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Apr 27, 2001, 21:33 (4 Talkback[s])

This is a non-proprietary, open-source MPEG-1 audio/video player built on Java and, by extension, mostly platform agnostic. We say "mostly" because our own examination revealed no sound on either Netscape 4.x (which the company says they expect) or Netscape 6.01 (which isn't supposed to be the case) At any rate, please read the announcement, try out the demos, and make sure to share your successes (or failures) with other readers.

WOBURN, MA--April 26, 2001-- The, an open source community, today announced the release of the world's first nonproprietary, MPEG-1, Java-based audio/video player.

The player and source code is available at:

"The goal of the is to build a streaming video player that works on 96% of all browsers," said Alan Blount, driver of initiative. "The player is the first non-proprietary, open-source video player that plays directly out of a web page without a download or installation." According to Jon Orwant, CTO of O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.,"SurePlayer has the potential to be the most widely deployed video player on the Internet. Finally, users can watch video in their web browsers as easily as they can read text. It's about time."

SurePlayer is offered under the GNU General Public License. The source code along with sample video demos are freely available at:

About is a community site for open source developers. It was founded to accelerate the adoption and proliferation of non-proprietary video players and formats. The community was founded in early 2001 by a group of developers, academic, and industry professionals with a common interest in advancing video technology. For more information, visit