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On2 Streaming Java Applets

A new product from On2 Technologies means users can ditch Real Player or Windows Media Player and watch their streaming videos using the Java Virtual Machine, officials announced Monday.

TrueMotion Streaming Java Applet, in beta for another two weeks, eliminates the need for a proprietary video player, running instead on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM), and puts it on nearly every computing environment -- including desktops, PDA's and wireless phones -- as well as operating systems like Windows, Linux and Macintosh.

"Given the near ubiquity of Java in devices ranging from PC browsers to mobile telephones to set-top boxes, we foresee great opportunities for our TrueMotion Applet technology," Douglas McIntyre, On2 chairman, president and CEO, said in a statement.

The technology lets Web designers embed their video, audio or streaming content on the Web page to be viewed by anyone with a browser that supports the JVM. The company intends to market the technology first to online advertisers.

Officials for the company say the video quality from TrueMotion is 60 percent better than the video technology of other Java players with 320x192-pixel video delivered at 100 kbps .

According to its Web site, users with the Microsoft Java Virtual Machine (MSJVM) should upgrade to the Sun JVM; officials also suggest upgrading from the sun.audio API to JavaSound for better audio quality.

The company is offering an online demonstration of the technology at its Web site.