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How Real is Your Living Room? HP and RealNetworks to Develop Linux-Based Digital Entertainment Products

Mar 06, 2001, 17:04 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by seattle.internet.com)

By The seattle.internet.com Team

Hewlett-Packard and RealNetworks have decided to team up to develop a set of digital entertainment products and services that are planned to be introduced later this year. The products apparently will enable consumers to download and personalize music, streaming video and other digital content from the comfort of their living rooms.

HP will bring its consumer technology product experience to the relationship, in addition to its extensive customer base. RealNetworks will provide a Linux-based software platform incorporating RealPlayer and RealJukebox.

HP President of Consumer Business Pradeep Jotwani believes that the consumer demand for such products stems from the convergence of computing and entertainment. "As the computing and entertainment worlds converge, consumers are looking for ways to enhance their entertainment experiences," says Jotwani.

For RealNetworks, the relationship with HP advances the company's commitment to extend to Internet appliances and other wireless devices.

"By expanding our relationship with HP, we believe we can build a universal entertainment base for use in delivering a quality Internet media experience to nearly any room in the home," says Len Jordan, senior vice president, Consumer Appliances, RealNetworks.

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