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Entera Teams With Sun to Support Java Media Framework

Sun Microsystems Inc. and Entera this week announced streaming media support for clients using the Java Media Framework 2.0 API.

Entera's Lightweight Streaming Server Application (ELSA) will enable Internet Services Providers (ISPs), Web hosting companies, and content providers to stream movies, music, and interactive content to Java clients using JMF and standards-based compression technologies.

"Because Sun supports the open standards-based RTSP/RTP media transport protocols, as well as open standard media codecs, (MPEG, MP3, H.261, H.263, G.723, GSM), our standards-based ELSA server is able to serve content to PDA's, embedded devices, Linux and Unix workstations, and other Java-enabled solutions," said John Scharber, CTO of Entera, Inc. "Together, Sun and Entera are working to give our partners enabling solutions to build the Internet."

"Entera's ELSA server provides multi-platform support and therefore will be a key enabler to serve standards based streaming media to the mass market using JMF," said Larry Abrahams, Director of Core Java 2 Development at Sun Microsystems Inc. (SUNW)

"Entera's commitment to open standards and JMF underscores our success in bringing innovation to the Java platform."

JMF supports streaming media that are sent by any RTSP/RTP compliant server and also can playback HTTP streams. New features in JMF 2.0 provide both capture and transmit capabilities, which enable server-side stream generation and client-side stream playback.

Entera's Lightweight Steaming Server Application (ELSA) is available on six (6) platforms including Sun Microsystems' Solaris SPARC, Solaris x86, Linux (RedHat 6.0 or equivalent), FreeBSD, Windows 98, and Windows NT platforms. Using Sun's JMF, Apple's QuickTime 4(R), and other standards-based technologies, Entera's Lightweight Streaming Server Application (ELSA) will enable ISPs, Web hosting companies, and content providers to stream movies, music, and interactive content. The RTSP/RTP server is the latest development in a line of solutions offered by Entera. A "Beta" version of the software is now available for free download from entera.com, streamingserver.org and other prominent Web sites.

Java Media Framework, is a standard extension to the Java platform. The JMF 2.0 API presents a full-featured, unified architecture and programming interface for the playback, synchronization, capture, and transmission of streaming and stored time-based media -- including audio, video, and MIDI -- across all Java technology-compatible platforms.

JMF 2.0 also offers support for several new file types -- MP3, Macromedia's (MACR) Flash 2 (a popular vector animation facility) and IBM's HotMedia. JMF runs on Java Compatible platforms running JDK 1.1 and above. JMF can be used with HotJava Browser 1.1, Netscape Communicator 4.03-4.05 with the JDK 1.1 patch, Netscape Communicator 4.06 or later, and Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 or later.