RealNetworks®, Inc. announced today that the mobile version of the RealOne™ Player, optimized for Pocket PC devices and showcased content from more than thirty content providers, spanning news, entertainment and sports, is available for free download at www.real.com/player/mobile. Additionally, as part of an expansion of the two companies’ strategic relationship, Compaq will ship RealOne Player with Compaq iPAQ™ Pocket PC devices.
With RealOne Player, Pocket PC users will be able to access and play RealAudio® and RealVideo® programming and seamlessly transfer their personal media collections such as music from RealOne Player on their PC onto their Pocket PC devices. RealAudio and RealVideo content can be streamed in real time directly over a wireless data connection or downloaded from the PC to a Pocket PC device for later playback. Content providers are able to leverage their existing RealAudio and RealVideo programming, easily reaching the rapidly growing mobile audience. Additionally, mobile carriers are able to trial and deliver media programming to Pocket PC devices with wireless connections over 2.5G and 3G networks.
“RealOne Player for Pocket PC is a great new opportunity to expand the media experience beyond the PC,” said Ian Freed, general manager, Media Systems, RealNetworks, Inc. “Compaq’s leadership in Pocket PC devices, coupled with our leadership in Internet media delivery, makes this a win-win for content providers, consumers and businesses.”
“As the leading supplier of Pocket PC devices, Compaq is committed to providing iPAQ Pocket PC users with the rich resource tools to access information and entertainment anytime and anywhere,” said Cindy Box, director of marketing for iPAQ Mobile Solutions, Compaq Computer Corporation. “This is a natural extension of our partnership to distribute RealOne Player on numerous Compaq products; we are thrilled to offer our customers this expanded digital media experience on the iPAQ Pocket PC.”
RealNetworks provides consumers with the best Internet media experience on the broadest array of devices and platforms. RealNetworks has announced versions of the RealOne Player for many home and mobile devices, including the Nokia 9210i and 9290 Communicators, HP Digital Entertainment Center, Sony Playstation 2, Moxi Media Center, Nokia Media Terminal and TiVO Series 2 DVR.
As a part of the announcement today, Pocket PC users will be able to quickly and easily access streamed and downloadable content that is suited for a mobile lifestyle.
“When the first RealAudio Player launched in 1995, NPR was there, eager to reach our audience through the use of the Internet,” said Maria Thomas, vice president, NPR Online. “For over seven years, we have had a successful collaboration with RealNetworks and now look forward to the new possibilities of reaching a mobile audience with our programming.”
RealNetworks is hosting a content showcase specifically providing streaming and downloadable content optimized for Pocket PC devices. Companies providing content include: Aestheticom/Supersoni.com, Aeolian Archive, Animobile, Associated Press, Easy-Do-It, Edmunds.com, Fox Home Video, FOXSports.com, KPLU, New Line Cinema, TF1, Virgin Radio, Virgin Records, Voyage, and more than twenty international radio stations. To visit the showcase for downloadable content, please go to: www.real.com/player/mobile.
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