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RealNetworks Teams with SES/ASTRA

RealNetworks and Société Europeanne des Satellites (SES), operator of Europe's ASTRA Satellite System, have announced an agreement to conduct extensive broadband streaming media trials.

In the trials, RealNetworks (REAL) will provide broadband streaming media content to end-users over SES/ASTRA's Direct to Home Satellite System. Utilizing SES' ASTRA-NET DVB/IP multimedia platform and RealNetworks' RealSystem G2 technology, the two companies will provide broadband content viewing on end user PCs and servers.

Through joint broadband content trials, SES/ASTRA and RealNetworks will implement a customized IP multicasting solution designed to make the streaming media experience, including video and audio, richer and faster for consumers. The agreement is set to enhance the rich content already available to ASTRA broadband satellite homes across Europe, the firms said.

SES/ASTRA will install RealNetworks RealSystem G2 software in its satellite uplink facility and RealNetworks will provide broadband content in the areas of entertainment, music, sports and news through its broadband Real.com Network of content providers. Content will be streamed over IP to end user receiver cards across Europe via SES' ASTRA-NET platform.

"The ubiquity of SES/ASTRA's satellite direct to home services creates a fabulous opportunity to bring broadband content direct to European consumers", said Martin Dunsmuir, general manager, Broadband Systems, RealNetworks, Inc. "RealSystem G2 is the ideal platform for direct to home services and SES/ASTRA will receive the very best broadband content through Real.com Networks."

"RealNetwork's leading Realsystem G2 software and content, in combination with the ASTRA broadband infrastructure, will offer an unmatched experience in rich multimedia reception on connected PC's," said Dean Olmstead, Director Of Business Development of SES/ASTRA. "Building on our success in the video and broadcasting world, this trial will ensure we provide the highest quality Internet services to European consumers equipped for ASTRA reception."