Adding further proof that digital video recorders aren't just about "video" anymore, TiVo Inc. said its digital video recorder customers will be able to download, personalize, manage and play music, streaming video and other content following a deal with RealNetworks Inc.
Under terms of the multi-year agreement, TiVo will incorporate RealNetworks' RealOne Player and RealOne Music platforms to its next-generation DVR, the TiVo Series2. The RealNetwork components will serve as the DVR's default digital music management software, TiVo said.
Through the RealOne Player, TiVo said its customers can manage their digital media from one central location and gain the ability to copy their CD music collections from an external drive or a PC onto the TiVo hard drive. Further, TiVo said consumers can also use the DVR to stream more than 2,000 Internet radio stations.
TiVo customers will have to pay a subscription to RealOne Music, but no price points have been disclosed thus far. TiVo's sleeker, next-generation Series2 DVR offers up to 60 hours of recording capacity and the ability to render "video party games." The entry-level, 40-hour version of the Series2 is available today in select AT&T Broadband markets for $299. The 60-hour version goes for $399, and will become commercially available online sometime this month. The new DVR also comes equipped with two USB ports for peripheral devices such as MP3 players and digital cameras.