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 www.CBS.com 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 www.real.com. 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. CBS.com 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 summer. 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 www.real.com/goldpass. 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 http://www.rbn.com . 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 http://www.real.com . 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