RealNetworks Extends Format and Usage Leads to All-Time Highs

Nielsen//NetRatings: Real Format More Than Twice as Popular as Nearest

Competitor



Jupiter Media Metrix: Revised Data Shows RealNetworks Widening Its Lead Among

Both Home and Workplace Users



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

    SEATTLE, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- RealNetworks(R), Inc. (Nasdaq:   RNWK), the
 global leader in Internet media delivery, today announced two new studies
 which show commanding usage leads for both the Real format and RealPlayer(R).
 The first study, released by Nielsen//NetRatings, reveals that home
 consumption of Internet audio and video content in the Real format reached an
 all time high in February 2001 -- more than double that of its nearest
 competitor. A second report, containing recently revised data from Jupiter
 Media Metrix, shows use of RealPlayer far outstripping the usage of all other
 media players, and accounts for previously unreported RealPlayer usage through
 AOL.
     According to Nielsen//NetRatings, the Real format was more than twice as
 popular as its nearest competitor in February. During that month, more than
 29.6 million home users accessed content in Real formats, an increase of
 1.6 million users since December 2000. Usage of the nearest competing media
 format over the same period lagged far behind RealNetworks, and fell to
 12.5 million in February.
     RealNetworks today also announced that Media Metrix has now adjusted its
 meter to count millions of AOL users (versions 6.0 and Plus) who have been
 using RealPlayer as their default, embedded media player as the result of an
 agreement reached last year between AOL and RealNetworks. In earlier reports,
 Media Metrix failed to measure this usage, resulting in a significant
 undercount of RealPlayer.
     Based on its new, more accurate methodology, Media Metrix now reports that
 in January 2001, RealPlayer was used by 25.0 million Internet home users, and
 10.2 million work users -- a one-year increase of 49 percent (8.2 million)
 among home users and 57 percent (3.5 million) among work users. Growth for
 Windows Media Player was slower, by comparison, increasing by only 31 percent
 (5.1 million) among home users during that same one-year period. Home use of
 QuickTime player fell by 700,000 users during the year-long period. Media
 Metrix earlier this week issued a news release
 ( http://www.jup.com/company/pressrelease.jsp?doc=pr010403 ) with this new
 January data, which also adjusted upward previously reported RealPlayer usage
 data for November and December 2000.
     "No matter what yardstick you use to measure success, RealNetworks is the
 undisputed leader in Internet media usage," said Richard Cohen, senior vice
 president, Consumer Division, RealNetworks, Inc. "This latest data from
 Nielsen//NetRatings and Media Metrix confirms once again what we've known all
 along. Consumers consistently choose RealPlayer over all other media players
 because it provides the highest quality, most reliable access to the greatest
 multimedia content the web has to offer."
 
     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 . RealNetworks'
 systems and corporate information is located on the Internet at
 http://www.realnetworks.com .
     NOTE:  RealNetworks and RealPlayer are trademarks or registered trademarks
 of RealNetworks, Inc.
 
 

SOURCE RealNetworks, Inc.
    SEATTLE, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- RealNetworks(R), Inc. (Nasdaq:   RNWK), the
 global leader in Internet media delivery, today announced two new studies
 which show commanding usage leads for both the Real format and RealPlayer(R).
 The first study, released by Nielsen//NetRatings, reveals that home
 consumption of Internet audio and video content in the Real format reached an
 all time high in February 2001 -- more than double that of its nearest
 competitor. A second report, containing recently revised data from Jupiter
 Media Metrix, shows use of RealPlayer far outstripping the usage of all other
 media players, and accounts for previously unreported RealPlayer usage through
 AOL.
     According to Nielsen//NetRatings, the Real format was more than twice as
 popular as its nearest competitor in February. During that month, more than
 29.6 million home users accessed content in Real formats, an increase of
 1.6 million users since December 2000. Usage of the nearest competing media
 format over the same period lagged far behind RealNetworks, and fell to
 12.5 million in February.
     RealNetworks today also announced that Media Metrix has now adjusted its
 meter to count millions of AOL users (versions 6.0 and Plus) who have been
 using RealPlayer as their default, embedded media player as the result of an
 agreement reached last year between AOL and RealNetworks. In earlier reports,
 Media Metrix failed to measure this usage, resulting in a significant
 undercount of RealPlayer.
     Based on its new, more accurate methodology, Media Metrix now reports that
 in January 2001, RealPlayer was used by 25.0 million Internet home users, and
 10.2 million work users -- a one-year increase of 49 percent (8.2 million)
 among home users and 57 percent (3.5 million) among work users. Growth for
 Windows Media Player was slower, by comparison, increasing by only 31 percent
 (5.1 million) among home users during that same one-year period. Home use of
 QuickTime player fell by 700,000 users during the year-long period. Media
 Metrix earlier this week issued a news release
 ( http://www.jup.com/company/pressrelease.jsp?doc=pr010403 ) with this new
 January data, which also adjusted upward previously reported RealPlayer usage
 data for November and December 2000.
     "No matter what yardstick you use to measure success, RealNetworks is the
 undisputed leader in Internet media usage," said Richard Cohen, senior vice
 president, Consumer Division, RealNetworks, Inc. "This latest data from
 Nielsen//NetRatings and Media Metrix confirms once again what we've known all
 along. Consumers consistently choose RealPlayer over all other media players
 because it provides the highest quality, most reliable access to the greatest
 multimedia content the web has to offer."
 
     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 . RealNetworks'
 systems and corporate information is located on the Internet at
 http://www.realnetworks.com .
     NOTE:  RealNetworks and RealPlayer are trademarks or registered trademarks
 of RealNetworks, Inc.
 
 SOURCE  RealNetworks, Inc.