LinuxWorld, NEW YORK, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
RealNetworks(R), Inc. (Nasdaq: RNWK), the global leader in Internet media
delivery, (Booth #363), today announced the third source code component of the
Helix(TM) platform, the Helix DNA Server, is now available to software
developers through the Helix Community at www.helixcommunity.org. With Helix
DNA Server, developers for the first time have source code access to a major
end-to-end media delivery platform, consisting of producer, server and client
components. Helix DNA Server is the core source code of RealNetworks' Helix
Universal Server, the 9th generation, multi-format digital media server that
thousands of webcasters already use to deliver content on the Internet.
RealNetworks also announced that more than 10,000 software developers have
joined the Helix Community since its launch in July, and that the Open Source
Initiative (OSI) has certified the public source license used by the Helix
"Today we deliver on the commitment we made in July to create a complete,
open media delivery platform and source code community," said Rob Glaser,
founder and CEO, RealNetworks, Inc. "With 10,000 members and proven
foundational technology, the Helix Community is ready to take flight!"
Helix DNA Server source code will enable developers to build multi-format
products for live and on-demand streaming, web collaboration, mobile media
delivery, in-home streaming, and many other applications. Helix DNA Server
streams MP3, RealAudio(R) and RealVideo(R). RealNetworks intends to add
support for MPEG-4 after the MPEG-4 systems license terms have been released
by the MPEG-4 licensing body, MPEG LA. Developers can create extensions for
other media types such as Windows Media and QuickTime, or they can license
these extensions from RealNetworks through the Helix Community. The Helix DNA
Server is available for AIX, HP-UX, Tru64, FreeBSD, Linux, Solaris, Windows NT
and Windows 2000 operating systems.
Video testimonials supporting the Helix DNA Server from Cisco, HP, and Red
Hat are available at www.helixcommunity.org
Helix DNA Server is the third release of source code into the Helix
Community. In October, RealNetworks released the Helix DNA Client source
code, which enables developers to build playback applications that support any
format. In December, RealNetworks released the Helix DNA Producer, which
enabled developers to build encoding applications that support any format.
The Helix platform has already received wide industry support from the likes
of Cisco, HP, IBM, Network Appliance, nCUBE, Nokia, Oracle, PalmSource,
Pinnacle Systems, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, Symbian, Virage, Volera and many
Helix DNA Server Features
The Helix DNA Server offers a robust source code base for developing
digital media delivery products including:
-- 9th generation media server
-- Industry standard streaming media protocol and transports including --
RTSP, RTP, SAP and SDP
-- Live and on-demand broadcasting
-- Native MP3 support
-- RealVideo and RealAudio codec/file format support *
-- Administration, monitoring and logging
-- Full client authentication support, such as for pay per view services
*Available for free under the RPSL, included in the RCSL royalty for
Helix DNA Server Licensing
The Helix DNA Server will be licensed under both a public source license
and a commercial community source license. Both licenses are free of charge
for research and development use. The public source license has no royalty
for use or distribution; the RealNetworks Community Source License (RCSL)
includes a $500/unit royalty for commercial use of the Helix DNA Server with
RealAudio and RealVideo support.
RealNetworks' Public Source License (RPSL) has been certified by the Open
Source Initiative (OSI), a non-profit corporation dedicated to the management
and promotion of the open source community. This certification is a part of
the OSI Certified Open Source Software certification mark and program.
"RealNetworks has crafted a license which meets the rules and standards of
the OSI Certified Open Source Software certification program," said Russ
Nelson, vice president, Open Source Initiative. "We recognize RealNetworks in
achieving this milestone and look forward to great open source contributions
from the Helix Community."
Helix is the open multi-format digital media platform. The Helix platform
consists of source code developed by RealNetworks over the past nine years for
the creation, delivery and playback of digital media, as well as a set of
interfaces for building media-enabled applications. With over 10,000 members,
the Helix Community uses this source code to build media-capable products with
industry-leading technology, intellectual property and commonly used
interfaces. The Helix Community offers source code of the Helix platform under
two source licenses, the RealNetworks Community Source License and the
RealNetworks Public Source License -- available at www.helixcommunity.org.
RealNetworks has also released a family of products built on top of the Helix
platform, including the Helix Producer, Helix Universal Server, Helix DRM and
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 www.real.com. RealNetworks' systems and corporate
information is located on the Internet at www.realnetworks.com.
NOTE: RealNetworks, Helix, RealOne, RealAudio and RealVideo are
trademarks or registered trademarks of RealNetworks, Inc. All other
trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
SOURCE RealNetworks, Inc.