Clear Channel is getting some more clearance for its iHeartRadio portal.
Verizon will ship the portal bundled with its new Verizon Hub touchscreen, a “communications command center” for use in the home. The wireless company is using 14 channels to start.
iHeart is also on the iPhone, and Clear Channel expects it to be on more platforms soon.
The Verizon Hub bridges wireline and wireless connectivity and runs on any broadband connection. To listen to the stations, Hub users can click on an Internet Radio button, which has been downloaded automatically over the broadband connection.
The first channels include nine traditional stations such as WHTZ(FM) in New York and KIIS(FM) in Los Angeles, as well as four other “stations”: “American Top 40,” Fox Sports Radio, Smooth Jazz and a Verizon New Music Channel, programmed for the wireless company by Clear Channel.
Customers need a Verizon wireless line of service plus a Verizon Digital Voice plan for the Verizon Hub, which is $34.99 a month and offers unlimited calling. The Verizon Hub retails for $199.99 after a mail-in rebate with a two-year agreement. For customers who do not own a wireless router, Verizon Wireless also offers a router to work with the Verizon Hub for $69.99.