Now that most Jamaicans seem to have a smartphone since the Great Smartphone Sale of 2014, particularly the Huawei Y330 from LIME (Deer, 2014, December 14) or one of the DLXXX Series from Digicel (Deer, 2014, December 13) and we all know how to activate a 3G Prepaid Account, Streaming would seem the natural thing.
But that’s not quite the case in Jamaica, as the Mobile Internet speeds are way too slow for streaming video, according to Netflix’s ISP Index for the month of December 2014 (Deer, 2015, February 6). So clearly, we can’t stream Netflix quality Video.
However, that doesn’t mean we can’t stream our Local Jamaican Radio Stations. Most of them are available for Streaming using Third-Party Cloud Platforms (Deer, 2014, February 9) powered in the following formats:
- Embedded scripting hosted on the Radio Stations Website
- Websites that Aggregate the Radio Stations
- Apps available on the Google Play Store or the Apple iTunes Store
Streaming Jamaican Radio Stations – Websites for the Laptop and Desktop People
So here’s the list. First, I’ll start with the embedded scripting hosted on the Radio Stations Website for the Desktop and Laptop people who listen to their Radio in the office:
- BESS 100 FM
- FAME 95 FM
- GGFM 90.1
- Gospel JA FM
- Hits 92 FM
- Hot 102 FM
- KLAS Sports Radio
- Kool 97 FM
- Links 96 FM
- Love 101 FM
- Mega Jamz 98 FM
- Nationwide 90 FM
- NCU FM
- NewsTalk FM
- Power 106 FM
- RJR 94 FM
- Starz FM
- Stylz FM
- SunCity 104.9 FM
- TBC Radio
- ZIP 103 FM
Good to note some of these Radio Stations don’t even have their own website, resorting to Facebook in some cases. Also, almost all of them use a third-party website as their Streaming Platform.
Finally, and most frustratingly of all, some of them may not even have Streaming properly integrated into their Website, outdated Plugins to support Streaming or Scripting errors in how the Streaming was implemented by the Radio Station.
Streaming Jamaican Radio Stations – Websites that Aggregate the Radio Stations
To that end, my second list would be of greater interest, as in searching for the websites for these Radio stations, I bumped into two (2) main Websites that Aggregate the Radio Stations onto one single page:
You just click on the icon representation the Radio Station that you want and it plays. Again, not all of them work, a fact true for both websites, again possibly due to outdated Plugins to support Streaming or Scripting errors in how the Streaming was implemented by the Radio Station.
Streaming Jamaican Radio Stations – App on Google Play and Apple iTunes Stores
This finally brings me to the last option for those who can’t bother to open their Default Android Browser: Streaming Apps. A Few Radio Stations have invested in Streaming Apps, sensing that the Smartphone revolution was coming, as not all Millennials (ages 18 to 28) and Teenagers (ages 13 to 17) totin’s smartphones actually use the built in FM Radio.
- FAME 95 FM on the Apple iTunes Store
- FAME 95 FM on the Google Play Store
- HITZ 92FM on the Apple iTunes Store
- HITZ 92FM on the Google Play Store
- KLAS on the Sports Radio Apple iTunes Store
- Kool 97 FM on the Google Play Store
- Love 101 FM on the Apple iTunes
- Love 101 FM on the Google Play Store
- Nationwide News 90 FM on the Google Play Store
- Power 106 FM on the Google Play Store
- RJR 94 FM Google Play Store
- RJR 94 FM on the Apple iTunes
- Stylz FM on the Google Play Store
- SunCity 104.9 on the Apple iTunes FM
- SunCity 104.9 on the Google Play Store
- ZIP 103 FM on the Apple iTunes
- ZIP 103 FM on the Google Play Store
Of course, like the Websites that Aggregate the Radio Stations, there are also Apps on BOTH Google Play Store or the Apple iTunes Store that do the same thing. These are especially useful if you don’t want to clutter the homepage of your smartphone with Apps.
Streaming Jamaican Radio Stations – Can’t Stream Video, Stream Jamaican Radio Stations
It’s an exhaustively long list which I cannot list here, so simply searching for “Jamaican Radio Stations” will yield some good results and it up to you to try them out.
So the next time you thing there is no streaming in Jamaica, just peruse my Streaming list. We can’t quite stream video as yet, but if you have 1Mbps Internet Speed, you can certainly Stream Radio without much trouble.
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- Deer, L. (2014, February 9). Music Cloud Streaming set to rise in 2014 – Still no home-grown Jamaican or Caribbean Free Cloud Storage Services as we Ride Along on Foreign Cloud Services. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/02/music-cloud-streaming-set-to-rise-in.html
- Deer, L. (2015, February 6). Netflix says Digicel has slowest Broadband Internet – Why Digicel still slow after CLARO despite Apples and Oranges as 4G LTE beckons. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2015/02/netflix-says-digicel-has-slowest.html