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Nippon Broadcasting System Inc. and Audioburst Join Forces on Future of Voice Search Technology and Listening Experience

PRESS RELEASE — August 6, 2018

Palo Alto CA, USA/Tokyo, Japan)—Nippon Broadcasting System Inc. and Audioburst announced today a joint partnership for supporting and building new future voice technology products relying on Audioburst’s AI-based voice search platform, especially for the Japanese market. As part of the expanded partnership, Nippon Broadcasting System Inc. has also invested $3M USD as part of Audioburst’s latest funding round led by Samsung Ventures, bringing the round’s total funding to $14.4M USD.

Audioburst is a voice search platform that harnesses the power of AI and NLP (Natural Language Processing) to listen, understand, segment and index millions of minutes of daily talk content from thousands of top audio sources including radio, podcasts, and TV. Audioburst enables the delivery of news and infotainment in a personalized, original voice and screen-free way to consumers and businesses through partnerships with creators, media platforms and consumer brands including Samsung, Harman, and Bose.

“We are proud to partner with Audioburst and feel that there are countless possibilities using its audio search technology to enable users to discover the appeal not just of radio, but all forms of audio content, in ways they could not previously,” said Masayuki Iwasaki, CEO. “We believe in harnessing the power of Audioburst’s technology to deliver the ultimate listening experience in new, personalized ways.”

“We are excited to partner with the biggest Japanese broadcasting network as part of our global mission to organize the world’s audio content. We chose Japan as our first destination outside of the US, thanks to the great opportunity to collaborate with local automotive and consumer electronics partners,” said Amir Hirsh, Founder and CEO, Audioburst. “This is just the beginning of our international expansion to provide an innovative on-demand listening experience to consumers around the world, where they can get the most relevant content on every device.”

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