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PC Advisor: Real Opens Up Media Player

Oct 29, 2002, 14:30 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Berger)

"RealNetworks will release the underlying software code for its open source media player today, in a move that should allow developers to create free versions of the player to run on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux operating systems.

"The release of the code marks the first in a series of open source products that the company plans to offer under its initiative known as Helix. Within the next year it is expected to release an open source media server as well as freely available technology to encode audio and video files.

"The Helix DNA Client, which is available on the website today, is an open-source version of the engine that powers the company's commercial RealOne Player. It can be built into devices as diverse as mobile phones, set-top boxes, home audio receiver and PCs so that users can stream and play back digital media..."

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