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PacketVideo Unveils Wireless Streaming Video

PacketVideo Corp. Tuesday announced the release of PVPlatform 1.0, a wireless streaming video delivery system for handheld devices.

The product is designed to provide encoding, transmission and decoding services that support digital wireless telephony standards in use today as well as next-generation wireless networks currently being developed.

PVPlatform 1.0's components are designed to be device, operating system and air-interface independent and include PVAuthor, an encoder that prepares rich media for transmission over wireless networks; PVServer, which stores and distributes rich media to subscribers over wireless networks; and PVPlayer, the end piece of the suite that decodes and plays rich media for viewing on current and next generation mobile information devices such as handheld computers, SmartPhones, and digital wireless handsets.

A multimedia decoder, PVPlayer, is available as a free download here.

PVPlayer currently operates on the new Compaq iPAQ, Casio's CASSIOPEIA E115, and the HP Jornada 545 but is designed to support multiple operating systems, including Microsoft's new Pocket PC Windows CE 3.0.

"This launch marks the industry's only consumer-accessible, wireless demonstration of real-world streaming media technology," said James Carol, CEO and co-founder of PacketVideo.

"We have proven that our software can run on today's networks and that it can be easy and practical to use. We are thrilled to be the first to deliver this advanced technology to the wireless industry."

"As wireless Internet-based data services become increasingly widespread, wireless service providers and content providers will seek to further expand their offerings to include the wireless delivery of multimedia content," said Gary Arlen, president of Arlen Communications Inc., a Bethesda, Md., research firm.