BARCELONA, SPAIN, 3GSM, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- RealNetworks(R), Inc. (Nasdaq: RNWK), the leading creator of digital media software and services, announced that a number of global telecommunications companies, including Telecom TV in London, TDF Group in Paris, DigiTurk in Istanbul, and S-Telecom in Ho Chi Minh City, have embraced technology and solutions as part of their converged media strategies from RealNetworks and its subsidiary WiderThan. The RealNetworks solutions range from Mobile TV, Video on Demand, Music on Demand, Ringback Tones and other mobile entertainment solutions. These new partnerships add to the growing list of telecommunications companies worldwide that have adopted Real's mobile and broadband entertainment solutions, and demonstrates market traction for Real and its South Korea-based subsidiary, WiderThan, which Real acquired in the fourth quarter of 2006. "We are seeing two important trends heading into 3GSM, first that mobile operators around the world are simultaneously executing aggressive convergence strategies, and secondly that consumers are driving this business behavior by demanding highly personalized entertainment on their handsets," said John Giamatteo, president of technology and international operations for Real. "Real and WiderThan have a heritage of innovation that has enabled popular consumer services including music, video services and casual games, and now the integrated company is enjoying promising market traction mere months after completing the acquisition." The RealNetworks WiderThan Platform includes the following mobile entertainment solutions. Ringback Tones Ringback tones allow subscribers to personalize their ringback tones (the audio clips that callers hear before the call is connected) with music from a variety of genres, personal messages, comedy, and other types of audio content. Music on Demand Music-on-demand is a full-function mobile music service that allows users to download full music tracks over the air and over the Internet; and allows transfer of digital music between users' mobile phones, PCs, and other music playing devices. Users can discover, download, listen to and enjoy their music anytime, anywhere. Video on Demand Multi-screen video is a comprehensive service which provides encoding, management, and personalized delivery of video in industry-leading formats to a broad range of devices. Subscribers have a simple and powerful way to access the latest news, sports, entertainment, and weather anytime, anywhere. About RealNetworks, Inc. RealNetworks, Inc. is the leading creator of digital media services and software including Rhapsody(R), RealPlayer(R) 10, and casual PC and mobile games. Broadcasters, network operators, media companies and enterprises use RealNetworks' products and services to create and deliver digital media to PCs, mobile phones and consumer electronics devices. Consumers can access and experience audio/video programming and download RealNetworks' consumer software at http://www.real.com . RealNetworks' systems and corporate information is located at http://www.realnetworks.com .
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