RealNetworks Inc. unveiled two new subscription packages -- one for Internet
radio stations, the other for college sports -- as well as its new 'Helix'
software, which the company said plays nearly all media-player formats,
including rival Microsoft Corp.'s 'Windows Media Player.'
RNI's 'RadioPass' includes access to 50 commercial-free music streams for
$5.95 per month, or $12.95 when combined with the company's 'SuperPass'
overarching subscription service.
'College SportsPass' is a separate service that will offer live audio
broadcasts of football, basketball, baseball and other sports from 45 top
colleges affiliated with the Official College Sports Network.
In addition to the games, fans can access audio and video of press
conferences, weekly coach's shows, highlight shows, live statistic breakdowns
and league standings.
College SportsPass will cost $6.95 per month, or $13.95 when combined with
RNI's base $9.95-per-month SuperPass service.
The new 'RealOne Player' will allow consumers to view and listen to Internet
content streamed in 'RealAudio,' 'RealVideo,' MP3, Windows Media and 'QuickTime
MPEG-4,' as well as 50 other formats, the company said.
The new player also allows for CD burning and DVD-playback