New Deal Lets Users Stream Music Via TiVo

Rhapsody inks agreement for content via video recorder
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2007 9:57 AM CDT
Tom Rogers, CEO of TiVo, attends the opening bell at the Nasdaq stock market in New York on July 25, 2007. Tivo, the maker of digital video recorders for television programs, is based in Alviso, Calif....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Rhapsody, the digital music arm of RealNetworks and Viacom, has inked a deal to allow its content on TiVo digital video recorders. Rhapsody allows users to access—but not download—an unlimited number of songs for a monthly fee, and today's agreement will allow users to stream that content into home theater systems, says the Wall Street Journal.

The ability of users to access music only as long as they remain subscribers has kept Rhapsody lagging behind industry leader iTunes, but executives are convinced that offering greater flexibility will fill a market niche. The downloading service is also cutting deals with Vodafone and Verizon to enable access on cell phones. "Our goal is to be the jukebox in the sky," said RealNetworks' CEO.