SEATTLE, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- RealNetworks(R), Inc. (Nasdaq: RNWK), the global leader in Internet media delivery, today announced that its Helix(TM) Universal Server and new RealOne(TM) Player now support Windows Media 9 Series Beta content delivery and playback. By including Windows Media support as an ingredient of its universal products, RealNetworks enables content owners and network operators to deliver live and on-demand content in every major media format to every major media player, and consumers to play every major format using a single player. "We are delighted to add support for Windows Media 9 as a new feature of our universal media server and player products," said Rob Glaser, founder and CEO, RealNetworks, Inc. "Now consumers can use a single player -- RealOne -- to manage and play all of the digital media on their PC and on the Internet. And broadcasters and enterprises can now deliver Windows Media 9 along with every other major format via an operating system-independent, carrier-class platform." RealOne Player v. 2.0 -- Universal Player Now Supports Windows Media 9 Launched last month, RealOne Player version 2.0 revolutionizes digital media by offering playback of every major format, now including the beta Windows Media 9 Series, as well as RealAudio(R), RealVideo(R), MP3, and QuickTime(R) MPEG-4. While playing Windows Media and all other major media formats, consumers have the unique added benefits of RealOne Player's superior theater mode playback and integrated media browser, as well as a single jukebox to organize and play all audio and video, regardless of format or origin. The universal playback features are available in the RealOne Player Plus, which also includes advanced CD-burning options, enhanced toolbar playback mode, additional audio/video controls and a host of features that offer the most advanced playback experience and enable users to build and manage high quality music and video collections. RealOne Player Plus is available as part of the RealOne SuperPass subscription service at $9.95 per month or for a one-time fee of $19.95. A free version of RealOne Player which now includes TurboPlay(TM) -- RealNetworks' technology that virtually eliminates buffering for near-instant playback of video and audio - theater mode, DVD playback, and full-speed CD-burning, is also available. To download either version, visit http://www.real.com/. Helix Universal Server -- The Premier Platform for Windows Media 9 Delivery Shipped in July 2002, Helix Universal Server is the industry's only truly universal delivery platform. With today's announcement of Windows Media 9 support, the Helix Universal Server enables media companies and service providers interested in Windows Media 9 to reduce costs, maintain flexibility and control of their IT infrastructure, and improve end-user experiences. Helix Universal Server reduces costs by consolidating all media formats onto a single, high-performance server platform rather than requiring dedicated servers for each media format. In addition to supporting RealAudio, RealVideo, MPEG-4, and QuickTime, the Helix Universal Server specifically addresses Windows Media 9 by: -- Delivering all Microsoft streaming media data types (.wmv, .wma, .asf) to Windows Media 9 Series Beta players; -- Accepting incoming Windows Media 9 Series Beta Encoder connections and broadcasting to Windows Media Player 6.4, 7, 8, and Windows Media 9 Series Beta player; and -- Delivering up to 4 times more Windows Media streams than Windows Media Server 4.1 running on the same hardware, according to independent testing by KeyLabs*. Helix Universal Server puts content owners and service providers in control by: -- Enabling them to choose which operating system to use for delivering any media format, including Windows Media. -- Not requiring them to pay for operating system "upgrades" in order to obtain new media delivery capabilities. Helix Universal Server runs on 11 operating systems -- including more versions of Windows than Windows Media 9 Series server, which is only available on the .NET Server. Helix Universal Server improves end-user experiences of Windows Media 9 by providing industry-leading failover capabilities that deliver a more consistent, reliable service, such as: -- Failover to backup encoders for live feeds; and -- Automatic routing of server-to-server transmissions to circumvent single points of failure in the distribution chain. More information about the Helix Universal Server is available at: www.realnetworks.com/products/media_delivery.html. 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 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. RealNetworks' systems and corporate information is located on the Internet at http://www.realnetworks.com . * Full report available at http://www.keylabs.com/results/realnetworks/helixcomparativeload.shtml NOTE: RealNetworks, Helix, RealPlayer, RealOne, RealAudio, RealVideo and TurboPlay are trademarks or registered trademarks of RealNetworks, Inc. All other names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners. This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements relating to the potential impact of the Helix Universal Server's support for Windows Media 9 on media companies, content owners and service providers. Actual results may differ materially from the results predicted. Factors that could cause actual results to differ from the results predicted include the risks associated with the implementation and use of the Helix Universal Server by customers and the associated performance results obtained by such customers. More information about potential risk factors that could affect RealNetworks' business and financial results is included in RealNetworks' annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2001, and its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the periods ended March 31, 2002 and June 30, 2002, and from time to time in other reports filed by RealNetworks with the Securities and Exchange Commission. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X25325952
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