Using QuickPlay’s OpenVideo, BlackBerry users can now stream 20 channels of XM music and comedy content through major U.S. cell phone providers.
Open Video is the first media management platform to make XM Radio Mobile available on certain BlackBerry smartphones from Research In Motion. The service costs $7.99 a month, with an option for a free 24-hour trial.
XM channels are accessed with graphical icons for content genres and channels. While listening to one XM Radio Mobile channel, users can see song title, artist and album, as well as what’s playing on other XM Radio Mobile channels. The companies said subscribers also can multi-task, letting XM run in the background while the user accesses other data applications on their BlackBerry.
BlackBerry smartphones supported by the XM Mobile Radio service require BlackBerry Device Software 4.2 or higher and include the following BlackBerry Series: 8800, 8700, Pearl and Curve smartphones.