RealNetworks and Sony Link Forces

Sony Computer Entertainment and RealNetworks have formed a strategic alliance in which RealPlayer 8 will be included in Sony’s PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. This means that the PlayStation 2, which can play back video games, DVDs and audio CDs, will also offer access to RealPlayer streaming media content, which features sports, breaking news and a variety of Net radio stations.

Seattle-based media delivery service RealNetworks delivers content via more than 33 channels on its RealPlayer, and Foster City, Calif.-based Sony Computer Entertainment claimed that PlayStation 2 has more than 10 million users.