RealNetworks Announces RealSystem G2
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RealNetworks, Inc. today unveiled RealSystem G2 at its RealNetworks Conference '98, a next-generation media delivery system for the Internet and corporate intranets.
RealSystem G2 is the first open, extensible, standards-based streaming media system that delivers new rich media experiences to users through the synchronization and playback of multiple data types.
RealSystem G2 combines state-of-the-art audio and video compression technology with a sophisticated new transport system, enabling higher levels of broadcast quality and reliability over today's IP-based networks, RealNetworks said.
RealSystem G2 enables native support for multiple media file formats with a standardized layout language for synchronizing media datatypes, coupled with an automated system for dynamically updating client software, paving the way for broad-scale deployment of advanced multimedia experiences on the Internet and corporate intranets.
RealSystem G2 features include:
- A powerful new G2 music codec which increases the frequency response of audio by 80% for 28.8 modem connections, and new video post-filtering capabilities create smoother images for end-users.
- New SmartStream transport technology delivers reliable and continuous end-user playback under real-world network conditions. With SmartStream, single media files now dynamically scale to deliver RealAudio and RealVideo to users at all connection rates.
- The addition of two new media types, RealText and RealPix, combined with support for Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL), enable rich multi-stream programming to be delivered over typical modem connections.
- Next Generation RealPlayer, a new player interface that offers users one-button access to more than 60 leading media content providers, and alerts users whenever new media content or breaking news stories are available.
- An intuitive, Web-based interface that allows users to customize their selections and choose from leading Internet broadcast sites, including CNN, ABC, FOX, ESPN, CBS SportsLine, Wall Street Journal, CNET, Sony, and Warner.