Newsbeat Adds New Sports Feature in Time for NBA Playoffs, MLB Season

Newsbeat Adds New Sports Feature in Time for NBA Playoffs, MLB Season

Live Sports Scores and Schedules in Personalized News Playlists

Newsbeat, a streaming news radio service developed by Tribune Digital Ventures, is adding a new feature that’s perfect for sports fans.  Starting today, listeners will get sports score updates of their favorite NBA and MLB teams nestled between news stories.   Using a blend of human voice-overs and advanced text-to-speech technology, Newsbeat delivers a personalized newscast experience with 7,000 stories from hundreds of leading newspapers and online sources. With the addition of sports scores, Newsbeat listeners can further personalize their playlists by designating their favorite teams to automatically track scores and game day schedules from The Sports Network.

If you’ve begun a Newsbeat playlist while a game is on, expect an update on scores every 15-minutes, as well as an update on the final score. If you’ve missed a game, your Newsbeat playlist will begin with an overview of final scores from the evening before.  Listeners can also navigate back if they missed a sports update and skip ahead if they already know it.

With these features, commuters can keep up with their favorite sports teams without having to switch between news and sports radio stations. Newsbeat can be paired with Bluetooth systems in cars and enjoyed hands-free through the car’s audio system. By setting the distance between home and office locations, commuters can experience the most relevant and important news stories that fit their preferences and their drive time.

Newsbeat is a free app available for download on iOS and Android devices.  Visit http://newsbeat.me for more information.

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