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Radio Maria Joins DTS AutoStage

Catholic network and its 77 stations join hybrid radio platform

DTS AutoStage, XperiRadio Maria, an international network of 77 Catholic radio stations, is now participating in DTS AutoStage.

Xperi says that given Radio Maria’s reach of roughly a half-billion listeners, this is its largest global radio integration to date.

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DTS AutoStage is a hybrid radio platform that parent company Xperi Corp. is offering in 60 countries and hopes will be adopted by broadcasters and carmakers globally.

Hybrid radio systems combine over-the-air radio with IP delivered content. Xperi is working to make DTS AutoStage available widely in vehicles; it is available in the market so far in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Radio Maria began as a parish radio station in 1983 in Milan, Italy. It now has 77 stations and is also heard on FM-world, a streaming and aggregation platform for radio stations run by 22HBG, which facilitated the integration of Radio Maria with DTS AutoStage.

[Related: “Xperi Has Big Ambitions for DTS AutoStage”]

The announcement was made by Joe D’Angelo, Xperi senior vice president, business development, broadcast, and Vittorio Viccardi, president of World Family of Radio Maria.

DTS AutoStage is based on a large database of broadcast metadata that Xperi highlights for its “large and stunning” artwork, artist and album information, personalization and other functionality.