RealNetworks says its RealPlayer 8 multimedia streaming software will be embedded in Sony's upcoming eVilla Internet appliance. The agreement requires eVilla to include an on-screen button that links to Real.com, RealNetworks' Web media guide.
Sony has delayed the shipment of eVilla, which is expected to be available in stores soon. The system will sell for $500 plus a $21.95 monthly subscription for Internet access. Like previous attempts by 3Com and Netpliance, eVilla will attempt to sell a system that offers only bare-bones Net access for home use.