Australia's TiVo customers no longer have access to Sony Music‘s online music store, bandit.fm, through their personal video recorder’s CASPA video-on-demand (VOD) service.
According to IF magazine, TiVo's Australian licensee, Hybrid Television Services, informed customers that it would be closing the bandit.fm service on 27 June.
“Your TiVo media device and all other elements of the TiVo service including CASPA On-Demand movies and TV will be unaffected and will continue to operate as usual,” it told customers in an email.
Hybrid TV chief executive Robbee Minicola told IF magazine that the agreement had run to the end of the contracted period and "we are talking with other music providers to look at a better way to deliver music to our customers".
The CASPA service has been offered since December 2009 and allows customers to download movies, TV shows and other video content.
While there has been ongoing speculation that Hybrid Television Services, which is owned by the Seven Media Group and TVNZ, will sell the business or exit the Australian market, Minicola said "it is business as usual".
"Hybrid and its shareholders are committed to the TiVo service for our current and future customers - and that includes a VOD service (CASPA)," she said.