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More Than 600 Million Devices Worldwide Use RealNetworks' Technology to Playback Digital Content

Jun 01, 2010 (03:06 PM EDT)
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- RealVideo is one of the most popular consumer formats in China

- Leading CE and semiconductor companies license RealVideo

TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- COMPUTEX -- RealNetworks®, Inc. (Nasdaq: RNWK), the digital entertainment services company, today announced that RealVideo has been shipped on more than 600 million mobile and consumer electronic devices worldwide.  RealVideo (RMVB) delivers higher quality videos to consumer devices by compressing the file size, which is essential for connected devices. Strong consumer demand makes RealVideo a requirement for consumer electronic products such as mobile phones, televisions, personal media players, mediaboxes, set-top boxes, DVD/HD players, smartbooks, netbooks, and tablets.

RealVideo is supported across most leading platforms and operating systems. Companies that have shipped products with RealVideo (including CE products and chipsets) include Lenovo, Motorola, Nokia, Phillips, Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson Nokia, Oppo, Aigo, Haier, Hisense, Konka, ChangHong, TCL Corporation, Qualcomm, Freescale Semiconductor, Zoran, Sigma Designs, Mstar, Realtek, MediaTek, Amlogic and Rockchip.

The availability of chipsets supporting RealVideo makes it easier for OEMs to create a variety of consumer electronics devices that provide great video experiences, including: high definition video, optimized video decoding for digital TV, and better battery life for smartphones and other portable devices.

Quotes from RealVideo licensees:

Oppo

"The majority of internet content being consumed in China today is in the RealVideo format and our customers expect their mobile devices to also support RealVideo," said Zeng Yuan Qing, vice president at Oppo.  "At Oppo we support RealVideo in our mobile phones and our other digital products."

Qualcomm

"Qualcomm was among the first companies to support RealVideo playback, and the technology continues to be an important part of being able to offer a complete multimedia solution to our customers serving the Chinese wireless market – and other markets worldwide," said Rob Chandhok, senior vice president of software strategy for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies.

Freescale Semiconductor

(Freescale Semiconductor has implemented RealVideo on their i.MX51x product family used in smartphones, tablets, and automotive infotainment systems.)

"We have seen a tremendous increase in the availability of HD and near-HD content in RealVideo throughout China," said Sri Subramanian, senior product manager for Freescale's Multimedia Applications Division. "We are one of the first major SoC providers to offer 720p high definition support for RealVideo, and continue to enable high definition devices for the Asian market."

Zoran Corporation

"There is a growing market for connected multimedia systems in China where consumers expect their connected devices to support all the latest popular formats. Zoran is including high definition 1080p optimized RealVideo in its SupraHD® and SupraXD® multimedia processor products used in DTV, DVD Multimedia Box and Blu-Ray applications to meet these consumer demands," said Anthony Simon, vice president, multimedia systems products, at Zoran Corporation.  

Sigma Designs

(Sigma Designs has just released an optimized RealVideo port for their SMP8650 series of products used in IP set-top boxes and media players for the Asia market.)

"As demonstrated with this new solution, we remain committed to being a leader in innovation as well as supporting the wide range of standards that are valuable to our customers, such as RealAudio and RealVideo," said Ken Lowe, vice president of strategic marketing at Sigma Designs.

Rockchip

"We are glad that we can cooperate with RealNetworks for market leading solutions for mobile phones, MIDs, and multimedia devices and promote the very popular RealVideo 720p format in China," said Li Min, CEO of Rockchip.

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ABOUT REALNETWORKS

RealNetworks, Inc. delivers digital entertainment services to consumers via PC, handheld device, home entertainment system or mobile phone. Real® created the streaming media category in 1995 and has continued to lead the market with pioneering products and services, including: RealPlayer®, the first mainstream media player to enable one-click downloading and recording of Internet video; GameHouse®, one of the largest casual games destinations on the Web; and a variety of mobile entertainment services, such as ringback tones, offered to consumers through leading wireless carriers around the world. RealNetworks' corporate information is located at www.realnetworks.com/about-us/index.aspx.

RealNetworks, Real, RealPlayer, GameHouse and the Real logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of RealNetworks, Inc. or its subsidiaries.  All other trademarks, names of actual companies and products mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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