Seven Media which is set to roll out a new TiVo offering in Australia will next year have access to Rhapsody’s digital music service, following the announcement of a joint venture between RealNetworks and Viacom’s MTV Networks, which will allow Seven Media Tivo customers to access music content via any broadband-connected TiVo device.
TiVo subscribers will be able to search for and play any of the 4 million-plus songs in Rhapsody’s music catalogue directly through their broadband-connected TiVos using Rhapsody’s new predictive search feature. Users can also browse charts of Rhapsody’s most popular artists, albums and songs; view weekly lists of new releases; or listen to thousands of radio channels.
Customers who rate their music using the “thumbs up” and “thumbs down” buttons on the TiVo remote can help Rhapsody to provide them with music recommendations based on their ratings, personal music tastes and listening history.
“By adding the music piece to the puzzle of our broadband offerings, TiVo truly has become the only universal entertainment provider in the living room,” said Tom Rogers, CEO and president of TiVo, in a release.
According to a release, TiVo subscribers will have access to a free 30-day trial of Rhapsody. They can then choose to continue their Rhapsody service beyond the trial period for around $12.99 per month.