CBS and RealNetworks Bring 'Big Brother 2' Live to the Internet

CBS Joins Forces With RealNetworks to Provide Exclusive Live Video Streaming,

24 Hours a Day, From the 'Big Brother 2' House to the Official Site at

And to RealPlayer GoldPass Members

Partnership Marks the First Streaming Entertainment Subscription Package

Offered by a U.S. Television Network

Jul 05, 2001, 01:00 ET from RealNetworks, Inc.

    LOS ANGELES and SEATTLE, July 5 /PRNewswire/ -- CBS and
 RealNetworks(R), Inc. (Nasdaq:   RNWK), the global leader in Internet media
 delivery, today announced that they have joined forces to provide exclusive,
 24/7 live video streaming from the "Big Brother 2" house for the second U.S.
 season of the show.  The webcast, which premieres tonight, will be accessible
 through the official Big Brother 2 website at and through
 RealNetworks' RealPlayer(R) GoldPass(TM) subscription service.
     The live webcast, featuring four live camera feeds, will be available only
 as a subscription service-marking what is believed to be the first streaming
 entertainment content subscription package offered by a U.S. network.
     CBS and RealNetworks will offer a free trial subscription immediately
 following Big Brother 2's broadcast tonight that will be available through
 Sunday night (July 8).  Effective July 9, fans may view the entire three-month
 broadcast run of Big Brother 2 on the official CBS Big Brother site for a
 one-time fee of $19.95, or they may choose to subscribe to RealNetworks'
 GoldPass for $9.95 per month which will feature the Big Brother 2 season, as
 well as exclusive RealNetworks' programming, content, games and software
 downloads.  To view the webcasts, consumers will need RealPlayer, available
 for download at
     To preserve the drama for Big Brother 2 television viewers, CBS will not
 webcast a limited number of real-time events that transpire in the house,
 including three weekly challenges and the eviction nomination process.
 However, those events will be made available to subscribers via on-demand
 clips on the website following the live broadcast.
     "The online community played such a vital role in the popularity of the
 first installment of this convergence television program," said David Katz,
 Vice President, Strategic Planning and Interactive Ventures, CBS.  "We are
 pleased to once again make 'Big Brother' available to our online fans 24 hours
 a day, 7 days a week with an online experience that promises to be a rich,
 interactive companion to 'Big Brother's' three weekly broadcasts."
     "Big Brother 2 is a testament to the powerful ability of the Internet to
 complement and even enhance traditional media," said Mark Hall, vice
 president, Programming, RealNetworks, Inc.  "Our live, on-line subscription
 offering provides a richer experience for fans while enabling new ways for our
 partners to generate revenue.  We at RealNetworks are thrilled to play such a
 critical role in making this happen, and excited to offer great programming
 from CBS to our RealPlayer Gold Pass subscribers."
     CBS/Endemol Entertainment will provide the content from the house, while
 Real Broadcast Network(TM) (RBN(TM)), RealNetworks' Content Delivery Network
 division will deliver the 24/7 live streaming webcast feed
     Other components of the official Big Brother 2 website will include
 detailed summaries of all the events that happened during each broadcast, a
 live 24/7 chat room, popularity polls, opinion polls, a three dimensional tour
 of the Big Brother 2 house, descriptions of the week's challenges, voting
 history pages, exclusive video clips, photo galleries and a houseguest section
 with complete profiles. has produced notable official websites for "Survivor," "Late Show
 with David Letterman" and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."
     The second U.S. edition of the one-hour reality series Big Brother
 premieres Thursday, July 5 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT) and will continue in that
 time period three nights a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) throughout the
     Arnold Shapiro is the executive producer of Big Brother 2 for Arnold
 Shapiro Productions, in association with Endemol Entertainment.
 Allison Grodner is the co-executive producer.
     About GoldPass
     RealPlayer GoldPass, first introduced in August 2000, is the Internet's
 first all-in-one media membership which provides exclusive content, free
 software downloads, freebies, and more.  It has quickly emerged as one of the
 fastest growing subscription services on the Internet, amassing an active
 subscriber base of more than 200,000 members in only ten months.  Information
 regarding GoldPass is available at
     About Real Broadcast Network
     Real Broadcast Network (RBN) is the content delivery network division of
 RealNetworks, Inc., and is a recognized leader in providing Internet
 broadcasting solutions and advanced advertising capabilities through streaming
 media. RBN is one of the largest hosting solutions providers worldwide,
 supporting hundreds of radio stations, TV stations and cable networks, as well
 as broadcasting thousands of discrete online events each month.  Consumer
 audiences are ensured a high quality Internet media experience from narrowband
 to broadband when experiencing content that is delivered over RBN's
 distributed network through partnerships with leading backbones and ISPs
 worldwide.  Real Broadcast Network's corporate information is located on the
 Internet at .
     About RealNetworks
     RealNetworks, Inc. is the global leader in Internet media delivery.  It
 develops and markets software products and services designed to enable users
 of personal computers and other consumer electronic devices to send and
 receive audio, video and other multimedia services using the Web. Consumers
 can access and experience audio/video programming and download
 RealNetworks' consumer software on the Internet at .
 RealNetworks' systems and corporate information is located on the Internet at .
     NOTE:  RealNetworks, RealPlayer, Real Broadcast Network, RBN and GoldPass
 are trademarks or registered trademarks of RealNetworks, Inc.  All other
 companies or products listed herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of
 their respective companies.
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