC, underlines the group's radio-centricity. That event's invitation, according to the Radio and Internet Newsletter, stated that "The aim of the Summit is to discuss the future of internet radios and how they can be effectively promoted to the public."

Whether or not IMDA's range will expand wider than internet radio, its inception is a welcome development for a growing industry that could clearly benefit from, as their statement explains, "a set of open, interoperable standards and device profiles." ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more
Oh yeah ... and a 30% cut for Amazon to seal the deal
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off
Cellphone baseband device biz shuttered
Feel free to BONK on the TUBE, says Transport for London
Plus: Almost NOBODY uses pay-by-bonk on buses - Visa
Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch
Gameplay streaming biz and search king refuse to deny fresh gobble rumors
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.