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Streaming Media to "Explode" in Europe, Says RealNetworks

[May 23] According to online media delivery specialist RealNetworks, the use of streaming media in Europe is set to explode this year.

To help capture the market, RealNetworks announced Tuesday a new conference named "Real Conference Europe 2000" which it will stage at Disneyland Paris, June 28-30.

Over 1,000 industry professionals, ranging from developers to radio broadcasters, are expected to attend the conference.

Brian Aiken, vice president of RealNetworks Europe, explained the reasoning behind his company's decision to stage a European conference, saying that the market was on the verge of a massive expansion.

"There are currently over twenty million users of RealPlayer in Europe and we believe this number will double or treble in the year 2000. This conference will enable us to increase knowledge and awareness of streaming media within Europe and show how RealNetworks is driving the imminent convergence of traditional media and new technologies," said Aiken.

Over three days, various speakers will present papers covering all the technical and marketing issues associated with streaming media.

Rob Glaser, the founder and chief executive officer of RealNetworks, will deliver a keynote speech, as will Robert Madge, founder and chief executive officer of Madge Networks.

Among the topics addressed in the sessions will be the latest techniques of production automation and content development. RealNetworks says delegates will be able to create personalized information programs and find out how to use streaming media to "drive their individual business forward."

For more information about the conference, readers can visit a special section of RealNetworks' European Web site, at www.europe.real.com/conference2000.